College joins with Rice Creek Associates to offer grants

OSWEGO — Scholars, scientists, educators and students are invited to submit proposals for the Rice Creek Associates Small Grants Program by Feb. 15.

Approved projects must involve work at SUNY Oswego’s Rice Creek Field Station.

Awards are expected to range between $500 and $2,500, said Dr. Peter Rosenbaum, professor of biological sciences at SUNY Oswego.

Grant recipients need not be affiliated with the college or the field station.

The proposal and approval process is a month earlier than in the past, and submissions must be made electronically, Rosenbaum noted.

The program is intended to support and encourage research, education and public service projects at Rice Creek Field Station.

Proposals oriented toward basic and applied research in field biology, the natural sciences, earth sciences, education, social sciences and service projects will be considered.

“We had five excellent projects in 2012,” Rosenbaum said. “We hope to have a total close to $10,000 again. It should support several projects.”

For more information and proposal submission guidelines, download the Call for Proposals from the program website, http://www.oswego.edu/academics/opportunities/rice_creek_field_station/programs/grants.html

About Rice Creek Associates

A citizen support group of Rice Creek Field Station, Rice Creek Associates aims to help the field station meet its mission to preserve the area, advance knowledge of ecological processes and disseminate this information to the public.

About Rice Creek Field Station

Located off Thompson Road south of Lake Ontario and the main SUNY Oswego campus, Rice Creek Field Station properties include varied habitats including open fields, mature forests and wetlands.

The property is bisected by Rice Creek and Rice Pond, as well as several walking trails.

Currently under construction and scheduled to open in the summer, facilities include a weather station, labs, a classroom, a small library, collection storage, small boats and the field overall as a natural outdoor laboratory.