One of Buffalo State’s great traditions, the Student Research and Creativity Conference (SRCC), held April 28-29, allows undergraduate and graduate students to present their preliminary and completed research and creative activities in a student-friendly, supportive environment.
But even long-held traditions can sometimes use a modern update. Earlier this year, the program made a small but significant name change—from the Student Research and Creativity Celebration to the Student Research and Creativity Conference—reflecting the rigor and reputation of this longstanding event.
“We continue to celebrate the discoveries made by our students and acknowledge the dedication of the mentors who provide guidance and encouragement to their students,” said Jill Singer, director of undergraduate research and 2016 CUR Fellow.
“Undergraduate research helps our students understand how scholarship is conducted within their disciplines and provides opportunities for them to contribute new knowledge and works of art...The skills students develop serve them well as they continue their education and throughout their professional careers.”
The growth of Buffalo State’s undergraduate research program is a testament to the college’s focus on applied learning. As Buffalo State promotes, supports, and funds undergraduate research in all academic areas—from the sciences to the arts—the SRCC’s new subtheme, “Celebrating Discovery across the Disciplines,” is very appropriate.
“The SRCC gathers together outstanding students representing every discipline on campus,” Provost Melanie Perreault notes in the event’s program. “Here, students have the opportunity to work directly with faculty members on important research and creative projects in ways that would be impossible at larger universities.”
“This showcase of research and creative activities reflects some of the best and brightest student talent that Buffalo State has to offer,” notes President Katherine Conway-Turner. “The SRCC is certainly one of our premier learning initiatives. I congratulate and commend the remarkable students who are participating in this year’s conference. I also thank the faculty mentors who work with such commitment and dedication to bring our students to this level of scholarship.”
With an eye toward sustainability, the 19th annual SRCC, will again feature a paperless online schedule and program. Accessible on mobiles devices, the online format serves as a useful convenience for browsing SRCC presentations, schedules, abstracts, and artists’ statements with ease. The program can be downloaded to users’ devices or printed on demand.
On Saturday, April 29, oral presentations will be divided by academic groupings into six sessions throughout the day and held in E. H. Butler Library 208, 210, 314, and 316. Eight one hour-long poster sessions, each with a diverse representation of disciplines, will take place concurrently with the oral presentations in the library’s lobby. Art exhibits will be displayed on the library’s mezzanine level from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. A series of short films will be screened from noon to 1:00 p.m. in E. H. Butler Library 314.