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Michigan Humanities Emerging Research Scholars (MICHHERS) Summer Program for Undergrad and MA Students Deadline February 9

Posted by Tim on January 18, 2018 in Academics, Event, Graduate School Programs, Networking, Workshops

I wanted to pass along a summer program announcement for your undergraduate or MA students from diverse cultural, economic, geographic, and ethnic backgrounds who are interested in pursuing graduate study in the humanities. They can apply to the Michigan Humanities Emerging Research Scholars (MICHHERS) summer program at the University of Michigan. The program pays all expenses and is intended to bring talented undergraduate or MA students in several humanities fields to Ann Arbor for a two-week summer workshop June 11–23, 2018. The program prepares students to apply to PhD programs and will inform them about the opportunities and resources available for students at the university. Participants will meet with our faculty and PhD students about research in their chosen department (options are: Asian Languages and Cultures, Classical Studies, English, History; Linguistics, Romance Languages and Literatures, Sociology [qualitative], and Women’s Studies [any humanities field]). Fellows will have the opportunity to work on their own research paper or to develop a research project under the guidance of a faculty mentor.

Application deadline: February 9, 2018. More details @ the application site:


School Leadership Program Info Session January 27

Posted by Tim on January 10, 2018 in Academic Presentations, Academics, Event, Graduate School Programs

School Leadership Program Info Session

Saturday, January 27, 2018

10:00-11:00 a.m.

479 Baldy Hall – UB North Campus

The University at Buffalo’s Leadership Initiative for Tomorrow’s Schools (LIFTS) program prepares students to become educational leaders at the building and district levels.  This 36-credit hour CAEP accredited program fulfills NYSED academic requirements for the following certificates:

School Building Leader (SBL)

School District Leader (SDL)

School District Business Leader (SDBL)

At this info session you will meet with program faculty, graduates and an admissions representative to discuss the LIFTS program, career opportunities and application requirements.

You can learn more about the LIFTS program by visiting:

Pre-registration is suggested. Please contact Baylee Richards at to pre-register or if you have any questions regarding the admission process.

If you have already registered, thank you for your RSVP! We will be in touch the week of January 22 with additional details regarding our session.

The session will be begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. Parking is free and open on weekends.


LAW 683: Telling Stories with Dr. Schlegel Accepting Undergraduates

Posted by Tim on January 10, 2018 in Academics, Graduate School Programs, Honors Experiences

Law 683, Telling Stories                                                                                                 Schlegel!

M/W 4:00                                                                                                                   Spring 2018


“The legendary Supreme Court litigator John W. Davis once remarked, “A case well stated is a case half won.”  By this, Davis meant that cases are more often won or lost on how well lawyers weave the facts into a compelling story than on how well they articulate the law.  Thus, former students who are, and faculty who were, trial lawyers regularly remind me about the crucial importance in any litigator of the ability to tell a story.

However, stories do not tell themselves, whether they are seen on the page or on the screen.  Stories are shaped by the author, and, in the case of movies, derivatively by the director.  What that shaping accomplishes is the subject of this course.  Thus, it is designed to improve your ability to tell a story by examining how master storytellers shape their stories.

During the semester we will read three great novels and a good play, chosen because there exist at least two contrasting movie versions of each.  The novels are Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility and Emma, all by Jane Austen.  The play, Sabrina Fair by Samuel A. Taylor formed the basis for two movies called Sabrina.  In order for you to have time to read the first novel we will begin the course with two films — Mostly Martha and No Reservations that share a text, though the text is unavailable to me and, in any case, is written in German.  In the third class we will discuss, and thus compare, how each director shapes the implicit story.  Thereafter, we will first discuss how the author shapes the story, and then, after seeing the two film versions, discuss how each director shapes/reshapes the pre-existing story.  Papers will be due throughout the semester.  Initially they will be short analyses of the films and text.  About the middle of the semester the papers will lengthen and shift to the job of shaping the kind of stories that lawyers tell

One more thing ought to be noted.  I am neither a film scholar nor a literary theorist.  Indeed, I do not enjoy reading either film scholarship or literary theory.  It is as a lawyer/law professor that I have gotten interested in the romantic comedy as an exemplar of the art of storytelling.  If you cannot abide the form, you best not take the course.

Note:  The duration of the movies is listed on the syllabus to provide you with advanced warning of the duration to the class that day.  It is not unusual for these times to turn out to be under estimated due to either my technological boobishness or DVD formatting or both.  Studey tardiness can add to the problem too. For the longer films I recommend that you bring sustenance and be prepared to clean up your mess.


Interested students should contact Tim Matthews for more information at:


Call for Applications: MA/MSc In International and World History at Columbia University and the London School of Economics

Posted by Tim on December 12, 2017 in Academics, Graduate School Programs

Now Accepting Applications for Fall 2018

MA/MSc in International and World History

Columbia University and the London School of Economics

Early Deadline: January 15, 2018

General Deadline: March 16, 2018

The world is more interconnected than ever. Join leading historians to study how we arrived here. An innovative curriculum includes a two-year sequence of reading and research seminars, interdisciplinary electives, and intensive foreign language training. The program provides students with new frameworks and tools to understand the transnational forces that have shaped our world: migration, trade, war, technology, epidemic disease, and environmental change. At the heart of the program is the two-year dissertation, an original scholarly work based on deep archival research and analysis.

Students spend the first year in New York and the second year in London, receiving Master’s degrees from both institutions. Immersed in the vibrant intellectual communities of two of the world’s greatest cities, graduates are prepared for careers in government, journalism, think tanks, NGOs, and academia.

The program offers fellowships and financial aid opportunities.

Visit to learn more, or find us on TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn

Questions? Contact


National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) Workshops for Juniors

Posted by Tim on December 11, 2017 in Academics, Fellowships, Graduate School Programs, Scholarship Opportunities, Workshops

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) Workshops for Juniors

Would you like to be fully funded for graduate school?  Many students think that they will be “fully funded” throughout their graduate programs but they really have a Teaching Assistantship (TA position) where they are paid to teach 20 hours a week.  A fellowship like the NSF GRFP is truly a fully funded award.

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:

To help you prepare a competitive application UB will be hosting a series of NSF GRPF workshops this spring. You will learn more about how to apply for the NSF GRFP and other awards, what the review panels are looking for and how to write a strong research proposal.  These sessions will be hosted by the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships along with a writing consultant from the Center for Excellence in Writing.

Sessions will be held on Thursdays: February 15, March 1, March 15 and March 29.  The sessions will be offered from either 9:00am-10:00am or 3:00pm-4:00pm on each of these days.  Students are required to commit to all 4 sessions which includes beginning preparation of the 3 page past research and personal statement and 2 page research proposal.

To be considered for this program, students must complete the online application by 5pm EST on Monday, January 29:

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships at


Cell Stress and Biophysical Oncology Track of the Cancer Sciences PhD Program at Roswell Park Info Session November 29

Posted by Tim on November 21, 2017 in Academics, Graduate School Programs, Research Information and Opportunities, Workshops

On November 29th at 2PM in Capen Hall (Rm 107) Dr. Eugene Kandel will discuss the Cell Stress and Biophysical Oncology track of the Cancer Sciences PhD program at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute. He will discuss the program of study, the research areas and the achievements of current students and faculty. Students interested in biomedical research at RPCI are encouraged to attend.

The PhD program is currently accepting applications for the Fall of 2018.  More information could be found at


UB Graduate Programs Information Sessions November 10, 17 and 28

Posted by Tim on November 6, 2017 in Academic Presentations, Academics, Event, Graduate School Programs, Networking, Workshops

As a leader in graduate and professional education, the University at Buffalo is a destination for scholars, researchers, leaders, thinkers and lifelong learners who come here to do work that makes a difference.

We invite you to attend a UB Graduate Information Session to learn why UB is the right place to take the next step in your education. This is your chance to discover opportunities within our graduate and professional schools, learn more about the application and admissions processes, and gain insight on how to prepare for graduate study.

Register today for one of the following UB Graduate Information Sessions:

Friday, Nov. 10: 3-5 p.m., Student Union Lobby, North Campus

Friday, Nov. 17: 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Harriman Hall, South Campus
Tuesday, Nov. 28: 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Capen Lobby, North Campus

Why choose UB for Graduate Study?

  • Most students complete their degree in less time than the national average (2.5 years master’s; 6.5 years doctoral).
  • 30% of graduate and professional students hail from countries outside the U.S.
  • 89 countries are represented within the graduate student population.
  • 249,000+ UB alumni live across 50 states and 147 countries.

With more than 300 programs, renowned faculty, unmatched intellectual diversity and vast opportunities for interdisciplinary study, UB’s graduate programs offer more chances for professional advancement, personal growth and greater global impact.

You belong at a top institution. Make it the University at Buffalo. Register to attend a Graduate Information Session today!


Graduate School of Education

Posted by Tim on October 26, 2017 in Graduate School Programs

The Graduate School of Education will be hosting its annual Open House on Thursday, November 9 from 4:30-6:30pm in the Student Union. GSE Open House is an opportunity for students interested in the Graduate School of Education to gain knowledge of their area of interest, speak with faculty, meet current students, engage with alumni, and connect with the GSE community.

At this event, students will also be able to interact with administrators, view current student research, and receive information on everything they need to apply to the Graduate School of Education and get welcomed to the community.

Panel sessions and presentations will be available on various topics and will begin at 5 p.m. We suggest you plan to be available for 1–2 hours as this will allow you time to participate in multiple sessions that interest you.

New this year, from 4:30-5:00 p.m. we will be hosting an informal networking session in the Student Union lobby. During this session, students can get to know current students, alumni, and faculty in the GSE. We will also have tables that we will on programs, Financial Aid, and our department Graduate Student Associations (GSAs).


Graduate Programs in Public Health (MS, PhD, MPH)

Posted by Tim on October 13, 2017 in Graduate School Programs

  • Want to make a difference in the world by doing health related work?
  • Interested in a health career but the careers you know about aren’t
    exactly what you most want to do?
  • Interested in doing health related research but not sure how to get the
    training you would need?

If you said yes to any of the above questions, then you need information about:

Graduate and research programs and careers in these Public Health majors: Epidemiology, Environmental Health, Health Services Administration.

Meet with faculty and graduate students from the Department of Epidemiology and Environmental Health, UB School of Public Health and Health Professions.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
5:30 to 7:00 p.m.
Farber 182, UB South Campus

Food will be served
Please RSVP to Karen DeGarmo (

For additional information:


Exercise & Nutrition Sciences Open House

Posted by Tim on October 12, 2017 in Academic Presentations, Academics, Graduate School Programs

Graduate Research Open House

Department of Exercise & Nutrition Sciences

Tuesday, October 24
6-8 p.m., 180 Farber Hall

Learn about the research opportunities in our graduate programs during lab tours and a Q&A with faculty and current students:

  • Exercise Science MS
  • Nutrition MS
  • Exercise and Nutrition Science MS

RSVP at:

Walk-ins are welcome. Questions? Contact:

Courtney Frisch
Doug McNabb