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Summer Arabic Language and Media Program in Oman (Fully Funded)

Posted by Tim on September 29, 2016 in Academics, Honors Experiences, Study Abroad

SALAM 2017: Summer Arabic Language and Media (SALAM) Program

The Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center (SQCC) is delighted to announce its 2017 Summer Arabic Language and Media (SALAM) program, a fully-funded intensive Arabic language scholarship program.  SALAM 2017 will be held at the Sultan Qaboos College for Teaching Arabic Language to Non-native Speakers in Manah, Oman in Summer 2017. This intensive Arabic language program will allow students to gain a deeper knowledge of Arabic, while becoming familiar with Omani history and culture.

Classes are held 8:00am to 1:30pm Sunday through Thursday (Friday and Saturday are the weekend in Oman). Students will study Modern Standard Arabic and media Arabic. In addition to classroom language instruction, students will have access to Omani peer language partners, organized weekend trips around Oman, extracurricular activities, and weekly lectures.

Students will be housed in shared student housing. The program also provides: three meals a day, transportation to and from student housing and the university, internet access, and onsite laundry and gym facilities.

Funding decisions will be made based on the strength of the application and its relevance to SQCC’s mission of fostering understanding between the U.S. and Oman.

2017 application period will open in mid-November.

Program Cost

SQCC will cover international travel to and from Washington, D.C. and Muscat, Oman, program language classes, room, board, SALAM-sponsored travel for weekend excursions, and all entrance fees for program activities. Students will be required to purchase travel insurance, and international health and medical evacuation insurance.

Participants will be required to meet in Washington, D.C. for orientation, prior to departure to Oman, and will be responsible for their transportation to and from Washington, D.C.

Program Dates


  • U.S. citizen;
  • Enrolled in a degree seeking program (undergraduate, MA or PhD) in spring 2017;
  • Completed four semesters (or the equivalent) of university-level Arabic coursework by the end of the spring semester;
  • Passport that is valid until 6 months after the end date of the program.


  • Application
  • Resume
  • Essays
    • Write an essay discussing what you hope to accomplish during the SALAM program and how you plan to incorporate this experience into further academic or career plans. (500-750 words)
    • Describe a time, either abroad or in the U.S. when you interacted with a person/people from a different culture than your own. What was your experience like? What challenges did you face, and how did you resolve them? (200 words)
    • Write an essay, in Arabic, introducing yourself to the SALAM program staff, including a discussion of your personal and professional interests and goals. (175 words)
  • Three letters of recommendation, including one from an Arabic instructor
  • Unofficial transcripts

Expectations and Follow-up

Recipients of a SALAM scholarship will be required to participate fully in all classroom and SALAM-organized activities while in Oman. Please note that the focus of this program is Arabic language study, and that Manah is a small town with limited recreational activities beyond those organized by the program.

Upon return to the U.S., participants are expected to share their experiences from their time in Oman through a variety of activities, such as:

  • Public presentations
  • Articles
  • Publicizing the SALAM program at your home campus
  • K-12 school visits
  • Outreach to Omanis and other Arabs in your community/on your campus
  • Participating in forums about Oman, the Middle East, and Islam

Code of Conduct and Program Policies
You are a representative of your university, Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center, Sultan Qaboos College for Teaching Arabic Language to Non-native Speakers, and the United States while you are in Oman. You must abide by the laws of the U.S. and Oman while you are in the program, the rules of the College, and the points listed below. You will conduct yourself professionally and to a high standard, both in the classroom and in public.

  • No recreational drugs or alcohol use; no smoking on the school property
  • No religious proselytizing
  • Students must adhere to a conservative dress code while in public (for women: floor-length skirt or long tunic over pants, with at least ¾ shirt sleeves; for men: pants and long/short sleeved shirt)
  • Students will treat their peers, faculty, and staff with respect, and will not verbally insult anyone
  • Students will respect school property, including their living space, and will not intentionally damage or destroy school property in any way
  • Students will obey the College staff and instructors
  • No traveling outside of the country
  • Participants agree to have their likeness used in promotional material, SQCC website, and social media.

Failure to follow these rules and guidelines, or any laws, may result in expulsion from the program.

How to Apply
Submit completed application form and supporting materials via this website.  Have references also submit their letters of recommendation on this page. IMPORTANT: you will receive a confirmation number upon submitting your application. You must give this confirmation number and the link to the reference page to your references, who will need both in order to upload their letters of recommendation. Your references will not be contacted by SQCC; you need to instruct them to upload their letters.

Deadline for submission of all application materials is 11:59pm EST, January 10, 2017. Submission deadline for letters of recommendation is 11:59pm EST, January 15, 2017. 

PLEASE REMEMBER: Many of your references will be traveling during winter break. Be sure to give them enough notice regarding  your letters of recommendation, and remind them of the deadline.

QUESTIONS? Please contact SQCC Program Officer Emily Voight at


Global Health Dialogues Fall 2016

Posted by Tim on September 29, 2016 in Community Announcements, Event, Networking, Workshops

Global Health Dialogues
Thursdays 4 –5pm | 220 Hayes Hall

Oct. 6Dr. Katarzyna Kordas
Understanding the impact of early life exposomeon child health

Oct. 13Dr. Nirupam AichE-Waste repair and recycling inBangladesh: Acomplex socioeconomic, environmental, and health issue

Oct. 20Dr. James Jensen and Dr. Chris Lowry
Challenges in addressing water needs for refugees in northern Uganda

Oct. 27Dr. Christine George
A hospital based hand washing with soap and water treatment intervention to reduce Cholera among household contacts of Cholera cases (CHoBI7): A randomized control trial

Nov. 3Dr. Pavani RamNewborn health in the Sustainable Development Era: Closing the equity gaps on survival

Nov. 10Dr. Jessica (Ying) Cao
Scarce resource allocation and healthcare utilization among the rural poor in Bangladesh: Do income sources and mental accounting matter?

Nov. 17Dr. Therese McGinnInternational Education Week Keynote Speaker
Columbia University

Dec. 1Dr. Lanre Omotayo
Preeclampsia in sub-Saharan Africa

Dec. 8BiplabBhattacharyaPerspectives from Industrial and Systems Engineering


Public Lecture: Arthur Dudney, “Literary Decadence and Writing the History of Political Decline’ November 16

Posted by Tim on September 29, 2016 in Community Announcements, Event, Workshops

Literary Decadence and Writing the History of Political Decline

Comparing the Mughal and Roman Empires

A Public Lecture

Wednesday November 16, 2016 at 3:30 pm

306 Clemens Hall, University at Buffalo (Amherst Campus)

Historians have always been interested in describing the trajectories of empires. The metaphor used for political development has often been that of a human life, from birth through to adolescence, maturity, senescence, and finally death. The topic of this lecture is the senescent phase of empires, more specifically the outmoded but still surprisingly prevalent assumption on the part of historians that whatever other factors have caused an empire to decline, an aesthetic or intellectual failure must also be identified. The supposed decline in the quality of a late empire’s literary output, or “decadence” to use the term most commonly applied, is however poorly theorized both by historians and literary scholars. There is often a circular logic in the academic division of labor: Historians use the decontextualized insights of literary scholars to argue that literature decreased in quality in an empire’s last phase while literary scholars use historians’ work to read societal decline into literary works. Ultimately this reflects more of our own preconceptions than the thought of the society being studied. This lecture will draw on two very different historiographical case studies, namely the Roman Empire and the Mughal Empire, which ruled much of the Indian subcontinent from the sixteenth century to the nineteenth century. Our understanding of the fall of Rome has become much more sophisticated in recent decades but in the case of India the colonial historiography (itself built upon some long-outdated ideas about the late Roman Empire) is still in need of being reconsidered.

Dr. Arthur Dudney is Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at Cambridge University and scholar of Indo-Persian literature. He is the author of Delhi: Pages from a Forgotten History (Hay House, 2015) and has published work in The Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, Journal of Persianate Studies, Encyclopedia of Indian Religions, and Indian Linguistics. Dudney recently discussed his book and current projects for New Books in South Asian Studies.

Arthur Dudney’s talk is generously supported with funding from the UB Honors College, Department of History, and Department of Linguistics.


Public Lecture: “Is Phonetic Writing Inherently Intuitive? A History of Sanskrit Sripts in China November 3

Posted by Tim on September 29, 2016 in Community Announcements, Event, Workshops

Is Phonetic Writing Inherently Intuitive?

A History of Sanskrit Scripts in China

A Public Lecture by

Nathan Vedal (Harvard University)

Thursday November 3, 2016 at 3:00 pm

306 Clemens Hall, University at Buffalo (Amherst Campus)

Advocates of Chinese writing reform since the early 20th century have often argued that China ought to adopt a phonetic writing system to replace its current character-based script. Intuitively, the simplicity of phonetic scripts, such as the Roman alphabet, makes this proposal seem reasonable, especially to a western audience. Historians have typically claimed that the lack of script reform in China before the 20th century was a result of insufficient exposure to or consideration of phonetic scripts. However, scholars in China had more access to phonetic scripts than is generally assumed. While these scripts captured their attention and even gained some adherents, they were not widely adopted for several intriguing reasons. This lecture will discuss the study of phonetic Sanskrit scripts in China, which began as early as the 3rd century CE. In particular, it will focus on the 16th and 17th centuries, which ushered in a renaissance of Sanskrit studies among Chinese scholars. During this period, scholars made various uses of this phonetic script, but also maintained that it would be insufficient as a replacement for the native script. Understanding the reasons underlying  their skepticism of phonetic scripts sheds new light on why China maintained the use of a character-based script, and provides a window into scholarly culture in the early modern world.

Nathan Vedal is a scholar of Chinese intellectual history in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University. His current research explores the formation of scholarly fields, particularly related to the study of language, in sixteenth and seventeenth century China. His work has been published or is forthcoming in Historiographia Linguistica, Tang Studies, and Harvard Journal of Asiatic Studies. He is currently preparing a chapter on “Chinese Lexicography, c. 600-1700” for the Cambridge World History of Lexicography.

Nathan Vedal’s talk is generously supported with funding from the UB Honors College.


Kelly Services Future Engineers Scholarship Program 2016 Deadline October 14

Posted by Tim on September 29, 2016 in Scholarship Opportunities, Stress Relief

2016 Kelly Services Future Engineers Scholarship Program is available for the full-time students who are interested in engineering and want to build their career in engineering fields and have achieved cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

The Scholarship Deadline is October 14, 2016.

We thought your students might find this information useful.

Kelly Services Future Engineers Scholarship Program


Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans

Posted by Tim on September 29, 2016 in Academics, Graduate School Programs, Scholarship Opportunities, Stress Relief

The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans is a merit-based graduate school fellowship for immigrants and children of immigrants who are 30 or younger as of the application deadline: November 1, 2016. Every year the program selects 30 Fellows, each of whom receives up to $90,000 over one to two years for full-time graduate study in any discipline or profession at a US graduate institution. Fellows also join an extraordinary community of past recipients that includes over 550 New Americans working at the tops of their respective fields. If born abroad, an applicant must be a naturalized citizen, a green card holder, or a DACA recipient. If born in the United States, an applicant’s parents must have been born abroad as non-US citizens. Applicants must be applying to graduate school or in the first two years of their graduate program as of the application deadline. More information and a link to the online application can be found at

The Office of Fellowships & Scholarships would be happy to assist you in applying for this fellowship.

Fellowships & Scholarships

The Graduate School

University at Buffalo

408 Capen Hall

Tel: 716-645-6134



VISTA AmericCorps Position Available

Posted by Tim on September 29, 2016 in Career Opportunities, Honors Experiences, Student Job Opportunities

Thanks to a partnership between the University at Buffalo and City of Buffalo, Division of Citizens Services, two AmeriCorps VISTAs will work alongside community groups such as the University Heights Collaborative,University Heights Tool Library, and University Heights Community Laboratory to help build a stronger, more vibrant University District!

One of the VISTAs will work directly out of the Tool Library and help to increase our organizational capacity, build out additional partnerships and programming, and help us on our path to sustainability.

I’m asking for your help in getting the word out about this position to anyone you think might have an interest in serving their community, empowering residents, and helping to redefine what neighborhood development looks like.

Attached is a graphic that might be useful in emails, social media, etc. For those who are interested in learning more and applying they can visit the following webpage:

The only requirement is that the applicant be a college graduate.

Applications are due by October 31st.  

You can find the job description listed below:

Member Duties: Members will be expected to work with business associations, CBOs and block clubs serving the University Heights neighborhood. The members’ duties will include conducting surveys, designing and utilizing needs assessments tools, developing marketing plans, coordinating outreach/recruitment drives and conducting research on funding opportunities.

Members will also work to help put our partner organizations on a path toward sustainability. They will work on developing leadership and succession plans, helping businesses become M/WBE certified, connecting University resources with the community, recruiting volunteers for the Tool Library in order to expand its capacity and leverage private resources.

Finally, members’ duties will include developing plans that help eliminate urban blight in the community by organizing community service days and working with local community groups that are interested in addressing housing and blight issues.


Marshall University Biomed Virtual Grad School Fair October 5

Posted by Tim on September 28, 2016 in Academic Presentations, Academics, Event, Graduate School Programs, Networking

On Wednesday, October 5, 12pm to 5:30pm EST the Office of Research and Graduate Education will be hosting an online chat room at the Biomed Virtual Grad School Fair representing the following Marshall University’s Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine graduate programs:

  • MD/PhD
  • Biomedical Sciences PhD
  • Biomedical Sciences Research MS
  • Biomedical Sciences MS Medical Sciences emphasis (med school prep program)
  • Clinical and Translational Science, MS

Students may register at

I hope you will send your best and brightest students to visit online with us about the programs we offer and how Marshall could fit into their future graduate studies.

Marshall’s Biomedical Sciences (BMS) Graduate Program offers a PhD and both a thesis and non-thesis MS. Please take a moment to learn more…

Biomedical Sciences PhD:

  • Rotation requirement – minimum of three labs, each at least 120 hours
  • The PhD program (is optional for Research MS) begins in mid-summer so students can experience Biomedical Sciences Preparation for Graduate Academics (PGA) Boot Camp, begin their first rotation, get to know their cohort, and acclimate to the Huntington area
  • Our primary goal through biomedical sciences is to use a translational research approach to help reduce the numerous health disparities of the Appalachian patient population and to improve health outcomes for our region.
  • NEW Application Deadline for the PhD Program!
    • Priority Deadline of November 15 and applications will be accepted until the class is full.
  • Accepted PhD students will receive an annual stipend, tuition remission, and health insurance.The current stipend is $25,000 per year. 

 Biomedical Sciences MS with an area of emphasis in Medical Sciences:

  • No MCAT or GRE required
  • Pathway Program – Requirements
    • The Medical Sciences program is now an official Pathway Program into the Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine (JCESOM)
    • Have a minimum 3.4 GPA in the Medical Sciences program at the time of the Marshall medical school interview and graduate with a 3.4 GPA
    • Pass the MS comprehensive exam on the first attempt in May of the second year of the program
  • Pathway Program – Benefits
    • Gain an interview at JCESOM without an MCAT score (If applicant takes the MCAT and meets the other Pathway Program requirements then the MCAT will not be considered)
    • Receive a program letter of support
    • Out-of-state applicants will be interviewed at the same time as in-state students, regardless of residency. JCESOM tuition cost will be based on residency status.
  • Application Deadline – Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis with a deadline of June 1
  • Two year master’s degree

Clinical and Translational Science, MS

  • First class enrolled in Fall 2016
  • The goal is to equip our students with the information and training necessary to translate basic advances into improved patient care that will enhance the quality of life for patients in the Appalachian region.
  • Graduates of Marshall’s CTS MS program will be able to lead all aspects of clinical trials of new drugs and procedures.
  • Application Deadline – April 1
  • Scholarships available – Competitive application for accepted students
  • This program may be used as stepping stone to medical school

BLSA Pre-Law Chapter at UB

Posted by Tim on September 27, 2016 in Event, Graduate School Programs, Networking, Workshops

The Black Law Student Association is chartering a Pre-Law Chapter for Buffalo undergraduate students! Below is their message.

The Pre-Law Division was created to further advance the mission of BLSA. It is our mission to increase the number of minority law students who will eventually become responsible attorneys who excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community. People of all races, color, creed, gender, religion and sexual orientation are welcome!

Students who become members of BLSA’s Pre-Law Division will join the membership of a prestigious organization that continues to transform the legal community. Since 1963, BLSA has produced some of the most talented and well-respected members of the legal profession, and our Pre-Law Division is the first to encounter them.

As a member of the Pre-Law Division, students gain access to irreplaceable resources, invaluable networking opportunities, as well as exceptional mentorship. This year, we hope to provide our members with the tools necessary to make law school dreams a reality—from LSAT prep to First Year Success, and everything in between.

We look forward to seeing you at the informational.

Pre-Law Chapter Informational
Thursday, September 29, 2016
107 O’Brian Hall
6:00 p.m.


Honors College International Study Scholarship Deadline November 1

Posted by Tim on September 26, 2016 in Community Announcements, Honors College Scholarships, Scholarship Opportunities, Stress Relief, Study Abroad

International Study Scholarship

Are you interested in studying abroad but need funding? Download your application today on the Honors College website and submit your application materials by November 1, 2016 at 4:30 p.m. to 106 Capen Hall.