For Immediate Release
April 10, 2015
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Brockport Hosts Inaugural SUNY Undergraduate Research Conference
More than 550 students convened at Brockport to present their research and scholarship
BROCKPORT, NY—Undergraduate research, a hallmark of The College at Brockport and State University of New York experience, was in the spotlight April 10. Brockport played host to the first SUNY Undergraduate Research Conference, which brought more than 550 undergraduates from 35 SUNY schools to campus to celebrate research, scholarship, and creative activity.
The day long event featured oral presentations, poster sessions, and creative performances in the College’s Special Events Recreation Center and other academic buildings throughout campus. Students also had the opportunity to participate in workshops geared toward helping them transition either from a two-year institution into a four-year institution, or from their undergraduate experience into graduate school.
Undergraduate research has been identified as a high-impact educational practice by George Kuh, PhD, an internationally recognized leader in institutional quality and assessment, and the study of how students learn and grow, and how colleges and universities can best help them do that. High-impact practices are central to how Brockport engages its students both in and out of the classroom.
Kuh was invited to deliver the conference’s keynote address.
“I have had the honor of working with Dr. Kuh in various aspects for several decades,” Brockport President John R. Halstead, PhD, said. “He truly has made a difference in the lives of students, faculty, and administrators alike.”
Kuh began by stating that more than one-third of the entire U.S. labor forces changes jobs annually, while 50 percent of workers have been with their company fewer than five years. He went on to document what he saw as some of the primary benefits students reap from engaging in undergraduate research: personal development, intellectual development, learning from experts, and a deeper understanding of career options. Kuh said that while the research itself may not translate to the workforce, the skills that it develops will.
“You are doing what most of your fellow undergraduates don’t do. Employers love that,” Kuh said. “They appreciate your ability to explain…they want to know that you have skills that can help with the unscripted, unplanned problems that you will face in your careers.”
He summarized his presentation by quoting Aristotle: “The things we have to learn before we do them, we learn by doing them.”
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