SUNY Oneonta

Current Grant Awards

As of July, 2017

Collaborative Research: Common Problem Pedagogy (CP2) *
Source: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Award Amount: $57,367
Period: 8/2017 - 7/2019
Principal Investigators: Jan Bowers (Education & Human Ecology), Joshua Nollenberg (Physics & Astronomy)
The Common Problem Pedagogy project, a collaboration with SUNY Cortland (lead), SUNY Oswego, and SUNY Plattsburgh, seeks to improve STEM teaching and learning through the integration of cross-disciplinary experiences and applied learning opportunities. STEM faculty on each campus will partner with one or more colleagues from the arts and humanities to identify a community partner with a significant problem or issue relevant to their disciplines. Faculty will incorporate problem-based learning activities in their courses to address the problem. Interdisciplinary teams of students will work together, applying the perspectives and tools of inquiry from their respective disciplines, to develop potential solutions that will be presented to the community partner at the end of the semester. The goals of the project are to demonstrate the effectiveness of common problem pedagogy on student learning within STEM disciplines, to increase the number of STEM instructors proficient in this pedagogy, and to identify strategies for scaling up this methodology for large-scale adoption across the SUNY system and beyond.

Oneonta's Life Enjoyed is about CHOICES *
Source: National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
Award Amount: $30,000
Period: 8/2017 - 5/2020
Principal Investigators: Tracy Ranieri (Athletics), James Zians (Psychology)
Funding will support the establishment of the SUNY O PROS (Oneonta Players Reaching Other Students) Program through which up to 30 student athlete peer mentors will provide orientation and academic year programming to promote positive social norms about alcohol on campus and in the community.

Authentic Research Experiences for Earth Science Education Majors *
Source: National Science Foundation (NSF)
Award Amount: $354,439
Period: 7/2017 - 6/2020
Principal Investigators: James Ebert (Earth & Atmospheric Sciences), Paul Bischoff (Secondary Education)
This project will engage pre-service Earth Science Education (ESE) majors in authentic research experiences designed to deepen content expertise and immersion in model-based learning, a pedagogy proven to enhance students’ conceptual understanding. For each year of the three year project, a cohort of pre-service Earth Science teachers will design and build new models of Earth processes and concepts. Models developed by participants will be evaluated by New York State Master STEM Teachers and pilot-tested in K-12 and introductory geoscience college classes. Models will also be presented in informal science education venues and at science teacher conferences. These experiences will enable participating ESE majors to stimulate interest in the geosciences in K-12 students, with the ultimate goals of promoting majoring in the geosciences in college and eventually reducing the deficit of geoscientists in the workforce.

Scaling Up the SUNY Virtual Herbarium Network **
Source: SUNY Innovative Instruction Technology Grant (IITG)
Award Amount: $20,000
Period: 7/2017 - 6/2018
Principal Investigator: Sean Robinson (Biology)
This project continues the development of a SUNY Herbarium Network and scales up the SUNY Virtual Herbarium. The digitization of herbaria collections at SUNY Oneonta and SUNY Plattsburgh will be completed, and the digitization of collections at SUNY Brockport will be started. Collections will be accessible via an open-access data portal. Two web-based learning modules developed using IITG funds awarded in 2016/17 will be implemented and evaluated at three different types of SUNY institutions. Herbarium digitization methods and the implementation of the learning modules will be shared at a 2-3 day SUNY Herbarium Curator Workshop.

Development and Assessment of Openly Available WeBWorK Problem Sets for Underserved Mathematics Courses **
Source: SUNY Innovative Instruction Technology Grant (IITG)
Award Amount: $9,800
Period: 7/2017 - 6/2018
Principal Investigator: Keith Jones (Mathematics, Computer Science & Statistics)
This project brings together expert faculty members and qualified undergraduate students to design, implement, and test up to 1,000 WeBWorK problem sets for introductory mathematics courses. The content created by this project will be broadly applicable across SUNY campuses to incorporate homework software into a wider variety of classes, whether traditional or online. As an applied-learning experience for advanced mathematics students at SUNY Oneonta, student assistants will be engaged in pedagogical discussions on mathematical content, performing mathematical analysis, and utilizing a scripting language to create the problems. Project results will be made publicly available through a SUNY Oneonta webpage and faculty will conduct an investigation into student perceptions of WeBWorK and learning outcomes within the context of general education and teacher preparation courses.

Lighting the SPARC of Scientific Collaboration: A Proposal to Add Two SUNY Campuses to a Regional Conservation Biology Network **
Source: SUNY Innovative Instruction Technology Grant (IITG)
Award Amount: $10,000
Period: 7/2017 - 6/2018
Principal Investigator: Elizabeth Bastiaans (Biology)
This project engages biology and wildlife management undergraduates at SUNY Oneonta and SUNY Cobleskill in authentic research into the effects of climate change and habitat alteration on an abundant local amphibian, the red-backed salamander (Plethodon cinereus). To accomplish this goal, the two campuses will unite with an existing network of conservation biologists, the Salamander Population and Adaptation Research Collaborative Network (SPARCnet). As participants in SPARCnet, students at SUNY Oneonta and SUNY Cobleskill will gain proficiency with a variety of research and data collection technologies and learn to access publicly available data and analyze large datasets from replicated study sites.

Flipping the Classroom: A Multipronged Approach to Retention of Academically Underprepared STEM Majors **
Source: SUNY Innovative Instruction Technology Grant (IITG)
Award Amount: $9,500
Period: 7/2017 - 6/2018
Principal Investigator: Junryo Watanabe (Biology)
As part of a multipronged approach, this project aims to improve the student learning outcomes of traditionally underprepared students by enrolling a cohort group in a flipped classroom section of the introductory biology course for STEM majors. The cohort group will be recruited from the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) and Access to College Excellence (ACE) program. The cohort students will gain first-exposure to course material outside of class via online videos created specifically for the course, and they will participate in active learning activities in class. It is expected that student learning outcomes will improve and, thus, increase retention of underprepared students from changing to non-STEM majors or being academically dismissed from college.

"Driving While Black" - African Americans on the Road in the Era of Jim Crow: A Documentary Film *
Source: National Endowment for the Humanities
Award Amount: $300,000
Period: 4/2017 - 3/2018
Principal Investigator: Gretchen Sorin (Cooperstown Graduate Program)
Funding will support production, by Steeplechase Films, of Driving While Black, a two-hour documentary film chronicling the history of African Americans on the road from the 1930s to the 1960s, during the Jim Crow era.

Otsego Lake Water Quality Constant Monitoring System *
Source: NYS Water Resources Institute
Award Amount: $7,105
Period: 3/2017 - 2/2018
Principal Investigators: Kiyoko Yokota, Paul Lord (Biology/Biological Field Station)
Through this project, a SUNY Oneonta graduate student and an undergraduate student will conduct limnological research, under the guidance of two faculty members, to supplement current water quality preservation efforts by collecting and analyzing year-round high-resolution temperature and light data for Otsego Lake. This project will also provide an experiential learning opportunity for SUNY Oneonta students enrolled in the Underwater Research Methods course. The collected data will be publicly available on the Otsego Lake Association website to raise public awareness of the dynamic linkages between the climate and physical and biotic processes within Otsego Lake. The data will also contribute to relevant research projects carried out by the Global Lake Ecological Observatory Network (GLEON) locally, regionally, and globally.

RUI: Acquisition of Tools for an Ecosystem-Based Approach to Fisheries and Aquatic Resource Research, Education, and Management *
Source: National Science Foundation
Award Amount: $193,459
Period: 2/2017 - 1/2019
Principal Investigators: Daniel Stich, Willard Harman, Florian Reyda, Kiyoko Yokota (Biology/Biological Field Station)
Funding will support improvements to the Biological Field Station for coordinated long-term fisheries and aquatic resource monitoring and research and research training/education conducted at SUNY Oneonta, SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Fredonia, SUNY New Paltz, and the NYS DEC. Specifically, funding will be used to purchase a variety of equipment for use in research and educational efforts designed to monitor lake water quality and fisheries.

"Driving While Black" - African Americans on the Road in the Era of Jim Crow*
Source: The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Award Amount: $163,000
Period: 1/2017 - 12/2017
Principal Investigator: Gretchen Sorin (Cooperstown Graduate Program)
Funding will support research activities related to a feature documentary film, produced by Ric Burns (Steeplechase Films) to air on PBS. The documentary will chronicle the history of African Americans on the road from the 1930's to the 1960's to use as a window into the complex nature of freedom, mobility and race in America.

College Assistance Migrant Program CAMP *
Source: U.S. Department of Education
Amount: $2,117,138
Period: 7/2016 - 6/2021
Project Director: Patricia Hanley (Enrollment Management)
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.

A Scalable Model for Coordinating and Promoting Applied Learning Experiences **
Source: SUNY Expanded Investment and Performance Fund
Award Amount: $175,000
Period: 8/2016 - 7/2020
Project Director: Eileen Morgan-Zayachek (Academic Affairs)
SUNY Oneonta will partner with SUNY Potsdam to test innovative models for applied learning, develop effective assessments, and evolve best practices that are scalable across the SUNY system. Oneonta will specifically contribute by furthering recent efforts to coordinate and scaffold applied learning experiences in a novel approach termed “tiered” applied learning.

Development of a Financial Literacy Application as a Tool for Reducing Student Debt and Improving Time to Degree **
Source: SUNY Expanded Investment and Performance Fund
Award Amount: $350,000
Period: 7/2016 - 6/2021
Project Director: Susan Clemons (Finance & Administration)
This project, referred to as “Making Cents,” will feature a student-centered approach that includes instruction, individual counseling and advising, targeted communications, interactive events, and an array of creative, electronic tools. A unique financial literacy app will be developed to interface with the College’s Student Information System (Banner) to deliver individualized financial information to students from which personal budgets, loan repayment calculators, and other unique “what if” predictive calculators can be accessed. The app will enable students to conceptualize the long term implications of their borrowing and spending behavior, leading to better-informed financial decisions. Funding will also support development of an engaging, interactive website, licensing for a robust online instructional program (EverFi), an online Personal Financial Management Certification Program (Inceptia) for a cohort of advisors, financial literacy events, and targeted communications. This model will be replicated at a collaborating campus, SUNY Cobleskill, in order to assess ease of implementation and to collect outcomes data for students in two-year programs.

SUNY Oneonta Green Retrofit Project **
Source: NYS Green Innovation Grant Program
Award Amount: $910,000
Period: 6/2015 - 9/2018
Project Directors: Hannah Morgan, Phil Bidwell (Finance & Administration)
This project will install green infrastructure systems to manage stormwater runoff from a 21-acre area with a high-density mix of dormitories, classroom buildings, roads, parking lots and lawn surface. The design of Phase I ( a 1,700-foot-long vegetated swale running along a slope to the south of four buildings) has begun. Phase II moves further upslope to intercept runoff from a larger area of campus, and involves construction of a bioretention basin (~250 x 50 ft., up to 12 ft. deep) to intercept and hold runoff during storms and generally treat normal daily runoff, adjacent to a roof-covered permeable pavement walkway (reducing the need for icemelt agents). Installation of green infrastructure systems will reduce the amount of flooding to surrounding neighbors. The project will continue to involve faculty and students through the Stormwater Initiative Project (SIP): An Interdisciplinary Initiative and Experiential Learning Opportunity to Promote the Campus as a Living Laboratory (a StAR-funded initiative), and will also partner with the Oneonta Job Corps during various stages of implementation.

SUNY Oneonta Noyce Scholars Program - Phase II *
Source: National Science Foundation
Award Amount: $799,941
Period: 9/2014 - 8/2019
Principal Investigators: Paul Bischoff (Secondary Science Education), Paul French (Physics & Astronomy), John Schaumloffel (Chemistry & Biochemistry)
This project will prepare and graduate 20 NYS-certified middle and high school science teachers to teach in urban and rural high-need schools, via a combination of academic, experiential, informal science education and practical experiences. The project team will research and report results to the national and international communities of longitudinal research data analyzing career paths of Noyce graduates, psychometrics associated with the pedagogies they employ, the stresses they endure, and professional rewards they enjoy as they play an important front-line role in transforming science learning in the United States.

CLICK: Color and Light to Improve Chemical Knowledge *
Source: National Science Foundation
Award Amount: $199,777
Period: 7/2013 - 6/2018
Principal Investigators: Jacqueline Bennett (Chemistry & Biochemistry), Maurice Odago (Chemistry & Biochemistry), John Dudek (Hartwick College)
This project 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. A variety of assessment and evaluation methods will be employed to measure the impact of the strategies and pedagogy developed by the project.

Critical MaSS: Math and Science Scholars *
Source: National Science Foundation
Award Amount: $612,515
Period: 3/2013 - 2/2018
Principal Investigators: John Schaumloffel (Chemistry & Biochemistry), Jennifer Withington (Biology), Leigh Fall (Earth & Atmospheric Sciences)
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 participants; and evaluate student progress, satisfaction, and program achievement.


Memory Dialogues: Using Oral Histories to Initiate Conversations with Residents of Adult Homes *
Source: New York Council for the Humanities
Award Amount: $1,500
Period: 12/2016 - 5/2017
Principal Investigator: William Walker (Cooperstown Graduate Program)
This project will utilize oral history interviews with residents and caregivers in area adult homes about topics with broad social significance, with the goal of helping humanities organizations, professional caregivers, family members, and volunteers reach an underserved, aging audience in assisted living facilities, nursing homes, and adult daycare centers.

Revolution in Physiology Education: RIPE for Change *
Source: National Science Foundation
Award Amount: $194,129
Period: 5/2013 - 4/2017
Principal Investigator: Keith Schillo (Biology)
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.


NOTE: Current Grant Awards represent applications facilitated through the Grants Development Office and does not include private grants and gifts secured and administered through the College at Oneonta Foundation (College Advancement), or contracts facilitated by the Office of Sponsored Programs (Finance & Administration).
*Funds awarded to The Research Foundation for SUNY (RF) on behalf of SUNY Oneonta
**Funds awarded through SUNY and/or New York State