Overall Rating Silver
Overall Score 45.51
Liaison Dan DeZarn
Submission Date Nov. 25, 2019
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STARS v2.1

State University of New York at Geneseo
AC-10: Support for Research

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.00 / 4.00 Dan Dezarn
Director of Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have an ongoing program to encourage students in multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct research in sustainability? :
No

A brief description of the student research program, including the incentives provided and any positive outcomes during the previous three years:

Programs that can provide support for students doing research in sustainability include Undergraduate Research, Travel, and Creativity Grants (up to $1,200 per year), which support research project expenses and conference presentation travel costs; Undergraduate Summer Fellowships ($3,000), which provide support for two months of research during the summer; and Student Assistantships ($1,000), which support student involvement in faculty research projects.

Additionally, students are encouraged to present the results of their research projects at GREAT Day (Geneseo Recognizing Excellence, Achievement and Talent), SUNY Geneseo’s annual student symposium, which is held in April each year. http://www.geneseo.edu/great_day

Research and Travel Grants have been used to support student-led sustainable research and projects. Students have presented at the Midwest Political Science Conferences, AASHE conferences, SUNY conferences, and others to share their research with the scholarly community.

There are also Student Research Assistantships available for students to work, paid, with faculty. There are Summer Fellowships.

Undergraduate Research Grant for research in a social science: Jason and Diana Kyrwood '95 Student/Faculty Research Endowed Fellowship in Honor of Ellen Kintz

Dr. Wendell and Barbara Rhodes Research Award: grant for a project or field study while combining a natural and social science (geology with anthropology, for example)

Sorrell Chesin ’58 Research Award: undergraduate research in a natural science under the supervision of a faculty member.

There are also graduate student research grants available, which can be used for sustainability research.

Student research projects conducted in the 2017-2018 school year (that were presented at GREAT Day) that promote sustainability are listed in the additional documentation section under "Sustainability at GREAT Day." Over 140 students are actively engaged in sustainability research across all departments at the college.

The website URL where information about the student research program is available.
https://www.geneseo.edu/undergraduate_research/campus-based-research-funding


Does the institution have a program to encourage faculty from multiple disciplines or academic programs to conduct research in sustainability topics?:
No

A brief description of the faculty research program, including the incentives provided and any positive outcomes during the previous three years:

The programs that can support faculty research in sustainability include small grants for research expenses Incentive Grants and Research Development Awards (up to $1,500), Faculty Travel Grants, for conference presentations ($800 or $1,000 per year for domestic and international locations, respectively), Summer Faculty Fellowships, which provide support for two months of research (awards range from $3,500 to $5,000), and Proposal Writing Support Awards, which may support proposal development and pilot research costs (up to $3,750).

The Office of Sponsored Research also office supports faculty who wish to apply for external grants with services like assistance in identifying sponsors and funding opportunities, identification of possible collaborators, support for proposal writing and budget development, funds for professional development related to proposal development and sponsor visits, and full assistance with on-line applications and submissions.

External Grants - Interdirect Costs / Facilities and Administrative Costs: 10% of funds to project directors; Use of funds for any way they see fit

IITG (SUNY grant)L Dr. West and Suann Yong to develop Conversations in the Discipline, which focuses on creating interdisciplinary sustainability courses; Development of Open Access to Sustainability Courses to allow collaborative faculty members to apply together to share a larger award

Adventure Works and Entrepreneurship Program

Salary Support, Expenses, and Courses grants

Working with COPLAC to investigate the effects of interdisciplinary research, specifically about women in STEM

Ambassadorships - Linton Smith

Grants have been used for:
Eric Helmes on research about green energy
Judy Almers and her student students about wireless charging

Website where more information is available online: https://www.geneseo.edu/sponsored_research/internal


Has the institution published written policies and procedures that give positive recognition to interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary research during faculty promotion and/or tenure decisions?:
No

A brief description of the institution’s support for interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and multidisciplinary research, including any positive outcomes during the previous three years:

SUNY Geneseo supports 27 interdisciplinary majors and minors and has further committed to crossdisciplinary areas by establishing the Center for Integrative Learning (director, Lytton Smith, copied here) and the development of a new major in Sociomedical Sciences (pending state approval) as well as the development of courses taught across multiple departments including The Art of Steve Prince and Geneseo Green Quotient. Other ventures include a Faculty Connectivus event and an in-progress expertise database, both aimed at fostering disciplinary connections; faculty participation in COPLAC hybrid course sharing initiatives; and recent focus group conversations on interdisciplinarity, including professional development opportunities and team-teaching. New pedagogical innovation grants have also supported such work.


Does the institution have ongoing library support for sustainability research and learning?:
Yes

A brief description of the institution’s library support for sustainability research, including any positive outcomes during the previous three years:

The library maintains a list of current, up-to-date research guides to resources on subjects of interest to our college community. These include material guides in the sciences (environmental studies, biology, chemistry, geology, geosciences, physics and computer science) that would be of interest to sustainability researchers. Research guides in the social sciences (sociology, psychology, cultural studies, urban studies) are also maintained which provide support for this research and learning. The url is http://libguides.geneseo.edu/.

The library also maintains subscriptions to a wide variety of disciplinary and multi-disciplinary journal databases where relevant research and scholarly content may be accessed on sustainability topics. Databases include Academic Search Complete (EBSCOHost), ProQuest Research Library, ScienceDirect, and JSTOR Life Sciences collections and specialty databases such as Environment Complete and Environmental Studies & Policy.

In addition, the library provides the space, support and programming capabilities for events and materials on sustainability research and active promotion of our researchers’ scholarship and publication of such scholarship. We are the home for Open SUNY Textbooks which produces textbooks and digital learning objects focused on a broad arena of subjects, sustainability topics included.

Material selection of our resources (primarily books and media) are selected by faculty members and thus sustainability research and topics are supported by acquisitions funds and interlibrary loan requests to other libraries.

Include research guides, materials selection policies and practices, curriculum development efforts, sustainability literacy promotion, and e-learning objects focused on sustainability.

The website URL where information about the institution’s library support for sustainability is available.science) that would be of interest to sustainability researchers. Research guides in the social sciences (sociology, psychology, cultural studies, urban studies) are also maintained which provide support for this research and learning. The url is http://libguides.geneseo.edu/.

The library also maintains subscriptions to a wide variety of disciplinary and multi-disciplinary journal databases where relevant research and scholarly content may be accessed on sustainability topics. Databases include Academic Search Complete (EBSCOHost), ProQuest Research Library, ScienceDirect, and JSTOR Life Sciences collections and specialty databases such as Environment Complete and Environmental Studies & Policy.

In addition, the library provides the space, support and programming capabilities for events and materials on sustainability research and active promotion of our researchers’ scholarship and publication of such scholarship. We are the home for Open SUNY Textbooks which produces textbooks and digital learning objects focused on a broad arena of subjects, sustainability topics included.

Material selection of our resources (primarily books and media) are selected by faculty members and thus sustainability research and topics are supported by acquisitions funds and interlibrary loan requests to other libraries.

Each research/instruction librarian has liaison duties to one or more departments at the College, to support faculty in all areas of research and learning.


The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:

Anne Baldwin
Stacy Robertson
Jonathan Grunert

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