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Monday
01/25/21

Society and Computing Club Seeks New Members

Posted by Tim on January 25, 2021 in Community Announcements, Networking, Stress Relief

Inspired by the recent documentary The Social Dilemma, I’ve decided to start the Society and Computing Club, dedicated to examining the implications of computing on society at large. In general, we want to look at algorithms, machine learning, big data, human computer interaction and how they affect our society. Some topics include (but are absolutely not limited to): social media and its effects on mental health and political polarization, how algorithms can perpetuate racial and gender bias, the law and current events surrounding data privacy rights. 

So, I’m on the hunt for interested students! If any of the above or related topics interest you, please do the following:
1. Visit the club charter to find more club specifics 
2. Follow the instructions to fill out the interest form

This club is meant to be interdisciplinary, so we are looking for members of all majors across UB!

Lastly, I should probably introduce myself. I’m Alex Liu, senior computer science major at UB and, for the purposes of this club, concerned citizen.

Looking forward to seeing you soon,
Alex

Monday
01/25/21

Tutoring and Academic Support Services Seeks Peer Mentors for spring 2021

Posted by Tim on January 25, 2021 in Student Job Opportunities, Tutoring

First Gen Peer Mentors Position Description
A peer mentor is an experienced first-gen upper-class student at UB who will mentor a small group new to UB first-gen freshmen. Mentors are committed to supporting the holistic development of our first-gen students and preparing them to make a successful transition to college. Mentors will contribute to the success of their mentees by building community and as sense of belonging. Mentors will also challenge the student to think more critically and have an increased level of self- awareness and reflection. Mentors will serve as a buddy, a coach, an advocate and a role model for their mentee.
Peer Mentor Primary Responsibilities
 Participate in required mentor training sessions (approx. 2 hours in person or via zoom, there may be more training opportunities online; times TBD)
 Attend fall “Welcome (Back) Bulls Social” in September to welcome all incoming first generation students
 Reach out to your assigned mentees at the start of classes and each month; be available to your mentee via text, email, phone, or in person
 Attend First Gen Connect monthly events with your mentee(s)
 Participate in mentor workshops offered on a variety of leadership, wellness, and personal/professional development topics
 Willingness to learn and utilize tracking systems
 Estimated time commitment of the program:
 approximately 2 hours in mentor training (times TBD)
 Additional online training modules will be required as ongoing training
 approximately 4 hours a week working with mentee(s), which includes related activities–workshops, mentor journal, required survey/assessments)
Peer Mentor Required Qualifications
 Enrolled in Spring 2020 and will have sophomore, junior, or senior status in Fall 2021
 Must have at least a 2.75 overall GPA and be in good standing at the university
 Be in good disciplinary standing
 First-generation college student (neither parent received a four-year degree in the United States)
 Good interpersonal and communication skills
 Genuine desire to help their first-generation peers succeed
 Self-motivated with a positive attitude
 Willing to learn and share information about the University at Buffalo community, student life and campus resources
 First gen students at UB come from across the globe and represent a wide variety of ethnic, cultural, linguistic, socio-economic, geographical, and political perspectives–prospective mentors should embrace and celebrate this diversity
 Interest in developing leadership and mentoring experience
Benefits for Peer Mentors
 Workshops and training on a wide variety of UB resources that support student success–including career, professional, wellness, and leadership topics
 Enhance your skills in coaching and guiding others
 Opportunities to connect with a wide network of faculty and staff dedicated to the success of our first gen Bulls community
 Stay up to date on new events and resources on campus
 Make a difference and positively impact a first-year student’s UB experience!
 $ 500 stipend to be paid each semester (fall/spring) or $500 campus cash to be paid each semester (fall/spring) this is dependent on whether you hold other campus jobs and or have workstudy
How to apply?
Please submit to your completed application to firstgeneration@buffalo.edu by February 26, 2021
 Letter of interest
 Resume
 Contact information for 2 professional references

Monday
01/25/21

SUNY Undergraduate Research Conference (SURC) Virtual Event April 16, 2021

Posted by Tim on January 25, 2021 in Academics, Event, Networking, Research Information and Opportunities, Workshops

SUNY Undergraduate Research Conference (SURC) 2021

A Virtual Conference Hosted by SUNY Old Westbury

16 April 2021 

The SUNY Undergraduate Research Conference (SURC) brings together undergraduate student researchers and faculty mentors from across the SUNY system for a full day of multidisciplinary activities, including sessions devoted to student presentations (oral, performance, artistic displays, and poster), luncheon with keynote speaker(s), a SUNY Transfer, Graduate School and Career Fair, and professional development workshops for students and for faculty.

Why SURC?

Original research and creative activity are widely recognized as high-impact educational experiences that positively affect undergraduate students’ completion rates, career prospects and readiness for graduate study. Most SUNY campuses encourage such research and creative activity throughout the curriculum, through independent study and capstone experiences and/or via internship placements, and invest in opportunities for students to present their work. This allows students to engage critical audiences in their learning processes and hone the professional communication skills necessary for higher-order scholarship and career success. Frequently those institutions do so by sending their students to professional conferences and events. While such participation allows students to develop further confidence and academic skills and to network beyond their campus by presenting their work to students and faculty who specialize in their research fields, this opportunity often comes at a steep cost of sending students to distant conferences.

SURC provides similar networking and academic enrichment opportunities for students throughout the SUNY system at lower costs and more convenient locales.  Due to COVID, this year’s SURC will be a ‘virtual’ conference.

By bringing together many hundreds of students and faculty from across the state to participate in the SURC, we will help realize the synergistic power of the SUNY system. Students will benefit from networking and academic enrichment opportunities and learn about transfer and graduate programs available across SUNY. Faculty will benefit from networking workshops on integrating student research into their pedagogy or building research and grant collaborations.

SURC is supported by the Offices of the Chancellor and Provost, and the Research Foundation, as well as SUNY student and faculty governance organizations and, of course, the local host site.

All undergraduate students engaged in research/creative activity and their mentors across SUNY are invited to attend

For more information, visit https://sunycpd.eventsair.com/QuickEventWebsitePortal/surc21/info

Monday
01/25/21

Tutoring and Academic Support Services Online Workshops

Posted by Tim on January 25, 2021 in Academics, Tutoring, Workshops

Success workshops are for all undergraduate students needing an academic boost, extra study tips and help staying motivated.
“I Can’t Learn Online!”
Wednesday, Feb. 17 6:00pm
Zoom: https://buffalo.zoom.us/j/96463092383?pwd=bXBEZVRVOEk5dWYvK3drZzJLaXRXZz09
Description: How to learn online, get motivated and stay motivated.
Presented by TASS Lead Tutor- Alivia
“Surviving STEM Classes”
Thursday, March 4 6:00pm
Zoom: https://buffalo.zoom.us/j/93257027109?pwd=aENYK0tSdDJTZS93L3FtSWF3UTBoZz09
Description: Get tips and helpful hints on how to learn and improve in your STEM classes.
Presented by TASS Lead Tutors- Shreya and Thomas
“Midterm Lifesaver”
Thursday, March 18 4-6pm
Zoom: https://buffalo.zoom.us/j/94272737826?pwd=dW9PQ21NQmpkVVZjVjdhcmtZaUY0UT09
Description: Getting crazy, feeling overwhelmed, having a hard time juggling. Visit with a TASS coach and get some strategies on how to keep your head above water.
“It’s the Final Count Down”
Date: Friday, April 2 4:00pm
Zoom: https://buffalo.zoom.us/j/97129500743?pwd=dVlOMU1PNFNDUFA3WUZsOFpEV1psZz09
Description: Tips and strategies on how to finish the semester strong.
Presented by TASS Lead Tutor and Staff

Monday
01/11/21

UB Accessibility Resources Seeks Peer Notetakers

Posted by Tim on January 11, 2021 in Job Opportunity, Networking, Student Job Opportunities

Accessibility Resources is looking for Peer Notetakers! Peer Notetakers provide an essential service that helps ensure equal access to education for students who receive accommodations. Students often find volunteering to be a Peer Notetaker enhances the classroom experience by encouraging more thorough, quality notes.  If all notes are submitted, notetakers will receive a letter of service for their volunteer hours, or if they qualify, a small honoraria.

If you are interested in becoming a Peer Notetaker, please send your class schedule, including class sections, to stu-notes@buffalo.edu. We are able to accept Notetakers on a first come, first serve basis.

Monday
01/11/21

Explore CSR Undergraduate Workshop

Posted by Tim on January 11, 2021 in Community Announcements, Event, Workshops

ExploreCSR at University at Buffalo is a 3-day virtual workshop sponsored through Google’s ExploreCSR grant that introduces undergraduates to basic connectionist models and signal processing in order to better understand how these techniques can be used in scientific studies and solve real-world problems. Each day will consist of tutorials and testimonials on how computational methods can be used in scientific research, followed by hands-on practice in small groups. Students will also be able to meet graduate, postdoctoral, and faculty mentors to discuss future career and research goals, as well as get connected to information regarding graduate programs, funding, scientific organizations, and labs based on their individual interests. The workshop is designed to encourage underrepresented groups to explore research and graduate opportunities in computing through mentorship and training. The workshop will take place on April 16-18, 2021 and applications are due March 1, 2021. For more information, please visit https://ubwp.buffalo.edu/explorecsr/.

Monday
01/11/21

Virtual Night of Soul with Phillip Michael Scales January 16 at 8pm

Posted by Tim on January 11, 2021 in Community Announcements, Event, Stress Relief

Phillip Michael Scales is an artist out of Nashville by way of Chicago. His sound is best described as Dive Bar Soul as he blends Indie Rock storytelling with the passion of the blues. He has taken his engaging live show online while still delivering a genuine, heartfelt show with top sound quality. Oh yeah, did we mention he’s B.B. Kings Nephew? Join Student Engagement for a virtual performance with Phillip Michael Scales. Grab your snacks, coffee, tea, or cocoa and join us on Zoom for a casual night of soul music during the long winter break!

Monday
01/11/21

Among Us Escape Room: Leadership Edition with Student Engagement January 14

Posted by Tim on January 11, 2021 in Community Announcements, Competitions, Event, Stress Relief

Do you have the leadership skills to outsmart the imposter? Prove you have what it takes by working together with your crewmates in this virtual escape room! 

Register on UBLinked to receive the Zoom link on the day of the event! 

Monday
01/11/21

Trivia Tuesday with Student Engagement

Posted by Tim on January 11, 2021 in Community Announcements, Competitions, Event, Stress Relief

Join Student Engagement on Tuesday evenings in January at 7:30 p.m. for virtual trivia!  Come hang out with other students and put your trivia skills to the test. Register on the Student Engagement UBLinked page! 

Tuesday, January 12 – Disney Trivia 
Tuesday, January 19 – US Presidents Trivia 
Tuesday, January 26 – Harry Potter Trivia 

Monday
01/11/21

Tutoring and Academic Support Services Seeks Tutors for spring 2021

Posted by Tim on January 11, 2021 in Academics, Honors Experiences, Job Opportunity, Student Housing, Student Job Opportunities, Tutoring

At this time TASS is looking for tutors for the spring semester, specifically in engineering, computer science, chemistry and math but not limited to.  We are starting the reviewing process so if you have any students interested they can go directly to our website below, which gives you some information about TASS and the application. 

https://www.buffalo.edu/studentsuccess/tutoring/apply.html