To recognize and honor outstanding SUNY Oneonta students who conduct high-quality independent research and creative activity with faculty sponsorship, the College at Oneonta Foundation (CF) will award prizes in the amount of $300 to up to five individual students who present work at the 2014 Student Research & Creative Activity (SRCA) Day on March 26. Faculty sponsors of prize winners will also receive a $100 prize. Nominations from across the disciplines will be considered.

Unexpended funding from Student Grant awards made over the years has been carried-over annually in the Research Foundation of SUNY account established to administer the Student Grant Program for Research and Creative Activity; funding is sufficient and available in this account to fund the fourth year of this initiative (no additional allocation by the CF is required).

Student Eligibility

  • Students working solely on projects conducted as part of a class or coursework are not eligible.
  • Only students recommended by a faculty sponsor will be considered (see process below).
  • If more than one student worked on a project, the individal student nominee’s contribution to the project must be clearly delineated in the faculty nomination.
  • Student finalists must be present at SRCA Day and available to a team of adjudicators to be eligible for consideration (specific times will be arranged in advance).

Review Process / Timeline

March 7

SRCA Day abstracts due

March 19

Faculty sponsors will be contacted for nominations, to be submitted online here

Faculty recommendations due; recommendations will include the following criteria:

  • Confirmation that the student’s project is independent (i.e. not related to coursework), and the level of independence of the candidate to the work

  • Individual contribution of candidate, if project includes other student co-authors

  • Project has been, or will be, presented at an outside professional venue and/or published/exhibited

  • Novelty of the candidate’s work/contribution to the field

  • Student’s oral communication skills

By March 24

Nominees screened by GDO staff for eligibility

Recommendations forwarded for review by the Committee on Research

Finalists chosen and notified; abstracts and recommendations of finalist sent to externals adjudicators

March 26

SRCA Day – finalists are available for presentation to adjudicators (informal Q&A at presentation);
time will be established in advance

By April 1

Outcome is reported to Committee on Research

Finalists are notified of outcome


Reception for prize winners and finalists, and their faculty sponsors, CF Board members, administration, etc. Presentations of finalists will be displayed, and student prize winners make brief presentations (~5 minutes).

Finalists will be identified at SRCA Day on their nametags and presentation site; all finalists will receive a certificate, and prizes will be awarded at the reception.

Questions? Contact the Grants Development Office at 607.436.2632


Updated 3/12/14