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    Undergraduate Research Fellows in Natural Science

    The McDevitt Center and Father George V. Coyne, McDevitt Chair in Physics, will be continuing our initiative supporting Undergraduate Research Fellows in the Natural Sciences for 2017-2018. This program provides research stipends of $4,000 to as many as 10 undergraduate McDevitt Fellows per year and also supports a monthly research seminar for these Fellows and their faculty sponsors hosted by Father Coyne.

    Program Guidelines:

    • Open to continuing Le Moyne College students majoring in any of the natural science with a GPA of at least 3.3;
    • Candidates must be nominated by a Le Moyne College professor who will serve as their research sponsor and mentor;
    • Nominations must include a brief description of the specific research project to be undertaken, the role of the McDevitt Fellow in the research, and expected results (e.g. published paper, conference presentation, etc.);
    • Fellows and faculty sponsors will attend a monthly research seminar/lunch hosted by Father Coyne;
    • Fellows will engage in hands-on laboratory or field research with their faculty sponsor (at least some of this research must take place during the academic year but it may continue into the summer following the academic year);
    • Fellows and advisors will submit joint reports on research progress to Father Coyne and to the Director of the McDevitt Center at the close of each semester and the summer research period;
    • Fellows will present their work at Le Moyne’s Scholar’s Day and, where appropriate, at a professional conference or other professional venue;
    • Fellows and their faculty sponsors will appropriately acknowledge the support of the McDevitt Chair in Physics and the McDevitt Center in any published work stemming from the supported research.

    For more information about the Undergraduate Research Fellowship in Natural Science, please contact the McDevitt Center at mcdevittcenter@lemoyne.edu 

    McDevitt Information Systems (IS) Research Fellows work closely with the McDevitt Distinguished Chair in IS, Dr. Grabowski while conducting hands-on research in Information Systems, either on campus at Le Moyne or in the field. Graduated McDevitt IS Research Fellows (JP Rancy, Chris Rizzo, Trevor Onori and Danny Della Posta) also serve as mentors to the new Fellows. Fellows and their mentors participate in MIS 495/795, a Research Methods course with bi-monthly research seminars led by the McDevitt Distinguished Chair in Information Systems; in the seminar, Fellows present their research, collaborate on their findings, and discuss their progress. McDevitt IS Research Fellows also share their knowledge, skills and abilities with the wider community and represent the College on- and off-campus.

    The research projects and the McDevitt IS Research Fellows pursuing the projects in 2017-2018 include:
     Augmented Reality Technology Evaluation (Alyssa Crane, JP Rancy)
     GE Next Gen Plant Installation and Commissioning Technology Assessment (Travis May, Sam Gangi)
     Unstructured Data Challenges in Large-Scale Data Systems (Ventech Solutions) (Anthony Brock, Auyen Gai)
     Health Information Systems Evaluation (Greg Kelly), and
     Impacts of New Technology Introduction in Safety-Critical Systems (Irfan Tihic, Sadina Mehmedovic).

    Eligibility and program guidelines for Undergraduate Research Fellows in Information Systems vary each year based on the needs of the program. For more information, please contact Dr. Martha Grabowski, McDevitt Distinguished Chair in Information Systems (grabowsk@lemoyne.edu).

    McDevitt Undergraduate Research Fellows in Computer Science serve as facilitators for the Girls Coding Club at Jamesville/Dewitt High School—and after school club for high school and middle school girls to learn programming in a safe environment. Their role includes teaching lessons on programming and serving as mentors. The main part of their role is to organize activities that allow participants of various abilities the opportunity to work together to solve problems using programming.  Club participants usually start with little to no experience in programming but work their way up to building simple programs like automated wish lists for Santa, to complicated ones such as ones to control a robot finch.  

    The club was started in 2015 and was inspired by the national Girls Who Code organization whose single mission is to close the gender gap in technology.   

    For more information about the Undergraduate Research Fellowship in Computer Science, please contact Dr. Aparna Das, Associate McDevitt Chair in Computer Science (dasa@lemoyne.edu).

    The McDevitt Summer Internship and Research Grant program offers grants in the amount of $3,000 to up to twenty Le Moyne students. Two of the most valuable advantages of this opportunity is (1) these grants make it financially viable for students to accept unpaid internships or paid internships that involve high costs and (2) students who are accepted into the program gain valuable professional experience and/or conduct hands on research in the field or lab at Le Moyne College or other research institutions. 

    Eligibility:

    1. Open to continuing Le Moyne students who are majoring or minoring in either Computer Science, Management/Information Systems, Philosophy, Physics, or Religious Studies.
    2. Internship grant applicants must secure high-impact unpaid internships or paid internships that involve exceptional expense for the students (e.g., involve unreimbursed travel, are located in areas with high costs of living, etc.).
    3. Research grant applicants must secure hands-on laboratory or field research opportunities at Le Moyne or other research institutions.

    Applications will be available on our website in the spring. For more information about McDevitt Summer Internship or Research Program please contact the McDevitt Center’s Assistant, Shuave Jackson (jacksshl@lemoyne.edu).