National Undergraduate Research Week – Fort Hays State University Celebration


Dr. Jill Singer

SUNY-College at Buffalo State

Undergraduate Research: From Vision to Practice

April 16, 2012


Jill Singer is a Professor in the Earth Sciences Department at SUNY-College at Buffalo (Buffalo State). She received her geology from Rice University in 1987. She joined the faculty at Buffalo State in 1986 and served as Chair of the Department of Earth Sciences and Science Education from 1993 to 1998. In2003, she was appointed Director of Buffalo State’s Office of Undergraduate Research. As director she is responsible for administering programs that provide support for small academic year research projects, travel support for students to present at conferences and juried exhibits,summer research program, and faculty development opportunities related to integrating undergraduate research into the curriculum. Over the past five years, Singer has collaborated with two evaluators to develop a methodology for evaluating the learning outcomes and impact of undergraduate research. Singer’s research focuses on sediment dynamics and much of her work has involved undergraduates and has been related to environmental remediation efforts of the Buffalo River, a river that flows into the eastern end of Lake Erie near the Niagara River. From 2001 to 2003 and 2007 to 2009 Jill served as a program director in the Division of Undergraduate Education at the National Science Foundation. Dr. Singer has been involved in the Council of Undergraduate Research for more than 20 years, including serving as CUR President (2003-2004). She helped organize and lead "Institutionalizing Undergraduate Research" workshops for the past ten years.