The Academy awards small grants to undergraduate college students involved in science research to promote interest in science among young people. Letters encouraging grant applications are sent to science departments of western New York colleges in the fall semester. Information on grants may be requested from the R.A.S. Grant Committee Chairperson.
A copy of a recent application form is shown at the bottom of the page to provide more information. Please note that the form may be modified from one year to the next, so be sure to write to us to receive a copy of the current form.
This year, we had five proposals, requesting a total of $2477. Our mission was to award only significant grants rather than small, partial awards. The maximum amount of the grant is $500. The RAS Grants Committee awarded a total of $2390 for five research projects.
First place: full funding plus $50 to the student.
Ryan Preble, Cornell University. "Genetics of Neurotoxic Compounds in the Common Pawpaw." Award: $500. Sponsor: Susan Strickler, Ph.D.
Austin Glazier, Keuka College. "Presence and identification of Wolbachia spp. in freshwater crayfish from the Keuka Lake watershed." Award: (full funding) $500. Sponsor: Luciana Cursino Parent, Ph.D.
Brock Johnston, SUNY Brockport. "Co-Culturing of 3T3-L1 adipocytes and J774A.1 macrophages." Award: (full funding) $500. Sponsor: Laurie B. Cook, Ph.D.
Raunak Al-Rubayie, St. John Fisher College. "Remote Sensing Freshwater Bacteria in Great Lakes." Award: $400. Sponsor: Fernando Ontiveros, Ph.D.
Campbell Vogt, SUNY Buffalo. "Establishing the evolution of Sir3 silencing function in duplicated yeast through ancestral gene reconstruction." Award: $440.00. Sponsor: Laura Rusche, Ph.D.
All of the money for the grants this year was from gifts to the Undergraduate Student Research Grants Fund.