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Thursday
01/18/18

Rutgers Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Posted by Tim on January 18, 2018 in Academics, Honors Experiences, Research Information and Opportunities

RUTGERS, The State University of New Jersey, invites talented undergraduates to apply for our nationally acclaimed SUMMER RESEARCH PROGRAM, RISE (Research Intensive Summer Experience). Please forward to students who have strong credentials, passion for research, and interest in graduate study.

Why RISE at Rutgers?

** CUTTING-EDGE INTERDISCIPLINARY RESEARCH at one of the nation’s top 25 public universities.

** PERSONALIZED MENTOR-MATCHING

** EXCELLENT FUNDING: Stipend up to $5000 + housing + travel

** PARTNERSHIPS with REU programs: Cellular Bioengineering, Pharmaceutical Sciences & Toxicology, Green Energy Technology, Physics & Astronomy, and Advanced Materials. RISE applicants can opt to be considered by partner REUs. One Application – Multiple Opportunities!

** DIVERSE COMMUNITY: Rutgers is one of the nation’s most diverse public research universities.

** OUTSTANDING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: scientific speaking & writing, GRE prep, grad school and career workshops, field trips

** ALUMNI SUCCESS: Awards at national meetings & placement at top graduate schools.

** FELLOWSHIPS valued up to $100,000 for top RISE alumni who return to Rutgers for graduate school.

** GREAT LOCATION: Easy access to the powerhouse New York-Philadelphia-Washington DC corridor.

Apply now. Rolling admissions starts in January and is highly selective.

Questions? rise@grad.rutgers.edu or 848.932.6584.

Wednesday
01/10/18

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

SYLLABUS

“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: trm7@buffalo.edu

Wednesday
01/10/18

Become a Blackstone LaunchPad Ambassador!

Posted by Tim on January 10, 2018 in Community Announcements, Honors Experiences, Internships, Job Opportunity, Networking, Volunteering, Volunteers Needed

Are you passionate about entrepreneurship? Become a Blaser!

Blackstone LaunchPad Ambassador for Student Engagement and Recruitment

Open to undergraduate students from all majors!

*Available for Internship Credit*

Benefits:

  • Training and professional development
  • Leadership Assessments
  • Access to exclusive, invitation-only events

Seeking applications for spring 2018…apply TODAY: tinyurl.com/applyblasers

For more information,, contact Blackstone at launchpadub@buffalo.edu

Thursday
12/21/17

Job Opportunity with Westminster Economic Development Initiative, Inc. In Buffalo

Posted by Tim on December 21, 2017 in Community Announcements, Honors Experiences, Student Job Opportunities

Economic Development Specialist Position Description
Organization: Westminster Economic Development Initiative, Inc.
Position Title: Economic Development Specialist, Economic Development Corps (AmeriCorps)
Program Name: Economic Development
Supervisor: Economic Development Director (EDD)
Location: Office at 436 Grant Street, Buffalo, NY 14213 with neighborhood travel to local small
businesses.
Organization Mission: WEDI’s mission is to empower economically disadvantaged people in Buffalo,
New York, with a primary focus on the West Side community.
Organization Overview: Since 2007, WEDI has served the City of Buffalo by tutoring children, building
and rehabbing housing, and developing businesses through training, microlending, and a small business
incubation. We primarily work with refugees, immigrants, and low-income individuals with programs and
services tailored to these communities. We have over 350 people interested in small business services
with over 80 operating business startups and over 50 loans disbursed.
Websites: www.wedibuffalo.org / www.westsidebazaar.com
Phone Number: 716- 393-4088
Interested applicants: This position is through AmeriCorps , to learn more about how to apply please
visit www.wedibuffalo.org/edc-americorps
Primary Purpose and Function
● Guide minimum of 100 small business owners and/or burgeoning entrepreneurs through the
process of starting or expanding a business through the Economic Development Program via
financial literacy, financing, business counseling, and technical assistance training.
Essential Functions and Responsibilities
● Recruit prospective and current business owners interested in accessing business training,
technical assistance, and business loans in the neighborhoods and communities of Buffalo, NY.
● Provide one-on-one technical assistance to clients in financial literacy, credit, and business
counseling, to establish financial stability and help them start or expand a business.
● Support clients in developing business plans, business financials (including interim), and financial
projections.
● Recruit volunteer business coaches, match the coaches with appropriate clients, and manage
these connections.
● Guide clients through the microloan application process adhering to SBA and CDFI standards.
● Assist in the underwriting of credit-building and business loans up to $20,000.
● Log, monitor, and report the information in Loan Management database system.

Possible Functions and Responsibilities
● Support EDD in program development, including statistical analysis, project management, and
other duties as assigned.
● Develop economic development programs to benefit clients and/or other West Side residents.
● Gather research to augment EDD’s current work.
Required Knowledge and Skills
● Strong knowledge of business plans, cash flow models, and other general business topics.
● Strong understanding of lending, including credit history and collateral.
● Strong customer service tendencies, especially in cross-cultural contexts.
● Ability to manage, organize, and update relevant data using both cloud-based and software
database applications, including loan management and outcome tracking systems.
● Ability to create statistical tools and reports using spreadsheets.
● Competent in MS Office products, Google products, email and internet applications.
● Fluency in English language, both oral and written.
● Demonstrated problem solving and people skills.
● High accuracy in work, attention to detail.
● Proven oral and written skills.
Preferred Knowledge and Skills
● Fluency in Spanish language, Asian/African languages, and/or Arabic.
● Knowledgeable or ability to learn the neighborhoods and communities of Buffalo, NY, and
immediate surrounding areas.
● Bachelors in Business, Economics, Finance, or a related field.
Physical Demands
● Sitting in meetings for long periods of time, up to 2 hours at a time.
● Visiting local businesses by car, walking, or public transportation.
● Frequent alpha/numeric keyboarding.
● Frequent oral communication in person and over the phone.
● Ability to view a computer monitor for long periods of time.
Organizational Policy/Procedure Compliance
● Follow all organizational policies and procedures and local, state, and federal laws.
● The organization does not tolerate sexually, violently, or other unlawfully discriminatory actions,
gestures, harassment, or statements. Any of these behaviors are subject to personnel action up
to and including immediate termination. Such actions must be reported to the supervisor
immediately.
● Maintain confidentiality of organizational records and information at all times.
● Maintain a professional but friendly image.
Interested applicants: Visit www.wedibuffalo.org/edc-americorps

Thursday
12/21/17

Aloma D. Johnson Charter School Volunteers Needed with After School Program

Posted by Tim on December 21, 2017 in Honors Experiences, Volunteering, Volunteers Needed

Aloma D. Johnson Charter School (in North Buffalo) is interested in having some UB students engage with their students through their after-school program between 4:00 and 5:00 during the week. They are looking for a consistent commitment but are flexible in terms of what days students or groups of students come. They are interested in having students engage around basic literacy activities- they have the materials and will go over everything with the students.

If interested or for more information, please email Tim Matthews: trm7@buffalo.edu.

 

Wednesday
12/20/17

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.

Thursday
12/14/17

REU Applications Open for Summer 2018

Posted by Tim on December 14, 2017 in Academics, Honors Experiences, Research Information and Opportunities, Summer Research

REU Applications Open for Summer 2018

Many application deadlines are in early 2018 for National Science Foundation-funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) programs in summer 2018. Opportunities include the following:

Undergraduate Trauma Research Training, Syracuse University, application deadline March 14, 2018

Monday
12/11/17

Fulbright Application Development Workshops for Juniors February 8, February 22, March 8 and March 29

Posted by Tim on December 11, 2017 in Academics, Competitions, Fellowships, Honors Experiences, Workshops

Fulbright Application Development Workshops for Juniors

Would you like to spend a year after graduation researching, teaching or earning a master’s degree abroad?  The Fulbright provides funded opportunities for undergraduates to travel for a year after they graduate. There are more than 150 countries to choose from.*

Fulbright applications are due almost a full year before your dates of travel. In order to travel the year after you graduate, you’ll have to submit your application in September of your senior year so now’s the time to start thinking about your application!

To help you prepare a competitive application UB will be hosting a series of Fulbright workshops this spring.  You will learn more about Fulbright, how to select the country to which you’ll apply and how to propose the required cross-cultural engagement project.  These sessions will be hosted by the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships and UB’s Fulbright Program Advisor, Dr. Colleen Culleton.

Sessions will be held on Thursdays: February 8, February 22, March 8 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 personal statement and project proposal.

To be considered for this program, students must complete a brief online application by 5pm EST on Monday, January 29: https://universityatbuffalo-wgtck.formstack.com/forms/fulbright_development_program_for_juniors.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships at fellowships@buffalo.edu.

* To qualify for Fulbright U.S. student programs, applicants must be U.S. citizens and have a bachelor’s degree by the time their Fulbright year starts.

Monday
12/04/17

MIT Amgen Scholars Program Summer 2018

Posted by Tim on December 4, 2017 in Academics, Fellowships, Honors Experiences, Summer Research

Greetings:

We want you to be aware of an exciting opportunity for students to engage in research at MIT as part of our summer 2018 Amgen Scholars Program. Undergraduates will participate in faculty-mentored summer research at MIT in the science and biotechnology areas. Students admitted to this program will conduct full-time research, attend seminars and workshops, present their research, network with other undergraduates with similar research interests, and attend a mid-summer symposium at UCLA.

Twenty undergraduates, 15 visiting students and 5 MIT students, will be admitted to the program. Participants will be paid $4,500 for the summer, receive on-campus housing, a food allowance, and visiting Scholars will be provided travel to/from Boston.

Attached is a flyer about the program.

More information can also be found here

We hope you will share this opportunity with your students and we look forward to receiving their application!

Thank you,

MIT Amgen Scholars Program Staff

Monday
12/04/17

US-UK Fulbright 2018 UK Summer Institute Award Programmes for US Undergraduates Now Open

Posted by Tim on December 4, 2017 in Academics, Fellowships, Honors Experiences

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:

2017 Summer Institute participants with the University of Westminster take in the view.

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.