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To foster and support diverse undergraduate participation in faculty-guided scholarly research and creative inquiry. Student participants will progress through initial training in research or other creative skills, to designing and revising the structure of their projects, and culminating in research, creative, and professional contributions that are original and timely.
In November 2018, Syracuse University announced the commitment of $1 million annually to support a new center for undergraduate research, the collaborative vision of students, faculty, staff and administrators to strengthen the University’s position as a preeminent and inclusive student-focused research institution. With resources from the Invest Syracuse initiative, the new comprehensive undergraduate research center quadrupled central University support for research and creative work by undergraduates.
This was due to the collective effort by multiple constituents—including the Student Association, the University Senate Research Committee and the Renée Crown University Honors Program—and the leadership of Cathryn R. Newton, senior advisor to the Chancellor and Provost for faculty engagement, who was charged with bringing together the best ideas of students, faculty and staff. Growth of the newly established center was led by Newton, Vice President for Research John Liu, and transition consultants Barry L. Wells and Maura Ivanick.
The dedication ceremony was held on March 21st and officially opened the SOURCE – Syracuse Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Engagement suite on the 2nd floor of Bird Library. Speakers included Provost Michele Wheatly, Professors Cathryn Newton, Ramesh Raina, and Jamie Winders, as well as Student Association President Ghufran Salih and Vice President Kyle Rosenblum. Salih shared her vision for the initiative: “The SOURCE is going to be an amazing place for students to find something that they’re passionate about and fall even more in love with it. Students are really going to be able to challenge themselves to grow and thrive from the research they do. The SOURCE will also allow for students from marginalized communities as well as students with limited opportunity to pursue research a platform where they can have this chance to get funding and have a faculty mentor and make this community better. I am so excited for this endeavor, and it has truly been an honor to be a part of.”
In spring 2019, the inaugural student grants of up to $5,000 were awarded to 103 students from disciplines across campus.
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Barry L. Wells
Student Research Mentors