Syracuse University proudly hosted a weekend of brainstorming and collaboration aimed at mitigating bright flight in Upstate New York. Thirty-six of the brightest students from Cornell University, the University of Rochester, and Syracuse University came together for a charrette to find creative solutions to one of the toughest problems facing Upstate New York: retaining our brightest and best, post-graduation.

The 36 students, selected from various disciplines, schools and colleges, were split into six interdisciplinary groups. COLAB staff and faculty from each of the universities were on hand to assist as needed. In between the work sessions, the students had the opportunity to hear guest lecturers from various leaders from the Upstate New York region, including alumni from their schools, both those who stayed and those who left after graduation.

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