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Present YOUR Research at 15th Annual UB Celebration of Student Academic Excellence April 25th!

Posted by Tim on February 15, 2019 in Academics, Community Announcements, Competitions, Event, Research Information and Opportunities, Workshops

The submission form is live for students to apply to present their research and creative works at the 15th Annual UB Celebration of Student Academic Excellence…The Celebration is Thursday April 25th, 2019 in the CFA .

Students must apply to present and await acceptance of their submission…DEADLINE TO APPLY IS FRIDAY  MARCH 15th, 2019


Spring 2019 Student Composition Prizes

Posted by Tim on February 15, 2019 in Academics, Competitions

Sponsored by the Academic and Professional Writing Program for the best work produced in ENG 101, 105, 201, and CL2
courses in Spring 2018, Summer 2018, Fall 2018, or Winter 2019.
The prize purse is $350, to be distributed at the judges’ discretion.
There are four categories:
(1) ENG 101, 105, or 201 expository essay or other genre (proposal, review, article, etc.)
(2) ENG 105 or 201 research paper
(3) ENG 101, 105, or 201 multimedia/digital composition (slidecast, video, infographic, etc.)
(4) ENG 202, 208, 209, 210, or 285 student work (of any sort)*
*ENG 207 student work can be submitted for creative writing prizes (see the full departmental and library prize descriptions)
For the first, second, and fourth categories, please submit a clean copy of the paper (no page minimum or maximum), with
appropriate documentation (MLA, APA, or other style) for any sources used. For the Multimedia/Digital Composition, the file can
be provided as the student chooses (email, DVD/CD, DropBox, YouTube, Google Drive, WeTransfer, etc.). The original piece
submitted for the class can be revised for this contest.
The submission should be accompanied by (1) a cover sheet indicating the student’s name, email address, phone, permanent
address, the course, the instructor, the semester, the title of the piece, and category entered; and (2) two cover letters, one written by
the student, and one written by the nominating instructor. The student’s letter should introduce readers to the essay, giving a
narrative of the composing process, the challenges faced and met, and so on.
The instructor’s cover letter should, at minimum, outline the assignment and aim to situate the essay within the scope of the
semester. Instructors are permitted to nominate at maximum two student compositions per course.
Please make sure that the author/student’s name does not appear anywhere except the cover sheet. This includes the
instructor’s cover letter! Instructors: please use gender neutral pronouns when referring to the student in your letter. All entries
should be submitted by email to Douglas Basford (
Sponsored by the Oscar A. Silverman Undergraduate Library and the Friends of the University
Libraries. Open to all University undergraduates. The prize is $200.
Entries should consist of one or more word-processed, double-spaced poems, no more than five pages. The student’s name should
not appear on the entries. The typescript with a cover sheet mentioning the name of the prize, the writer’s name, address, e-mail,
and telephone number, should be delivered to 234 Lockwood Library circulation desk.
Administered by the Oscar A. Silverman Undergraduate Library, the Poetry Collection, and the
Friends of the University Libraries. For the best poem or group of poems submitted by a UB
undergraduate or graduate student. The prize is $200.
Entries should consist of one or more poems, a maximum of five pages word-processed and double-spaced. The student’s name
should not appear on the entries. The typescript, with a cover sheet mentioning the name of the prize, the writer’s name, graduate
or undergraduate status, address, e-mail, and telephone number, should be delivered to 234 Lockwood Library circulation desk.
Sponsored by the Poetry Collection of the University Libraries for The Academy of American Poets.
The Prize is $100
Entries should consist of one or more poems, a maximum of five pages word-processed and double-spaced. The student’s name
should not appear on the entries. The prize is for the best group of poem or group of poems submitted by a U.B. graduate student.
The typescript with a cover sheet mentioning the name of the prize, the writer’s name, address, e-mail, and telephone number,
should be delivered to 234 Lockwood Library circulation desk.
Sponsored by The University at Buffalo Libraries, in cooperation with the Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative
Activities. The prize is $500.
The UB Libraries would like to know about your Journey of Discovery. In an essay (1000-1500 words) or video (15 minutes or less), tell us
how a library resource, service, space, or person(s) challenged you in a way that changed the course of your original research project.
Along with your essay or video, please include the research paper or project that resulted from this encounter.
The winning essay/video will be featured on the Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities website and honored at the
Celebration of Student Academic Excellence on April 25, 2019. Undergraduate research conducted by individual students or by student
teams is eligible. Research must have been conducted between January 2018 and February 2019.
For more complete information, please visit:


Roswell Park Seeks Volunteers for Buffalo Health Care Exploration Summer Program

Posted by Tim on February 11, 2019 in Community Announcements, Honors Experiences, Teaching Opportunities, Volunteering, Volunteers Needed

Roswell Park is looking for volunteers to assist with running the Buffalo Health Care Exploration this summer. We are especially looking for males but have unfilled positions for both genders. You must currently be in college and preference will be given to applicants who participated in BHE during high school or have worked with Roswell previously.

BHE is a program for high school students who believe they may want to go to medical school or pursue a science career. The students get to do activities such as shadow doctors, think of medical instruments, get college and premedical mentoring, and networking opportunities within Roswell. It is during the month of July with extra commitments during June for the Ride for Roswell. If you apply be sure you can commit to being present for the vast majority of events and all program dates. The days begin at 9 and end at 4pm.

As a TA you would be acting as a mentor and a guide for a team of students. You would be responsible for transporting them to different locations, supervision and mentoring. You’ll act as a positive role model and peer for the students and help them gain the most out of the program.

As a college student you have the opportunity to network within Roswell with the many talented physicians involved. You will also gain exposure to the ATLAS interns who work with the urology department on various research projects. The networking and connections you make can be integral in gaining an internship at Roswell, gaining access to medical school, or gaining access to graduate school. You will be working alongside other motivated students from nearby colleges.

For information please visit the BHE link which can be found on Roswell Park’s website.

For additional information about BHE, Roswell, or the ATLAS internship contact

Lindsay Nitsche, Current Honors Scholar



ELN Sophomore Living Learning Community

Posted by Tim on February 11, 2019 in Student experience

The Experiential Learning Network invites all current freshmen to apply to our 2019-2020 Sophomore Living Learning Community. This is a yearlong project-based experience for those who are ready to take their learning to the next level and make positive community impacts.

Details on the program can be found in the attached flyer. Your help in encouraging students to apply by the February 15th deadline is much appreciated.

Students who wish to learn more should plan to attend one of the information sessions listed on the attached flyer. All are welcome to visit 17 Norton with questions or contact Charlie Baxter directly via email.



Posted by Tim on February 11, 2019 in Summer Courses

KAUST’s Marine Science program will be hosting a three-week summer course from July 21 to August 8, 2019. The course will highlight a range of topics relevant to the Red Sea Research Center’s work, including genomics, microbiology, ecology, environmental science, and biological oceanography. Several KAUST faculty will be participating. The course will consist of a combination of lectures, fieldwork, labwork, and data analysis workshops, with an emphasis on hands-on experiences. The course is open to undergraduate or Master’s students, or people who have recently graduated from these degrees.

KAUST will cover all costs for the program, including travel and housing, and is even providing a small stipend. A flyer for the summer program is attached. The application deadline is March 15, 2019. For more information, please visit:

Michael Berumen, Ph.D.

Red Sea Research Center

King Abdullah University of Science and Technology

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Posted by Tim on February 11, 2019 in Academic Presentations, Research Information and Opportunities

The PAC Undergraduate Research Conference is a one-day, interdisciplinary event for undergraduate students from Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Maryland, New York, New Jersey, and Delaware. The conference is an opportunity for students to meet others with an interest in Asia and to develop their presentation skills in a supportive setting. First time presenters are welcome as are non-presenters. 

The conference will begin with check-in at 8:00 am in the Howard J. Burnett Center, followed by two morning panel sessions, a lunch and keynote presentation, and two afternoon panel sessions. The conference will end at 4:00 pm. 


Presentations may be from any discipline and about any region of Asia, including the Middle East, about Asian communities or activities outside of Asia, or about relations with or perceptions of the peoples or states of Asia. Most presentations will be in the form of a 10-15 minute oral report in a panel setting with a faculty discussant. Posters and other forms of presentation are also welcome. 

Presenters must have a faculty sponsor. Sponsors are encouraged but are not required to attend the conference. 

The conference registration is free but required. 


Please complete and submit an online proposal by visiting proposals are due by March 8, 2019. Registration and attendance, including lunch, are free. Submission of a presentation proposal constitutes registration for the conference. 

NON-PRESENTING ATTENDEES (including faculty sponsors) 

Please complete and submit an online registration form by visiting by March 8, 2019

For further information, please contact the conference organizer: 

Dr. Patrick J. Caffrey 

Associate Professor of History, Washington & Jefferson College 


Overnight accommodations are available two miles from campus at SpringHill Suites, 16 Trinity Point Drive Washington, PA 15301 | Tel: 724-223-7800


NSF REU Program Summer 2019

Posted by Tim on February 11, 2019 in Paid Student Experience, Research Information and Opportunities, Summer Research

“Polymer Innovation for a Sustainable Future”
School of Polymer Science and Engineering
The University of Southern Mississippi

The ten-week REU in Polymer Science and Engineering will be held May 20th – July 26th, 2019. Participants will be engaged in fundamental research projects that span the complex, interdisciplinary facets of materials sustainability, including polymer synthesis from renewable sources, materials with enhanced properties and lifetime, materials to improve utilization of natural resources, reduced energy polymer processes, and biodegradable materials, while gaining the tools to assess the environmental impact of new material development. In addition to their research project, REU participants will participate in short courses in polymer fundamentals, ethics, communication and presentation skills, and graduate school preparation. Field trips to local polymer industries and social activities are planned. REU students present two research updates as well as a final poster presentation. Each REU participant will receive a $5000 stipend, housing, meal allowance, and travel costs are also provided.

Students majoring in chemistry, biochemistry, chemical engineering, materials science, plastics & composites engineering, or a related field are encouraged to apply. Women, underrepresented minorities, and students from primarily undergraduate institutions are especially encouraged to apply. Participants must be citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. Application Deadline March 1, 2019.


ErieHack-Innovation Challenge to Solve Lake Erie’s Most Significant Problems, a competition

Posted by Tim on February 4, 2019 in Community Announcements, Competitions, Event


First held two years ago, Erie Hack is returning for spring 2019. Erie Hack is an innovation challenge that accelerates technology solutions to Lake Erie’s most significant problems. Student teams can compete for more than $100,000 in prizes at the final as well as a smaller pool here at during the UB selection process.

Working from challenge statements derived from ideation sessions with NASA representatives and regional stakeholders, teams are charged with creating innovative digital tools, hardware innovations and solutions that build “the Blue Economy,” the emergent economic sector dedicated to the sustainable stewardship of bodies of freshwater around the globe.

The local part of the competition kicks off Feb. 19 with an information session from 4-5pm, a team building day on March 8th from 3-5pm, and a hacking day on March 9th from 9-3pm all held in room 210 Student Union. UB will host the Buffalo quarterfinals April 19, with the winners advancing to the June 6 semifinals in Detroit. The finals will be held in conjunction with an Innovation Summit in Cleveland June 20.

Students with any questions should reach out to Derek Nichols, Sustainability Engagement Coordinator, at


Transforming Our Tomorrow: A New Clean Energy Vision-Present your clean energy ideas and you could win prizes

Posted by Tim on February 4, 2019 in Community Announcements, Competitions, Event

Transforming our Tomorrow: A New Clean Energy Vision

UB Sustainability is searching for students from across New York State to present their revolutionary clean energy ideas. Students that have completed a project or program, or have an idea for a new policy, invention or business can apply. First place will receive $3000, second place $2000, third place will receive $1000 and all students that are selected to participate in the final will receive a professionally edited video of their presentation. 

Participants will have five minutes to showcase their work either in teams or individually in front of a panel of judges on UB’s campus in April. Each presentation will be scored by a panel of judges on from the following rubric:

  • Creativity
  • Presentation
  • Research

A one to two minute video application is due on  February 8th (the video does not need to be a polished production).  Please share this information with students that may be working on a school project in the renewable field or just have a passion for clean energy and might be interested in applying.


The 2019 World’s Challenge Challenge Prizes of $2,000, $1,000 and $500!

Posted by Tim on February 4, 2019 in Community Announcements, Competitions, Event

Blackstone LaunchPad, International Education, and UB Sustainability are partnering up to host the 2019 World’s Challenge Challenge. This competition calls on students to address a key challenge that the world faces. In teams of three, students from diverse backgrounds will choose one idea and relate it to one (or more) of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals set by the global community. It is an engaging opportunity for students to gain real-world experience through social innovation and entrepreneurship. Teams will compete locally here at UB in April, and the winning team goes on to contend against students from all around the world in London, Ontario in June.

Each team will have 5 to 7 minutes to talk about the World’s Challenge you wish to address, using a slide deck for visual support. Your presentation should reflect the concepts and principles being discussed through visuals and a limited amount of text. Video and other multimedia files and links are allowed, within the given time allotted.


  • First Place $2,000
  • Second Place $1,000
  • Third Place $500
  • Plus a chance to compete at the finals for an additional $30,000 Canadian.

Once you have your team and idea, you will need to submit a video that is no longer than two minutes (you can book the Video Recording Rooms in the Silverman Library through the online reservation system if needed:  Video submissions must be sent by 2/8 (see website and flyer for more details).