Keith Schillo Project Awarded $194,129 NSF Grant
The National Science Foundation’s Transforming Undergraduate Education in STEM Program awarded a $194,129 grant to the Research Foundation of SUNY on behalf of SUNY Oneonta in support of “Revolution In Physiology Education: RIPE for Change.” Under the direction of Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Keith Schillo, the project was one of about 125 selected from 1,050 proposals to receive funding.
The goal of the project is to change the way physiology is taught—not just at SUNY Oneonta, but also at other institutions with which the results of the project will be shared. The NSF grant will be used to purchase state-of-the-art instrumentation for human and animal physiology experiments that will be used to create instructional resources for a problem-based approach to teaching physiology. A new conceptual framework for teaching physiology, supported by a set of specific instructional tools, will be developed and shared with other colleges and universities.
The “RIPE for Change” project is part of ongoing effort to develop a state-of-the-art anatomy and physiology learning environment at SUNY Oneonta. Earlier this year, Schillo applied for and received a college Strategic Allocation of Resources (StAR) grant to purchase a virtual anatomy table.
“The new equipment, together with existing resources, will result in an anatomy and physiology laboratory that is comparable to those of graduate and professional schools,” said Schillo. “This has not gone unnoticed. Graduates of our program have been having great success in gaining admittance into prestigious programs in the health sciences.”
For example, this year, three SUNY Oneonta students were accepted into the Physician Assistant program at Albany Medical College, three students were accepted to the Physical Therapy program at Upstate Medical University, and one student was accepted to Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine. Others have gone on to advanced degree programs at New York University, Drexel University, LeMoyne College and other well-known schools.