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Monday
01/11/21

Hillel of Buffalo Presents “Ask the Professionals” January 19

Posted by Tim on January 11, 2021 in Career Opportunities, Community Announcements, Networking, Workshops

January 19th 6-7 pm on Zoom
Meet and network with professionals in
Buffalo
One-on-one conversations with
professionals in your future fields!
Come prepared with questions

Professions Include

Doctors
Lawyers
Accountants
Busines s
Professors
Engineers

And more ! !

Where do I find the link?
In our weekly newsletter or email Sasha atahvool@buffalo.edu


What if my intended profession is notrepresented?
You should come anyway! All these people are extremelyconnected in the area and will probably know somebody inyour intended field

I’m a freshman, should I still come?
Absolutely! It’s never too early to start networking andfiguring out if you want to pursue what you’re studying 🙂

What do I wear?
It’s casual. Business attire not required, but lookpresentable.

What should I ask?
Next step questions: grad school, recommendedinternships, etc. Day to day life. Why they chose theirprofessions.

What’s in it for me?
This is not a job fair but an opportunity to expand yournetworks and gain insight into your prospective field.

Wednesday
12/23/20

2021 Summer Internship Program-Undergraduate Student Research Van Andel Institute (VAI) laboratories

Posted by Tim on December 23, 2020 in Honors Experiences, Internships, Research Information and Opportunities, Summer Research

2021 SUMMER INTERNSHIP PROGRAM – UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT RESEARCH 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 1, 2021  

INTERNSHIP DETAILS 

The Summer Internship Programs are designed to provide undergraduate college students opportunities to be mentored by professionals in their chosen research field, to become familiar with the use of state-of-the-art scientific equipment and technology, and to learn valuable interpersonal and presentation skills. The goal of these programs is to expose undergraduate college students to exciting advances in biomedical sciences that will help define their career paths.  

For the 2021 Summer Internship Programs, interns will have the opportunity to work in the areas of cell biology, epigenetics, metabolism and nutritional programming, neurodegenerative science and structural biology. For more information on Van Andel Institute (VAI) laboratories, please click here.  

We expect to support 25 – 30 undergraduate student summer internships in VAI research laboratories. Interns will be paired with a scientific investigator and/or their designee for an intense 10-week research experience. Interns will gain an understanding of the latest research methods, instruments, and testing procedures. They will learn how to design experiments and see how their test results can contribute to a larger research project. At the end of each internship program, interns will give an oral presentation or poster presentation about their experience to VAI research staff.  

Thank you to our sponsors and their generous gifts to support summer internship programs: 

·        Meijer Foundation 

·        Maas Family Foundation – Hope College 

·        Van Andel Institute Purple Community – Hope College 

·        Van Andel Institute Graduate School 

PROGRAM TIMELINE 

Summer interns are required to begin on one of two program start dates:  

·        Session I: May 10, 2021 – July 16, 2021  

·        Session II: June 7, 2021- August 13, 2021  

COVID-19 may affect on-site internships. Updates on undergraduate summer internship programs will be provided by the Research Advisory Committee, VAI COVID-19 Task Force and the Undergraduate & Internship Program Committee at: https://vaigs.vai.org/undergrad-research/program-details/  

INTERNSHIP ELIGIBILITY CRITERIA  

Undergraduate college students must have completed at least one year of higher education (equivalent to 24 credit hours), be enrolled in a science/research related degree program and maintain a minimum of a 3.0 GPA.  

Students who have graduated before the start date of the summer internship program (May 10, 2021) are ineligible. If you are currently enrolled as a high school student or in a Master’s degree program, you are ineligible to participate in the undergraduate research summer internship program.  

Van Andel Institute is an Employment Opportunity Employer and Affirmative Action Employer. We strongly encourage undergraduate student applicants from minority serving institutions including historically black colleges & universities, tribal colleges & universities and Hispanic serving institutions, as well as McNair Scholars. 

International students are eligible to apply if they meet the requirements for the program and are legally permitted to work and earn income in the United States. Van Andel Institute does not sponsor visas for interns. 

READ THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION CAREFULLY BEFORE COMPLETING THE ONLINE APPLICATION  

An attachment (PDF file format) is required to support your online application:   

A cover letter, resume, and official transcript (or unofficial transcript) will need to be combined as a single PDF file and then uploaded as an attachment with your online application: 

·        A cover letter indicating why you would like to participate in this summer internship and your career goals; 

·        A resume, which includes your education, research experience, skills, volunteer experience, and publications (if any); 

·        Official (or unofficial) transcripts from your college or university. It is important to note you will be responsible for uploading your transcripts to your online application. Any transcripts received via email or from your institutions transcripts delivery service will not be accepted.  

Additional application materials required: 

·        Two (2) current letters of recommendation (due by February 5, 2021) to support your application. Ask professors, research mentors and/or supervisors to submit letters of recommendation, on institute letterhead, in PDF electronic format to undergrad@vai.edu or mailed to the following address:   

Undergraduate & Internship Program Committee (98001/VAIGS)  

Undergraduate Summer Internship Program  

 Van Andel Institute Graduate School / Van Andel Institute

 333 Bostwick Avenue NE

Grand Rapids, MI 49503-2518  

HOW TO APPLY 

Before beginning the online employment application, combine your cover letter, resume and transcript as a single pdf file.  

COMPLETING THE ONLINE APPLICATION

1.     Click the ”APPLY” button to start VAI’s online employment application   

2.     Review and accept the application certification to continue with completing the online application 

3.     Complete the remainder of the online application including:   

                           i.          Contact information  

                          ii.          Using the “resume/CV document” feature, upload the single PDF file with your cover letter, resume and transcript after you enter your contact information 

                         iii.          Job preferences  

                        iv.          Work authorization status  

                          v.          Education  

                        vi.          Profile attachments – As long as you uploaded your cover letter, resume and transcript under the contact information section, you will not need to upload any additional documents under profile attachments section 

                       vii.          Resume/CV content – As long as you uploaded your cover letter, resume and transcript under the contact information section, you will not need to upload any additional documents under the resume/cv content section 

                      viii.          Pre-employment questions for undergraduate student applicants 

a.     There are 16 pre-employment questions in total.  

b.     All provided fields/sections must be completed accurately and thoroughly for consideration in the Undergraduate Research Student Summer Internship Program 

c.      Please make sure you have reviewed the VAI faculty profiles before answering pre-employment questions. Faculty profiles can be reviewed in alphabetical order by the Lead Investigator’s last name or by research area (or center) 

                        ix.          Voluntary-Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)  

                          x.          Voluntary Self-Identification of Disability  

                        xi.          Review Reasonable Accommodation Notice  

INTERVIEW & SELECTION PROCESS 

Complete applications will be reviewed by the Undergraduate & Internship Program Committee and VAI Faculty after February 15, 2021. Applicants selected for interviews are generally contacted by mid-March and employment offers are usually extended by mid-April. If additional summer opportunities become available after this time, your application may be reconsidered.  

Any inquiries regarding your student internship application should be made via e-mail to undergrad@vai.edu; inquiries will receive responses as information becomes available.  

All offers for student intern positions will be contingent upon the satisfactory results of a Background Investigation and Drug Screen.  

PHYSICAL DEMANDS 

Assignments may involve the use of potentially hazardous chemicals, hazardous or radioactive materials, or may be in areas where such materials are used. Adherence to safety policies and procedures along with proper storage and disposal methods are required.  

SALARY 

Based on number of credits earned:

  • 30-50 Undergraduate $11.50/hr
  • 60-89 Undergraduate $12.00/hr
  • 90-119 Undergraduate $12.50/hr
  • 120+ Undergraduate $10.00/hr
Wednesday
12/23/20

NSF Data Analysis and Statistics Summer Internships Deadline to Apply is March 31

Posted by Tim on December 23, 2020 in Academics, Honors Experiences, Internships

NSF Data Analysis and Statistics Summer Internships

Apply Today!

https://zintellect.com/Opportunity/Details/NSF-NCSES-Summer-2021

Deadline: March 31, 2021 4:00PM EST

The National Science Foundation (NSF), National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) provides policy makers and the public high-quality information on the science and engineering enterprise.

This internship is for participants in a wide variety of fields including, but not limited to: Business Management, Communications and Graphic Design, Computer Sciences, Economics, Marketing, Mathematics and Statistics, and Survey Methodology.

What will I be doing?

As a Research Ambassador intern, you will have the opportunity to explore a federal career and gain a competitive edge as you apply your education, talent and skills in a variety of settings. You will learn and collaborate on projects that make use of expertise from a variety of fields, including survey methodology, survey statistics, economics and other social science disciplines to design, study, implement and conduct national surveys to measure the science and engineering enterprise.  You will also be engaged in research projects, evaluation initiatives, surveys, data collection and specialized analyses.  

What is the anticipated start date?

Exact start dates will be determined at the time of selection and in coordination with the selected candidates. Appointments are typically between May and September. 

Where will I be located? Alexandria, VA (Washington D.C. area)

Appointments may result in a virtual placement due to COVID-19 impacts.

What are the benefits?

You will receive a competitive stipend for living and other expenses as determined by NSF. Stipends are typically based on academic standing, discipline, and experience. You may also be eligible to receive a health insurance allowance and reimbursement for travel expenses.

Learn more about the NCSES Research Ambassadors Program at https://orise.orau.gov/ncses/

Questions? Email NSF-NCSES@orise.orau.gov                            

Monday
12/14/20

PAID Student Social Media Assistant Position

Posted by Tim on December 14, 2020 in Community Announcements, Job Opportunity, Networking, Student Job Opportunities

Title:   Social Media Multimedia Content and Engagement Assistant

UB Department:        University Communications

Website:         www.buffalo.edu

Supervisor:    Erin Goetz, Social Media Manager, eringoet@buffalo.edu

            716-645-4654, 330 Crofts Hall, UB North Campus

Application Due Date:          January 7, 2021

Application Deadline:           Applications accepted immediately, until position is filled

Position Start / End Date:      Flexible start dates beginning January 2021

Paid Position?           Yes

Position Details    

Department Profile

UB’s division of University Communications (UC) is responsible for university-wide communications and marketing — including branding, media relations, digital (web, social media), editorial/content, and creative design — for the University at Buffalo (UB). The division is highly visible, nationally recognized, and its award-winning communication products represent the public face of the university. As a member of UC’s Digital Communications & Strategy team, you will help us transform the way content is created, distributed and tracked on social media, the web, and other digital communication platforms. You will support the department’s efforts to monitor and shape perceptions, fulfill information needs and provide exceptional service to external and internal audiences of UB.

As our Social Media Multimedia Content and Engagement Assistant you will focus on promoting UB by creating multimedia assets – including social videos (such as Instagram Stories) as well as video content that tell our distinct UB story and inspire our online audiences. Additional tasks include curating and producing innovative, thoughtful and inspiring content for social media, and monitoring and engaging with online audiences. You will also learn how to communicate on behalf of the brand and capture UB’s distinct mission and culture.

Candidate Profile

The successful candidate will:

  • Be highly motivated, professional, creative and excited to learn
  • Bring ideas and inspirations to the table
  • Be comfortable working in a high-productivity team environment
  • Embrace an inclusive environment and will strive to showcase our diverse community
  • Demonstrate strong social media, visual and editorial skills
  • Be a current SUNY student (mandatory)
    • Ideally, the candidate will remain a SUNY student through May 2021 or later

Hours

  • This PAID student position requires a weekly commitment of 15-20 hours during the academic semester. Hours are available during breaks.
  • During the Spring 2021 semester, this position does NOT require in-person work and can be executed remotely. This will be assessed on a semester-by-semester basis, due to COVID-19.

Responsibilities

The Social Media Content/Engagement Assistant will work directly with the Social Media Manager and collaboratively with other members of the UC team to accomplish the following goals:

  • Plan, write, produce and distribute video, multimedia and other content on social media
  • Assist in management and administration of UB’s top-level social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn)
  • Coordinate cross-unit social media campaigns
  • Continually monitor, identify and engage with our online audiences
  • Support digital analytics activities

Qualifications

  • Required Skills
    • Strong understanding of, and experience using social media (including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn)
    • Excellent writing (esp. for social)
    • Video production skills, especially knowledge of video editing tools (proficiency in Adobe Premiere, After Effects or Final Cut Pro is a plus)
  • Additional Skills
    • Graphic design skills, especially knowledge of editing tools including Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator
    • A strong visual (e.g. photo selection) aesthetic
  • You should:
    • Have a keen sense of individual responsibility and initiative.
    • Enthusiastic team player.
    • Be able to handle multiple and varied assignments. Effective time management and adherence to deadlines.
    • Be a strong verbal communicator.
    • Be comfortable collaborating with others and taking direction; Respect for authority and diverse viewpoints

To apply:

  1. Complete the pre-qualification form: https://forms.gle/FvSdFJ1iAwNHzThK7
  2. Email your resume and a cover letter to ubsocial@buffalo.edu 

Applications are being accepted immediately with a cut off of January 7, 2021. Start date is flexible.

The University at Buffalo is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

Wednesday
12/02/20

WNY Prosperity Scholarship Seeks Applications for the 2021-2022 Academic Year

Posted by Tim on December 2, 2020 in Academics, Community Announcements, Competitions, Scholarship Opportunities

Western New York Prosperity Fellowship Program | open to all UG majors and GRAD programs:  Seeking students with an entrepreneurial drive who want to make a difference in Western New York

A leadership development program that provides selected Fellows professional development opportunities, as well as resources and access to WNY business leaders. WNY Prosperity Fellows are awarded a paid summer internship; scholarship support awarded during the academic year up to $25,000 based on a student’s unmet financial need, and an enrichment fund of $1,000. This fellowship program will assist undergraduate and graduate students who are actively preparing for careers that further economic development and growth, especially in the WNY region. Open to all undergraduate majors and graduate programs. Fellows do not need to be from WNY, however the Fellowship supports students committed to the WNY region.

Fellowship eligibility:  

  • current sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduate students are eligible to apply; 
  • should have minimum 3.0 cumulative UG GPA / 3.5 cumulative GRAD GPA;
  • have an interest in bolstering the WNY economy through job creation;
  • complete the 2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by the advised deadline. Please note that you may file a FAFSA using estimated income information and update your FAFSA once you complete your current tax return. 
  • Fellowship Requirement: Only open to US Citizens or students holding permanent residency. Not intended for international students.

For full details, visit the fellowship website at: http://www.buffalo.edu/entrepreneurship.html | Application Deadline: February 15, 2021

Candidates are encouraged to attend Fellowship information sessions hosted on Zoom:

  • Friday, December 4th at 2 p.m. EDT 

Meeting ID: 982 7579 7826 | Passcode: 964874

  • Friday, January, 8, 2021 at 2 p.m. EDT

Meeting ID: 970 0851 2590; Passcode: 888946

Wednesday
12/02/20

HSC Holiday Cards for Nursing Homes…Help Needed December 3

Posted by Tim on December 2, 2020 in Community Announcements, Honors Program Announcements, Volunteers Needed

Join your Honors Student Council in making Holiday cards for Nursing homes.

Zoom meeting to be held Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 8:00pm. Zoom link will be sent to those who sing up here:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1-jOUYq4Wpe8FVI_7oG7BdWNp-DWonM7fdA5HzhKBu48/edit#gid=0

Tuesday
11/24/20

MTH 323 Honors Linear Algebra

Posted by Tim on November 24, 2020 in Academics, Honors Experiences

Back after a long hiatus, the Math department will be offering an Honors department version of Linear Algebra this spring. And yes, you can receive Honors experience credits for this course.

A more theoretically oriented version of MTH 309, Introduction to Linear Algebra, for honors students and students with an excellent record in calculus courses. Linear equations, matrices, determinants, vector spaces, linear mappings, inner products, eigenvalues, eigenvectors. Emphasizes proofs and concepts.

The Course is taught by Professor Sara Muldoon and the lecture is Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:10-12:25pm. The recitation is Thursdays 2:20-3:10pm. Registration #: 25182.

Tuesday
11/24/20

CSE 440/540 Machine Learning and Society Open to All Majors-Get Honors Experience Credit!

Posted by Tim on November 24, 2020 in Academics, Honors Experiences

Course Description
Machine Learning (ML) systems make decisions in all parts of our lives, starting from the
mundane (e.g. Netflix recommending us movies/TV shows), to the somewhat more relevant
(e.g. algorithms deciding which ads Google shows you) to the downright worrisome (e.g.
algorithms deciding the risk of a person who is arrested committing a crime in the future).
Whether we like it or not, ML systems are here to stay: the economic benefit of automation
provided by ML systems means companies and even governments will continue to use
algorithms to make decisions that shape our lives. While the benefits of using algorithms to
make such decisions can be obvious, these algorithms sometimes have unintended/unforeseen
harmful effects.
This class will look into various ML systems in use in real life and go into depth of both the
societal as well as technical issues. For students who are more technologically inclined, this
course will open their eyes to societal implications of technology that such students might
create in the future (and at the very least see why claiming “But algorithms/math cannot be
biased” is at best a cop-out). For students who are more interested in the societal
implications of algorithms, this class will give them a better understanding of the
technical/mathematical underpinnings of these algorithms (because if you do not understand,
at some non-trivial level, how these algorithms work you cannot accurately judge the societal
impacts of an algorithm).

Pre-Reqs –
Section JOSE: (CSE Majors) CSE 474 (or CSE 331 and taking 474 at the same time)
Section JOS1: (non-CSE Majors): Permission of the instructor

The class is based off of Atri Rudra’s course from last semester, here’s his syllabus: http://www-student.cse.buffalo.edu/~atri/algo-and-society/spr20/policies/syllabus.html. I’ve also attached an initial version of the syllabus I’ll be using, although it definitely will change over the next few months.

Professor Kenny Joseph: josephkena@buffalo.edu

Thursday
11/19/20

UB Alumni Association Scholarship and Award Opportunities

Posted by Tim on November 19, 2020 in Uncategorized

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Thursday
11/19/20

Now’s the time! STEM summer research & fully funded graduate programs

Posted by Tim on November 19, 2020 in Uncategorized

Thanksgiving break is a great time to work on applications! PathwaysToScience.org is an excellent resource for finding both paid summer research programs and fully funded STEM graduate programs. Use the website to search:

·         630 paid summer research programs for undergrads and grad students, including opportunities funded by NSF, NASA, NOAA, etc.

·         138 fully funded STEM masters programs

·         160 fully funded STEM PhD programs

For help finding programs, view this quick video tutorial on how to use the advanced search page: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FxKsAGk8dAw&t=16s

Best of luck and happy Thanksgiving!