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Due to the risks associated with large number of student participation under the current threat of Global Pandemic caused by the COVID-19 virus, we are cancelling the 11th Annual Undergraduate Research Day Event originally scheduled for Thursday April 30, 2020.

Undergraduate Research

The Office of Undergraduate Research Programs at York College

Program Mission

To promote and facilitate student engagement in research and other creative activities in order to demystify research, increase knowledge about its nature and methodologies, and secure a competitive advantage for graduate and professional school and the workforce.

Getting Involved In Research

There are several ways to get involved with undergraduate research at York College. Students who are members of the York College Honors Program are required to do a thesis project. Also, the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) funds qualified students to do year-round research. The School of Arts and Sciences also has funds for student summer research. To find a mentor or program that suits you, contact the Office of Undergraduate Research at To contact the LSAMP program, e-mail Lyndon Haynes. To contact the Honors Program, e-mail

Student Research Day

Every Spring, York College students engaged in undergraduate research present their findings through poster and panel presentations. In 2011, the 2nd Annual Student Research Day involved more than 200 participants, including keynote speaker Staceyann Chin, performer, and Co-writer of Russel Simmons Def Poetry Jam on Broadway, The Other Side Of Paradise. In 2012, the 3rd Annual Student Research Day involved more than 250 students, and featured award-winning novelist Hari Kunzru, author of "Gods Without Men." Participation continues to grow for our 4th Annual Research day, which featured Dr. Partha P. Mitra, Professor of Neuroscience and Theoretical Biology at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.

Program History

The launch of a York College Undergraduate Research Program was first announced by Provost Ivelaw Lloyd Griffith at the CUNY Academic Council on January 6th, 2010. He subsequently named Dr. Rishi Nath, Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at York College, as the first Director. The first annual Student Research Day was held on April 15th, 2010 with over 150 participants. The York College Office of Undergraduate Research, located in room 3E07b, was opened on September 30th, 2010. Dr. Robert O. Duncan, Assistant Professor of Behavioral Sciences, was appointed as the second director on July 1, 2013. Our seventh annual research day featured nearly 200 research projects and over 300 participants. Numbers were matched at the eight annual research day and are expected to continue increasing!  Dr. Ratan Dhar, Associate Professor of Earth and Psychical Sciences, is the current director of the Office of Undergraduate Research.


Undergraduate Research

Ratan Dhar

Zahra Alkaifi
Office Coordinator

Academic Core 3E07B

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