Special Events

Nobel laureate Philip A. Sharp Ph.D.
Nobel laureate Philip A. Sharp Ph.D. delivered the 2009 Charles R. Ross lecture at Upstate and spent a day with students and faculty in the College of Graduate Studies. Sharp was awarded a Nobel Prize in 1993.

There are many “extras” built into the curriculum.

In addition to attending Journal Club and having daily access to their advisors, our students enjoy academically oriented special events, both on and off campus.

The Charles R. Ross Memorial Student Research Day

This annual event allows students from all four colleges at SUNY Upstate to share their research findings with each other and with the public.

Biomedical Sciences Research Retreat

This day-long retreat in the Finger Lakes region celebrates research accomplishments at Upstate with faculty and student presentations and poster sessions.


This two-day event sponsored by the Neuroscience program includes a poster session and symposium featuring neuroscience research from throughout central New York.

SCID-HU Mouse Models Cconference

This annual spring meeting, hosted by the Microbiology and Immunology Department, highlights the latest research utilizing humanized severe combined immunodeficient (SCID) mouse models of viral disease and cancer.

Distinguished Guest Speakers

SUNY Upstate students have a standing invitation to the special lectures and presentations on campus. Recent guest lecturers have included:

  • Linda Bartoshuk, PhD Member of the National Academy of Sciences; Presidential Endowed Professor of Community Dentistry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Florida
  • Paul D. Boyer, PhD Professor Emeritus of Chemistry and Biochemistry, University of California, Los Angeles; 1997 Nobel Prize Winner in Chemistry
  • John G. Hildebrand, PhD Member of the National Academy of Sciences; Director of the Division of Neurobiology, Arizona Research Laboratories, University of Arizona
  • David Hubel, MD Professor of Neurobiology, Harvard University; Winner of the 1981 Nobel Prize in Medicine
  • Sir Paul Nurse, PhD President of The Rockefeller University; 2001 Nobel Prize Winner in Physiology or Medicine
  • E. Premkumar Reddy, PhD Director of the Fels Institute for Cancer Research and Molecular Biology, Temple University School of Medicine
  • Phillip A. Sharp, PhD Institute Professor of Molecular Biology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; 1993 Nobel Prize winner in Physiology or Medicine.
  • Peter J. Stambrook, PhD Scientific Director of the Israel Cancer Research Institute Fund; Professor in the Department of Cancer and Cell Biology of the University of Cincinnati Medical Center.