In 2000-2002, Buffalo State was funded through the NCUR-Lancy undergraduate research program. The central theme of our interdisciplinary collaborative research focused on environmental and social changes in Buffalo over the past century. Buffalo’s celebration of the centennial of the 1901 Pan-American Exposition made this research focus especially timely and also took advantage of the College’s proximity to the exposition grounds (across the street) and easy access to the ethnically diverse neighborhoods that characterize the city. Twelve students and four faculty mentors participated in the program each summer. The faculty mentors represented four academic departments: history, sociology, earth sciences and performing arts and the undergraduates were majoring in science, education, sociology, history, and humanities. Several earth science majors participated in the program. Students and faculty mentors participating in the first year were on the cover of the September 2000 issue of the CUR Quarterly (link below: The Centennial Celebration of the Pan-American Exposition). Rather than each student writing a paper or creating their own poster, students were taught ‘tricks of the trade’ from set design and were mentored in the process of designing and constructing plywood flats to display their results. The December 2004 issue of the CUR Quarterly includes a review of the NCUR-Lancy program and a follow-up of BSC’s program (link below: The NCUR/Lancy Initiative: A Five-Year Retrospective).
The two article links below describe Buffalo State's program and are reprinted from the CUR Quarterly with permission from the Council on Undergraduate Research.