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Symposium on Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE)

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Clarkson University's Honors Program presents

The Nineteenth Annual Summer 2016

Symposium on Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE)

Thursday, July 28, 2016

All undergraduate students at Clarkson University are invited to participate in the Nineteenth Annual Summer Symposium on Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE). SURE provides undergraduates a forum for presentations of research and independent projects, or other educational activities such as internships, co-ops and study abroad experiences.  The goal is to celebrate all forms of scholarship and to provide an opportunity for a broad audience to appreciate work by Clarkson’s undergraduate students.  Presentations may be given orally (12 minutes) or in a combined poster session (90 minutes). The event is scheduled for 8:40 AM to 1:30 PM, with check-in starting at 8:00 AM. Participants are expected to attend for the whole morning and the closing lunch and awards ceremony.

There are awards for the best oral presentation in each session and for the best posters in each category, as decided by faculty judges. There is also a grand prize for the best poster as selected by the audience. New this year is an award for the best poster in sustainability (see below).

Abstracts are due by Tuesday, July 5 at 4:00 PM.

Instructions for formatting and submitting abstracts may be found at this link:

For a detailed schedule and more information, visit

Please direct all questions or concerns to, or call the Honors Program at (315) 268-2290.


The Institute for a Sustainable Environment will acknowledge student research that can be applied to sustainability principles or practices.  Projects from all disciplines are eligible for this opportunity.  The First Place award-winning poster and a few Honorable Mentions will be selected based on the evidence that the research results could lead to advances in aspects of environmental, social or economic sustainability within the system that is studied.  Example projects could include anything from higher efficiency renewable energy resources to modifying pro-environmental behavior. 

To participate, your abstract and poster must have a section explicitly describing the relationship between the outcomes of you research and eventual application to improve sustainability.  Both basic discovery-based research and applied projects are welcome.  Questions can be addressed to Susan Powers, ISE (

An updated booklet will be uploaded after the registration deadline.