Committee on Research

A major objective of the Committee on Research is to encourage faculty and student research and creative activity on campus and to enhance that aspect of the educational mission of the College.

The Committee is charged with:

  1. Facilitating the Student Grant Program for Research and Creative Activity, including reviewing applications and making awards.
  2. Supporting Student Research and Creative Activity (SRCA) Day.
  3. Reviewing policies and new initiatives and providing feedback to key stakeholders.


    "Traditional" Student Grants for Research & Creative Activity

    Applications are accepted each semester for funding of up to $1,500/project (plus student and faculty stipends) for students to conduct original research or creative work with faculty sponsorship. 

    Research/Creative Activity "Shadowing" Track

    Funding is intended to broaden student engagement in research/CA, whereby a student with little-to-no experience joins a faculty member’s research/CA endeavor as an “observer” or a junior team member. Budgets can include up to $500 for project expenses, plus stipends for both the faculty mentor and the ‘shadow’ student. 

    "Classroom-based" Research/Creative Activity Track

    This funding track is intended to support activities that expose students to the breadth, depth, and application of scholarly/creative activity. Faculty can apply for funding of up to $1,000 to support activities that would enhance the research/CA element of a course. 

    "Summer Fellowship" Track 

    Awarded funds assist 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.

    More information and application materials for the above four funding tracks

    *NEW* SPECIAL PROJECTS FUNDING - Call for Applications - DEADLINE IS MONDAY, 2 MARCH, 11:59 p.m.


    In addition to offering the four ‘tracks’ of the Student Grant Program for Research & Creative Activity (Traditional, Shadowing, Classroom-based, Summer Fellowship), this semester the College Senate Committee on Research will consider supporting some projects, programs, and resources that are not already covered by the various tracks of the Grant Program. Proposals must support activities that expose one or several students to the breadth, depth, and application of scholarly/creative activity, whether inside the classroom or independent of coursework. Activities/resources supported by awarded funds must not already be eligible for funding under the four current tracks of the Student Grant Program.

    The guidelines for Special Projects Funding are flexible to allow for opportunities not already eligible for other internal grant programs. Any budget request will be considered; however, individual stipends or fellowships for faculty, staff, or students are not an eligible expense. Funds awarded under the current call must be expended by the May 2020 ‘spending deadline’ that will be instituted by the Division of Finance & Administration.

    Proposal Submission

    All proposals should be submitted as a single file that includes:

    • A description of the project, program, or resource to be supported (2 pages maximum), including:
      • A summary of the request
      • How awarded funds will increase or enhance applied learning opportunities, specifically related to student research/creative activity, within the department or college
      • How the impact of awarded funds will be assessed/evaluated
    • A detailed budget, including justification of the need for the requested funding to support the above description (1 page maximum)

    Special Projects Funding proposals must be submitted to: by March 2, 2020.

    Contact a member of the Committee on Research to discuss your project ideas, or to learn how to get involved in independent research or creative work.

    Student Research & Creative Activity Day

    The annual Student Research & Creative Activity (SRCA) Day, sponsored by the Committee on Research, the Grants Development Office, Office of Alumni Engagement and the College at Oneonta Foundation, Inc., offers a professional venue in which students present their research and creative activity projects, whether funded by the Student Grant Program or not (however, grant recipients are required to present at a SRCA Day). Work is presented in a variety of formats including poster, computer display, oral presentation, and other exhibits. Supplies, visual equipment, and other support are provided to create displays. The event includes a keynote address by a distinguished SUNY Oneonta alumnus.

    The 2020 SRCA Day will be held on Tuesday, 7 April, from noon to 5:00 pm AND Wednesday, 8 April, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.

    2018 SURC

    In lieu of a 2018 SRCA Day, the campus hosted the annual SUNY Undergraduate Research Conference (SURC) on Friday, April 20, 2018. SURC featured 283 projects presented by students from 35 different SUNY and CUNY institutions in poster sessions, oral presentation sessions, and performance and art venues. These included 139 presentations representing the work of 206 SUNY Oneonta students with 86 faculty mentors fro 27 different departments.


    Many students also attend and/or present projects at discipline-specific regional, national and international scholarly conferences, with travel funding supported through the D'Antonio Undergraduate Student Travel for Excellence Program and/or the Student Travel for Excellence Fund


    SUNY Oneonta is an institutional member of the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR).


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