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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.


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: 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:


UB Alumni Association Scholarship and Award Opportunities

Posted by Tim on November 19, 2020 in Uncategorized

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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! 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:

Best of luck and happy Thanksgiving!


Spring Honors Seminar TH 540: Graduate Studio with Professor Lindsay Hunter

Posted by Tim on November 16, 2020 in Academics, Honors Experiences

TH 540: Graduate Studio.  

Fr 1:30PM – 4:10PM

Instructor: Lindsay Hunter


In this course, students integrate critical studies with practical performance through small, focused projects. Students expand their depth of knowledge in performance theory while developing creative work, bringing together their intellectual and artistic interests.  In Spring 2021, the course will be offered online, and students will produce either digital works of art (and scholarship) or safely produced and documented live performances.  A particular emphasis of the course this term will be the tension between liveness and mediation present in digitized, documented, and live-streamed work; possible guest artist involvement includes workshops on live digital production with New York performance company Anonymous Ensemble.  We will also consider the possibilities of software, machine learning, and artificial intelligence in the production of new collaborative performance works, including in the work of artists like Gillian Wearing and Annie Dorsen, and potentially address those possibilities collaboratively with students in computer science and engineering.


International Education Week

Posted by Tim on November 12, 2020 in Uncategorized

Join the UB community November 9th – 20th for a week of virtually presented exhibitions, workshops, presentations, learning and exploration as UB celebrates International Education Week: Global Education. GloBULL Connections.

Now more than ever it is important to celebrate our university’s commitment to global education. International Education Week is a time for every UB student, faculty and staff member to celebrate our diverse community and our impact both locally and globally as a highly internationalized university.

Come support your UB students and colleagues by joining in and sharing events happening throughout these two weeks. To view a complete Schedule of Events and find other opportunities to virtually engage during International Education Week, please visit:


Navigate Study Buddies

Posted by Tim on November 12, 2020 in Uncategorized

One of the features of the Navigate mobile app/desktop site is called Study Buddies. It allows students to get in touch with students in each of their classes who also wish to form study groups.

With students departing campus in a couple of weeks, we wanted to let you all know about this feature so students who may want to meet virtually can utilize study groups to prepare for finals. We created a microsite with instructions on how students can use Study Buddies:

We hope you all will find this helpful!


GloBull Gallery Photo Exhibition Voting Now Open

Posted by Tim on November 9, 2020 in Community Announcements, Competitions

GloBULL Gallery: Photo Exhibition

Voting Period: TODAY – Friday, 11/20 at 8AM EST via Google Form

Facebook Photo Gallery

You are invited to view our annual GloBULL Gallery: Photo Exhibition via UB Study Abroad Programs’ Facebook page, clicking on the Facebook Photo Gallery or the image above! UB students who studied abroad (outside the US) have submitted photos and testimonials to share their meaningful study abroad experiences with you.

Virtual attendees (students, faculty, staff, campus partners, etc.) of the GloBULL Gallery: Photo Exhibition will be able to vote for their favorite photo via the Google Form linked above. Voting will be open throughout IEW—TODAY through Friday, 11/20 at 8AM EST. Prizes will be awarded to the People’s Choice winners! We hope you will view our virtual gallery to see our world through our students’ global lens.


Funding Now Available For Projects and Conferences through the Experiential Learning Network

Posted by Tim on November 9, 2020 in Academics, Scholarship Opportunities

Funding Now Available for Mentored Projects and Virtual Conferences
The Experiential Learning Network offers funding for undergraduate student projects and virtual conference presentations. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until February 17, 2021, but act fast to be sure your application is considered before funds are fully awarded.  Project Funding: Take your innovative projects to the next level with funding to support your work related to projects listed on the Project Portal. Conference Funding: Share the exciting results and impacts of recent or current projects at an upcoming virtual conference presentation. For more details, including funding limits and eligibility requirements, review ELN’s funding website. 
Learn More about Funding

CfP: Rustgi Undergraduate Conference on South Asia, University at Buffalo, February 26-27, 2021

Posted by Tim on November 9, 2020 in Academics, Community Announcements, Event, Networking, Workshops

2021 Rustgi Undergraduate Conference on South Asia

Isolation and its Discontents
February 26th and 27th, 2021
University at Buffalo, SUNY

We present the third annual Rustgi Undergraduate Conference on South Asia by reflecting upon the rich history of South Asia and its connection to present-day conditions. We invite papers on the theme of “Isolation,” where isolation may be interpreted broadly, whether in its social, political, or environmental sense. To a lot of us today, isolation on a global scale would seem like a novel phenomenon. But both in its metaphorical and literal manifestations, isolation has throughout history been a marker of something tempestuous and has provoked resistance. The conference will feature a keynote lecture from Aniruddha Dutta, Associate Professor in the departments of Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies and Asian and Slavic Languages and Literatures at the University of Iowa.

Undergraduate participants from all disciplines, working on any topic relating to the region, are welcome to submit proposals. Possible topics of discussion include:

  • Socio-political forms of isolation, including separation and seclusion
  • Physical isolation
  • Surveillance
  • Efforts to isolate certain “master categories” (caste, race, gender, nationality) out of the messy reality of humanity
  • Myths of environmental isolation
  • Atavistic claims, be they nationalist, religious, linguistic, or otherwise
  • Isolation and diaspora

While this list of suggestions is by no means exhaustive, we encourage papers that address less commonly researched sociopolitical issues, communities, or theories. We hope to organize panels around presentations addressing similar issues that draw from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, including the social sciences, natural sciences, engineering, management, humanities, fine arts, and others. 

Please click to submit proposals.

The conference will be held online on Friday, February 26th, and Saturday, February 27th, 2021. Students presenters should plan for 15-minute presentations. Each panel will include 30 minutes for discussion.

Proposals, including 250-word abstracts and the contact information of a faculty supervisor, must be submitted via the online submissions portal ( by January 1st, 2021.

When submitting abstracts, applicants must affirm that they will be enrolled as undergraduate students at the time of the conference. Those in graduate programs or not currently enrolled in an undergraduate program will not be permitted to present. The organizers reserve the right to confirm student status with their advisor and home institution.

Please contact for more information about the conference. 

To view past conference programs, please visit or

The third annual Rustgi Undergraduate Conference on South Asia is made possible by a generous gift from Dr. Vinod Rustgi and his family.