Portfolio of Current Awards*

As of September 19, 2014

SUNY Oneonta Noyce Scholars Program – Phase II

Source: National Science Foundation

Award Amount: $799,941

Paul Bischoff (Secondary Science Education), Paul French (Physics & Astronomy),
John Schaumloffel (Chemistry & Biochemistry)

Period: 9/2014 - 8/2019

This Noyce Phase II project will prepare and graduate 20 NYS-certified middle and high school science teachers to teach science in urban and rural high-need schools, via a combination of academic, experiential, informal science education and practical experiences. The project team will also continue to research and report to the national and international communities the results of longitudinal research data analyzing the career paths of the Noyce graduates, psychometrics associated with the pedagogies they employ, the stresses they endure, and the professional rewards they enjoy as they play an important front-line role in transforming science learning in the United States.

Oral Histories in Dialogue

Source: New York Council for the Humanities

Award Amount: $1,500

William Walker (Cooperstown Graduate Program [CGP])

Period: 8/2014 - 1/2015

This planning project will study the best ways to develop a community stories model for humanities organizations across the state to engage community members in dialogues on key local issues. CGP’s current oral history dialogue model and how to translate the model to other humanities institutions in New York State will be examined, and directors of humanities organizations will be surveyed to gauge their interest in this type of program.


SUNY Chancellor's Award for Internationalization

Award Amount: $4,000

Maria Cristina Montoya (Foreign Languages & Literatures)


Expansion of successful faculty-led study abroad course, to include new teaching experience in the context of bilingual education. The course will provide a teaching field experience abroad for SUNY students on San Andrés Island, Colombia, a multidialectal and multicultural community (Creole, Caribbean Spanish, and standard English and Spanish).


Source: National Science Foundation (TUES)

Award Amount: $194,129

Keith Schillo (Biology)

Period: 5/2013 - 4/2016

RIPE will incorporate student use of physiologic instrumentation into experiments that test hypotheses derived from highly focused case studies, each of which emphasizes a fundamental physiologic concept. The case studies, videos of the experiments, and data resulting from the experiments will be made available to other institutions through a website, information about which will be widely disseminated. RIPE combines state-of-the-art knowledge and technology to create a compelling new vision of what undergraduate physiology courses should be offering.


Source: National Science Foundation (S-STEM)

Award Amount: $612,515

John Schaumloffel (Chemistry & Biochemistry), Jennifer Withington (Biology),
Jason Smolinski (Physics & Astronomy)

Period: 3/2013 - 2/2018

The SUNY Oneonta S-STEM Scholars Program will reduce the financial burden on qualified students studying in STEM fields by providing scholarships; improve educational outcomes by supporting participants with new academic and student support services and programs; maximize student opportunities for undergraduate research and professional travel by providing resources to participats; and evaluate student progress, satisfaction, and program achievement.

Acquisition of Tools for Top-Down Management of Aquatic Systems:
Evaluating Sucess at the Bottom of the Food Chain

Source: National Science Foundation (FSML)

Award Amount: $94,315

Willard N. Harman (Biological Field Station), John R. Foster (SUNY Cobleskill)

Period: 8/2012-7/2014

Funding will allow the Biological Field Station to acquire a FlowCam VS-IV integrated camera, computer, and software package to enhance progress on a number of ongoing research projects.


Function of Mouse Heat Shock Factor 1 Alpha and Beta Isoforms

Source: National Institutes of Health

Award Amount: $277,580

Nancy Bachman (Biology)


Heat shock factor 1, a major target of the longevity factor sirtuin 1, provides body cells with protection from stressors such as heat and peroxide. This project will identify the contribution of isoforms of mouse heat shock factor 1, a regulatory protein, in activating stress response genes. Understanding these basic mechanisms will provide a critical framework for new treatments for age-associated diseases targeted to the heat shock pathway.

College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP)

Source: U.S. Department of Education    

Award Amount: $2,124,335

Patricia Hanley (Student Development)     

Period: 7/2011–6/2016

CAMP assists migrant and seasonal farm workers and members of their immediate family to complete their first academic year of college at SUNY Oneonta and to continue in postsecondary education; it provides a comprehensive array of educational and support services, along with intensive follow-up assistance so that participants are successful in completing their postsecondary education.

RUI: Implementing the Otsego Lake Watershed Plan -
Enhancement of Lake Access, Laboratory and Field Instrumentation and Associated Research

Source: National Science Foundation (FSML)

Award Amount: $103,633

Willard Harman (Biological Field Station), Florian Reyda (Biology/Biological Field Station)  

Period: 4/2011–3/2013

Construction of a series of weirs in tributaries to Otsego Lake for long-term stream hydrologic, sediment and nutrient mass balance monitoring/analysis; purchase of four boats; and acquisition of instrumentation to refine acoustic evaluation of fish populations, to collect fish characterizing tributary water quality, and for analysis of the aquatic biota in both the Lake and its tributaries.

Sustainable Infrastructure for the SUNY Oneonta Biological Field Station Upper Research Site

Source: National Science Foundation Academic Research Infrastructure Program (ARI-R2)

Award Amount: $417,500

Willard Harman (Biological Field Station), Nigel Mann (Biology), Florian Reyda (Biology/Biological Field Station), Scott Barton, Tom Rathbone (Facilities Planning)

Period: 10/2010–3/2013

Renovation of currently underutilized field laboratory; expansion of the laboratory’s capacity will allow faculty researchers to establish long-planned projects in ornithology, parasitology, geomorphology, botany and population ecology, and to collaborate with colleagues at other institutions to devise novel investigations capitalizing on the site’s unique characteristics.

New "Drilling Prospects" to Feed the Geoscience Workforce Pipeline

Source: National Science Foundation Geoscience Education (GeoEd)

Award Amount: $148,406

James Ebert & Todd Ellis (Earth & AtmosphericSciences)

Period: 9/2010–8/2013

Focused expansion of the Earth Science Outreach Program (ESOP) which provides college credit for advanced geoscience courses taught in high schools in response to the absence of Advanced Placement opportunities in the geosciences; and evaluation of the efficacy of dual-credit programs to demonstrate the effectiveness of recruiting talented students into geosciences majors.

Improving the Use of Computer Data Analysis Skills in Undergraduate Meteorology

Source: National Science Foundation Course, Curriculum and Laboratory Instruction (CCLI) 

Award Amount: $199,592

Todd Ellis & Jerome Blechman (Earth & Atmospheric Sciences)

Period: 9/2009–8/2013

Development of new Meteorology curriculum elements, along with substantial improvement and upgrading of the Meteorology program’s computing facilities.

SUNY Oneonta Noyce Scholars Program

Source: National Science Foundation

Award Amount: $899,964

Paul Bischoff (Secondary Science Education), James Ebert, Todd Ellis (Earth & Atmospheric Sciences), Paul French (Physics & Astroomy), Les Hasbargen (Earth & Atmospheric Sciences), John Schaumloffel (Chemistry & Biochemistry)

Period: 7/2009–6/2014

Preparation and graduation of an additional 24 secondary science teachers, via a combination of academic, experiential, informal science education and practical experiences. Noyce Scholars, recruited from entering STEM majors, commit to teaching for four years in high-need school districts (either urban or rural) upon graduation.


*Current Grant Awards represent funding awarded and fiscally administered through the Research Foundation of SUNY (RF) only and does not include private grants and gifts secured and administered through the College at Oneonta Foundation. In addition to facilitating all grants submitted through the RF, Grants Development staff also devote significant effort to developing proposals for a variety of College at Oneonta Foundation priorities. This listing also does not include contracts awarded and administered through the RF that are not facilitated by the GDO.