University Honors College - The Honorable mention

Greiner Shared Interest Housing Info Session

Posted by Tim on January 30, 2017 in Honors Experiences, Honors Program Announcements

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.


2016 Chen-Kuo & Amy Chang Memorial Award ($1,000) for Graduating Honors Scholars Deadline April 25

Posted by Tim on April 11, 2016 in Honors College Scholarships, Honors Program Announcements, Scholarship Opportunities, Stress Relief

The Chen-kuo and Amy Chang Memorial Award ($1,000)

Honors College alumna Dr. Aileen Chang, School of Medicine and Biomedical
Science, ’91, M.D. and School of Medicine and Biomedical Science, ’87, B.S. in
order to pay tribute to her parents, Chen-kuo Chang and Amy Chang, has created
The Chen-kuo and Amy Chang Memorial Award for a graduating Honors College senior pursuing a graduate degree in the medical research field, preferably with an
oncology focus.  The award amount is $1,000.00.

Dr. Chang decided to create this award to honor her parents because they both
died of lung cancer at ages 50 and 72 years and neither smoked. Only ongoing
medical research can cure similar cancer patients or at least improve their
quality of life. She and her parents would be grateful to anyone who could offer
their contribution to the cure for cancer.

Guidelines for applicants:

The recipient is not required to attend UB for their graduate degree.
The award shall only be made available to a graduating senior Honors Scholar
that can demonstrate their intention to continue their studies in the medical
research field (preferably with an oncology focus).

Preference will be given to a student with financial need, demonstrates a strong
passion/interest in medicine and research, has worked on medicine/oncology
research as a student or had employment experience in medicine/oncology
research, and/or is working on an innovative and novel medicine/oncology
research project.

Applicants must include an original essay in support of his/her expertise or
knowledge and how he/she aspires to make an impact in the preferred field of
medicine/oncology research.  The essay should describe the student’s goals and
how he/she may expect to contribute to his/her 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.

Candidates may submit any supporting documents they deem appropriate, including
papers they may have written or letters of recommendation.
The Award is a one-time grant of $1,000.00 and is non-renewable.
All submissions must be in electronic format, preferably Microsoft Word
documents and/or PDF files

Deadline for applications is Monday, April 25, 2016.  Applications should be emailed to:
The Honors College at


Honors College Seeks a Social Media/Marketing Intern for 2016-2017 Academic Year

Posted by Tim on April 4, 2016 in Career Opportunities, Honors Experiences, Honors Program Announcements, Internships, Networking

Honors College Social Media/Marketing Internship Opportunity

The Honors College seeks an intern for the fall 2016 and spring 2017 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.
  • 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
  • Opportunity to create an Honors College blog.
  • 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 Friday, April 15, 2016 by 5:00 p.m.

Interviews will take place between April 18, 2016 and April 22, 2016.


Chris Peterson Award for Graduating Honors Scholars Deadline April 1

Posted by Tim on February 29, 2016 in Community Announcements, Competitions, Honors Program Announcements, Scholarship Opportunities

Chris Peterson Award (New – I’m not sure Jessica used to send it so I am waiting for an okay from Karyn)

Honors graduating seniors are invited to submit an application for the Christopher Peterson Commitment to Service award, which is bestowed annually upon a graduating Honors Scholar who, by devoting their time, talents, and expertise to serving the public good, has made significant, demonstrable, and direct contributions to the community.  Christopher Peterson was a junior civil engineering major in the Honors College who tragically lost his life in a car accident in 2013.  Through his enthusiastic participation in Greiner SIH and his many other volunteer endeavors Chris embodied the Honors College spirit of service.  The intent of this award is to recognize a student who exemplifies a similar commitment to community service.  The awardee will receive a $750 award as well as $250 donated to the community organization of their choice.

Criteria for Eligibility

We seek graduating Honors Scholars who:

  • Are in good academic standing with the University Honors College graduation requirements.
  • Have impacted society in one or more positive ways that fostered change for the public good.
  • Stood out amongst their peers as individuals whose service has made a profound impact in the community.
  • Are available to attend the Honors commencement ceremony on Friday, May 13, 2016.

Application Process

Any graduating Honors Scholar may apply for the Christopher Peterson Commitment to Service Award.  Students who wish to apply must complete an application packet which includes the following:

(1) Application

(2) Resume (Must include all of your service experiences)

(3) Service Reflection Essay

(4) Name of Community Organization for Donation purposes

(5) Optional Supplemental materials (e.g., Recommendation letter)

Application Deadline

For an application or if you have any questions contact Dr. Tara Jabbaar-Gyambrah at Application packets may be submitted to the University Honors College Office in 106 Capen Hall or electronically to by no later than 4:00 p.m. on April 1, 2016. We look forward to receiving your applications.



Research Poster Presentation Opportunities for Honors Scholars

Posted by Tim on February 16, 2016 in Community Announcements, Event, Honors Program Announcements, Networking, Research Information and Opportunities, Summer Research

This spring the Honors College has opportunities for students to present their research/creativity project poster at the following recruitment events:

CANCELLED Open House for Juniors:                       TBD in May 2016

Accepted Students Day:       Saturday, April 2nd (11:30am-1:30 pm in 106 Capen Hall)

We also strongly encourage you to participate in the university-wide Celebration of Excellence symposium on Thursday, April 7thth in the CFA atrium. More details can be found at  You MUST register for this event separately. You will present the same project/poster for this event and the Honors symposium.

Important Notes:

  • The Honors College will arrange for you to have your poster printed free of charge.
  • Paintings, video recordings, or live performances can be presented instead of a traditional poster.
  • For Advanced Honors Scholars, participation in a poster event will fulfill your thesis/project presentation requirement.

If interested, please contact Jessica Seabury at for a registration form which is due by Wednesday, February 24th. Students who also participate in the Celebration of Excellence will be given priority to participate in an Honors event.


Senior Dinner Invitation with Professor Stott

Posted by Tim on February 2, 2016 in Community Announcements, Event, Honors Program Announcements, Networking, Stress Relief

Senior dinners with Professor Stott

Professor Stott invites Honors College seniors to enjoy dinner and conversation at his home in the Elmwood Village. Six seats are available on each of the following dates:

‎Friday, April 1, 2016 @6pm

Sign up as a group, in pairs, or by yourself. All seniors are welcome and the food will be great.

Send your reservations to Lisa Collin ( stating name(s), preferred ‎date, and any dietary restrictions.

For April 1, please rsvp by March 28.


Honors Colloquium TA Applications Available Now

Posted by Tim on January 26, 2016 in Honors Experiences, Honors Program Announcements, Networking, Teaching Opportunities

Honors Colloquium TA Applications Available NOW!
Are you interested in being a TA for the HON 102: Freshmen Honors Colloquium? The Honors College is now accepting teaching assistant applications for Colloquium. We are currently looking for dynamic students who have a passion for working with the community and facilitating class discussions for first-year students.

Honors Teaching Assistant Position Overview
Honors Teaching Assistants (TA) facilitate HON 102: Freshmen Honors Colloquium sections in the spring semester. HON 102: 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.

Students that have the following attributes are strongly encouraged to apply:
• Successful completion of HON 102: Freshmen Honors Colloquium with an A- or better.
• Good standing in the Honors College.
• Be able to attend training and orientation sessions in the fall and spring semester.
• Have completed at least 60 credit hours by the end of the summer.
• Be available to facilitate one section of HON 102 in the spring semester.

Interested students may attend the information session on Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 3:30 p.m. in 108 Capen Hall, or contact Dr. Tara Jabbaar-Gyambrah at Applications are due on Monday, February 29, 2016 at 4:00 p.m. and can be downloaded on the Honors College website.


2016 Life Raft Debate February 10

Posted by Tim on January 25, 2016 in Community Announcements, Event, Honors Program Announcements, Networking, Stress Relief, Workshops

Save the date for UB’s 5th Annual Life Raft Debate, hosted by University Honors College and The Academies.

Our voyage is set for Wednesday, February 10th from 6:00 – 8:00 pm in 107 Capen Hall. Our panel of debaters is as follows:

Dr. Jason Briner                     Associate Professor, Geology

Dr. Alice Ceacareanu             Assistant Professor, Pharmacy

Dr. Patrick McDevitt             Associate Professor, History

Dr. Andrew Olewnik              SEAS Director of Experiential Learning Programs

Dr. Stephanie Rothenberg    Assistant Professor, Visual Studies

Dr. Howard Wolf                   Professor Emeritus, English

Dr. Charles Zukoski – Provost, Professor, Chemical & Biological Engineering, in the role of Devil’s Advocate.

In the Life Raft Debate, we imagine that there has been a disaster threatening all of humanity. The survivors (the audience) are setting sail to rebuild society from the ground up. There is a group of faculty vying to get on the raft, and only one seat is left. Each professor has to argue that his or her discipline is the one indispensable area of study that the new civilization will need to flourish. At the end of the debating, the audience votes and the lucky winner climbs aboard. 

 Each professor gets to give an introductory account of his or her discipline, then give a brief rebuttal to the others, and, finally, the audience votes all but one panelist off.


Honors College Greiner Shared Interest Housing (SIH) Information Session January 27

Posted by Tim on January 15, 2016 in Event, Honors Experiences, Honors Program Announcements, Workshops

Information Session: Greiner Shared Interest Housing (SIH) 

Wednesday, January 27, 2016
3:00 p.m.
108 Capen Hall

Greiner Shared Interest Housing Application due by Friday, February 5, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. in the Honors College  (106 Capen Hall)


InFocus: Islam in France December 3

Posted by Tim on November 30, 2015 in Community Announcements, Event, Honors Program Announcements, Networking, Workshops

Islam In France InFocus: Discussing Assumptions and Realities and Why It Matters to You

You are invited to InFocus, a monthly conversation on today’s hot topics. With the recent attacks in Paris, renewed public attention is being paid to the complexities of religion, extremist ideologies, and geopolitics. Dr. Jeannette Ludwig, Associate Professor from the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures, will moderate this open conversation for all community members.

Date:  Thursday, December 3
Time:  12:00-1:00
Place:  Capen Hall 107, North Campus

Sponsored by Student Life, the Honors College and Transcending Borders UB/ International Student & Scholar Services