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Latest Challenges from MindSumo

Posted by Tim on February 21, 2018 in Community Announcements, Competitions

Please review the latest challenges from MindSumo. As you know, MindSumo partners with employers to create projects that you can complete to get work experience, win prizes, and be hired for jobs and internships. Questions can be directed to

United Spirits – Digital Purchase Journey

P&G CEO Challenge – still got a few days to go!

Hyatt – Creative idea for a high-end hotel company

Delta Faucet – Greener Packaging

Direct Links:


Aging Innovation Challenge for NYS College and University Students $50,000 top prize!

Posted by Tim on February 19, 2018 in Competitions, Scholarship Opportunities

Do you know an undergraduate or graduate student at a New York State college or university? Do they enjoy a challenge? If so, New York State Department of Health has launched the Aging Innovation Challenge for NYS college and university students. Innovators have a chance at a $50,000 prize pool.

The Aging Innovation Challenge is seeking a breakthrough solution in independent living for older adults and their caregivers. Student innovators are invited to join the challenge and develop technological prototypes that assist New Yorkers to remain independent as they age. Prototypes must be designed to meet the needs of older adults with limitations in performing one or more activities of daily living, such as eating, bathing and dressing.

Please share this challenge with the students in your life. For more information, visit and search for the Aging Innovation Challenge or follow the link:


2018-2019 National Military Intelligence Foundation (NMIF) Scholarship Deadline to apply is April 30

Posted by Tim on February 14, 2018 in Competitions, Scholarship Opportunities, Stress Relief

The National Military Intelligence Foundation (NMIF) is pleased to announce the 2018-2019 competition for scholarships to support students pursuing courses of study and formal degrees in intelligence studies and related disciplines.

This year NMIF will  award at least eight scholarships for full time undergraduate or graduate study.  A scholarship valued at $6,000 will be presented in honor of LTG James A. Williams, USA (Ret), former Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, a Fellow of the Foundation, and a NMIF Lifetime Achievement Awardee.  Additionally, we will award one scholarship $5,000; two scholarships each valued at $3,500; two each valued at $2,500 and as well as two honorable mentions  valued at $1,000 each.  The funds will be provided to the academic institutions to be applied to the winning applicants’ tuition, each award will be accompanied by an invitation to attend the NMIF/NMIA Awards Banquet to be held on June 3d, 2018.

Attached is the announcement and an application form (in both PDF and Word) for this years competition.  Please note that the deadline for applications by e-mail to the address below is April 30, 2018.  Questions are welcome via e-mail to the same address.  2018_19 NMIF Scholarship Application_


3 Minute Thesis Live Finals Competition March 2

Posted by Tim on February 5, 2018 in Community Announcements, Competitions, Event, Workshops

3 Minute Thesis Live Finals competition on Friday, March 2.  Hear current PhD students explain their research in non-technical terms, at this fun and engaging event.

To introduce your students to 3MT, may I suggest a few resources:

  • encourage students to watch our brief 3MT promotional video.  This 2-minute video provides a great overview of what the event is all about.
  • 2017 3MT videos are available online in our 3MT Finalist Gallery; just click on a person’s photograph to get to their 3MT video.
  • 2018 3MT Flyer is attached, which can be used as a “save the date” prompt

Friday, March 2, 2018
3-5 p.m.
Center for the Arts Screening Room


The World’s Challenge Challenge

Posted by Tim on February 2, 2018 in Academics, Competitions

Hosted by Western University in June 2018 in London, Ontario, teams of three students will have 5 to 7 minutes to address a challenge the world is facing with one of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals that were created by the United Nations to make the world a more just and resilient place.

On April 3rd UB will host a local competition with prizes (1st – $2,000, 2nd – $1,000, 3rd – $500) and the winning team will be sent to Western University for a chance to win $30,000!

For more information please attend the Sustainable Development Mixer

February 12th, 2018 from 3-4pm
at the Landmark Room


Apply to the Panasci Technology Entrepreneurship Competition for your Chance to Win $25,000!

Posted by Tim on January 25, 2018 in Community Announcements, Competitions, Event

Apply to the Panasci Technology Entrepreneurship Competition for Your Chance to Win $25,000!

Do you have the next great idea?

Whether it’s an app, website or software that makes life a little easier-
A medical device or technology that could save lives-
Or a sustainable, scalable social innovation for the good of the community…

We want you to pitch it!

Get to the good part. What will I win? Applicants will compete for one of two prizes:

First Place$52,000 total value:
$25,000 seed funding plus in-kind services (accounting, legal, office space,
business development and human resource services) valued at more than $27,000

Second Place – $10,000 seed funding

How do I apply?
1. Fill out our online application by 11:59 p.m., Sunday, February 4, 2018
2. Sign up for a confidential venture coaching appointment through the Blackstone LaunchPad to help perfect your pitch!

The competition is open to teams led by undergrads, grads, PhDs or post-docs from any department at UB. Additional team members need not be UB affiliated. No prototype required to apply. Find the full competition schedule and rules here. Email Alex at with any questions.


Summer Language Scholarships at Indiana University

Posted by Tim on January 24, 2018 in Academics, Competitions, Fellowships, Scholarship Opportunities, Summer Courses

Title VIII Fellowships (Domestic)

Title VIII fellowships fund graduate students, area studies specialists and others with a Bachelor’s degree for study of Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Estonian, Georgian, Hungarian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Russian (at the 3rd year or higher), and Ukrainian in the Summer Language Workshop.

Title VIII Fellowships (Portable)

Title VIII Portable fellowships fund graduate students, area studies specialists and others with a Bachelor’s degree for study abroad of Azerbaijani, BCS, Czech, Estonian, Georgian, Hungarian, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, Latvian, Lithuanian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Tajik, Tatar, Turkmen, Ukrainian, Uyghur, and Uzbek at levels higher than those offered in the Summer Language Workshop’s 2018 domestic program.

IU Project GO (ROTC) Scholarships

IU Project GO Scholarships fully funds Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marine Option ROTC students for domestic study of ArabicChinesePersianRussian, and Turkish in the Summer Language Workshop. The deadline for application is February 20, 2018. Find out more and apply at the Project GO website.

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships

The Department of Education Title VI Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) fellowshipsFLAS fellowships provide a $2,500 summer stipend plus tuition award (up to $5,000 FLAS tuition limit) for the cost of Summer Language Workshop courses.

  • African Studies Program
    Arabic (African-concentration)
  • Inner Asian and Uralic National Resource Center
    Estonian, Hungarian, Mongolian, Persian and Turkish
  • Russian and East European Institute
    Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Estonian, Georgian, Hungarian, Latvian, Lithuanian, Russian, Ukrainian

AABS Scholarships for Baltic Languages

The Association for the Advancement of Baltic Studies provides scholarships of up to $2,500 for the study of Baltic languages in the IU Summer Language Workshop. All Workshop participants are eligible to apply. See the AABS Scholarship page for details.

Apply for AABS funding by February 2, 2018 for priority consideration.

Russian and East European Institute Summer Russian Scholarship

The Russian and East European Institute Summer Russian Scholarship funds first-generation undergraduate students for the study of Russian at the second year and above. The scholarship will provide at least $2500 to be used for tuition, fees, or living expenses. For eligibility requirements and to apply, visit the REEI website.

Deadline for applications: March 2018

Questions may be addressed to Mark Trotter, Assistant Director REEI (812-856-5247).

Russian Studies Workshop Summer Russian Study Fellowship

The Russian Studies Workshop at Indiana University Summer Russian Study Fellowshipprovides $6500 to cover tuition/mandatory fees (approximately $3000), and living costs to eligible students who enroll in a 6-credit graduate Russian course in the IU Summer Language Workshop during the Summer 2018 session. Funding for the RSW is provided by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and administered through the IU Russian and Eastern European Institute.

Friends of the Workshop Scholarship

Funded through generous donations of alumni and supporters of the Indiana University Summer Language Workshop, the “Friends” scholarship funds participants in any Workshop course. The scholarships are open to any participant who is not eligible for another Workshop scholarship or fellowship. Review eligibility requirements and apply via the online application.


Meyerson Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching and Mentoring Call for Nominations

Posted by Tim on January 18, 2018 in Community Announcements, Competitions

The President Emeritus and Mrs. Meyerson Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching and Mentoring was established through a generous gift by the late UB President Emeritus Martin Meyerson and his wife, Margy Ellen, to recognize exceptional teaching and mentoring at the University at Buffalo. Faculty members who exemplify these qualities are foundational to UB and its academic mission. They provide undergraduates with guidance and support to develop the skills necessary for research and creativity as well as for critical thinking and innovation. This award honors faculty who have an outstanding record of helping UB undergraduates reach their full potential as young scholars and future leaders in their chosen careers. In addition to mentoring students, awardees are leaders within their own departments, extending beyond professional duties to engage other faculty and students in meaningful collaboration and initiatives. One common theme among successful faculty mentors is that their mentoring experiences are as impactful to them as they are for their students.

Faculty may be nominated for the award by students, faculty colleagues, alumni and/or university administrators. This year’s award winners will be recognized this fall, at UB’s 2018 Celebration of Faculty and Staff Academic Excellence. Please encourage your colleagues to nominate faculty who distinguish themselves as outstanding mentors.

The process and portal for nominations may be found at    Nominations will be accepted through February 19, 2018. For more information, please contact Megan Stewart, Office of Fellowships and Scholarships, at 716-645-9100 or via email at


Scharps Legal Essay Competition Deadline February 2

Posted by Tim on January 10, 2018 in Community Announcements, Competitions

The Scharps Legal Essay Competition is open to juniors and seniors (or underclassmen who have that status based on credit hours) at state-operated campuses who are interested in legal issues, or are interested in pursuing a career in the legal field. The topic of this year’s essay competition is Controversial Speaker on Campus (see attached information).

The Scharps Award is offered in accordance with a gift accepted by the State University of New York Board of Trustees under the will of Hannah S. Hirschhorn to establish the Benjamin and David Scharps Memorial Fund.

One award of $1,500 will be presented to the student who has written the best 2,000 word essay describing the role and relevance of law in dealing with a current legal issue. A second award of $1,000 will be presented to the runner-up.

Students must submit their essays and application cover sheets to the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships via email at by 5:00pm on Friday, February 2, 2018.

Questions can be directed to


US-UK Fulbright Commission for the 2018 UK Summer Institute Award Programmes for US Undergraduates Now OPEN

Posted by Tim on December 20, 2017 in Academics, Competitions, Fellowships, Honors Experiences, Scholarship Opportunities

The US-UK Fulbright Commission applications for the 2018 UK Summer Institute Award Programmes for US Undergraduates are open.   The Fulbright UK Summer Institute Programmes offer students a fantastic opportunity to be immersed in the study of British academics and culture. Students will take part in research, collaboration, presentation, and cultural events at an esteemed British university. They will enhance their leadership skills, develop knowledge and understanding of new subjects, and become ambassadors for the United Kingdom and the United States.

Eligible students from all areas of study are encouraged to apply.  For Summer 2018, there are nine Institutes with varied themes and subject areas.  Two new Institutes are on offer at Aberystwyth University in Wales and University of Birmingham as well as seven returning host universities with varying themes and subjects of study.
These  include:

To meet the minimum eligibility, applicants must:

  • be a US citizen and possess a US passport;
  • be at least 18 years old;
  • have a high level of academic achievement with a minimum GPA of 3.7 (confirmed by academic marks, awards and references);
  • have at least two years of university study upon their return ( i.e. applicants should currently be a Freshman or Sophomore in college/university)
  • have little or no study/travel experience outside the US
  • be mature, responsible, independent, and open-minded

In partnership with UK universities, the Institute will cover costs, including return US/UK flights, university fees, and room and board at the host UK University.

Deadline for 2018 is:  7 February 2018 for ALL Institutes. Each Programme also vary between three and four weeks.  Please make sure to check the specific Institute page for more details.