Undergraduate research

Hands-on, faculty-mentored undergraduate research is at the heart of a Union education.

Steinmetz Symposium poster session
STEINMETZ SYMPOSIUM POSTER PRESENTATIONS

All year round, students work closely with their professors—in classrooms, labs, studios, archives and in the field—delving into topics that intrigue and challenge them. And for one day each May, the College suspends classes so that students can share their academic and creative interests and talents at the Steinmetz Symposium, a campus-wide celebration with peers, professors and families.

Held annually since 1991, the symposium features an extraordinary array of oral presentations, posters, performances and exhibits. The event is named after Charles P. Steinmetz, the Union professor of electrical engineering who was world-renowned in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He served as General Electric’s chief engineer, and was known for his inventions and pioneering work in alternating current.

The symposium celebrates a culture of personal discovery that integrates coursework, faculty mentorship and peer collaboration to deepen students’ understanding of their subjects and themselves.

All year round, students work closely with their professors—in classrooms, labs, studios, archives and in the field—delving into topics that intrigue and challenge them. And for one day each May, the College suspends classes so that students can share their academic and creative interests and talents at the Steinmetz Symposium, a campus-wide celebration with peers, professors and families.

Held annually since 1991, the symposium features an extraordinary array of oral presentations, posters, performances and exhibits. The event is named after Charles P. Steinmetz, the Union professor of electrical engineering who was world-renowned in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He served as General Electric’s chief engineer, and was known for his inventions and pioneering work in alternating current.

The symposium celebrates a culture of personal discovery that integrates coursework, faculty mentorship and peer collaboration to deepen students’ understanding of their subjects and themselves.

Steinmetz from A to Z

  • Automated Surface Photometry of Galaxies in Groups
  • Biopolymer-Based Triboelectric Nanogenerators
  • Carbon Dynamics in a Marsh-Dominated Estuarine Ecosystem
  • Designing a Low-Cost Ultrasound Pulser Freezing Brain Tumors
  • Noninvasively with Laser Cooling
  • Geometric Constructions, Origami and Galois Theory
  • Identifying Backward-Looking Neurons in the Aeshnidae Dragonfly
  • Light-Induced Expression of a Blue Coral Protein in an Industrial Fungus
  • Mozart Effect and Other Misbeliefs About Psychology
  • Optimizing a Connecting Rod through 3D Printing
  • Portable Solar Energy Power System for Natural Disaster Relief
  • Quantification of hFSHR Signaling to Determine Dependence of Lipid Raft Residency
  • Teleoperation of Robotic Systems in Virtual Reality
  • Using Stable Isotope Analysis to Identify Tick Hosts
  • Water Quality Policies in New York and California
  • Zero Emissions Credits and Nuclear Energy Subsidization in the Empire State

Research that makes a difference

ZINEB HAJJAJ ’20 HOLDS AN AEROGEL WINDOW PANE LASER-ETCHED WITH THE UNION COLLEGE SEAL.
ZINEB HAJJAJ ’20 HOLDS AN AEROGEL WINDOW PANE LASER-ETCHED WITH THE UNION COLLEGE SEAL.
Soil samples from the Albany Pine Bush

A living laboratory not far from campus

Biology professor Jeffrey Corbin conducts much of his experimental work in the Albany Pine Bush Preserve. This globally rare pine barren ecosystem is a short car ride away from the Union campus, creating an ideal opportunity to get his classes into the field and also include students in his research.

Engineering students Yueyin Su and Benjamin Davis collaborated with Professir Traver on the replicable power wheelchair.

Empowering children with special needs

For the past several years, Union engineering students have been working to design a replicable wheelchair for children that’s reasonably priced and easy to use by retrofitting the Power Wheels Wild Thing, a Fisher-Price battery-powered vehicle.