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Office of Student Creative Activity and Research (OSCAR)

The mission of the Office of Student Creative Activity and Research (OSCAR) is to promote and support student scholarly activity and creative work across the SUNY Fredonia campus.

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Welcome to the Office of Student Creative Activity and Research (OSCAR) webpage. The links listed on the left contain information about undergraduate research opportunities at Fredonia, as well as information relevant to students and faculty mentors interested in undergraduate research.

The mission of the Office of Student Creative Activity and Research is to promote and support student scholarly activity and creative work across the Fredonia campus. Such an endeavor is integral to the teaching and learning experience. It provides an opportunity for students to become closely affiliated with a faculty mentor and to develop skills and knowledge that will benefit them in the future. Clearly, both students and faculty benefit from such activity, and therefore it is important that the institution make a concerted effort to promote such collaborations

The OSCAR office opened in 2006 as part of Fredonia’s efforts to institutionalize undergraduate research. The office is part of Academic Affairs and its mission is to promote and provide students with a variety of research, scholarly, and creative opportunities in all academic disciplines. Activities coordinated by the office include the annual Student Research and Creativity Exposition and funding to support travel for students presenting/performing at professional meetings and conferences.

Members of the OSCAR committee include:

  • Ziya Arnavut, Computer and Information Sciences
  • Allan Cardenas, Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Michael Jabot, Education
  • Jaehee Kwon, Education
  • Robyn Reger, School of Business
  • Carol Smith, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Courtney Wigdahl-Perry, Biology
  • Peter Tucker, Visual Arts and New Media
  • Ivani Vassoler-Froelich, Politics and International Affairs
  • Erin Mroczka, Retention & Academic Success
  • Kim Miller, Retention & Academic Success
  • Kerrie Wilkes, Reed Library
  • Jill Reese, School of Music

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Student Research Showcase

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Emilee Stenson

Emilee Stenson

Emilee is a senior molecular genetics major with a minor in Chemistry and English at Fredonia. She is currently researching how to interpret and what causes grief in medical facilities. This research project was inspired by the following books written by the author Virginia Woolf: On Being Ill, Mrs. Dalloway, and To The Lighthouse. 


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Sudi Wang

Sudi Wang

Sudi Wang, a senior Biology major with a minor in Visual Arts at Fredonia, is currently researching how non-native invasive periwinkle outcompete native species and their effect on the environment.

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John Merino

John Merino

John is a senior Computer Science major at Fredonia. He is currently researching the following topic: “How to Use Localization and Clustering to Map Rescue Paths for Victims of a Building Disasters.” This project explores applications of indoor localization techniques in disaster management with an emphasis on multi-story buildings, which may be partially collapsed and require recovery of victims. 

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Past Student Research and Creativity Expositions

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