Located on the Russell Sage College campus, the Kathleen A. Donnelly Center for Undergraduate Research (DCUR) opened in September 2008.

Named for Dr. Kathleen Donnelly, Professor Emerita Chemistry, the DCUR aims to support the pursuits of undergraduate research at Russell Sage College in a variety of ways. Dr. Donnelly was a major force in supporting undergraduate research and was responsible for the College’s participation in the National Conferences on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) from 1990 until her retirement in 2008. During that time, several dozen students travelled to NCUR to present their research. The DCUR is located in the basement of the Shea Learning Center.

Students are encouraged to use the Center’s resources to assist in research on papers and presentations. Center staff are available to assist students with presentation skills, posters, technical support, and publication and conference possibilities. The Center oversees the College’s participation in NCUR. As such, we endorse the Council on Undergraduate Research’s definition of undergraduate research: “An inquiry or investigation conducted by an undergraduate student that makes an original intellectual or creative contribution to the discipline.”

The Center also encourages students in the WORLD Program at Russell Sage to make use of the resources available to them in preparation for the bi-annual WORLD Conference.

Students can use DCUR to find on- and off-campus opportunities that best match their skills.

Sage at NCUR

The Sage Colleges have sent students to the National Conferences on Undergraduate Research since 1990.

Students attending NCUR 2017 in Memphis: Tennessee:

  • Samantha Phelps (RSC Biology ’17): “Does Wolbachia Cause Higher Queen Development in Temnothorax Longispinosus when Nutrition is Low?” (Dr. Kenneth Howard, BIO advisor)
  • Samantha Tirrell (RSC English and Theater ’17): “‘Round in Circles I’d Go’: An Exploration of the Psychosocial and Metaphysical Ramifications of Rotation in Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Carousel” (Prof. Michael Musial, THEA advisor)
  • Samantha Tirrell (RSC English and Theater ’17): “Ugwu’s Biafra: Individual and National Modes of Sovereignty and Resistance in Chimamanda Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun” (Dr. Shealeen Meaney, ENG advisor)