There is a synergy between research and classroom learning. Research enables students
to engage in hands-on, discovery-based learning, to develop critical skills while
examining a subject in collaboration with outstanding scientists and scholars, and
to contribute to the production of knowledge. Go to the interviews of our featured
Researchers of the Month and see what students say about the benefits of research!
All Stony Brook undergraduates—including freshmen and transfer students—are eligible
to participate in independent supervised research and creative activities. Most students
earn academic credit for their research activities (e.g. 487, 488, and/or 499 courses),
although a small number of students are able to be paid as research assistants. Many
students begin as volunteers in a lab, and then apply for credit once they are more
familiar with the lab environment. SB students engaged in a supervised research or
creative project are encouraged to register (even it is for zero credits) so that
the university can track the number of students involved in research.
An early start on research can be valuable; but keep in mind that preparatory coursework
may be required by a faculty mentor and may provide a necessary foundation for doing
substantial research later in your undergraduate career. Students who undertake independent
projects in their junior and senior years still have the opportunity to collaborate
with Stony Brook faculty, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows and to become
involved in cutting-edge work.
Opportunities are particularly good during the summer when many universities offer
programs in a wide variety of subjects. These programs enable students to have a sustained,
in-depth research experience. Participants usually receive a stipend, and free room,
board and roundtrip airfare as well. Please note that most summer fellowship programs
require a full time commitment (i.e. no other coursework or employment).
On-Campus Opportunities for updates and announcements regarding research fellowships, grants and internships.
The URECA program offers URECA small/travel grants as well as a summer program for
students doing faculty-mentored research. In addition, externally-funded programs
such as REU Site Programs and/or NSF Fellowship supplements may provide stipend support
for students engaged in research on and off campus.
For more info, please check with your mentor and review the policies of the Research
Your best information about a particular lab will probably come from talking with
other students or with members of the lab, including graduate students, technicians
and post docs. You may also wish to consult such practical guides as At the Bench:
A Laboratory Navigator by Kathy Barker (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, 1998).