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Summer Data Science Fellowship Opportunity for Master’s PhD and Postdoc Students

Posted by Tim on March 21, 2018 in Academics, Fellowships, Graduate School Programs

Program: The Data Incubator is an intensive 8 week fellowship that prepares masters students, PhDs, and postdocs in STEM and social science fields seeking industry careers as data scientists. The program is free for Fellows and supported by sponsorships from hundreds of employers across multiple industries. In response to the overwhelming interest in our earlier sessions, we will be holding another fellowship.

Who Should Apply: Anyone who has already obtained a masters or PhD degree or who is within one year of graduating with a masters or PhD is welcome to apply. Applications from international students are welcome. Everyone else is encouraged to sign-up for a future session.

Locations: In addition to the below in-person locations, we will have a remote online session:

  • New York City
  • San Francisco Bay Area
  • Seattle
  • Boston
  • Washington, DC.

Dates: All sections will be from 2018-06-18 to 2018-08-10.

Application Link:

Data Science in 30 minutes: Learn how to build a data-science project in our upcoming free Data Science in 30-minutes webcast. Signup soon as space is limited.

Learn More: You can learn about our fellows at The New York Times, LinkedIn, Amazon, Capital One, or Palantir. To read about our latest fellow alumni, check out our blog. To learn more about The Data Incubator, check us out on Venture Beat, The Next Web, or Harvard Business Review.


SOC 434: Topics in Urban & Public Policy-Urban Schools and Communities Fall 2018

Posted by Tim on March 21, 2018 in Academics, General Education Requirements, Honors Experiences

SOC 434: Topics in Urban & Public Policy-Urban Schools and Communities Fall 2018
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30-10:50 a.m.
Capen 109

In the United States, a child’s home address is one of the major factors determining the quality of schooling that s/he will receive. WHY?

In this new course, students will examine the relationship between urban public schools in the U.S. and the neighborhoods and communities in which they are located. Topics include:
-Why are many schools so segregated on the basis of race and class? Why does
segregation matter?
-How does neighborhood violence influence children’s performance in school?
-How are residential segregation and school segregation related?
-What factors determine where families choose to live and where they choose to send
their children to school?
-How have government policies and practices concerning neighborhood and community
development affected schools over time?
-How have some cities tried to desegregate their schools? What has worked? What
hasn’t worked?
-What does it mean to say that a neighborhood is “gentrifying”? How does that affect
the neighborhood’s schools?
-What is the “school-to-prison pipeline”?
This course may be used to satisfy advanced course requirements in the following SSC concentrations:
-Urban & Public Policy
-Health & Human Services – Early Childhood
-Health & Human Services – Community Mental Health


Discover Law Pre-Law Undergraduate Scholars (PLUS) Program Accepting Applications

Posted by Tim on March 20, 2018 in Academics, Graduate School Programs, Networking

The Discover Law Pre-Law Undergraduate Scholars (PLUS) Program is now accepting applications!

Discover Law provides 20 promising and diverse undergraduate students the opportunity to live on the University at Buffalo’s North Campus for an intensive four-week summer residency. Students take rigorous courses taught by law professors, attend field trips to see the law in action learn about the admissions process, and shadow a judge or attorney for a day. Throughout the four weeks, students build and refine skillsets such as:

  • Critical thinking, close reading and legal analysis
  • Enhanced writing and oral advocacy skills
  • Practical strategies for doing well on the LSAT
  • Successfully navigating the law school admissions process

In addition, students are given a broad vision of the value of a legal education, the importance of the legal profession and the breadth of career opportunities it offers, and the vital contributions they can make to society through the practice of law.

Discover Law is free of charge for accepted candidates. Preference will be given to students with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 who will be entering their sophomore or junior year in Fall 2018. The application deadline is Monday, April 16th .

Go to: for more information about Discover Law or click here to apply!


Allison Des Forges International Symposium: Chin in Africa: Global Perspectives April 26

Posted by Tim on March 20, 2018 in Community Announcements, Event, Networking, Workshops

FREE Event!
Allison Des Forges International Symposium: Chin in Africa: Global Perspectives
April 26, 2018
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
120 Clemens Hall, UB North Campus

In recent years, China has been playing increasingly active roles in Africa. The Chinese claim that they are dedicated to the economic development and social welfare of the countries where they are working, but some critics assert that they are behaving very much in the manner of Europeans and Americans, who too often have exploited the human and material resources of Africa to their own benefit and with little positive impact on Africa. This symposium will examine the Chinese record in sub-Saharan Africa in comparison with those of European countries and the United States.


9:00 Registration and Welcome
9:30-12:00 African Perspectives Discussions
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-3:30 Chinese, European and American Perspectives
3:30-4:00 Wrap-up and General Discussion


NEW Psychology Minor at UB

Posted by Tim on March 19, 2018 in Academics, New Programs

Completing the Psychology Minor Program

Academic Requirements

  • A minimum GPA of 2.0 in psychology courses is required for good standing in the minor and for graduation
  • Minors whose GPA in psychology courses falls below 2.0 during any semester are automatically placed on probation
  • Minors whose GPA remains below 2.0 in consecutive semesters are dismissed from the minor


Academic Advice

  • PSY 207 Psychological Statistics and PSY 250 (change pending in course number to PSY 350) Scientific Inquiry in Psychology are recommended for students contemplating advanced training in behavioral research, inside or outside psychology
  • 400-level courses are open only to psychology majors


Transfer Credit Policy

  • Transfer students who bring psychology coursework to UB must meet the same acceptance criteria as students who start at UB
  • Students may transfer coursework required for admission into the minor, as well as additional psychology coursework. However, courses taken in statistics and research methods, as well as upper-level psychology courses, must be evaluated and approved by the department.
  • Access previous articulated coursework from many schools at UB Taurus.
  • SUNY Seamless Transfer is a SUNY-wide program intended to make transferring to UB and other SUNY Schools simple and efficient for SUNY students. SUNY has defined courses that students can take before transferring which will apply to the minor at UB and ensure timely graduation. Information about the Transfer Path for this minor can be found on the SUNY website.
  • Students should contact their academic advisor to determine how any transfer or exam credit might be utilized in meeting UB Curriculum, prerequisite, or minor requirements

Residency Requirement

A minimum of 3 upper-level (300-level) psychology courses must be taken at UB.

Prerequisite Course

PSY 101 Introductory Psychology

Required Courses

Five additional PSY courses distributed as follows:

  • Three 300-level courses from different substantive areas (i.e., one course must be completed in at least three of the following four substantive areas): • SUBSTANTIVE AREA 1: CLINICAL • PSY 321 Psychology of Personality
  • PSY 322 Abnormal Psychology
  • PSY 324 Clinical Psychology
  • PSY 325 Health Psychology
  • SUBSTANTIVE AREA 2: SOCIAL • PSY 331 Social Psychology
  • PSY 332 Social Conflict and Its Resolution
  • PSY 333 Psychology of Work in Organizations
  • PSY 336 Developmental Psychology
  • SUBSTANTIVE AREA 3: COGNITIVE • PSY 341 Cognitive Psychology
  • PSY 342 Introduction to Cognitive Science: Concepts of the Mind
  • PSY 343 Sensory Processes and Perception
  • Two additional courses from the following list: • PSY 207 Psychological Statistics
  • Any other 300-level class

UB Seminar courses cannot count towards minor requirements.  Contact your advisor to learn more and apply.

Total Credit Hours Required Credits Required for Minor 18

Restorative Justice Day April 21 on South Campus

Posted by Tim on March 19, 2018 in Community Announcements, Event, Networking, Workshops

Saturday, April 21, 2018
Diefendorf Hall (South Campus)
8:30-5:00 p.m.

Restorative Justice Day is an event held annually to bring together students, faculty, staff, and community members to discuss restorative practices. Please join us as we learn what restorative practices are, how they’re being used in Buffalo, and how we can be ambassadors for these practices in our organizations.

Restorative Practices are defined as:

“…a growing social movement to institutionalize peaceful approaches to harm, problem-solving and violations of legal and human rights. These range from international peacemaking tribunals such as the South Africa Truth and Reconciliation Commission to innovations within the criminal and juvenile justice systems, schools, social services and communities. Rather than privileging the law, professionals and the state, restorative resolutions engage those who are harmed, wrongdoers and their affected communities in search of solutions that promote repair, reconciliation and the rebuilding of relationships. Restorative justice seeks to build partnerships to reestablish mutual responsibility for constructive responses to wrongdoing within our communities. Restorative approaches seek a balanced approach to the needs of the victim, wrongdoer and community through processes that preserve the safety and dignity of all.” – Dr. Carolyn Boyes-Watson

On RJ Day 2018, we will have nationally renowned restorative advocate Nancy Reistenberg give our keynote address, and we will host several workshops throughout the day on the themes of:

  • Youth (including LGBTQ and Black Lives Matter)
  • Community
  • Criminal Justice
  • Schools

The event is free to attend, and lunch will be provided.

For more information and to register:


Buffalo Arts Studios’s Trimania Volunteer Opportunity for April 14

Posted by Tim on March 19, 2018 in Buffalo Bits, Community Announcements, Event, Volunteering, Volunteers Needed

Buffalo Arts Studio is a not-for-profit arts organization serving our local community since 1991. They offer exhibitions, public art, and educational programs for people of all ages, and support local visual artists by providing exposure and affordable studio space.

Trimania is their largest fundraising event (held once every three years) and helps support their programming. This year’s event will be on Saturday, April 14th – just one month away – and is a great opportunity for students to volunteer with a local organization that has been serving the Western New York community for more than 25 years.

Please see the attached “Call for Volunteers” flyer to learn more about Trimania and how students can get involved. If you could please forward to students, student groups/organizations/clubs, student listservs, etc., that would be greatly appreciated.

If you have any questions or concerns or would like more information, please contact Jayne Hughes, Education Director for Buffalo Arts Studio via email at or call 716-833-4450 x11.


Register Now for the 4th Annual Women in STEM Summit April 18

Posted by Tim on March 19, 2018 in Academics, Community Announcements, Event, Networking, Workshops

To coincide with Earth Day, this year’s Summit celebrates women’s contributions to advancing sustainability. Join us for an unforgettable keynote interview between SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson and Liesl Folks, Dean of UB’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. Discover what’s current in sustainability, science and policy with local thought leaders who are building sustainable solutions and influencing sustainable change. Meet organizations that support diversity and sustainability initiatives at our Information Fair.

April 18, 2018
8:30 a.m. to 2:00 pm. in the Student Union

For more information, visit:

Don’t miss this opportunity to be inspired, grow and connect with us!

Register now!


Boys Run On Seeks Looking for Volunteers

Posted by Tim on March 16, 2018 in Community Announcements, Event, Honors Experiences, Volunteering, Volunteers Needed

Boys Run On is seeking energetic and highly motivated individuals who enjoy working with kids and are interested in volunteering their time, 2 days per week over the course of 9 weeks as BRO Mentors. The 9-week program will run between April 9 – June 8, 2018.

Boys Run On (BRO) is a Fun, Physical Activity based personal growth and development program for elementary school boys, grades 3-5, in our local Buffalo, NY communities.

Our focus is to deliver a Health, Wellness, Life Skills Development and Environmental Awareness program, providing the Tools, the Head and the Heart to make our boys physically fit, internally healthy, and successful in life.

This program is not just for athletes. It’s designed to encourage ALL boys that doing healthy things can be FUN! Through the BRO curriculum, we provide the necessary tools that will help carry these boys through life successfully. Inspiring them to navigate this world wisely and thrive in any environment. Please help us as we focus on providing this great program to more schools and after-school programs in our local community. Over the last three years, Boys Run On has experienced tremendous success, connecting with boys throughout Buffalo.

In 2018, our goal is to make sure the BRO program is accessible to boys in Buffalo, seeking a program that will expose them to teamwork, healthy lifestyles, and FUN!
2018 Mentor Volunteer Position Description:
As a volunteer mentor you will have an incredible impact on boys in grades 3 – 5. You will be providing them with the skills necessary to be healthy and successful regardless of what they choose to do in life. We want your skills and talents to be part of that success.
Boys Run On will train and equip you with our BRO curriculum. This will include all of the easily followed daily plans (designed by Doctors, PTs, Exercise Physiologists) for you to follow. This is an invaluable opportunity to gain work-related experience, build a resume, and support youth in our local communities.
Program Goals & Objectives:
• Provide a safe atmosphere for emotional expression, growth and development
• Provide necessary life and social skills not always acquired elsewhere
• Provide proper neuromuscular growth, strength and balance development
• Support BRO participants complete a 5K run at the end of the 9-week session. Here they will see their hard work payoff.
Time Commitment:
• Pre-program Mentor Training Session (Saturday, March 24th 8:30 am – 1:30 pm)
• Two days per week after school for an hour and forty-five minutes (assigned location to be determined)
• CPR Certification
• 5k Celebration Run (Friday, June 8th @ 7 pm. Buffalo State Harbor Park)
Is this for you?:
• Are you in alignment with our beliefs?
• Do you enjoy working with kids?
• Do you want to help inspire our BRO participants?
If YES, then we’d love to hear from you!
Mentor Volunteer placements and assignments will be determined based on one-on-one phone interviews with students. For more information or to submit your resume, please email or call Xander Covert at 716-361-4799.


Paid Student Social Media Research Analyst Assistant Position

Posted by Tim on March 14, 2018 in Career Opportunities, Job Opportunity

University Communications is currently looking for creative, motivated and detail-oriented students to work with to tell our UB story on the UB Social Media Team (see attached job descriptions) as Social Media Content/Engagement Assistants as well as a Social Media Research Analyst Assistant.

Basic Information

Title: Digital Researcher/Analyst Assistant
UB Department: University Communications
Supervisor: Erin Goetz, Social Media Specialist,
716-645- 4654, 330 Crofts Hall, UB North Campus
Application Due Date: April 1, 2018
Application Deadline: Applications accepted immediately, until position is filled
Position Start Date: Position is available to start immediately. Start date is flexible
Paid Position?    Yes ($10.65/hr)

Position Details

Department Profile
UB’s division of University Communications (UC) is responsible for university-wide
communications and marketing — including branding, media relations, digital (web, social media),
editorial/content, and creative design — for the University at Buffalo (UB). The division is highly
visible and its communication products represent the public face of the university. As a member
of UC’s Digital Communications & Strategy team, you will help us transform the way content is
created, distributed and tracked on social media, the web, and other digital communication
platforms. You will support the department’s efforts to monitor and shape perceptions, fulfill
information needs and provide exceptional service to external and internal audiences of UB.
As our Digital Researcher/Analyst Assistant you will focus on researching and analyzing UB’s
digital presence, including web, social media and mobile, to develop and refine processes that
drive awareness of UB on these channels.

Candidate Profile
The successful candidate will:

  • Be highly motivated, professional, creative and excited to learn
  • Be comfortable working in a high-productivity team environment
  • Demonstrate strong social media, visual and editorial skills
  • Be a current SUNY student (mandatory)


  • This PAID student position requires a weekly commitment of 15-20 hours. Successful
    candidates will be available to work summer 2018 and ideally continue through spring 2019.
  • All work (unless otherwise agreed) is to be conducted in UC offices in Crofts Hall on UB’s
    North Campus.


  • The Digital Researcher/Analyst Assistant will work directly with the Social Media Specialist,
    and collaboratively with other members of the UC team to accomplish the following goals
    using UC’s social media management tool (Sprinklr):

    • Research and analysis informing digital strategies
      • E.g. Benchmarking and analysis of best practices, trend and usage analysis
    • Assessment of product performance
      • E.g. Site analytics, user analysis, usability testing, defining and measuring KPI
    • Content/data stewardship
      • E.g. Stewardship of delivery of content, social media/web/mobile usage data
    • Support and project logistics
      • E.g. Coordinating information access and dissemination, tracking project feedback, building and populating templates for site Information Architecture and
        Content Strategy
  • Assist in management and administration of UB’s top-level social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube, LinkedIn, Buzzfeed and Pinterest
  • Plan, write, produce and distribute content (including video) on social media
  • Coordinate cross-unit social media campaigns
  • Continually monitor, identify and engage with our online audiences
  • Support digital analytics activities
  • Support university-wide communicators network activities

Must have strong user knowledge of social media, web and mobile platforms (this is NOT a
programming position. It is an analysis and research position)

  • Must be a critical thinker, with strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Must have excellent analytical skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communications are essential
  • Effective time management and adherence to deadlines
  • Experience in Excel, Google Docs required
  • Experience with Google Analytics a plus
  • Keen sense of individual responsibility and initiative.
  • Self directed
  • Desire to learn and explore new and existing technologies
  • Enthusiastic team player

To apply:

  • Complete the following pre-qualification form:
  • Send the following to
    • What makes you a stand out candidate for the job
      (experience and personal characteristics)
    • Experience or interest in assessment/analytics or using or studying social media, web
      and mobile platforms
    • Your academic major, projected month and year of graduation
    • Availability to work
    • Name and contact information for 3 references. Please indicate whether they are personal or professional references

Applications are being accepted immediately with a cut off of April 1, 2018. Start date is flexible.
The University at Buffalo is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer