SUNY Oswego creates new office

On the RISE – Tasked with encouraging and enabling undergraduate student research and creative projects, SUNY Oswego earth sciences faculty member Diana Boyer (center), director of the college’s year-old Office of Research and Individualized Student Experiences, talks in a Snygg Hall laboratory with senior biochemistry majors Ryan Cotroneo (left) and Adam Szymaniak, who worked this summer with Fehmi Damkaci of chemistry on a project to synthesize a compound library.

SUNY Oswego has established an office to provide support and pique student interest in hands-on, faculty-mentored work.

Dr. Diana Boyer, an earth sciences faculty member and director of the Office of Research and Individualized Student Experiences, said the office aims to encourage and enable student scholarly work, internships and conference travel.

Personal experience tells Boyer this will pay dividends in student engagement, research and other academic skills, graduate school readiness and appeal to employers, she said.

“When I was in high school, I was given an amazing opportunity to work with a faculty member at Penn State, where I’m from,” said Boyer, who had a budding interest in paleontology. “I did a research project. I went out into the field, collected fossils, did the lab work, presented at a regional conference — and from that moment on I was hooked.”

RISE, headquartered in the SUNY Oswego Campus Center, can help students start a mentored research or artistic project, assist with funding and research travel through the college’s Scholarly and Creative Activities Committee and search for outside funding.

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