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Dr. Marie Dellas Scholarship for Junior or Senior Biology, Bioinformatics or Computational Biology Honors Students

Posted by Tim on March 1, 2018 in Competitions, Honors College Scholarships, Honors Program Announcements, Scholarship Opportunities, Stress Relief

Dr. Marie Dellas,’70 PhD (GSE) and ’67 MS (CAS), in order to pay tribute to her parents, Theodore A. and Katherine C. Dellas, has created a $4,000 scholarship to be awarded to an Honors Scholar matriculated in the Department of Biological Sciences and pursing a Bachelor of Science degree program or the Bachelor of Science in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology degree program.

Creative thinking and behavior have always interested Dr. Dellas since she was a graduate student working towards her PhD at UB.  Dr. Dellas’ intention when creating this scholarship was to reward students who practice and apply creative thinking.

The scholarship will enable the recipients to continue their education and perhaps address new concepts or ideas in the biological area that may eventually lead to outcomes beneficial to society.

Guidelines for applicants:

The recipient must be a junior or senior majoring in Biological Sciences or Bioinformatics and Computational Biology.  The recipient must also be a US citizen and preference will be given to a student of Greek descent. Preference will also be given to a student working on an innovative and novel research project.

Candidates must submit three letters of recommendation. Applicants must also include an original essay in support of their expertise or knowledge and how they aspire to make an impact in that particular substantive area.  The essay should describe the student’s goals and how they may expect to contribute to their chosen field in a substantive way and cite relevant or specific examples of situations in which the recipient succeeded in reaching a significant goal(s) in the past.

This scholarship may be renewable for a junior awardee if the recipient meets all the above mentioned criteria.

All submissions must be in electronic format, preferably Microsoft Word documents and/or PDF files.

Deadline for applications is Friday, April 13, 2018.  Applications and letters of recommendation with the scholarship name included in the subject line should be emailed to:


Honors College TA Information Session February 23

Posted by Tim on February 12, 2018 in Honors Experiences, Honors Program Announcements, Teaching Opportunities

Honors Teaching Assistants (TA) facilitate HON 102: Freshmen Honors Colloquium sections in the spring semester. Freshmen Honors Colloquium is a required two-credit service learning course that provides first-year Honors students an opportunity to participate in civic engagement opportunities in the city of Buffalo.  In addition to leading course discussions, grading assignments, providing feedback and assistance to the course instructor, maintaining office hours, serving as a mentor to students, TA’s will act as a liaison between the students and community partners.

Join us for an information session on Friday, February 23, 2018 at 3 p.m. in 108 Capen Hall to learn more!


Congratulations Dr. Muller on her newly published Books Cuban Emigrés and Independence in the Nineteenth-Century Gulf World

Posted by Tim on December 21, 2017 in Community Announcements, Honors Program Announcements

Congratulations to Dr. Muller on her new books Cuban Emigrés and Independence in the Nineteenth-Century Gulf World!

Check out the great reviews too!

The necessary neighbour


Honors Alumni Coffee Chat with Dr. Robert Daly, Professor of English December 6

Posted by Tim on November 27, 2017 in Academic Presentations, Community Announcements, Event, Honors Program Announcements, Networking, Workshops

Please join the Honors College for an Honors Alumni Coffee Chat featuring Dr. Robert Daly, SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor, English

Coffee, tea and light refreshments will be served.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017
5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Don Schack Student Lounge, 106 Capen Hall

RSVP to by Thursday, November 30, 2017.


STEM for Everyone! Student Proposals due: Oct 25

Posted by Tim on October 12, 2017 in Event, Honors Program Announcements, Networking

Women in STEM Cooperative (UB WISC)

After the success from Spring 2017, the Women in STEM Cooperative (WISC) will be hosting another STEM for Everyone presentation lunch and learn on November 9 from 12-1pm.  They are currently recruiting students (undergraduate and graduate) to submit a program proposal to provide 5-minute presentations about STEM. Presentations are being sought about a STEM topic, or an existing research project, provided in language that is easily understandable by the general public. Presentations that address inclusivity of women and other underrepresented groups will be given priority during submission reviews. Creativity is encouraged!

This is a great opportunity for students to practice presentation skills, network with others from the UB community and regional corporate sponsors, and to begin to build their professional footprint.

Presentations will be held:
Date: Nov. 9, 2017
Time: Noon to 1:00 p.m.
Location: 210 Student Union

Faculty and staff are encouraged to sponsor students from science, technology, engineering, mathematics, or related fields. Students are responsible to prepare and share a 5 minute presentation.

Submission Criteria:

  • Undergraduate or graduate students at the University at Buffalo.
  • Presentations should represent a STEM topic that would be of interest to a general audience.

Proposals should include:

  • Name of Presenter(s)
  • Contact Information
  • UB Department
  • Gender
  • Title of Presentation
  • Abstract (100 words or less)
  • Name of faculty sponsor (if applicable)

To submit, please visit:

If you have any questions, please contact:

Deadline for Abstract Submission: Oct. 25, 2017

The proposal committee will respond to all submissions by: Oct. 30, 2017

Related resources about inclusivity and making STEM topics understandable.


Alternate Spring Break Opportunities

Posted by Tim on September 29, 2017 in Honors Program Announcements, Research Information and Opportunities, Study Abroad, Volunteering, Volunteers Needed

Alternative Break Program: The Alternative Break program lets you volunteer, perform community service and have unique learning opportunities during your fall break (Thanksgiving), winter break or spring break. By spending time immersed in a new community, you’ll learn about your role as a global citizen, make new friends and connections, and discover how you can become an agent of change.

2017-18 Trip Descriptions:

Alternative Fall Break – Working with the Cleveland Leadership Center in Cleveland, OH (Nov 24-26)

The Cleveland Leadership Center is the premier center in the Cleveland community for building and engaging civic leadership capital.  They offer a variety of civic leadership programs and engagement opportunities designed to foster civic responsibility; create a culture of leadership that is inclusive, collaborative, and progressive; and make a dynamic impact on the community. Participants on this trip will be working with a variety of community organizations. (Estimated Trip Cost for Students – $250)


Alternative Winter Break – Environmental Sustainability in the Louisiana Wetlands (Jan 21-27)

Participants of this trip will travel to the Louisiana wetlands to discover the beauty of the bayou and the rich and vibrant culture of those that call it home. The group will learn about the cultural and ecological history of southern Louisiana and complete community service projects that will increase the long-term sustainability of this important region. (Estimated Trip Cost for Students – $825)


Alternative Spring Break – Women’s Rights History in Seneca Falls (March 17-19)

On this exciting alternative break trip, students will explore the rich history of the women’s rights movement. Participants will travel to Seneca Falls, NY and visit several of the sites that are integral to this movement. They will also perform dynamic service, making an impact within the visited communities. (Estimated Trip Cost For Students – TBD)


Alternative Spring Break – Give Where You Live in Buffalo, NY (March 19-23)

While staying in Buffalo, students participating in this trip will explore a variety of social issues affecting the Buffalo area. Students will volunteer with various community organizations and get a broader sense of the city. It is our hope that students will be left with an appreciation of our city and a passion to continue to volunteer and make change in our own backyard. (Estimated Trip Cost for Students – $155)


Alternative Spring Break – Educational Programs in the Dominican Republic (March 17-24)

Working with Outreach360, students will help teach English to the kids in Santiago, DR. Students will live out Outreach 360’s vision (to transform the world in which every child is able to pursue a college degree or to be gainfully employed upon reaching adulthood, enabling them to live a life of choice) while learning about the history of the Dominican Republic, exploring the culture and discuss what it really means to “make change” happen in a community. (Estimated Trip Cost for Students- $1600)

Application Link for Students: 

Application Link for Staff Advisers:  


2017-2018 Honors College Social Media/Marketing Internship Opportunity

Posted by Tim on April 25, 2017 in Academics, Honors Experiences, Honors Program Announcements, Internships

The Honors College seeks an intern for the fall 2017 and spring 2018 semester to work on social media outreach and marketing efforts.  The internship will earn 2 to 3 credits of HON 496 each semester which will count towards Honors experience credit.  The schedule is flexible, but the intern will be expected to work 6-10 hours per week (depending on the desired credit).

Learning Opportunities:

  • Learn how the Honors College utilizes the following social media: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, LinkedIn, Snap Chat.
  • Participate in the planning and preparation for special events: Open House, Discovery Day, Life Raft Debate, Colloquium Kick-off, Elevenses, Graduation and other campus or Honors events as your class schedule permits. This may include creation of marketing/promotional materials, website updates, photography, and more.
  • Creating and Editing Videos.
  • Knowledge of Helpful Smartphone Apps and Shortcuts.
  • Editing and revising documents/marketing brochures for prospective students.
  • Running queries, creating documents and presentations utilizing Microsoft Office tools.
  • Researching Buffalo events to include in Buffalo Bits in the Honors Highlights email.

The intern will provide a presentation to the Honors College staff on Honors College social media and marketing outreach results from the semester.

To apply, please email a copy of your resume and a brief statement about why you are interested in the internship to Tim Matthews: trm7@buffalo.eduThe deadline to apply is Thursday, May 4, 2017 by 5:00 p.m.

If selected for an interview, those will take place between May 8, 2017 and May 12, 2017.


Spring 2017 Honors College Workshop Series

Posted by Tim on February 13, 2017 in Academic Presentations, Academics, Community Announcements, Event, Honors Program Announcements, Networking, Stress Relief, Workshops

Prepare for life after graduation with the pros during the Honors College Spring Workshop Series!


Communicate #LikeABoss Friday, February 17 at 3:00 p.m.
Interviewing Skills Monday, February 20 at 4:00 p.m.
Personal Statements Friday, February 24 at 3:00 p.m.Applying to Graduate School Tuesday, February 28 at 3:00 p.m.


Managing Stress Tuesday, March 7 at 3:00 p.m.
Resume Writing Friday, March 10 at 2:00 p.m.
EAS Alumni Panel Wednesday, March 15 at 5:30 p.m.Healthcare Panel Wednesday, March 29 at 5:30 p.m.

All workshops will be held in 107 Capen Hall.

Sign up today at:


Honors College Guest Speaker

Posted by Tim on February 6, 2017 in Academics, Honors Program Announcements

The 2015 AAU Climate Survey on Sexual Assault and Sexual Misconduct reported the incidence of sexual assault and sexual misconduct due to physical force, threats of physical force, or incapacitation among female undergraduate student respondents was 23.1 percent. This survey also found that rates of reporting to campus officials and law enforcement or others were low, ranging from 5%-28%. Join us for an afternoon of presentations and discussion with Dr. Kait Boyle from Virginia Tech. Dr. Boyle’s research focuses on the labeling and reporting of sexual assault— by victims, perpetrators, and universities— as well as its mental health consequences for students.

Dr. Kait Boyle

In 107 Capen Hall

Friday, February 10

All are welcome to attend one or both sessions!



Labeling and Reporting Rape on College Campuses: Interactional, Institutional Barriers and Feminist Solutions

A colloquium presenting Dr. Boyle’s latest research on campus rape reporting



Trauma, Power, and the Ivory Tower: Mental

Health Consequences of Campus Victimization

An interactive presentation and discussion aimed at undergraduate and graduate students


Greiner Shared Interest Housing Information Session February 1 and 17

Posted by Tim on January 31, 2017 in Community Announcements, Honors Experiences, Honors Program Announcements, Workshops

Greiner Shared Interest Housing Info. Session!

Are you a freshman Honors Scholar interested in civic engagement and in participating in a living/learning community of like-minded students? Consider Honors Greiner Hall Shared Interest Housing (SIH), which is an opportunity for first-year students to continue building a strong community into the sophomore year. Selected participants will live in Greiner Hall and be engaged in service for the full academic year (25 hours in the fall and 30 hours in the spring semester) with a community partner of their choosing. The Greiner SIH area will also keep Honors scholars connected to the college academically through a 1-credit fall course with guest speakers from the Buffalo community and a 1-credit spring course.

Interested students should attend our information session Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at 2 p.m. in 107 Capen Hall or contact Dr. Tara Jabbaar-Gyambrah at for more information. Students must apply by Friday, February 17, 2017; applications are available on the Honors College website.