The Upstate Institute is currently accepting applications from current Colgate students who are interested in conducting research with a local organization through the Upstate Institute Summer Field School. The Field School partners students with not-for-profit, community, or municipal organizations to conduct research projects that have a positive social, economic, cultural or environmental impact on the Upstate region. Through a Field School Fellowship, students strengthen their skills while building the capacity of the community organization with which they are working. The Field School allows students to develop a deeper understanding of the issues facing Upstate New York and a stronger appreciation for what the region has to offer. Read more
Ethan Liu ’16 is a computer science major from Chongqing, China who wanted to complete a Field School Fellowship this summer by using some of the skills that he is developing through his computer science courses at Colgate. The Upstate Institute matched him with Hospice and Palliative Care of Chenango County, where he worked with their staff to create tools that will help them work more efficiently.
Sarah Katz ’16 spent her summer at Colgate working with Friends of Rogers through the Upstate Institute Summer Field School. Friends of Rogers is an organization that operates and provides community programming at the Rogers Environmental Education Center in nearby Sherburne. The organization is working to develop a way to evaluate programming offered by the Center and gather information on ways to increase successful programming at Rogers. They are looking at how their school field trip programs operate and determining ways to increase enrollment in programs for students during the year.
Mallory Keller ‘17 completed the end of her first year at Colgate by accepting a Field School Fellowship to work with Pathfinder Village in West Edmeston. Pathfinder Village provides program services and supports for children and adults with Down syndrome and related developmental disabilities. The Pathfinder School currently provides educational instruction for residential and day students beginning at age 5. Opening in 2014, Pathfinder’s Otsego Academy will offer a 2 year post secondary college experience for young adults who have completed high school or its equivalent. The academy will combine functional academics with vocational employment preparation within the Pathfinder Village campus.
Yusra Siddique ’16 spent her summer working with the Madison County Agricultural Economic Development (AED) program to organize Open Farm Day. On July 26, 35 farms and three farmers’ markets welcomed visitors to learn about the small farm production process. The event is unique and well publicized, and brings visitors from across the region. The event is designed to help small farms reach out to new customers in an attempt to help them compete with larger grocery chains that have the resources to reach a larger consumer base. Open Farm Day brings customers closer to the production process and shows them the value of local purchasing.
Lauren Kasparson ’15 is majoring in neuroscience at Colgate and is completing a Summer Field School Fellowship at the Kelberman Center, an organization in Utica that is dedicated to the advancement of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Lauren is working as a part of Kelberman’s Awesome Summer Days camp, a five-week summer program designed to increase inter-camper socialization through a variety of fun activities. Lauren is helping to create and implement an assessment tool that will measure qualitative and quantitative progress and help document social skill improvements in individual campers. By the end of the summer the social skill measures Lauren is collecting will allow Kelberman to see which specific tools are most effective for campers. It will also allow their staff and counselors to provide information to parents and families about their child’s social skill development and how it has changed at their time at camp.
Monica Murphy ’16 is working with two organizations that preserve and promote a local trail as an historic and public recreation site. The Chenango Canal Association, located in Bouckville, works to preserve the canal, surrounding waters and lands and maintains five miles of trail along the canal towpath and three miles of trail extension in the Village of Hamilton. Similarly, the Chenango Greenway Conservancy, located in Norwich, maintains a series of public recreational trails along the Chenango River, the former Ontario & Western Railroad, and the historic corridor of the Chenango Canal, and focuses on establishing a Riverwalk Trail in Norwich.
Brendan Walsh ’15 is a Colgate history major who is working for two different organizations this summer as a Field School Fellow. He is putting his major to use for the Town of Hamilton by conducting archival research and organizing the town’s documents to determine what should be retained and what should be destroyed. He is using the town archive to create a complete timeline of the history of Hamilton, which will be on display in the town office window at the end of the summer. Along with the timeline, the display he creates will feature archival pieces found during his work and will highlight their importance in the history of the town.
Sarah Wooton ’15 and Emily Hawkins ’15 are working with the Young Scholars Liberty Partnership Program this summer as Field School Fellows. The Partnership is a collaborative project between Utica College and the Utica City School District that aims to motivate elementary and high school students to stay in school, earn their New York State Advanced Regents diploma, and pursue post-secondary education.
Justine Gambale ’15 is majoring in sociology at Colgate, and has taken courses in research methods to develop skills that she is putting into practice this summer as a Field School Fellow. She is working with the Multicultural Association of Medical/Legal Interpreters of New York (MAMI Interpreters) to help them integrate their services into the larger community and to build a sense of community among the interpreters that are providing services in the Upstate region.