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.

NCUR 2019

We are currently accepting abstracts for the upcoming National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR). This conference is taking place at Kennesaw State University, April 10th-13th.

Information about NCUR 2019:

To apply, you must submit a 200-300 word abstract (summary) of your research project. Abstracts will first be reviewed by a committee of Sage faculty who will select two to be submitted to NCUR. The deadline for this initial submission is November 5th. Abstracts must be submitted using the Google Forms link below. Abstract guidelines are as follows:

Abstracts should:

  1. Clearly state the central research question and/or purpose of the project.
  2. Provide brief, relevant scholarly or research context (no actual citations required) that demonstrate its attempt to make a unique contribution to the area of inquiry.
  3. Provide a brief description of the research methodology.
  4. State conclusions or expected results and the context in which they will be discussed.
  5. Include text only (no images or graphics).
  6. Be no longer than 300 words.

Submission link:

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.

Sage at NCUR

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

Students attending NCUR 2010 at University of Central Oklahoma:

  • Zachary Bishop (SCA Psychology ’18): “The Effect of Attachment Style on Aggression in College Students” (Dr. Julie Verette Lindenbaum, PSY advisor)
  • Cydney Rogers (RSC Psychology ’18): “‘Study of Animal Based Entertainment” (Dr. Donald Graves, PSY advisor)
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