SUNY Oswego sponsors national journal of undergraduate research

OSWEGO — SUNY Oswego has taken over as host campus of the American Journal of Undergraduate Research, a peer-reviewed, open-source publication for student scholarly and creative work in a wide variety of fields.

Chemistry department faculty member Kestutis Bendinskas, a subject editor with the journal for eight years, rose to editor, succeeding the late Cliff Chancey of the University of Northern Iowa, who established the journal in 2002.

“This is a distinct honor and a nice fit for SUNY Oswego, which prides itself on encouraging undergraduate research and providing opportunities and resources for it,” Bendinskas said.

Oswego long has supported student scholarly and creative activity with, for example, the daylong Quest symposium each April, grants from the college’s Scholarly and Creative Activities Committee and strong encouragement and support from the faculty and administration, including creation of the Office of Research and Individualized Student Experiences.

Joining Bendinskas as the journal’s assistant editor is Anthony Contento of biological sciences at SUNY Oswego. Editorial board members include several from Oswego: biological sciences faculty David Dunn in physiology, Poongodi Geetha-Loganathan in developmental biology and Peter Newell in microbiology; Lisa Seppi, who specializes in art history; Steven Skubis in meteorology; and, as an honorary board member, Lorrie Clemo, provost and vice president of academic affairs.

Other board members hail from Emory, Delaware, Elon, Northern Iowa, Northern Michigan and several other colleges and universities around the nation and the world.

Articles for the August issue came from undergraduates and their mentors at SUNY Oswego, the universities of Arizona and Baylor, Penn State, St. Michael’s College and Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores in Monterrey, Mexico.

For more information about the American Journal of Undergraduate Research, visit Those interested in undergraduate research and creativity at SUNY Oswego can learn more at