University Honors College - The Honorable mention
Tuesday
08/22/17

New Fall Course…SOC 370: Engaging Sociology Amid Alternative Facts

Posted by Tim on August 22, 2017 in Academics, General Education Requirements, UB Curriculum

SOC 370: Engaging Sociology Amid Alternative Facts
MoWeFr 3:00PM – 3:50PM
Capen 108
Sociology is often thought of as the study of painfully obvious, yet sociologists argue that the discipline is tasked with making the familiar strange and, often, challenging common sense. The overarching goal of this course is to examine this disjuncture—that between the insights arising from the sociological imagination and public understandings of common sense or, more recently, “alternative facts.” To do so, students will survey recent, high-profile sociology books spanning the disciplinary landscape (e.g. education, gender, immigration, race, family, and more). Students will reflect upon, evaluate, and debate the sociological arguments put forth in these books and develop a podcast as a means of engaging sociology beyond the classroom. No sociology background is necessary, as the course is designed for those interested in learning more about (and sharing) the relevance of sociology to some of the biggest cultural and political debates today. The course is open to all students.

Open to all students!

Monday
08/21/17

10 New Fully Funded PhD Studentships for Study in UK and Australia

Posted by Tim on August 21, 2017 in Academics, Fellowships, Graduate School Programs, Scholarship Opportunities, Stress Relief

10 new generous, fully funded PhD Studentships for study in the UK and Australia

The University of Exeter and the University of Queensland are proud to announce 10 new generous, fully funded PhD studentships that will allow successful students to graduate with a joint PhD from the two institutions.

The University of Exeter and the University of Queensland are seeking exceptional students to join a world-leading, cross-continental research team tackling major challenges facing the world’s population in global sustainability and wellbeing as part of the recently launched QUEX Institute. The joint PhD programme provides a fantastic opportunity for the most talented doctoral students to work closely with world class research groups and benefit from the combined expertise and facilities offered at the two institutions. This prestigious programme provides full tuition fees, stipend, travel funds and Research Training Support Grants to the successful applicants.

The 10 studentships are available for the best applicants, 5 offered by the University of Exeter and 5 by the University of Queensland. This select group will have the chance to study in the UK and Australia, and will graduate with a double degree from the University of Exeter and the University of Queensland.

Successful applicants will have a strong academic background and track record to undertake research projects based in one of the three themes of:  Physical Activity and Nutrition; Healthy Ageing; and Environmental Sustainability. 

Closing date 11 September 2017, with interviews in w/c 25 September 2017.  Start date in January 2018.

For further details please visit www.exeter.ac.uk/quex/phds or contact the International Team on T: +44 (0) 1392 724119

Tuesday
08/15/17

Pro-Dalit NGO’s Research Opportunity with Dr. Welch

Posted by Tim on August 15, 2017 in Academics, Honors Experiences, Networking, Research Information and Opportunities

This research involves non-government organizations focused on Dalits (formerly called ‘Untouchables’) in India. Numerous international NGOs, such as Amnesty International, the Dalit Support Program of the World Council of Churches, Human Rights Watch or the International Dalit Solidarity Network have analyzed obstacles to Dalits’ economic, political and social advancement. Their efforts have been complemented by domestic NGOs active inside India, such as the PUCL (People’s Union for Civil Liberties), the Dalit Foundation or the Hope Foundation. The United Nations is also involved, via its Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues, the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, and other entities.

The successful candidate for this research position will work closely with the supervisor, seeing him on a weekly or bi-weekly basis, and carry out the following research tasks:

  • Identify significant Indian NGOs focused on Dalit issues
  • Summarize their major objectives
  • Discover and summarize their specific contributions to the economic, political and social advancement of Dalits

The results of this research will be incorporated into a professional journal article and subsequent book chapter. High-quality contributions by the recipient of this grant will be credited with co-authorship.

If interested, please email Tim Matthews with your resume and a brief statement of why you are interested in this opportunity at: trm7@buffalo.edu

Thursday
08/10/17

ELI Chat Room Partners Needed

Posted by Tim on August 10, 2017 in Academics, Honors Experiences, Networking, Tutoring

Each fall and spring semester, the English Language Institute (ELI) admits approximately 90 students from a variety of countries who attend its Intensive English Program (IEP). The University at Buffalo also enrolls almost 5,000 international students each year, many of whom are registered for English as a Second Language (ESL) credit courses.

By becoming a Chat Room partner, you will be able to help our international students not only with their conversational English skills but also with their cultural, academic and personal adjustment to UB.

The Chat Room will “open” for the fall semester on September 11 and “close” on November 17 (10 weeks). Each Chat session is for 50 minutes and could start at 2:30, 3, 3:30 or 4 p.m. As a Chat Room partner, you will be required to complete three (3) chat sessions per week for a total of 30 sessions by November 17.

In addition to completing the 30 chat sessions, you will also be required to:

  • Attend an orientation session. The dates and times of the orientation session options (which will take place during the first week of classes) will be announced at a later date.
  • Submit weekly writing assignments on UBLearns. Details will be discussed at the orientation session.

Your participation in the Chat Room program, will give you the opportunity to learn about other cultures and people as well as your own and yourself. Being a Chat Room partner will also provide you with the beginning of a true global experience here at UB. Many long-lasting friendships have developed from chat sessions and students often say that their Chat Room experience has been a highlight of their UB studies.

This is a 2-credit course, and is graded on a Pass/Fail basis. Registration is by permission of the instructor.  Registration for ESL 320 Conversation Seminar will be completed after attending one of the orientation meetings.  You can also volunteer as a Chat Room partner.  This means you will not earn credit, need to complete 30 sessions or submit the weekly UBLearns writing assignments.

If you wish to participate, complete the attached form and return it in person to Kathy Curtis, English Language Institute, 323 Baldy Hall as well as to arrange for an interview.

The Chat Room is not online! It is a face to face conversation program matching one native English speaking student with two non-native English speaking students.  The Chat Room is open to all UB international undergraduate and graduate students.   http://buffalo.edu/eli .

If Interested, please complete the attached registration form.ESL 320 Seminar

 

 

Thursday
08/10/17

Research Opportunity on the “Dalits” with Claude Welch

Posted by Tim on August 10, 2017 in Academics, Honors Experiences, Networking, Research Information and Opportunities

This research opportunity requires good academic judgment regarding the importance of published articles and their significance for on-going research on Indian politics.

About 1/6th of India’s population are Dalits. [They were formerly known as Untouchables.] An immense amount has been written about them, including a great deal of polemical literature. With the help of previous CURCA-sponsored students, relevant articles from the respected Economic and Political Weekly have been identified and summaries prepared for most. The recipient of the CURCA award will be expected to read the as-yet unread and unsummarized articles, and prepare summaries of their contents. Detailed guidelines will be provided, including examples from the previous grant winner. High-quality contributions by the recipient of this grant will be credited with co-authorship.

Honors experience credit is available in the form of independent study or research.

Please email Tim Matthews with a copy of your resume and a brief statement on why you are interested in this opportunity to: trm7@buffalo.edu

Monday
08/07/17

New Course TH 424 Special Topics: UBTalks: Public Speaking and Professional Presentation

Posted by Tim on August 7, 2017 in Academics, General Education Requirements

TH 424 Special Topics: UBTalks: Public Speaking and Professional Presentation

Open to all university students

Fridays 2-4:40

Reg #: 24785

3 credits

This course teaches the skills of public speaking through the art of theatre and performance. The goal of the course is to provide tools and training to help students develop their professional presence for live audiences and digital media, including public research presentations, conference presentations, and for screens big and small. Students will work both on forma and delivery of content, including your 30 second elevator pitch, viral videos, blog posts, and more. No prior performance experience required.

For registration or course questions, please email kamallin@buffalo.edu

Wednesday
07/26/17

Social Work Undergraduate Level Electives Fall 2017

Posted by Tim on July 26, 2017 in Academics

The School of Social Work is offering several fall Social Work undergraduate-level electives, open to all majors and non-degree students. Register as normal, but if you have questions about the course please email them at swinfo@buffalo.edu.

***For questions about whether this course will count towards your university requirements, please speak to your advisor.***

SW 101 The Social Context and Human Biology (online)
Registration #12206 or #12221
Dates: August 28 – December 8, 2017
Instructor: Elaine Hammond
Online Format: Blackboard CMS, Video Lectures, Online Quizzes, Mid-term and Final Paper

Watch a video of the course overview by instructor Elaine Hammond.

 

Course Description:

This undergraduate course will provide a foundational understanding of human biology with emphasis on the biological bases of behaviors and issues of concern to social workers. This course is designed to meet the human biology prerequisites for Masters in Social Work students, and will cover the basics of human biology including anatomical systems and structures, development from conception through aging and death, genetics, evolution, and biological and environmental interactions. The focus of the course is not only on biology but also on the critical analysis of the interplay between human biology and social issues. Discussions will cover the biological bases of phenomena including but not limited to addictions, mental illness, sexuality, and aggression. Emphasis throughout the course also will be placed on biological processes related to trauma and stress.

 

SW 401A Special Topics, Community Leadership

Registration #23710

Dates: August 28 – December 8, 2017

Location: 351 Millard Fillmore Academic Complex, North Campus

 

Course Description:

This course focuses on development of leadership skills and strategies that foster community engagement and strengthen the natural leadership of residents within communities. Students will examine theories of leadership and the ways in which they influence organizational structures that promote community well-being. Central to this course is the acquisition of strategies that can be used to enhance the development of skills as well as the exercise of leadership by community residents. Likewise, they will explore the mechanisms that support opportunities for collaboration across social, political, legal, and financial systems and the communication patterns that influence success.

 

SW 401B Social Media and Social Change
Registration #23711

Dates: August 28 – December 8, 2017

Location: 248 Cooke Hall, North Campus

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Course Description:

The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with social media and social networking as they influence community change. Specifically, students will be introduced to the fundamental terms and concepts of social media and networking, including various interfaces, tools, and platforms that may be leveraged to promote community change and development. Students will also explore existing scholarship and best practices, as well as issues of social justice, trauma and adversity, social disadvantage, and human rights as they apply to the democratization of technology. Students will examine the challenges, opportunities, and future applications of social media and networking related to community change.

 

SW 401C Crossing Borders: Human Rights Issues from U.S. and Mexican Perspectives (online)
Registration #24250

Dates: August 28 – December 8, 2017

Instructor: Filomena Critelli

 

Course Description:

This interdisciplinary course examines human rights in the U.S and Mexico, focusing on issues that cut across our nations and cultures including but not limited to the rights of children; gender; the rights of persons with disabilities; as well as labor and economic justice and migration and immigrant rights. Case law, case studies and international human rights conventions will be analyzed through the lens of law and social work. The course includes several globally networked sessions where law and social work students and faculty from Buffalo and Mexico meet in real time for exchanges and joint learning opportunities.

Wednesday
07/26/17

MUS 266 Arts One, Exploring Buffalo’s Art Scene Fall 2017

Posted by Tim on July 26, 2017 in Academics, General Education Requirements, UB Curriculum

Do you love to experience art or wish you had a greater appreciation for it?    Are you looking for a class which fulfills the old “arts requirement” or is in the new “Milestones in Western Culture and Arts” pathway?  Consider registering for Arts One (MUS 266LEC) this fall and experience Buffalo’s art scene in a hands-on, interactive way!

This class will meet once each week to attend and discuss events such as concerts, gallery shows, installations, poetry readings, theatrical performances, and architectural tours in and around Buffalo.   Before and/ or after each event, there will be opportunities to reflect, address large-scale topics relevant to the creation and reception of art, and to interact with and learn from artists first-hand.

To take this class, all you need is an open mind and willingness to participate.   Registration is now open MUS 266 Arts One #24672.

It will be engaging to those experienced and unexperienced in art alike!

Contact Jessie Downs at jldowns2@buffalo.edu for more information.

Tuesday
07/25/17

Volunteers Needed for Tonawanda Coke Soil Sampling Study

Posted by Tim on July 25, 2017 in Academics, Honors Experiences, Networking, Volunteering, Volunteers Needed

In federal court, the Tonawanda Coke Corporation was convicted of breaking serious environmental laws, including the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA) and the Clean Air Act (CAA). As a part of the sentencing, Tonawanda Coke was ordered to fund community environmental health studies, including the soil study, which is a collaboration between the University at Buffalo Chemistry Department, Citizen Science Community Resources, and the Fredonia State College Chemistry Department. This comprehensive soil study tests for a wide range of chemical contaminants in an area which includes Eastern Grand Island, Town and City of Tonawanda, Black Rock/Riverside, and North Buffalo.

Citizen Science Community Resources is currently searching for dependable volunteers to help with our full-scale soil sampling, planned for the month of August. In particular, residents of this area and people interested in environmental issues are encouraged to get involved. If you would like to get involved, please indicate your availability for one of the required Volunteer Training Sessions and your availability for Soil Study Volunteering. If you have any questions, please contact me at mfalcone@buffalo.edu, or our Community Organizer Katie Little at katie@csresources.org.

Tuesday
07/25/17

Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship Program Deadline September 21, 2017

Posted by Tim on July 25, 2017 in Academics, Fellowships, Graduate School Programs, Scholarship Opportunities

 

The Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Program is now accepting applications for the 2018 Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship Program at www.rangelprogram.org!

The Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellowship Program is now accepting applications for the 2018 Fellowship.

The Rangel Graduate Fellowship is a U.S. Department of State program, administered by Howard University that seeks to attract and prepare outstanding young people for careers as Foreign Service Officers in the U.S. Department of State. Candidates must be graduating seniors or college graduates with strong academic records and a desire to promote positive change in the world. The program encourages the application of members of minority groups historically underrepresented in the Foreign Service, women and those with financial need.  Applicants with any undergraduate major are welcome to apply. Selected fellows will receive support for graduate school and will enter into exciting and rewarding careers representing the United States overseas.

Program Benefits

·         An orientation to the Program and the Foreign Service at Howard University in Washington, D.C. in late spring 2018

·         Two summer internships, one on Capitol Hill in summer 2018 and one overseas at a U.S. embassy in summer 2019.

·         Up to $37,500 annually toward tuition, fees and living expenses for a two-year master’s degree in fields related to the Foreign Service such as Business Administration, Economics, Public Policy, and International Relations at a U.S.-based institution.

·         Mentoring from a Foreign Service Officer throughout the duration of the fellowship.

·         Employment in the State Department Foreign Service for those who successfully complete the program and meet Foreign Service entry requirements, in accordance with applicable law and State Department policy, with each Rangel Fellow committing to a minimum of five years of service.

Eligibility requirements

·         U.S. citizenship

·         Seeking admission to graduate school in fall 2018 for a two-year program in an area of relevance to the Foreign Service at a U.S.-based institution

·         Cumulative grade point average of 3.2 or higher on a 4.0 scale at the time of application

About the U.S. Foreign Service

Foreign Service Officers in the U.S. Department of State are responsible for formulating, implementing and supporting U.S. foreign policy. Their work includes analyzing political and economic events around the world; negotiating with foreign governments; assisting U.S. citizens abroad; educating foreign audiences about American culture and values; and managing an embassy’s operations. They are engaged in foreign policy issues such as conflict resolution, human rights, environmental and health issues, nuclear nonproliferation, and educational exchange. A Foreign Service career is much more than just a job; it is a uniquely demanding and rewarding way of life. Foreign Service Officers work in Washington and in more than 250 diplomatic posts worldwide. As representatives of the United States, Foreign Service Officers have a direct impact on people’s lives, witness history in the making, and help create and implement U.S. policy.

Deadline to apply is September 21, 2017.  www.rangelprogram.org, rangelprogram@howard.edu, 202-806-4367 or 877-633-0002