Who We Are:

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 The Sage Colleges 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 on the bottom level of the Shea Learning Center.

What We Do:

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

The Center oversees the annual Undergraduate Research Day. This day represents an opportunity for our students to showcase their academic achievements and to talk with professors, peers, staff, and college administrators about their scholarship. It is a wonderful occasion for us to celebrate our students’ academic endeavors. This year, Undergraduate Research Day will take place on Wednesday, April 25, 2018.

Traditionally, on the morning of Undergraduate Research Day, students present class-based or capstone projects on their home campus. The community then comes together in the afternoon for lunch and to listen to students present their scholarship that has been accepted into the “Symposium.” Student scholarship submitted for the Symposium is reviewed by a panel of faculty; generally, these are oral presentations but there are some poster presentations as well. This year, the Symposium will be held at Sage College of Albany.

The deadline for this abstract submission for the Symposium is March 16, 2018. Students can use the following link to submit an abstract: 2018 Symposium Abstract Submission.

The Center also 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.” Each Fall, the Center encourages students to submit abstracts for consideration at NCUR. To apply to present at NCUR 2018, abstracts must be submitted by November 6th through the following link: NCUR 2018 Submission Form

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)