Undergraduate Research/Creative Activity Fellowship

The Undergraduate Research/Creative Activity (UGRCA) Fellowship program provides opportunities for students from any major to conduct research or a creative project with a mentor in their field. Fellowships are conducted during the summer session (Session A or C). Fellows have typically used the fellowship to collect more data on a project that is almost complete or to prepare a project for publication/presentation or exhibition.

To be eligible for this award students must be currently enrolled and have a minimum overall GPA of 3.0. Priority will be given to students who do not have access to other funding sources for example from departmental funds or the Honors Program.

The call for applications for the UGRCA Fellowship will take place in the Fall semester. Formal applications will be due April 28th by 5:00pm. The student and faculty mentor must apply as a pair. The announcement of award recipients will be made in early May.  The student selected for this competitive fellowships (1 Research or 1 Creative Activity) will each receive a stipend of $1,000.00 and $250.00 to be used for their projects or travel to present/exhibit their projects. Faculty awards can be used for travel or a stipend.


Previous Fellowship Awards


Kelly Bielonko (Psychology) will be working with her mentor Dr. Bachiochi on a research project titled “The Relationship Between Employee Resource Groups and Occupational Health Outcomes.”  

Emily Miclon (Performing Arts) will be working with Dr. Calissi on a project titled “The Preparation and Performance of Advanced Precision Repertoire.” 


Julia C. Leitao (Performing Arts) will be working with her mentor Dr. Alycia Bright-Holland on her work titled “Thread City Devising Script/Creative Activity”. This project is part of the Thread City project intended to focus on the the history of Willimantic through immigration stories via a theatre-based production. Julia will be using her fellowship to choreograph parts of the show and complete storyboards.

Jolene Pottter (Psychology) has presented her research with Dr. Mary Kenny titled “Perceptions of Rape Culture on a College Campus” at conferences including NCUR 2017. Jolene will be working on preparing her research for submission for publication later this summer.


Nicole Garcia (Performing Arts) will be working with her mentor Dr. Kristen Morgan on the project “Scenic Design, Two Gentlemen of Verona (the Musical).” The project will be completed during Summer Session C resulting in 3-D models of the sets to be presented at an undergraduate research conference and ultimately for the performance in Spring 2017.

    Outcome: Presented at the 2016 COPLAC Undergraduate Research Conference at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

2017 National Conferences on Undergraduate Research, Memphis, TN.

Recipient: President’s Award for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity, Eastern Connecticut State University 2017.

Jacob Dayton (Biology) and his mentor (Dr. Patricia Szczys) will also be working during Summer Session C in writing up the results of the research project title “Population Structure of the Eurasian Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrida) a Species Exhibiting Demographic Expansion.”  

    Outcome: Presented at the 40th Annual Meeting of the Waterbird Society in New Bern, North Carolina (September, 2016

    Jacob Dayton, Mateusz Ledwon, Jean-Marc Paillisson, Nataly Atamas & Patricia Szczys (In Press). Genetic Diversity and Population Structure of the Eurasian Whiskered Tern (Chlidonias hybrid hybrida), a Species Exhibiting Range Expansion. Waterbirds

Recipient: President’s Award for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity, Eastern Connecticut State University 2017.


Zane Lombardo (Mentor: Robert Collins) from the Physical Sciences Department has been selected as the Undergraduate Research Fellow. Zane will be working his project titled “Biophysical  Studies of Fluorescent Protein Calcium Sensors.” 

Outcome: Presented at the CREATE Conference and submitted for publication.


Manan Bhatt biology student,  (Mentor: Barbara Murdoch) will be supported this summer in continuing his research titled “Identification of Cells that Produce Neurons in the Chick Olfactory Epithelium” for the biology department.

     Outcome:  Presented at the Eastern Colleges Science Conference, Niagra College

Jessica Patrizi also from the biology department, will receive the 2nd Summer Fellowship to prepare her work for presentation and publication with Dr. Barbara Murdoch). Jessica’s project is titled ” Can Extracellular Matrix Molecules Enhance Neurogenesis in the Chick Olfactory Epithelium.”

     Outcome:  Presented at the Eastern Colleges Science Conference, Niagra College. Recipient of the CT NASA Space Consortium funding, Jean Thoresen Scholarship and Barnard Scholar. Accepted in Oseteopathic Medical School.


Ricky Manger and Professor Mizan R. Khan (Mathematics)

     Outcome: M. Khan, & R. Magner (2014). An Application of Modular Hyperbolas to Quadratic Residues.       American Mathematical Monthly (In press)  Barnard Scholar and accepted into Boston University Ph.D. program in    Mathematics.