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Research Assistant Opportunity in Dr. Lucia Leone’s Community Health and Health Behaviors Lab

Posted by trm7 on August 8, 2018 in Academics, Honors Experiences, Networking, Research Information and Opportunities

Dr. Lucia Leone in the Department of Community Health and Health Behaviors is seeking research assistants for the Fall 2018 semester. Dr. Leone’s research involves designing, implementing and evaluating multi-level and community-based interventions to increase access to healthy food and opportunities for physical activity among underserved populations. A wide variety of tasks will be available, based on qualifications. Opportunities include: database development and management (experience with REDCap a plus), quantitative and qualitative data analysis, literature reviews, administrative tasks, community outreach activities, website development, and publication for authorship.  Preferred Qualifications: Organized and detail oriented, highly motivated, strong GPA, good communication skills, ability to interact with diverse populations, and the ability to solve problems independently. Hours are flexible but must be able to dedicate 10 hours per week over the semester. To apply: please send your resume and cover letter to We will interview students on a first come, first served basis.


ELP 405: Sociology of Education Fall 2018

Posted by trm7 on August 8, 2018 in Academics

ELP 405: Sociology of Education open seats fall 2018

Tuesday 1:00-3:40 p.m.
474 Baldy Hall
Registration #: 10662

This course will offer a sociological overview of American schools and schooling, and their connection to broader social structures, institutions, and practices. With a particular focus on social inequality in education, we will discuss central themes, issues, and controversies in American education, including the nature and purpose of schooling, multicultural education, social and cultural capital in education, school reform, tracking, immigrant education, and the ways in which class, race/ethnicity, gender, and sexuality intersect in students’ divergent learning experiences and outcomes. While we are all familiar with schools, it is hoped that this course will help students better understand the sociological forces behind the shaping of American educational system and the purposes, processes, consequences, and controversies of schooling that are often obscure in the day-to-day lives of students, teachers, administrators, parents, and the public.


Open Seats in ENG 323: Sex and Gender with Dr. Hubbard Fall 2018

Posted by on August 2, 2018 in Academics, General Education Requirements

ENG 323: SEX AND GENDER IN 19th CENTURY AMERICA                Fall, 2018

Professor Stacy Hubbard                                                                    M-W-F 1:00-1:50

This course examines cultural and literary aspects of sex and gender in nineteenth century America and will engage students interested in history, politics, gender, psychology and literature. Through fiction, poetry, essays, autobiographies and speeches, we will explore what it meant to be a man or a woman, “masculine” or “feminine,” and how these categories shaped the culture at large as well as individual lives. We will explore how sex and gender categories are created and regulated through laws, religious prescriptions, customs, medical practices and representations and how particular groups or individuals confirmed, challenged or altered these categories throughout the nineteenth century. Among topics we’ll explore are courtship and marriage, adultery, homosexuality, “fallenness,” sex and slavery, “Boston marriages,” Fourierism, Woman Rights, black manhood, “miscegenation,” separate spheres ideology, hysteria and neurasthenia, and masculinity and war. Along with primary works, we’ll read short selections from theoretical and historical materials by Michel Foucault, Judith Butler, Carol Smith-Rosenberg, and others.

Primary readings: Catherine Maria Sedgwick, A New-England Tale; Margaret Fuller, Woman in the Nineteenth Century (selections); Ralph Waldo Emerson, “Self-Reliance”; Harriet Jacobs, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl; Frederick Douglass, Narrative of the Life (selections); Walt Whitman, poems; Emily Dickinson, poems & letters; Henry James, The Bostonians; Louisa May Alcott, Behind a Mask;  Charlotte Perkins Gilman, “The Yellow Wallpaper”; Elizabeth Cady Stanton, speeches; Ida B. Wells, speeches; Stephen Crane, The Red Badge of Courage; Charles Chesnutt, selected stories; Kate Chopin, The Awakening.

Requirements include diligent attendance and informed participation; reading quizzes; several short exercises in independent research; two 1800-2100 word essays; and a final comprehensive essay exam.


Fall 2018 Research Assistant Opportunity in the UB Behavioral Medicine Research Lab

Posted by on July 20, 2018 in Academics, Honors Experiences, Research Information and Opportunities

The Division of Behavioral Medicine is looking for 6-8 highly motivated undergraduates to work as research assistants in the Fall 2018 semester.

We have several exciting projects that are looking for students to help with laboratory experiments. Projects include:

UB ACES is a project that looks at risk and protective factors for weight gain in 6 – 9 year old children. Students working on this project would help with data collection for parents and would have the opportunity to attend home visits for the kids and recruitment events.

The Morning Munch Study – this study is looking at whether there is a difference in how hard people work for food dependent on their income and whether this changes throughout the month.

The Supermarket Selections Studies – Intervention studies that aim to improve grocery shopping behavior.

For more information about our lab please visit our website:

We are looking for individuals with the following qualifications:  Organized and detail oriented, highly motivated, independent, strong GPA, good communication skills, ability to interact with families and the ability to solve problems independently. Students will be asked to do a variety of tasks including prepping materials, recruiting adults and families for studies, entering data (excel) and there is a possibility of working with families to collect data.

To apply: please send your resume and the answers to the questions below to We are hoping to quickly fill our positions and will interview students on a first come, first served basis.

Full Name:

Name you would like to be called:


Phone Number:

Overall GPA:

Major GPA:

  1. What year are you in school?
  2. Do you have any prior research experience? If so, with whom?
  3. What do you want to do when you graduate?
  4. How do you feel this research experience will benefit you?
  5. How would you describe your communication skills?
  6. What are your strengths and weaknesses?
  7. What is your availability for the Fall 2018 semester? If possible, please list your class schedule.
  8. If you have any previous experience with infants or children, please describe here.

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) Workshops August 15-17

Posted by on July 2, 2018 in Academics, Fellowships, Scholarship Opportunities, Workshops

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) Workshops for First Year Ph.D. students and rising Seniors

The NSF awards three-year scholarships for graduate study in mathematical, physical, biological, engineering and behavioral and social sciences, including the history of science.  This fellowship carries a stipend of $32,000 per year plus a cost of education allowance to cover tuition and fees for three years.  This is a significant graduate fellowship that affords students the freedom to focus on their research and lessen the time to degree completion.

To qualify, applicants must be US citizens, have US national status or be permanent residents, intend to pursue a research-based master’s or Ph.D. program in an NSF-supported field. Applications become available in August and the deadlines vary by discipline but are generally in late October and early November:

You will learn about review criteria for the NSF GRFP and other awards, what the review panels are looking for and how to write a strong research proposal

DATES:           August 15, 16 and 17, 2018

TIME:              9:00-11:00 am

PLACE:           108 Capen Hall

APPLY:           APPLY


Fellowships and Scholarships Bot Camp for PhD Students and rising Seniors August 13, 14 and 17

Posted by on July 2, 2018 in Academics, Fellowships, Scholarship Opportunities, Workshops

Fellowships and Scholarships Boot Camp for PhD Students and rising Seniors – General Overview of finding and applying for externally funded awards.

Do you have an interest in learning more about funding opportunities for graduate-level work, research or dissertation funding? Will you be in Buffalo in August?

In this program you will learn more about how to find and apply for funding as well as what review panels are looking for. Additionally, you will learn how to write a compelling personal statement and/or research proposal. Students are required to commit to all three sessions.

DATES:           August 13, 14 and 17, 2018

TIME:              9:00-11:00 am

PLACE:           NSC 215

APPLY:           APPLY


Summer Scholars at Chautauqua Deadline to apply is June 20th

Posted by on June 11, 2018 in Academics, Community Announcements, Event, Networking

Community Compact, Inc. is pleased to release information about its summerscholars@Chautauqua 2018 program.
The main goals of the program are as follows:
1. To provide exceptional college students (those with at least one year of college) who have had limited access to cultural and educational opportunities, with the chance to experience, at no cost, the rich cultural programs the Chautauqua Institute ( has to offer. Community Compact’s work is typically centered around underserved, rural, first generation students. We will be looking in particular for students with those demographic characteristics but will be give full consideration to all students who would not have the chance to attend Chautauqua otherwise and will benefit from the program.
2. To increase the advancement of diversity in the Chautauqua community.

Details of Program
We hope to have several students attend an all-expense-paid week at the Chautauqua Institute. Some of our expectations are:
1. The selected students will come to Chautauqua to participate in cultural and educational activities from which they will benefit and from which they will grow.
2. The selected students will interact with others in their cohort during parts of the week and, to a reasonable extent, interact with the residents and guests of Chautauqua.
3. The selected students will have free time for individual reflection and relaxation at Chautauqua.
4. The selected students will participate in a small “action” program to be completed following their experience in the program.

We also are hopeful that:
1. The selected students will become future Chautauqua visitors and encourage friends and family to attend the Institution.
2. The selected students will continue to stay in contact with each other.
3. The selected students will help make the program stronger through their recommendations and participation in the program.

Dates of program:
Tentatively, the session is planned for the fifth week of the Chautauqua season which runs from July 21-July 28. If funds are available and we cannot accommodate all selected students for this week, we will consider offering more weeks.
If you have an interest in attending this program, please contact and an application will be sent to you.

For application materials and more information, please contact Tim Matthews in the Honors College:


ENG 397: Digital/Broadcast Journalism Fall 2018

Posted by on May 24, 2018 in Academics, General Education Requirements, New Programs

ENG 397: Digital/Broadcast Journalism

Topic: Podcasting

Podcasts have become one of the most popular forms of media with over 48 million weekly listeners, according to Edison research.

To capitalize on that opportunity, this class, offered in fall 2018, will introduce students to the art of creating podcasts with relevant technology, developing journalistic content for a podcast series, and build an audience by creating a marketing/brand strategy in a hands-on production class.

The class will also offer regular listening assignments and reading on the latest research in podcasting.

Course reg #: 24290

Meetings: Tuesdays 4-6:40 p.m.

134C Greiner Hall

Instructor: Carl Lam


New Minor: Global Film

Posted by on May 24, 2018 in Academics

English department launches global film minor

New minor focuses on gender, sexuality and more in foreign films

This fall, the English department launched a global film minor for students interested in the arts and cinema, following long-existent strides in the area of film studies. The minor is not exclusive to students in the department and opens doors to anyone interested in the interconnectedness of film and global issues.

It covers a breadth of curriculum dealing with themes like gender, sexuality, disability, human rights and climate change. Through these matters, students become familiar with film analysis, different artistic forms, cultural diversity and practices.

Tanya Shilina-Conte, global film minor coordinator and assistant professor of film and media studies, said the program’s purpose is to offer a comprehensive view of film studies from a global and multidisciplinary perspective.

“The study of global film serves to heighten awareness of transnational concerns in our increasingly networked world and to promote cross-cultural understanding,” Shilina-Conte said.

Students can fulfill the minor through two 200-level courses and four 300/400-level courses, with a requirement to take one upper-level film production course. The program encourages diversity among majors. The minor is housed through the English department…

…Christian Schnapp, a sophomore film studies major, believes studying global film is important and effective in learning about worldly cultures and events.

“With that sense of widened lingual and cultural malleability, one is certainly more likely to be qualified for jobs and fields that relate to international art, culture, business and so forth,” Schnapp said.

The minor has proved helpful, encouraging him to learn about the histories of places outside the U.S.

“In my case, film is an obsession, particularly global film, and I continue to this day a practice of devoting a two-to-three-month period to watching and studying every film that I can fit into my daily schedule from a specific country.”

Schnapp said the specificity and importance of the filmic medium in global studies in general is dire.

“Films allow for an unbridled, incomparable immersion into all sorts of universes and realities,” Schnapp said. “Through this immersion often comes the learning and understanding of social climates, ways of life, different levels and degrees of culture and many other things.”

Anthony Defeo, a junior film studies major, said any career path or major could benefit from the global film minor.

“Anybody who wants to be an innovator in their field is going to interact with people from around the world,” Defeo said. “Relating to others through their national, ethnic, religious culture is a way to expand your worldview and get your foot in any door.”


New Sociology Classes Open for Enrollment Summer and Fall 2018

Posted by on May 15, 2018 in Academics, General Education Requirements, UB Curriculum

The Sociology Department has recently opened some new summer and fall courses for enrollment:

Summer II:

SOC 349, Classical Soc Theory (Class # 12785)

MWF 9-10:50AM

Summer III:

SOC 101, Online Intro to Soc (Class #12854)


SOC 293, Social Research Methods (Class #24707)

MWF 10-10:50AM

SOC 311, Drugs and Society (Class #24706)

MWF 12-12:50PM