Portfolio of Current Awards*

As of September 23, 2013


Source: National Science Foundation (TUES)

Award Amount: $199,777

Jacqueline Bennett & Maurice Odago (Chemistry & Biochemistry),
John Dudek (Hartwick College)

Period: 1/2013 - 6/2016

A significant obstacle to engaging undergraduate students enrolled in chemistry courses is transcending the artificial boundaries separating lecture and laboratory activities and students’ everyday experiences. This project, known as CLICK (Color and Light to Improve Chemical Knowledge), will provide students with multiple opportunities to explore connections between everyday life experiences and subject matter learned formally in chemistry courses throughout the undergraduate curriculum. Students will advance their experiential learning by engaging in various integrated sequential activities that progress through levels of complexity, from (1) using smartphone cameras and hand-held UV lamps to explore fluorescent and phosphorescent properties of common household materials; to (2) employing portable multifunctional chemical analysis systems to design their own experiments for investigating their daily surroundings; to (3) performing more refined and sophisticated laboratory-based experimentation of these materials from outside the laboratory. Outreach and dissemination activities will include sharing CLICK activities with colleagues during faculty development workshops, involving the SUNY Oneonta NOYCE scholars in informal science education activities at the campus’ Science Discovery Center, presenting at regional and national meetings, and publishing in appropriate journals. A variety of assessment and evaluation methods will be employed to measure the impact of the strategies and pedagogy developed by the project. These include the Motivated Strategies for Learning Questionnaire (MSLQ), the Chemistry Expectations Survey (CHEMX), the Views of the Nature of Science (VNOS) questionnaire, and American Chemical Society standardized exams, in addition to locally developed techniques to determine student engagement.


Source: SUNY Innovative Instructional Technology Grant Program

Award Amount: $9,700

Kjersti VanSlyke-Briggs (Education)

Period: 7/2013 - 6/2014

Building upon an established relationship between SUNY Oneonta and a local school district, this pilot project formally designates a Partnership School, at which a team of two Education students will conduct field experience over the course of one year. In addition to providing these participating pre-service teachers (students) with a clinically rich experience through closer supervision by and interaction with their faculty supervisor, the project will enrich the experience of high school English students by providing appropriate technology in the classroom and integrating it with instruction. The project gives student teachers and educators the ability to collaborate upon and refine lesson planning and delivery, efficiently and effectively
meeting the requirements for pre-service teacher assessment established by the edTPA teacher performance initiative (see http://edtpa.aacte.org/). It is, thus, broadly applicable to teacher education programs across the State.


Source: SUNY Innovative Instructional Technology Grant Program

Award Amount: $58,000

Steve Gallo (University at Buffalo); Brian Lowe (Sociology); Jim Greenberg (TLTC)

Period: 7/2013 - 6/2014

The storage and analysis of large datasets culled from social media such as Facebook and Twitter can easily grow to a size that is beyond the capability of commonly used software tools to analyze within an acceptable amount of time. Primarily Undergraduate Institutions (PUI) typically do not have the computing and networking infrastructure or support personnel needed to allow students to create, manipulate, and analyze large multi-terabyte datasets. The SUNY Research Centers, therefore, have an active role to play in supporting data-intensive computing education and analysis at SUNY’s PUIs. In order to provide the tools necessary to expose students to state-of-the-art data-intensive computing and analysis techniques, the Center for Computational Research (CCR) at the University at Buffalo (UB) and SUNY Oneonta will partner to pilot
the establishment of a collaborative virtual community, focusing initially on data-intensive computing
education in the social sciences.


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.

Recent Proposal Submissions

Sponsors of Recently Ended Awards

SUNY Innovative Instructional Technology Grant Program
SUNY Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation
U.S. Geologic Survey EDMAP Program
Stanley H. & Theodora L. Feldberg Foundation
National Aeronautics and Space Adminstration
Institute of Museum & Library Services