Student Research/Creative Activity Grant Programs deadline approaching

The deadline to apply for Student Research/Creative Activity Grant programs is Monday, March 19.

Information, guidelines, and application materials for the four different funding tracks listed below are available on the Committee on Research Website.

The “TRADITIONAL” STUDENT GRANT TRACK awards funding of up to $1,500 (+ student and faculty fellowship stipends) for independent research/creative activity (CA) projects conducted by students with faculty sponsorship.APPLICATION DEADLINE: Monday, March 19 at 5:00 p.m.

The “SUMMER FELLOWSHIP” TRACK assists undergraduate students with costs related to participating in summer research/CA, including: campus-based independent research/CA with faculty mentorship, or assistantships for campus-based faculty projects; off-campus directed field work or other research/CA endeavor with a SUNY Oneonta faculty mentor; formal research/CA experiences at other institutions; participation in external field schools, artist residencies, etc. Applicants may apply for funding up to the maximum allowed for the specific type of summer research experience, as detailed in the program guidelines (funding ranges from $1,000 to $2,000 + faculty stipend). APPLICATION DEADLINE: Monday, March 19 at 5:00 p.m.

The “CLASSROOM-BASED” RESEARCH/CREATIVE ACTIVITY TRACK is intended to support course-related activities that expose students to the breadth, depth, and application of scholarly/creative activity. Faculty can apply for funding of up to $1,000 for activities that would enhance the research/CA element of a course (Fall 2018 or later). APPLICATION DEADLINE: Monday, March 19 at 5:00 p.m.

The * RESEARCH/CREATIVE ACTIVITY “SHADOWING” TRACK is intended to broaden student engagement in research/CA, whereby a student with little-to-no experience (freshmen, sophomores, first year transfer students) would join a faculty member’s endeavor as an “observer” or a junior team member. Budgets can include up to $500 for project expenses (+ stipends for the faculty mentor and the ‘shadow’ student). APPLICATION DEADLINE: Accepted on a rolling basis.

Questions? Contact a member of the Committee on Research.

Alumni Association seeking Alumni of Distinction nominations

The SUNY Oneonta Alumni Association is seeking nominations for the 2018 Alumni of Distinction Presentation of Honors. The Alumni of Distinction honor illustrates the great value of the academic experience at SUNY Oneonta and increases the pride alumni, students, staff and faculty have for the college. This honor is bestowed upon our most notable alumni at a reception to be held Friday, September 28 in the Ballroom, Hunt Union.

 Nominations must be received no later than April 6, 2018 in order to be considered for the next presentation of honors.


Selected from nominations submitted by faculty, staff, alumni and friends, these individuals must meet the criteria below:

  • Completed a bachelor’s or master’s degree at SUNY Oneonta
  • Made professional contributions in their field and/or communities and through their achievements bring distinction to themselves and the college
  • Demonstrated leadership, character and service
  • Made significant impact in their area of expertise
  • Been recognized by their peers and community
  • Demonstrated leadership in philanthropic endeavors
  • Made significant contributions to community through volunteerism or philanthropic giving
  • Been an exemplary role model for others

If you know of a graduate of SUNY Oneonta who meets the criteria above, submit a nomination of no more than 750 words to alumni@oneonta.eduPlease include the nominee’s full name (including maiden name if applicable), class year, address, phone number and email address. Nominations are kept confidential unless that nominator chooses to disclose this information.

St. Patrick’s-themed Tuesdays at the Grille menu

Tuesdays at the Grille

March 20, 2018

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

$12.00 per person


Salad Station: Fresh Fruit, Mixed Greens, Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Onions, Carrots, Croutons and 3 Choices for Dressing.

Soup Station: Split Pea Soup

Live Action Station: Beef, Vegetable and Chicken Pot Pie

Main Buffet: Corned Beef and Cabbage, Potatoes and Carrots

Dessert Station: Chocolate Guinness Stout Cake, Assorted Cream Puffs


For Reservations, please contact Joanna at 436-3934 or

Barbara Vokatis presents at 14th International Conference on Technology, Knowledge and Society

Barbara Vokatis from the Department of Elementary Education and Reading and her colleague from the University at Albany, Jianwei Zhang, presented in a round table discussion at the Fourteenth International Conference on Technology, Knowledge and Society, at St. John’s University (Manhattan Campus), in New York City, on March 2.

The title of the presentation was: “Building Knowledge through Literacy and Technology in Cross-community Interaction.” This study aims to provide the description of an example of scientific knowledge building, through literacy, to inform implementation of new learning standards. It also aims to inform researchers’ and practitioners’ knowledge of literacy development in the area of the roles of literacy in building knowledge to contribute to developing the much-needed connection between literacy research and knowledge building.

Seminar Series in Biology to offer conservation presentation

The Seminar Series in Biology will present “Planning for climate resilience: new strategies to conserve land in the Hudson Valley” by Nava Tabak, Director of Science, Climate, & Stewardship at Scenic Hudson.

This seminar is hosted by the Biology Department and will take place Friday, March 16, at 4 p.m. in Science I, room 121.

In this presentation, Tabak will discuss ongoing land conservation efforts in the Hudson Valley undertaken by Scenic Hudson, an environmental advocacy and land conservation organization that employs strategic planning to maximize its land protection efforts.

Her work focuses on biodiversity conservation, ecological restoration and stewardship, and promoting climate resilience in the Hudson Valley. She provides science-based guidance for the organization’s stewardship of parks and preserves, land use and policy advocacy efforts, and land protection priorities. She also works with waterfront communities along the Hudson River Estuary to improve their climate resilience by adapting to both present and future coastal flood risks.  

This series is offered several times throughout the semester to provide our student community with opportunities to learn about scientific research and professions. Speakers may include our own department faculty or students, as well as biologists and other professionals from elsewhere. All are welcome.

Naming contest for new library blog

The James M. Milne Library’s Special Collections is launching a new blog! We need help naming it, though. We’re launching a contest from March 12, 2018 to April 6. All currently enrolled SUNY Oneonta students are eligible to submit an entry. Further contest information can be viewed on the library’s social media accounts (Facebook and Instagram). To easily access our social media accounts, view this link:

In addition to looking for a name, we’re also looking for writers and articles! Submissions are accepted from anyone affiliated with the SUNY Oneonta community (faculty, students, staff, etc.). View our blog and check out our Blog Submissions Guideline page to learn more details:

We have one post up already! It’s an interesting read on the history of the Oneonta Archery Program.

Faculty research/creative activity grant program

Spring 2018 Funding Round Announced (for funding commencing July 1, 2018) – Deadline April 9, 2018.

The Faculty/Professional Staff Research and Creative Activity Grant Program is designed to support faculty in all disciplines to conduct research or creative activity. Applicants may request up to $3,000 for the funding period ending June 30, 2019. Funds awarded through this program may only be used to cover costs associated with the proposed research or creative activity, such as necessary travel (to conduct the work), supplies, analysis costs, student assistants, etc.

Grant applicants must be paid employees of SUNY Oneonta at least through the fall 2018 semester. Adjunct and part-time instructors are welcome to submit applications, provided they have a contract for the fall 2018 semester. Faculty on sabbatical leave in the fall 2018 or spring 2019 semesters are also eligible to apply. Priority in funding decisions will be given to junior faculty and applicants who have not received previous awards, and to projects that engage students.

The application deadline is 5 p.m. Monday, April 9, 2018. Guidelines and application materials are available on the Grants Development Office website. Questions? Contact Chris Barberio (x2434) or Kathy Meeker (x2632).