Kathleen A. Donnelly Center for Undergraduate Research

DoorLocated on the Russell Sage College campus, the Kathleen A. Donnelly Center for Undergraduate Research (DCUR) opened in September 2008 as one of the Dean's first Centers for Excellence. 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 NCUR participation from 1990 until her retirement in 2008. During that time several dozen students went to NCUR all over the country and presented 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 the National Council on Undergraduate Research. 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.

Call for NCUR 2016

  • Call for Proposals for NCUR 2016
  • Online Application Form 2016

Abstracts and Posters

Sage Centennial Undergraduate Research Symposium 2016

  • Call for Submissions (now closed)
  • Online Application (now closed)

2016 Sage Libraries Research Award

  • Online Submission (now closed)

The Sage Colleges Last Lecture

Sage at NCUR

The Sage Colleges have sent students to the National Council on Undergraduate Research since 1990. The complete list of Sage participants may be found here.

Students attending NCUR 2016 in Asheville, North Carolina:

  • Mary Witkowski (junior RSC Biology/Physical Therapy major from Troy): "Characterization of the CO15.13 Zebrafish Craniofacial Mutant" (faculty mentor: Dr. Kristi Lamonica) Mary presented on behalf of her research group: Rozina Rose, Grace Koehler, Jacey Hill, Dianne Girard, and Shellian Shampersaud
  • Gabriela Sanchez (sophomore SCA Law and Society major from East Greenbush): "Impact of Childhood Trauma on Women’s Psychological and Physical Health" (faculty mentor: Dr. Janel Leone)


DCUR Opening
(President Susan Scrimshaw, Dr. Kathleen Donnelly, Dean Sharon Robinson)

Opening Shot
(Dean Sharon Robinson, Dr. Kathleen Donnelly, Dr. David Salomon)

Dr. David A. Salomon, Director
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The Center is a member of the Council on Undergraduate Research.