Committee on Research



Student Grant Program for Research and Creative Activity

Funded by the College at Oneonta Foundation and the SUNY Oneonta Alumni Association

A total of $58,650 was allocated to the Student Grant Program for 2017. The Committee on Research awarded 32 grants totaling $52,275. Successful proposals were submitted from a wide variety of disciplines, ranging from the creative arts to the natural and social sciences, as well as the humanities.


Student[s] (Faculty Sponsor[s], Department): Project

Fall 2016 Application Round Awardees:

Jonathan Albert (April Ford, English):
Children of the Hills

Emily Berezowski [grad student] (Jeffrey Heilveil, Biology):
Test the Water Before you Dive In: Rad Sequencing and Contemporary Events

Caleb Brah (Tracy Allen, Geography & Environmental Sustainability):
Bathymetric and Sedimentation Survey of Goodyear Lake

Nicole Cajo (Maria Montoya, Foreign Languages & Literatures):
Colombian Healthcare: A Citizen's Perspective

Nicolas Capra (Jacqueline Bennett, Chemistry & Biochemistry):
Estimating Imine Basicity Trends for Water Testing Applications

Shannon Crehan & Paula Rebancos (Kristen Roosa, Biology):
Effect of the Circadian Rhythm on Phosphoramide Mustard-induced Toxicity in the Urinary System

Brandon Emerson [grad student] (William Walker, Cooperstown Graduate Program):
Cross-Cultural Entrepreneurship: Examining Entrepreneurial Efforts at FundaciĆ³n ABLE

Thomas Franzem (Daniel Stich, Biology):
Factors Impacting Amphibian Abundance in Anthropogenic Vernal Pools

Anna Graziosi (June Tyler, Art):
Ghost Stories

Kristen Guastella (Wesley Bernard, Art):
Future of Farms

Kayonga Denis Muganza (Joe Pignato, Music):
Visual Extended Play: "Fresh off the Boat"

Sarah Newtown [grad student] (Jeffrey Heilveil, Biology):
Meiofaunal Distributions in Four Otsego County Aquatic Systems

William O'Connell [grad student] (Donna Vogler, Biology):
Skeletochronological Technique for Wood turtles (Glyptemys inscupta)

Fernando Peralta (Junryo Watanabe, Biology):
Characterization of Novel Genes Involved in Removing Apoptotic Debris

Jonelle Reyes (Tsitsi McPherson, Biology & Philip Sirianni, Economics, Finance & Accounting):
SUCO Ecological Footprint Assessment

Amanda Rhodes (Elizabeth Bastiaans, Biology):
Jumping the Fence: Population Genetics of an Introduced Fence Lizard on Staten Island

Neil Rosenfeld & Marina Seidel (Jacqueline Bennett, Chemistry & Biochemistry):
Lead Water Testing as a Simple in Home Fluorimetric Assay

Jaclyn Ruhl (Fred Zalatan, Biology):
The Effects of Wood-boring Insects Exposure on Fungal Decay of Ash Wood

Spring 2017 Application Round Awardees:

Daniela Aguilar (Kelly Gallagher, Chemistry & Biochemistry):
Glenwood and Cranberry Lake Preserve Management and Exploration

Dina Atwa & John Jaromack (Rhea Nowak, Art):
Mente et Amino

Margaret Doolin [graduate student] (Florian Reyda, Biology):
Using Molecules and Morphology to Understand Diversity in Neoechinorhynchus

Julia Marcantonio (Joshua Nollenberg):
Gravitational Lensing

Joseph McCarron (Jill Fielhaber, Biology):
Influence of IGF-1 on Proliferation and Apoptosis of Cancer Cells via mTOR and STAT Protein Interactions

Laura Melendez (Junryo Watanabe, Biology):
Characterization of Novel Genes Involved in Removing Bacterial Debris

Kate Moore (Keith Brunstad, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences):
Geochemistry, Petrology and Areal Distribution of Lava Flows Emanating from Goat Rocks Volcano, WA: Working towards an Eruption Prediction Model

Melissa Muller (Jeffrey Heilveil, Biology):
The Effects of Larval Dispersal on the Gene Flow of Invasive Marine Mollusc Crepidula fornicata in Long Island Populations

John Palmerton (Keith Brunstad, Earth & Atmospheric Sciences):
Magma Evolution Recorded in Micro-textures in Plagioclase from the Tieton Andesite Lava Flow, Goat Rocks Volcano, Washington, USA: Evidence of a Dynamic Magma Plumbing System

Fernando Peralta (Junryo Watanabe, Biology):
Characterization of Novel Genes Involved in Removing Apoptotic Debris, Part II

Gabriella Scott (Paul Lord & Fred Zalatan, Biology):
Eastern ellipto Survivorship and Host Availability in Otego Creek (Otsego County), New York

Emily Shaver & Erin Corsi (Theresa Loomis, Human Ecology):
The Impact of Parental Role Modeling on SUNY Oneonta Student Eating and Exercise Patterns

Emma Thompson (Elizabeth Bastiaans, Biology):
Measures of Abundance of Ambystoma jeffersonianum Salamanders in a Vernal Pool System Using Environmental DNA