Chancellor’s Summer Research Excellence Fund Focuses on AI

State University of New York Chancellor John B. King, Jr. has announced the second year of the Chancellor’s Summer Research Excellence Fund, which will provide more than 150 undergraduates with paid internships this summer at eight campuses, including Stony Brook University.

As part of the 2024 State of the State agenda, Governor Kathy Hochul has proposed the Empire AI initiative, which will provide SUNY’s four university centers and other leading New York research institutions with the opportunity to conduct groundbreaking research and lead the nation in artificial intelligence research and economic development, with an emphasis on the use of AI to advance the public good.

To help support Empire AI and the nation leading work New York is doing around artificial intelligence, at least 22 of the 2024 Chancellor’s Summer Research Excellence Fund paid internship experiences will focus on roles in AI and the need to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion in AI research and development.

“Like the invention of the printing press, the radio, or the internet, once every generation, a technological wave comes along that changes how we live,” said King. “That is why it is critical we provide internship experiences to students in the growing field of Artificial Intelligence to apply AI to solve problems, to learn about AI ethics, and to increase diversity in STEM fields researching and innovating in this emerging technology. Internships are absolutely vital to student success, as they offer experiences students would not otherwise get in the classroom alone.”

The internship program will expand research opportunities to students with financial need, first-generation students, and others who may face barriers to securing research experiences. Participating campuses include Stony Brook, University at Albany, Binghamton University, University at Buffalo, Downstate Health Sciences University, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, SUNY Polytechnic Institute and Upstate Medical University.

The Summer Research Excellence Fund, which is supported by SUNY’s Empire Innovation Program, covers all student costs for the internship including, but not limited to, student stipend/salary, tuition/fees, housing, meal plans, childcare and transportation.

These internships will be in fields including biology, artificial intelligence, machine learning, cybersecurity, physics, astronomy, engineering, medicine, life sciences, chemistry, computer science and clean energy.

“As Stony Brook prepares its bright and talented students to lead the next generation of scientific research, ensuring the future of STEM education and innovation is inclusive, equitable, diverse and collaborative is a top priority,” said Stony Brook University President Maurie McInnis. “The generous and visionary support of the Chancellor’s Summer Research Excellence Fund makes it possible for our students to excel at the highest levels by obtaining hands-on research opportunities in critical fields, such as artificial intelligence, climate science, and clean energy.”

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