Summer Field School Fellows work with a community, government, or non-profit partner to create and complete projects that will have a positive impact on the Upstate region.

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We match students with regional organizations to develop and implement projects bolstering organizational capacity.
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Field School Fellows

As an Upstate Institute Field School Fellow, students are responsible for building relationships in the local community while completing independent research work on innovative projects that provide a community benefit. 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.

Responsibilities

Field School Fellows work 35 hours per week for ten weeks, and this work often takes place at the organization’s office, under the supervision of the organization’s staff. The Upstate Institute works with students to coordinate transportation. In addition, students meet weekly with Upstate Institute staff, and participate in an eight-week seminar on not-for-profit management and organization, and on the resources and needs of the Upstate New York region.


Community Partner Application Process

Though the process of identifying Field School projects for the summer of 2019 is complete, community organizations, nonprofits and municipalities may apply to host a Field School Fellow at their site during the summer of 2020 by proposing a project using these guidelines. 

Application Procedures

Student Application Process

The student application process for Summer 2020 projects in Central New York and the Adirondack Park are now available. Below are deadlines for the process this summer:

Stages Deadline
Students applications are due to the Upstate Institute February 28, 2020
Decisions will be announced to students via email March 13, 2020
Students reply to accept position and indicate start/end dates March 20, 2020
Summer Housing TBD

 

Several information sessions about the Upstate Institute Summer Field School will be offered on campus in January 2020. Please feel free to contact Project Director Julie Dudrick with any questions about this process.

Apply to the Summer Field School

Paid, full time research projects for Colgate students are available this summer in the Central New York region, as well as in the Adirondack Park.

Students interested in applying for one of the projects available in Central New York or in the Adirondack Park should complete the application below and return it to the Upstate Institute by March 25, 2019. As a part of the application process, students will identify which of the projects listed below are most appropriate for their skills and interests. 

Application for Fellows 2019 (.doc file)

Agriculture Economic Development Program for Madison County

Project: How do digital farm tours impact the interest of consumers in local foods?

The Agriculture Economic Development Specialist in Madison County maintains, develops and promotes a viable agricultural economy that benefits farmers and residents of the community. This summer, a student will help the program develop digital tours of some of Madison County’s farms, and will work with individual farmers who don’t currently use social media to push the tours on social media, and measure the impact of this type of storytelling on sales and consumer trust. Applicants should have strong video editing skills for this project.

Full Project Description for Agriculture Economic Development

Clear Path for Veterans

Project: Gauging communication and service to veterans in New York State

Clear Path for Veterans provides supportive programs and services to active service members, veterans and their families. To ensure they are reaching all of the state’s veterans, a student will help the organization learn how veterans receive news and information and then develop a communication plan for the organization.

Full Project Description for Clear Path for Veterans

ARC of Madison Cortland

Project: Internal and External Campaign Readiness Research & Assessment
The ARC of Madison Cortland advocates and provides support and services to people with developmental and other disabilities, with an emphasis on choice and community engagement. Before undertaking a capital campaign, the agency needs to assess their ability to manage a campaign and identify support in the community. The fellow will collect data through interviews with donors, community members, and analyze census and past donor data.

Full Project Description for ARC of Madison Cortland

Community Action Partnership

Project: Assessing the Impact of CAP’s Supportive Services Program

Community Action Partnership helps low income and vulnerable families in Madison County with a number of programs, including supportive services which connects clients to help with budgeting, housing, heating, transportation and referrals. A student will help CAP understand how these services have helped to improve their clients lives by developing and implementing an assessment plan that includes interviews and data analysis.

Full Project Description for Community Action Partnership

Fenimore Art Museum

Project: How can a museum become a stronger resource in rural, economically depressed areas of Central New York?

The Fenimore is a Cooperstown art museum dedicated to fostering a deep appreciation of visual creativity and its cultural and historical context. A student will conduct education program research by assisting with on-site programs, interacting with the museum audience, and researching methods used successfully by other rural museums in order to build meaningful partnerships.

Full Project Description for Fenimore Art Museum

Fiver Children's Foundation

Project: Engaging local support for a youth empowerment organization
Camp Fiver, operated by the Fiver Children’s Foundation, is part of a 10 year commitment to children from underserved communities in New York City and Central New York. A fellow will work with the organization at their Poolville-based summer camp to coordinate and enhance engagement opportunities for supporters of the program in Upstate New York. This project is a good fit for someone with experience or interest in special events and nonprofit administration.

Full Project Description for Fiver Children's Foundation

Friends of Rogers Environmental Education Center

Project: Creating an archive of physical and digital photographs for a local nature center
Rogers Environmental Education Center is a regional resource located in Sherburne, NY that provides a better understanding of the natural environment of Central New York for an audience of all ages. A student will help the center collect and archive document and photographs to help them plan for the development of new museum exhibits.

Full Project Description for Friends of Rogers

Kinne Memorial Columbus Center

The Carol Kinne Memorial Columbus Center is a historic community center that is currently being restored for use as a showcase for the art of Carol Kinne, professor emerita at Colgate. A student will organize and catalog her collection and work with the community of Columbus to identify community uses for the property through public fora, interviews and surveys. This project will especially interesting to students in museum studies, art and art history, and those with an interest in the intersection of the arts and community development.

Full Project Description for the Kinne Center

Madison County Department of Social Services

Project: Housing and Homelessness in Madison County
A Follow-up Study of Supportive Housing for Madison County. A student will build upon research projects conducted by Colgate students in ENST 390 that considers long-term supportive housing in the county. The project will involve meeting with local agencies and developers to gain a better understanding of the role they play in housing and researching local zoning laws and restrictions to map potential build sites.

Full Project Description for Madison County DSS

Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees

The Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees is the main provider for refugees in Utica and Central New York. In the last 35 years, the MVRCR has assisted over 16,000 refugees from 34 countries start new lives in Utica. A student will work with the center this summer on the following research projects:

Human Rights Advocacy on a local level in Utica

National Abolition Hall of Fame and Museum

Project: Measuring and Decreasing Racial Bias
A survey research on visitor perceptions to a museum on abolition that will be used at local, state and national exhibits for a student interested in history and activism.

Full Project Description for NAHOF

Oneida County History Center

An opportunity to research and develop a new exhibit at a history museum in Utica, which will provide an excellent experience for students interested in history and museum studies.

Full Project Description for Oneida County History Center

Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation

Project: Artificial Nest Rafts: How Useful are they for Adirondack loons?

The Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation conducts research on loon health and population dynamics and provides education about the Common Loon to residents and visitors of the Adirondack Park. This summer, the Center is seeking to determine the effectiveness of placing artificial nest rafts for loons on Adirondack area lakes. A student will help with this project by identifying those lakes with artificial loon rafts, conducting a survey about raft construction, lake characteristics and utilization, and developing a database and guidelines for the deployment of loon nest rafts in New York’s waterbodies.

Full Project Description for Adirondack Center for Loon Conservation

Adirondack Council

Project: Understanding and Strengthening Climate Resilience for Adirondack Farms

The Adirondack Council works to ensure the ecological integrity and wild character of the Adirondack park using science and citizen action. They are interested in learning how climate change impacts Adirondack farms and how best to prepare farmers to measure those impacts and learn from similar regions how to become more climate resilient. A student will work with local farmers to better understand local insights, and will conduct a literature review to identify resiliency technologies, methods and practices being implemented in other regions.

Full Project Description for Adirondack Council

AdkAction

Project: The Adirondack Pollinator Project

AdkAction is a nonprofit that creates projects to address unmet needs, promote vibrant communities and preserve the character of the Adirondack. One of their largest initiatives, the Adirondack Pollinator Project (APP) aims to increase awareness of native and agriculturally managed pollinator species, encourage citizen science efforts, and enable habitat creation in the region. Since 2016, the APP has distributed 30,000 free wildflower seed packets and hosted dozens of free lectures about pollinator conservation. A student will help to conduct citizen science monitoring and plant pollinator sites around the Adirondacks. This project requires a love of science and gardening!

Full Project Description for Adkaction

Ausable River Association

Project: River Stewardship in the Ausable Watershed

The Ausable River Association (AsRA) helps the community protect their streams and lakes. Each summer, a river steward program provides education and outreach to the public on a variety of issues, such as invasive species spread prevention, stream restoration, dam removal, and culvert replacement projects.  A student will help AsRA’s river steward with riparian plant surveys, monitoring of past planting sites, and co-organizing a paddling river clean up and community tree planting events. The Fellow will also produce multimedia outreach about road salt and assist with stream and lake water quality sampling missions, and will assist with biological monitoring of fish and other aquatic species.

Full Project Description for Ausable River

Hudson Headwaters Health Network

A research project that will look at the economic impact of the Hudson Headwaters’ business model in the Adirondack Park and in North Country communities.  The project will focus on the impact that HH’s business model has on a health center, group of health centers (“hub”) or community.

Full Project Description for Hudson Headwaters

Lake Placid Land Conservancy

A citizen science project called Wild Waypoints that will have a student assess the crowdsourced data from various Lake Placid area trails this summer. A great project for a student interested in environmental conservation who is comfortable on the trails!

Full Project Description for Lake Placid Land Conservancy

Mountain Lake PBS

A multimedia and interview project on digital storytelling and inclusivity in the Adirondack Park

Full Project Description for Mountain Lake PBS

Sagamore Institute of the Adirondacks

A survey and market research project for an historic Adirondack institution using social media to reach a new audience that will appeal to students with skills and interests in marketing and graphic design.

Full Project Description for Sagamore

 

Community Partners

The following are organizations in the community with whom our Field School Fellows have been matched in the past. Click a community partner to see details about the work done by Field School Fellows with this organization in past summers.

Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:

  • 2008: Curry Knox ’09
  • 2016: Meagan Herlihy '17
  • 2017: Zakaria Chakrani '18
  • 2018: Eva Wen '21

Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:

  • 2018: Madison Perez '19

Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:

  • 2018: Revee Needham '18

Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:

  • 2018: Kayla Logar '20

Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:

  • 2018: Colleen Donlan '18

The Adult Learning Center in Utica provides English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) to residents of the Utica area, many of whom are newly arrived refugees from more than 25 different countries. The Adult Learning Center, which is a program of the Utica City School District, is developing a pilot program for the New York State Department of Education to create a community-wide "Literacy Zone." This literacy zone will initially focus on the needs of adults whose first language is not English, and will evolve into a program that will benefit all adults in the community. 

Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:

  • 2007: Sarah Lee '08

Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:

  • 2018: Lizzy Moore '20
  • 2017: Jacob Adams '18
  • 2016: Ashlea Raemer, '18
  • 2015: Michelle Cao, '16
  • 2015: Leda Rosenthal, '18
  • 2014: Yusra Siddique, '16
  • 2013: Josh Riefler, '14
  • 2012: Molly Emmett, '12
  • 2010: Molly Kunzman '12

Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:

  • 2016: Lydia Ulrich, '17
  • 2010: Laura Bostwick, '11

Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:

  • 2018: Alicia Violette '19
  • 2017: Alicia Violette '19
  • 2016 Catherine Quirion '17
  • 2012: Jayne Tamboia, '13
  • 2009: Molly Gamble '09

Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:

  • 2007: David McKenzie ’08

Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:

  • 2014: Maxine Lammers '15
  • 2009: Kevin Williams '10

Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:

  • 2014: Alex Marrone '16

Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:

  • 2009: Paige Cross ’11

Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:

  • 2014: Maxine Lammers '15
  • 2008: Kevin Williams '10

Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:

  • 2009: Raul Guerra ’09

Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:

  • 2010: Grace O'Shea '11

The Chenango Canal Association, based in Bouckville, aims to preserve the canal that ran from Utica to Binghamton through Hamilton in the 1800's. The CCA also strives to make the public aware of the history of the canal, as well as maintain a towpath trail along the canal.

Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:

  • 2015: Anna McHugh '17
  • 2014: Monica Murphy '16
  • 2010: Zach Roman '12

The Chenango Greenway Conservancy is working to complete a trail system in and around the town of Norwich where people can walk, jog, or run safely and enjoy the outdoors.

Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:

  • 2014: Monica Murphy '16
  • 2010: Zach Roman '12

Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:

  • 2017: Nicole Jackson '18
  • 2016: Adrielle Jefferson '17

Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:

  • 2005: Dan Prial '07

Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:

  • 2017: Susie Waltz '18
  • 2016 Jacqueline Hanrahan '18
  • 2015: Jennifer Dias, '16
  • 2015: Chi Nguyen, '18
  • 2014: Simone Schenkel, '14
  • 2013: Zoe Blicksilver, '14
  • 2012: Joanne Jan, '13
  • 2009: Allison Bush ’09
  • 2008: Allison Bush ’09

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Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:

  • 2006: Sam Levy '08

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Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:

  • 2018: Hammad Munir '20
  • 2012: Albert Boateng, '14
  • 2013: Gabriela Bezerra, '13
  • 2015: Shunong "Charlie" Sun '18

Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:

  • 2013: Rachel Eisen, '14
  • 2008: Swetha Peteru '08

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Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:

  • 2008: Grace Baik '10

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Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:

  • 2016 Dan Handler '18
  • 2009: Chris Vincent '08

Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:

  • 2010: Nicole Beletsky '10

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Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:

  • 2006: Tim Hogarth '06
  • 2005: Tim Hogarth '06

Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:

  • 2018: Andrea De Hoyos '20
  • 2017: Gaby Bianchi '18
  • 2015: Prosper Chitongo, '17
  • 2014: Alex Maulden, '16

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Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:

  • 2012: Jesse Chang, '12
  • 2013: Andrew Galakatos, '14

For the Good, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization that runs several programs centered around empowering low-income residents in the Utica community to overcome poverty through their own means.

Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:

  • 2017: Kaitlin Abrams '18
  • 2013: Kori Strother, '15
  • 2011: Makenna Osborn ’12

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Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years:

  • 2018: Tuyen Ta Hoang '20
  • 2016 Kris Pfister '17
  • 2015: Mallory Hart '16
  • 2014: Sarah Katz, '16
  • 2013: Jessica Hootz ’13

Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:

  • 2016: Grace Thomas, '17

Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:

  • 2009: Chris Glendening

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  • 2012: Dylan Levene, '12

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  • 2005: Susan Taffee '06

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Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:

  • 2009: Kayla Sutherland ’11

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Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:

  • 2011: Makenna Osborn ’12

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Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:

  • 2015: Kris Pfister '17
  • 2014: Emily Luba '16

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Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:

  • 2017: Liv Castro '19
  • 2014: Ethan Liu, '16
  • 2013: Nicole VanMeter, '14
  • 2012: Jessica Planamento, '12

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Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:

  • 2008: David Pokorny ’10

 

Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:

  • 2018: Mackenzie Murphy '18
  • 2017: Victoria Rykaczewski '19
  • 2016: Jeffrey Marr, '18

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Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:

  • 2015: Sydney Thompson '17
  • 2014: Brendan Walsh, '15

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Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:

  • 2009: Claudia Piacente ’09

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The Kelberman Center is a regional center for excellence for individuals with autism spectrum disorders and related learning challenges.

Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:

  • 2014: Lauren Kasparson, '15
  • 2013: Jenny Bergman, '14
  • 2010: Erin Nash '12

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Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:

  • 2015: Kendra Peeples '16

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Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:

  • 2015: Katelyn Parker '16

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The Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York, Inc. is a not-for-profit law office which was created in 1952 by the Oneida County Bar Association and local attorneys to provide civil (non-criminal) legal services to low-income people in Oneida County. Throughout the years it has expanded to include thirteen counties in the Central New York region. LASMNY provides legal information, advice and representation to low income clients in civil cases involving public benefits, healthcare, consumer and debt problems, housing, education, employment, family matters and other legal problems. Also provided are community legal education programs for clients, community agencies and the general public regarding legal rights and responsibilities.

Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:

  • 2018: Louis Berkowitz '20
  • 2017: Jeff Marr '18
  • 2016 Steph Poland '17
  • 2015: On Tim Tang '17
  • 2014: Will Ely '15 and Crystal Sawh '15
  • 2013: Ryan Geisser, '14
  • 2012: Lindsey Edinger '13
  • 2011: TC Gallagher ’12
  • 2013: Jessica Staley, '14
  • 2012: Jayne Tamboia '13

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Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:

  • 2015: Phyo Thant '16
  • 2008: Kaitlin Tufts '10

MAD Art, Inc. is a community art space in Hamilton that aims to increase the visibility and appreciation of the arts in Central New York, provide arts education programming, and give local artists a space to exhibit and sell their work.

Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:

  • 2010: Caroline Johnson '11

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Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:

  • 2018: Mackenzie Carroll '19
  • 2017: Revee Needham '18
  • 2015: Kayleigh Bhangdia, '16
  • 2015 Olivia Gamble, '15
  • 2014: Jennifer Dias, '16
  • 2013: Laura Arboleda, '14
  • 2012: Caroline Lee, '13
  • 2009: Sarah Hesler ’09

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Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:

  • 2018: Amanda Hauser '19

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Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:

  • 2018: Saad Munir '20
  • 2012: Augusta Gillespie, '13
  • 2010: Jack Daly '12

Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:

  • 2015: Henry Marshall '17
  • 2009: Ananya Das ’12

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Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:

  • 2016 Holly Mascolo '17
  • 2014: Maxine Lammers '15
  • 2010: Michael Palmer '10
  • 2018: Kyle Winkelmeier '17
  • 2017: Maggie Cusick '18
  • 2016: Austin Anderson, '17

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Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:

  • 2011: Jack Daly '12

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The Madison-Oneida Board of Cooperative Educational Services provides programs, services, and resources that schools might not be able to afford otherwise.

Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:

  • 2010: Samantha Rocks '11

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Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:

  • 2014: Justine Gambale '15
  • 2013: Eddie Sihavong, '14

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Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:

  • 2018: Emmy Ritchie '20

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The Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees strives to promote the well-being of culturally diverse individuals and families within the community by welcoming refugees and immigrants and by providing individual and community-centered activities designed to create opportunity and facilitate understanding. MVRCR offers a combination of programs and services, including refugee resettlement, health services and referrals, interpretation, translation, ESL education and technical assistance.

Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:

  • 2018 Shimaio Zuo '21
  • 2017 Taylor Dumas '20
  • 2017 Patonya Parker '20
  • 2017 Dzenela Becic '18
  • 2016 Sarah Wylie, '18
  • 2016 Jinsuh Cho, '18
  • 2016 Marissa Roberge, '17
  • 2015: Jessie Sullivan '16 
  • 2014: Maya Atakilti '17
  • 2013: Ewa Protasiuk, '15
  • 2012: Gabriela Bezerra ’13
  • 2012: David Butler, '13

Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:

  • 2018: Diana Flores '20

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The National Abolition Hall of Fame (NAHOF) honors exemplary people from three centuries that have dedicated their lives, efforts, and personal wealth to gain equal rights for all. For the purposes of the Hall of Fame, abolition is recognized as both the legal ending of slavery, or the First Abolition, and the moral ending of discrimination, or the Second Abolition. 

Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:

  • 2018: Erin Burke '18 
  • 2017: Bobbie Howie
  • 2016: Jordan Henderson '17
  • 2015: Jessica Pearce '18 and Valeria Felix '18
  • 2014: David Butler, '14
  • 2013: Lindsey Skerker, '14
  • 2012: Charlotte Aldrich, '13
  • 2010: Moana Fogg '10
  • 2009: Moana Fogg '10

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Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:

  • 2013: Austin Dier, '14

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Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:

  • 2006: John Demler ’08

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The Division of Employment Services at the New York State Department of Labor assists and prepares the general public in obtaining and retaining suitable employment. The Division also assists businesses in securing a qualified workforce.

  • 2007: Ben Callaway '07

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The Oneida Community was a 19th century Utopian religious community. The Mission of the Oneida Community Mansion House is to maintain, preserve and restore the community's house, its ambiance and contents and such products and publications or possessions of the original Community and its members for the benefit of present and future generations of scholars, students and an interested public.

Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:

  • 2017: Erin Burke '18
  • 2011: Amy Brown '13

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The Oneida County History Center in Utica aims to protect and exhibit the history of Oneida County through a museum and research library open to the public.

Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:

  • 2018: Jolene Patrina '19
  • 2016: Erin Burke '18
  • 2015: Jerod Gibson-Faber, '16
  • 2014: Kennedy Pope '15
  • 2013: Tess Christianson, '14
  • 2012: Hannah Fitton, '14

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Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:

  • 2009: Rachel Solomon ’09

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Opportunities for Chenango, Inc. (OFC, Inc.) is a community action agency, serving the citizens of Chenango County, NY. The agency helps families and individuals recognize their strengths, set realistic goals, make responsible choices, and become successful, self-sufficient members of the community. OFC, Inc. programs focus on child and family development, housing security, life-skills training, education, literacy, health and nutrition, community, employment and economic development.

Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:

  • 2013: Albert Boateng, '14
  • 2007: Robert Lucas '09

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Pathfinder Village is a non-profit residential community for children and adults with Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities. Currently, the Village serves the needs of 70 full-time residents, offering a wide range of recreational activities, health care services, and opportunities for community involvement. The village, which has a school, chapel, and dedicated staff, also provides schooling and a range of enrichment opportunities to its residents.

Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:

  • 2018: Katrina Judicke '20
  • 2017: Jessica Eldridge '18
  • 2016: Emily Rooney '17
  • 2015: Catherine Quirion '17
  • 2014: Mallory Keller, '17
  • 2013: Hannah Sosland, '15
  • 2012: Pablo Sasso '14
  • 2011: Paige Cross ’11

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The Partnership for Community Development in Hamilton fosters economic development and community vitality.

Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:

  • 2018: Gabby Yates '19
  • 2017: Colleen Donlan '18
  • 2016: Luke Felty, '18
  • 2014: Alex Marrone '16
  • 2011: Amy Brown ’13

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The Resource Center for Independent Living (RCIL), a Utica-based civil rights organization serving the disabled community, promotes a dynamic environment where society and the individual mutually benefit from a world with “no limits.” The center coordinates over 100 programs, include elderly, employment, youth, and interpreting services, and offers assistance to people with all types of disabilities, including cognitive, physical, mental and sensory disabilities.

Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:

  • 2008: Carly Turro '09

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RSVP Volunteers for Madison County, based in Morrisville, matches volunteers over age 55 with local non-profit organizations.

Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:

  • 2010: Rashesh Shrestha '11

Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:

  • 2015: Kris Pfister '17

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Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:

  • 2015: Nihar Shah '16
  • 2013: Megan Wickens, '14
  • 2012: Coco Vonnegut '13

Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:

  • 2011: Caroline Anderson '12

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Southern Madison Heritage Trust works to conserve, for public benefit, natural resources in and around the townships of Brookfield, Eaton, Hamilton, Lebanon and Madison in Madison County, N.Y. The trust strives to protect land, water, unique habitats, scenic landscapes, recreational sites and historic features through public education and support of practices that advance natural resource conservation. 

Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:

  • 2018: Claudia Buszta '19
  • 2015: Anna McHugh '17
  • 2011: Claire Burgett ’12

Stop NYRI, Inc., is a coalition of citizens from Madison and Chenango counties committed to exploring the impact of the 8-county, 200-mile long New York Regional Interconnect, Inc. 400,000-watt power line project. The goal of the coalition is to use grounded and accurate research to educate and inform regional citizens, as well as national, state and local officials, about the impact of this project on the area.

Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:

  • 2007: Tom Blonkowski '07

Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:

  • 2018: Miller Downer '21
  • 2017: Emily Eastwood '18
  • 2015: Henry Marshall '17
  • 2014: Brendan Walsh '15

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Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:

  • 2010: Kate Briscoe '12

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Upstate Cerebral Palsy was founded in 1950 as the United Cerebral Palsy Association of the Utica Area, Inc., by a group of parents and grandparents of children with cerebral palsy who wanted to ensure that their children would have every opportunity for success regardless of their abilities. The agency has become a comprehensive community services agency serving children and adults who exhibit some level of developmental, intellectual or emotional disability.

Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:

  • 2007: Cara Delaney '08

Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:

  • 2018: Sarah Allen '20
  • 2017: Dylann McLaughlin '18 and Lindsey Johnson '20
  • 2016: Dylann McLaughlin '18

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Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:: Miller Downer '21

  • 2018: Miller Downer '21
  • 2012: Emmie Dolfi, '13
  • 2013: Spencer Wallach, '15
  • 2013: Mae Staples, '15

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Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:

  • 2012: Rita Van Kirk, '13

Canastota website
Chittenango website

Students worked with these community partners over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:

  • 2006: Matt Mills '07

Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:

  • 2014: Emily Luba '16

Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:

  • 2018: Ashlea Raemer '18

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The Young Scholars Liberty Partnership Program is an ambitious collaborative project between Utica College of Syracuse University and the Utica City School District dedicated to motivating disadvantaged students towards, and making possible, a successful academic career both during and beyond the teenage years. Aiming not only to redress the appalling drop-out rate and poor attendance, Young Scholars LPP established itself as a comprehensive program, a source of cultural and social capital for students largely deprived of such support and opportunities. However, Young Scholars LPP does not simply strive for daily attendance or completion of high school, but for academic excellence. Reflecting a belief in the power of the program and the potential of the students, an academic average of a C or better is required to maintain Young Scholar status and students are encouraged to strive not just for a New York State Regents Diploma, but for a Regents Diploma with the Advanced Designation. 

Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:

  • 2017: Dylann McLaughlin '18 and Lindsey Johnson '20
  • 2015: Cynthia Vele '17
  • 2014: Sarah Wooton '15 and Emily Hawkins '15
  • 2013: Pablo Sasso, '14
  • 2011: Nam Kieu, ’11

The Youth Philanthropy Council is a project at Norwich High School in which high school juniors and seniors learn about the importance and impact of philanthropy in society and how philanthropists find and fund worthy causes. The program began in the fall of 2008 with 16 high school students and six Colgate student mentors. 

Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:

  • 2009: Emily Katz ’10