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Undergraduate Research Opportunities at Fisher

Get curious and grow your ideas, Fisher! New grant-funded opportunities will support paid undergraduate research during the academic year. Or, spend the summer engaging in a research experience. Multiple opportunities are available!

Undergraduate students can dive deep into a discipline or topic through engaging in the high-impact practice of student research (AAC&U). Guided by faculty mentors, students gain workforce readiness skills such as communication, critical thinking, and teamwork. Participating in a research project can set students apart from other candidates in graduate school and job applications.

In addition to opportunities to engage in research for academic credit overseen by departments and programs, we offer a competitive summer program for undergraduate students at St. John Fisher University to get involved in faculty-mentored research projects in a variety of disciplines and multidisciplinary collaborations. Explore the summer research opportunities and new grant-funded projects to determine which is the right fit for you to get involved or extend your research experience. 

Looking for summer research outside of Fisher? Check out the National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates search site, the CUR Arts & Humanities list, Pathways to Science for STEM students, or speak with your professors for more ideas.


Email Center Director Dr. Kristin Picardo ( or stop by her office, Kearney 207. You can also request a Zoom meeting through email or FisherLink!

Summer Research Opportunities & Application Instructions for All Summer Research Opportunities

We offer a competitive summer program for undergraduate students at St. John Fisher University to get involved in faculty-mentored research projects in a variety of disciplines and multidisciplinary collaborations. Explore the Summer Fellows Research Program which allows for the most creativity in designing projects or explore the special projects listed to determine which is the right fit for you to get involved or extend your research experience. The full 10-week program begins June 1 and ends August 7, 2023.


Summer Fellows students will:

  • Engage in an intensive summer research experience mentored by a full-time Fisher faculty member
  • Practice goal-setting and critical self-reflection through research
  • Communicate research findings to peers and broader community of scholars on/off the Fisher campus (poster printing fee is covered by this award)

Mentors will:

  • Intellectually engage the next generation of scholars in their discipline
  • Extend their scholarship and research, or mentor in a related area of expertise
  • Be supported (e.g. stipend, mentoring support) by the Center for Student Research & Creative Work


  • Current rising sophomore - rising senior undergraduate who will be continuing their study as a full-time Fisher student in the fall semester following the summer fellowship
  • Any major
  • GPA in Good Standing (at least 2.0)
  • Faculty can mentor a maximum of 2 Summer Fellows students
  • Past Summer Fellows awardees are ineligible (with the exception of the Presidential Research Fellows special project, if available) and are encouraged to explore other opportunities with help from the Center for Student Research & Creative Work.

Additional Program Details

  • Student researchers and mentors will attend a required kick-off orientation meeting at the start of the program.
  • There will be a series of 3 "Coffee Talks" - informal gatherings where we will share our successes and challenges. Also, students will receive support on resume building and mentors will be supported in articulating their work with students into their CVs and evaluation narratives.
  • The Center also provides support for responsible conduct of research training, opportunities for publishing in undergraduate research journals, and a variety of other opportunities related to undergraduate research.
  • EvaluateUR will be used to facilitate the mentor-student relationship and to provide necessary program evaluation data
  • Students will be required to present their research at our research celebration held at Fisher in spring 2024.

Support Options

Options for Student Support (students and mentors decide and provide justification):

  • Tuition waiver (for 1-3 credits; 1 credit = 35 hours total for the 10 weeks) OR summer stipend of up to $4,970 (depending on the number of hours per week for 10 weeks). 
  • Most students request a stipend for 15-20 hours per week.

Request for Supplemental Project Support (justification required):

  • Up to $450 for research supplies or project-related expenses (requests for travel support to conferences cannot be included here but instead can be made using the form under Travel Support)

News and Special Projects for 2023

Housing is available on-campus for 2023. Visit the summer housing page for more information.

You can propose your own project in consultation with a faculty mentor OR choose from one of the special projects accessible on the main summer research page.

Application Process

Open early to mid-March - April 7, 2023


  1. Consult with potential faculty mentors. Your summer research project should be designed in collaboration with a faculty mentor unless you are applying under a detailed special program where the project is already determined.
  2. Complete the online Summer Fellows Research Program Student Application.
  3. Submit the materials described below (saved as a single PDF file labeled as "Student Last Name_2023_SummerFellows") to: email
    1. With your mentor, craft the following:
      • Required: 1-page summary geared toward a generally educated audience, relatively free of disciplinary jargon, describing the research project and outcomes expected. You should include the title of your project, an introduction or background paragraph, your research question or project aim(s), proposed methodology, and a final paragraph placing your work in context with the field (think big picture).
      • Recommended: 1- page, in addition to the written summary, that outlines your timeline and work goals. We understand that research should be very flexible, but demonstrating your understanding of your project and its feasibility in the 10-week program is helpful to reviewers.
    2. 1-2 page student personal statement (12 pt font, 1.5 line spacing, normal margins) using the following prompt:
      • Describe two goals you have for yourself through your work as a potential Summer Fellow and identify how working to achieve these goals will help to prepare you for your future.
    3. A statement of your support request – choose ONE below and provide justification. Please be sure to consult with your mentor to ensure your request is appropriate for your proposed project. (NOT required for those applying under a special project)
      • Request for a tuition waiver and number of credits up to a 3-credit maximum (keep in mind that a 1 credit hour experience requires 35 hours total over the 10 weeks)
      • Request for a stipend of up to a $4,970 maximum (requires 35 hours per week for 10 weeks). You can also request a reduced stipend and calculate per hour ($14.20 paid per hour for summer 2023).
  4. Finally, request a statement of support from either a professor you have had in past or current coursework in the discipline of the proposed research, or your current academic advisor. Your research mentor should not complete this form unless you are applying to be a Presidential Research Fellow. This support should be submitted via the online Student Applicant Support form.


5. Mentors need to prepare the project budget and justification for both the 1) budget and 2) number of student hours per week to be spent working on the project. This should be submitted via the online Summer Fellows Faculty Mentor Information form.

Application Deadline

All application components are due by Friday, April 7, 2023 at midnight.


Email Center Director Dr. Kristin Picardo ( or stop by her office, Kearney 207.

Radiation and Impact on Human Health

Radiation and its Impact on Human Health

  • Up to 2 students will be awarded stipends and research supply funds to investigate radiation medicine-related projects. Students in any major can propose work under this special project.
  • Mentors can be from any department as long as the project focuses on how radiation impacts human health
  • Funding for this special project has been made available by Fisher alum Dr. Timothy Kinsella and the University Radiation Medicine Foundation.

To apply, see application instructions on the main summer research page.

Chemistry Research funded by the NSF

Student Research Opportunity in Chemistry with Dr. Alexey Ignatchenko

Dr. Alexey Ignatchenko (Dr. I.), Associate Professor of Chemistry, has been funded by the National Science Foundation for his project titled “Mapping Catalytic Sites on Alkali Promoted Anatase Titanium Dioxide (TiO2)” which will involve a truly enriching student research component. You can read the Fisher News release to learn more!

The subject of the study is in the area of organic reactions on metal oxide surfaces at the cross-section of analytical, physical, and organic chemistry. Students are expected to learn modern methods of surface analysis including electron microscopy, x-ray powder diffraction, and photo electron spectroscopy at University of Rochester, Rochester Institute of Technology, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory and will be engaged at Fisher in the research activity.

Dr. Ignatchenko is looking to partner with:

Up to 3 sophomore or junior students who have successfully completed General Chemistry and Organic Chemistry (may be currently enrolled in Organic Chemistry), and who, preferably, hold an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher. Applications by members of all underrepresented groups are encouraged. The program will provide a chance for students to co-author a publication in highly cited journals and it will mostly benefit those students who are going into a graduate school in chemistry, physics, biology or medical sciences.

Student researchers will have the opportunity to:

  • Engage in a 10 week summer research experience at Fisher after June 1, 2023. Students will earn a stipend of $14.20/hour and will be expected to work on-campus with Dr. I. and other students for 35 hours/week over the 10 weeks.
  • Gain informal training in the lab at Fisher that may lead to academic credit open in spring 2023 to begin to prepare students.

Interested students should contact Dr. I. at for more information on how to apply.

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1955139. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.