SUNY Chancellor’s Summer Research Excellence Fund to Provide Paid Internships for Undergrads

Expands Research Opportunities to Students with Financial Need, First-Generation College Students and Others Facing Barriers

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Stony Brook University is among five SUNY campuses that will participate in the Summer Research Excellence Fund, which will provide 150 undergraduates with paid internships this summer. This will be the first year of a paid internship program expected to grow in the number of campuses and students participating after this pilot.

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.

“Every student should have the opportunity to participate in an internship or other experiential learning on their path to a college degree, and through this internship program students will be offered a robust experience right from their home campus and at no additional cost,” said SUNY Chancellor John B. King, Jr. “Expanding paid summer research internships is a concrete, powerful way to expand economic opportunity and increase social mobility especially for so many college students whose economic or familial circumstances might have barred them in the past.”

These new internships will be in fields including biology, artificial intelligence, machine learning, cybersecurity, physics astronomy, engineering, chemistry, computer science and clean energy. It also includes nursing, a high-needs area not often considered in research funding, as well as a broad range of fields.

The 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.

“Stony Brook University prides itself on delivering a world-class, affordable education to our diverse student population, many who are the first in their families to attend college,” said Stony Brook University President Maurie McInnis. “As a flagship public research institution, we recognize students have a critical role to play in solving society’s biggest challenges. Thanks to the Chancellor’s Summer Research Excellence Fund, they can gain essential hands-on experience working closely with faculty researchers who are innovators and leaders in their fields. We look forward to welcoming these promising student scholars to our campus this summer.”

The other participating campuses include Binghamton University, University at Buffalo, SUNY ESF and SUNY Polytechnic Institute.

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