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Summer Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE) Conference

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Clarkson University's Honors Program presents:

The 20th Annual

Summer Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE) Conference

Thursday, July 27, 2017

All students at Clarkson University are invited to participate in the 20th Annual Summer Undergraduate Research Experiences (SURE) Conference. SURE provides undergraduate students a forum for presentations of research and independent projects, or other educational activities such as internships, co-ops and study abroad experiences.  The goal is to celebrate all forms of scholarship from all disciplines across campus and to provide an opportunity for a broad audience to appreciate work by Clarkson’s students.  Presentations may be given orally (12 minutes) or in a combined poster session (90 minutes). The event is scheduled for 8:15 AM to 1:30 PM, with check-in starting at 7:30 AM. Participants are expected to attend the entire day, including presentations, lunch, and awards ceremony.

There are awards for the best oral presentation in each session and for the best posters in each category, as decided by judges. There is also a grand prize for the best poster as selected by the audience.  Additionally, there will be an award for best poster(s) in sustainability*.

Online Registration and Abstracts are due by Wednesday, July 5 at 4:00 PM.

The online registration form and instructions for formatting and submitting abstracts may be found at:

For a detailed schedule and more information, visit

Please direct all questions or concerns to, or call Jenny Townsend in the Honors Program at (315) 268-6006. 

An updated conference booklet will be uploaded after the registration deadline.


*The Institute for a Sustainable Environment will acknowledge student research that can be applied to sustainability principles or practices.  Projects from all disciplines are eligible for this opportunity.  The First Place award-winning poster and a few Honorable Mentions will be selected based on the evidence that the research results could lead to advances in aspects of environmental, social or economic sustainability within the system that is studied.  Example projects could include anything from higher efficiency renewable energy resources to modifying pro-environmental behavior. 

To participate, your abstract and poster must have a section explicitly describing the relationship between the outcomes of you research and eventual application to improve sustainability.  Both basic discovery-based research and applied projects are welcome.  Questions can be addressed to Susan Powers, ISE (