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Summer Field School

Upstate Institute Summer Field School Fellows work with a community, government, or non-profit partner to create and complete projects that will have a positive social, economic, cultural or environmental impact on the Upstate region.
Summer 2012 Field School participants on the Old Golf Course at Colgate University.

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Field School Fellows

A student fellow and a community partner sitting together at a computer terminal.As an Upstate Institute Field School Fellow, students are responsible for building relationships in the local and regional community. Through this experience, students complete independent work on innovative projects that provide a community benefit and in so doing develop a deeper understanding of the issues facing the Upstate region and a strong appreciation for what the region has to offer.

Responsibilities

Fellows work approximately 35 hours a week for 8–10 weeks over the summer with a partner organization. Students provide a variety of services to the organization, which may include:
  • conducting research projects;
  • developing training programs;
  • working with clients;
  • participating in program development;
  • and, writing or researching grants.
In addition, fellows participate in a weekly seminar on campus in which they share information and ideas about their projects, develop specific skills, and delve into regional issues.


Apply

Apply to be a part of the Upstate Institute 2014 Summer Field School. Students should read the Field School Fact Sheet, then access the Field School Application below. 
  
Application for Students (.doc format) 
Application for Students (.pdf format)

Community partners interested in hosting a student and proposing a project should read the Information Sheet then access the Community Partner Field School Application below.

Application deadline: Friday, March 7

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 their Field School Fellow.
Abraham House
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

Adult Learning Center
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

Agricultural Economic Development Program
Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:
  • 2013: Josh Riefler, '14
  • 2012: Molly Emmett, '12
  • 2010: Molly Kunzman '12

Bassett Healthcare Research Institute
Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:
  • 2010: Laura Bostwick, '11

BRiDGES
Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:
  • 2012: Jayne Tamboia, '13
  • 2009: Molly Gamble '09

Town of Cazenovia
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

Cazenovia Area Community Development Agency
Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:
  • 2009: Kevin Williams '10

Cazenovia Community Preschool
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

Cazenovia Preservation Foundation
Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:
  • 2008: Kevin Williams '10

Cazenovia Public Library
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

Central Adirondack Laboratory for Environmental Sciences
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

Chenango Canal Association
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:
  • 2010: Zach Roman '12

Chenango Greenway Conservancy
Summer 2010

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:
  • 2010: Zach Roman '12

Chenango Summer MusicFest
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

Chenango United Way
Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:
  • 2013: Zoe Blicksilver, '14
  • 2012: Joanne Jan, '13
  • 2009: Allison Bush ’09
  • 2008: Allison Bush ’09

Colgate University Athletics
Website

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

Community Action Partnership
Website

Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:
  • 2012: Albert Boateng, '14
  • 2013: Gabriela Bezerra, '13

Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties
Website

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

Community Memorial Hospital
Website

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

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Madison County
Website

Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:
  • 2009: Chris Vincent '08

Earlville Opera House
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

The Exhibition Alliance
Website

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

Food Bank of Central New York
Website

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.
Website

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:
  • 2013: Kori Strother, '15
  • 2011: Makenna Osborn ’12

Friends of Rogers Environmental Education Center
Website

Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years:
  • 2013: Jessica Hootz ’13

Hamilton Central Schools
Website

Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:
  • 2008: Chris Glendening '09

Hamilton Food Cupboard
Website

Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:
  • 2012: Dylan Levene, '12

Hamilton Obstetrics and Gynecology
Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:
  • 2005: Susan Taffee '06

Ho Tung Visualization Lab
Website

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

Hope House
Website

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

Hospice and Palliative Care of Chenango County
Website

Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:
  • 2013: Nicole VanMeter, '14
  • 2012: Jessica Planamento, '12

House of the Good Shepherd
Website

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

Iroquois Indian Museum
Website

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

The Kelberman Center
Website

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:
  • 2013: Jenny Bergman, '14
  • 2010: Erin Nash '12

Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York, Inc.
Website

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:
  • 2013: Ryan Geisser, '14
  • 2012: Lindsey Edinger '13
  • 2011: TC Gallagher ’12

Lorenzo State Historic Site
Website

Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:
  • 2008: Kaitlin Tufts '10

MADArt, Inc.
Website

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

Madison County Department of Health
Website

Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:
  • 2013: Laura Arboleda, '14
  • 2012: Caroline Lee, '13
  • 2009: Sarah Hesler ’09

Madison County Department of Social Services
Website

Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:
  • 2012: Augusta Gillespie, '13
  • 2010: Jack Daly '12

Madison County Historian
Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:
  • 2009: Ananya Das ’12

Madison County Literacy Coalition
Website

The Literacy Coalition began in 2009 and is comprised of more than 50 entities, including schools, businesses, and other organizations. Its guiding vision is to target literacy from birth and ensure that Madison County achieves 100% literacy.

Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:
  • 2013: Jessica Staley, '14
  • 2012: Jayne Tamboia '13

Madison County Planning Department
Website

Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:
  • 2010: Michael Palmer '10

Madison County Stop DWI
Website

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

Madison-Oneida Board of Cooperative Educational Services
Website

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

MAMI Interpreters
Website

Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:
  • 2013: Eddie Sihavong, '14

Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees
Website

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:
  • 2013: Ewa Protasiuk, '15
  • 2012: Gabriela Bezerra ’13
  • 2012: David Butler, '13

National Abolition Hall of Fame
Website

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:
  • 2013: Lindsey Skerker, '14
  • 2012: Charlotte Aldrich, '13
  • 2010: Moana Fogg '10
  • 2009: Moana Fogg '10

The Neighborhood Center
Website

Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:
  • 2008: Laura Simocko ’09

New Life Christian School
Website

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

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Website

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

New York State Department of Labor Division of Employment Services
Website

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

Oneida Community Mansion House
Website

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:
  • 2011: Amy Brown '13

Oneida County Historical Society
Website

The Oneida County Historical Society 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:
  • 2013: Tess Christianson, '14
  • 2012: Hannah Fitton, '14
  • 2010: Caroline Johnson '11

Oneida Public Library
Website

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

Opportunities for Chenango, Inc.
Website

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

Pathfinder Village
Website

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:
  • 2013: Hannah Sosland, '15
  • 2012: Pablo Sasso '14
  • 2011: Paige Cross ’11

Partnership for Community Development
Website

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:
  • 2011: Amy Brown ’13

Resource Center for Independent Living
Website

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

RSVP Volunteers for Madison County
Website

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

Sculpture Space
Website

Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:
  • 2013: Megan Wickens, '14
  • 2012: Coco Vonnegut '13

Shapna Tea & Coffee Company
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

Southern Madison Heritage Trust
Website

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:
  • 2011: Claire Burgett ’12

Stop NYRI, Inc.
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

United Way of the Valley and Greater Utica
Website

Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:
  • 2010Kate Briscoe '12

Upstate Cerebral Palsy
Website

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

Village and Town of Hamilton
Website

Students worked with this community partner over the summer during the following years. Click each year to learn more about their projects:
  • 2012: Emmie Dolfi, '13
  • 2013: Spencer Wallach, '15
  • 2013: Mae Staples, '15


Village and Town of Oxford
Website

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


Villages of Canastota and Chittenango
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

Young Scholars Liberty Partnership Program at Utica College
Website

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:
  • 2013: Pablo Sasso, '14
  • 2011: Nam Kieu, ’11

Youth Philanthropy Council
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