About The SOURCE

The SOURCE team is working an alternate-day arrangement in Bird Library Monday-Thursday and our office is open remotely each day. We are available to answer questions and meet by phone, video or email Monday-Friday.

  • Email ugresearch@syr.edu. We’ll set up a time for a phone or video call.
  • Call 315.443.2091. Leave us a voicemail and we’ll return your call.

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Our mission is to foster and support diverse undergraduate participation in faculty-guided scholarly research and creative inquiry. Student participants 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.

Our History

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 the result to the collective effort of 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.

In March 2019, the Syracuse Office of Undergraduate Research and Creative Engagement (The SOURCE) was officially opened, with a dedication ceremony held at the SOURCE’s new home, Bird Library. In April 2019, inaugural student grants were awarded to 103 students from disciplines across campus.


Kate Hanson portraitKate Hanson



Bridget Lawson portrait

Bridget Lawson

Assistant Director


Cathryn Newton portraitCathryn Newton

Senior Advisor to the Chancellor and Provost for Faculty Engagement


Student Research Mentors

Meet our student research mentors, who play a vital role in the vibrant life of undergraduate research and creative work at Syracuse University.