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Thomas and Jessica Occhino Honors College Experiential Learning Fund Application Deadline March 10

Posted by Tim on December 28, 2021 in Community Announcements, Honors Program Announcements, Scholarship Opportunities

Applications available from January 31 through March 10: Thomas and Jessica Occhino Honors College Experiential Learning Fund

Established in 2021 by Thomas Occhino (BS’07) and Jessica Occhino to promote inclusive excellence, equity and diversity by supporting undergraduate students who wish to participate in an experiential learning opportunity (including but not limited to unpaid internships). Students should be enrolled in the Honors College, accepted into a major in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), and be a member of a group underrepresented in engineering and computer science (examples include, but are not limited to, students who are female, LGBTQ, Black, Latinx, Native American, a veteran, or have a disability). If a student who is in both the Honors College and SEAS cannot be identified, the award will be given to students in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences who meet the other fund criteria.

For more details and to submit an application between 1/31 and 2/28  visit:


UB Undergraduate Research Conference July 21 and 22, 2022

Posted by Tim on December 20, 2021 in Academics, Community Announcements, Event, Networking, Research Information and Opportunities, Summer Research, Workshops

Save The Date: July 21-22, 2022 It’s time to mark your calendar and start making plans to join the University at Buffalo for our 27th Annual Undergraduate Research Conference!    This year’s virtual conference will be held July 21-22, 2022. We’re working hard to plan an experience that will inspire students interested in demonstrating their knowledge and talents to an audience drawn from all over the nation.   Stay tuned for updates and registration information in the new year! 
Date  July 21-22, 2022    Location  This year’s conference will be held virtually on the Whova platform.    Who should attend?  All undergraduate student researchers are welcome, including (but not limited to) those from McNair, SSS, LSAMP and CSTEP.    This conference is an excellent opportunity to:  • Present faculty-supervised research. • Foster conversation around shared interests. • Network with your peers and current graduate students from your field of study.   Registration • An email announcement will be sent in spring 2022 once registration is open.  • Call for presenters will be announced in March.   We can’t wait to welcome you to the conference next summer!

Winter Session Tutoring is Available through Tutoring and Academic Support Services

Posted by Tim on December 20, 2021 in Academics, Community Announcements, Tutoring

Taking a Class During Winter Session?

Online tutoring is available for:


Make an appointment on our website or use the Navigate app!


Peer Mentor Opportunity for First-Generation Students

Posted by Tim on December 20, 2021 in Community Announcements, Honors Experiences, Networking

First-Generation Peer Mentor Position Description
A peer mentor is an experienced and well-trained first-generation UB student who helps new to UB-first-generation students navigate the transition to UB or their chosen program. Peer mentors serve as role models who demonstrate the value of fostering interconnected relationships and support their mentees towards increased engagement and participation in the university community. While establishing reciprocal and dynamic relationships with their mentees, peer mentors exemplify academic integrity, responsible decision making, and a vested interest in UB and student success. Mentors will serve as a buddy, a coach, and advocate for their mentee(s). Mentors will begin working with their student(s) over the summer during the Summer Bridge component of the program and throughout the entire 2022-2023 academic year.
Peer Mentor Primary Responsibilities
• Participate in required mentor training sessions (approx. 2 hours in person or via zoom, there may be more training opportunities online; times TBD)
• Attend fall “Welcome (Back) Bulls Social” in September to welcome all incoming first generation students
• Reach out to your assigned mentees before the start of the Summer Bridge Class, the start of classes, and throughout each month; be available to your mentee via text, email, phone, or in person
• Attend First Gen Connect monthly events with your mentee(s)
• Participate in mentor workshops offered on a variety of leadership, wellness, and personal/professional development topics
• Willingness to learn and utilize Navigate reporting systems
• Estimated time commitment of the program:
o Approximately (2) hours in mentor training (times TBD)
o Additional online training modules will be required as ongoing training
o Approximately (4) hours a week working with mentee(s), which includes related activities–workshops, Navigate Reporting, Administrative Check-ins, and required survey/assessments at the end of the semester
• Summer Bridge Commitment: The program starts over the summer where we offer a 5-week long course in ULC-148 (Precalc Intermediate Algebra & Trigonometry) or SOC-204 (Social Justice) for participating students
 Mentors may need to commit to being in an assigned class time with their students and meet with their mentee’s (1-2) times a week throughout the 5-week course
 Check-in with program administrators once a week to give updates on students
 Document student engagements in Navigate system
Peer Mentor Required Qualifications
• Enrolled in Spring 2022 and will have sophomore, junior, or senior status in Fall 2023
• Must have at least a 2.75 overall GPA and be in good standing at the university
• Be in good disciplinary standing
• First-generation college student (neither parent received a four-year degree in the United States)
• Good interpersonal and communication skills
• Genuine desire to help their first-generation peers succeed
• Self-motivated with a positive attitude
• Willing to learn and share information about the University at Buffalo community, student life and campus resources
• First gen students at UB come from across the globe and represent a wide variety of ethnic, cultural, linguistic, socio-economic, geographical, and political perspectives–prospective mentors should embrace and celebrate this diversity
• Interest in developing leadership and mentoring experience
Benefits for Peer Mentors
• Workshops and training on a wide variety of UB resources that support student success–including career, professional, wellness, and leadership topics
• Enhance your skills in coaching and guiding others
• Opportunities to connect with a wide network of faculty and staff dedicated to the success of our first gen Bulls community
• Stay up to date on new events and resources on campus
• Make a difference and positively impact a first-year student’s UB experience!
• Have the opportunity to obtain the Experiential Learning Network (ELN) Community Engagement Digital Badge
• Have the opportunity to become a CRLA certified Peer Mentor
• ($500) stipend to be paid for the Summer Bridge and ($750) stipend(s) for both Fall and Spring semesters. * You may be paid in campus cash if you hold other campus jobs and/or have work-study*
Peer Mentor Expectations:
• Committed to being a mentor for the ENTIRE 2022-2023 academic year, also including a 5-week period in Summer 2022
• Proactively engage with students throughout the entire academic year and meet with them individually (In-person/Online) at least (4) times per semester
• Thoroughly document all your engagements in the Navigate system Weekly
• Be responsive to program administrators when contacted
• Check-in with program administrators on a monthly basis
• Attend and Participate in First-Generation Events
How to apply?
Please submit your completed application with the documents below to or through our website by February 26, 2021
 Letter of interest
 Resume
 Contact information for 2 professional references
Reach out to Tyler Richards ( or if you have any questions.


King Center’s Predoctoral Research Fellow Program (Stanford University) Deadline January 31, 2022

Posted by Tim on December 20, 2021 in Academics, Graduate School Programs, Research Information and Opportunities

The King Center’s Predoctoral Research Fellows Program is a full-time, two-year postbaccalaureate program designed to prepare individuals for careers in academic research focused on issues related to global development. This multidisciplinary program operates in partnership with the Stanford Graduate School of Business.

Fellows are appointed as non-matriculated graduate students and are expected to fully engage in the intellectual life at Stanford University. Fellows will work with King Center Faculty Affiliates on research projects and can take courses at Stanford University for credit. The fellowship offers tuition, health insurance, and a living stipend.

The King Center’s Predoctoral Research Fellows Program particularly encourages applications from students from low- and middle-income countries, as well as from others whose backgrounds and experience would contribute to the diversity (broadly defined) of the program. The King Center is committed to creating inclusive research environments and to fostering the growth of the next generation of researchers in global development. We are a proud participant in Pathways to Research and Doctoral Careers (PREDOC).

How to apply

We are currently accepting applications for the Predoctoral Research Fellows Program. The deadline to submit your application and supplemental materials for the program is January 31, 2022. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis and decisions will be announced in March 2022. Predocs are expected to start in July 2022.

Start the application process

In your application, you will be asked to provide the following:

  1. Application form, including short answer questions on your interest in the program and specific King Center thematic areas, your familiarity with programming languages (Stata, R, Python, Matlab, etc.), your prior experience as a research assistant and with independent research (e.g., a senior thesis), and other relevant information.
  2. CV – Include all relevant education, research experience, work experience and skills.
  3. Undergraduate and (if applicable) graduate transcripts – You may submit an unofficial copy.
  4. Optional writing sample – A paper (or excerpt) that displays your writing and analytic skills and capacity to execute independent research. A senior thesis, Master’s thesis, or a term paper are all fine choices. Any length is acceptable.
  5. The contact information for two faculty members or others who can attest to your relevant skills and experience. Your recommenders will be asked to upload letters of recommendation through our application portal.

Interested applicants should have

  • Completed an undergraduate degree (bachelors or foreign equivalent);
  • A strong quantitative background and interest in learning cutting-edge research methods;
  • A demonstrated interest in issues around global development and poverty alleviation;
  • Creative and independent problem-solving skills;
  • An interest in pursuing a PhD in a field related to global development.

Have a question?

Please visit our page for frequently asked questions about the Predoctoral Research Fellows Program.

If you still have questions about the Predoctoral Research Fellows Program after reviewing the FAQ, please contact Corinne Thomas, Program Manager, We will strive to respond to all queries within one business week.

See all current and former Predoctoral Research Fellows


GGS 496 Women’s Studies Internship Spring 2022

Posted by Tim on December 20, 2021 in Academics, Honors Experiences, Internships, Networking

Do you want to inform public policy in Erie
County? Hope to gain experience working
within a government office? Have an interest in learning about
gender, power, and public policy? Want a behind the scenes
understanding of how public policy is produced?

This internship course offers advanced undergraduate and graduate students a unique opportunity to contribute to the making of public policy
aimed at increasing women’s empowerment in Erie County and to develop practical skills that will empower them on the job market.

Wednesdays 6:00-8:40pm

This is a very innovative program where the students spend the first 5 weeks of the semester working with an instructor to gain a background in feminist public policy and feminist research methods, and the last 10 weeks working with Karen to produce a policy brief for the Erie County Commission on the Status of Women on a current public policy issue. The last two policy projects were on “Paid Sick-Leave” and “Diversifying the Workforce.” Students get to interview business and community leaders identified as developing best practices associated with the topic and then to produce a policy brief that is used by Dr. Karen King.

If you have questions, please contact Dr. Gwynn Thomas:


Spring Open Course: Living Well in the Digital Age

Posted by Tim on December 13, 2021 in Academics, General Education Requirements

“Living Well in the Digital Age”

Spring 2022, T-Th, 11:00 a.m. – 12:20 p.m., 114 Hochstetter

The course takes up the long-standing question of what it means to live a thriving life and examines it the new context of our modern, digitally-connected world.

The rapid development of digital media technologies has presented new challenges and opportunities for the pursuit of eudaimonia, or happiness, a foundational concern of Western philosophy and one enshrined in the Declaration of Independence. This course investigates this problematic through cultural, rhetorical, and media theory as well as concepts of design and usability. Students will encounter and discuss these issues, conducting experiments that encourage them to rethink how they interact with digital media and considering how design practices—from product design to the organization of online communities and the development of individual habits—might help them to “live well.”

This will be an exciting new offering for students from all backgrounds, featuring a dynamic collaboration among four faculty members from the departments of Classics, English, and Media Study, all focused on the question of what it means to live well and flourish in the contemporary world.

Interested students can register under the following course designations:

CL 125LR-COF LEC (23956)

DMS 125LR-REI LEC (23758)

ENG 125LR-KM1 LEC (23749)


Distinguished UB Visiting Scholars available for formal informal and formal Chats with Honors Scholars

Posted by Tim on December 6, 2021 in Uncategorized

I wanted to highlight that the scholars are available to do coffee hours/informal or formal chats with Honors College students, and the mentoring circles remain open. Here’s a link to bios for all of the scholars: and a link to the mentoring circle short survey (for students to indicate their interest in particular scholars) should students want to participate in spring semester and possibly get to engage a bit before the semester break (the mentoring circles are NOT a major time commitment):


Research job opportunity

Posted by Tim on December 3, 2021 in Career Oportunities

Are you a student graduating this December who is looking to build upon your research experience? Are you interested in working with children and families and promoting healthy behaviors among young children? The Child Health and Behavior Lab in the UB Division of Behavioral Medicine has a research staff position available.

The Sr. Research Specialist will work under the direction of Dr. Stephanie Anzman-Frasca, assisting with laboratory- and community-based research related to children’s eating behaviors and health. This will include work on various aspects of ongoing studies, including our Restaurant Study, which will involve conducting research within a restaurant in the Buffalo area. 

More information and the opportunity to apply can be found at: University at Buffalo Portal | Senior Research Specialist. If you have questions, you are also welcome to reach out to Dr. Anzman-Frasca directly at


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

Posted by Tim on December 2, 2021 in Career Oportunities, Fellowships

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 2022-2023 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:

Application Deadline: March 4, 2022

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

§  Thursday, January 6th at 2 p.m. EDT 

Meeting ID: 924 0368 6077 | Passcode: 885542

§  Thursday, February 3rd at 5 p.m. EDT

Meeting ID: 998 7122 4293 | Passcode: 083738