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Undergrads: Applying to Graduate School? Discussion & Learn about SUNY GREAT Program and NSF GRFP Fellowship April 28

Posted by Tim on April 27, 2021 in Academics, Graduate School Programs, Workshops

SUNY Undergrad Juniors & Seniors: 
  Are you thinking about graduate school? When is the best time to apply? How can you find funding?  Are you interested in a career in research, or as a leader?
Please join Susan Brennan,
SUNY Research Fellow for
Innovation in Graduate Education,
Professor at Stony Brook University
for a discussion of these questions.
We’ll cover NSF’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program 
and the SUNY GREAT (Graduate Research Empowering and Accelerating Talent) award program.  
Wednesday, April 28 • 3:00pm – 4:30pm 

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2021 Summer SUNY COIL Global Commons Program Application Open!

Posted by Tim on April 27, 2021 in Academics, Honors Experiences, Study Abroad

The SUNY COIL Global Commons summer program is a 6-week/6-credit Collaborative International Online Learning (COIL) course based on the UN Sustainable Development Goals. This course will count towards either a GE requirement or a student’s major course of study, depending on the disciplinary lens with which the student approaches the particular SDG. Students will begin in a storytelling course on cultural competency, then be grouped with those who share a common interest in one of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

There are two components to this course:

  1. 3 credits – Intercultural Story-telling 
    1. Storytelling is a powerful tool of communication. A challenge faced by organizations, which operate with few resources is accurately and effectively communicating about their work and the issues they are trying to address. When the issues are complex, stories can inform, entertain, educate, inspire, and create connections to influence change.  
  2. 3 credits – United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals 
    1. The world has problems. These problems- such as climate change, inequality, and elimination of poverty-require our attention and our action if we want a better future for our world. Framed by one of the six selected UN SDGs, students will work with people and organizations working on these problems all over the world, every day. 

Course details 

  • The SUNY COIL Global Commons program is a six-week, six-credit (undergraduate credit) program open to any student, from any higher education institution
  • Students are enrolled in two, 3-credit courses that culminate in storytelling projects completed in small groups in partnership with a community based non-governmental organization
  • The program cost is equivalent to six credits of tuition

A timeline of the course is illustrated below. Participants will learn about the partner organization and the final project. Students will work with their peers from other SUNY campuses as well as with contact from our international partner organizations around the world. 

The first cohort of the SUNY COIL Global Commons completed the program in the summer of 2020 and their final storytelling projects are available to view. Check out their videos, podcasts, graphic novels, and more at the Project Showcase site! For a more in-depth explanation of the program description. If you have any questions, take a look at the Program FAQ’s.

application deadline is May 3, 2021


HMN 380: Writing Center Theory and Practice Fall 2021

Posted by Tim on April 26, 2021 in Academics, Honors Experiences, Student Job Opportunities

Are you a strong, confident writer in your major?  Do you enjoy helping and mentoring fellow students?  If so, I invite you to take HMN 380:  Writing Center Theory and Practice in the Fall of 2021.  In addition to strengthening writing and teaching skills, this course is the pre-requisite for applying to work in the Center for Excellence in Writing as a peer writing consultant. This small, experiential seminar is fun, engaging and interactive.  We need writing consultants across different disciplines and we value diversity.  Email with any questions. 


Tutoring and Academic Support Services Success Workshop “It’s the Final Countdown” April 2

Posted by Tim on March 31, 2021 in Academics, Event, Workshops

“It’s the Final Count Down”

Date: Friday, April 2 4:00pm


Description: Tips and strategies on how to finish the semester strong.

Presented by TASS Lead Tutor and Staff.


Changes to English (ENG) course numbers

Posted by Tim on March 31, 2021 in Academics

Please be aware of the following changes to English course numbering.

These changes are effective beginning Fall 2021.

CL-2 courses through Summer 2021:          Beginning Fall 2021:

202 Technical Communication                       353 Technical Communication

204 Writing about the Environment               351 Writing about the Environment

205 Writing for Change                                  352 Writing for Change

207 Intro to Writing Poetry and Fiction         350 Intro to Writing Poetry and Fiction

208 Writing about Literature                          354 Writing about Literature

209 Writing about Science                              355 Writing about Science

210 Professional Writing                                356 Professional Writing

212 How to Write Like a Journalist                357 How to Write Like a Journalist

285 Writing in the Health Sciences                358 Writing in the Health Sciences

As a result, the following existing courses were affected:

Beginning Fall 2021:                         Previously:

329 Experimental Fiction                   – was 353

340 Life Writing                                 – was 354

366 Modernist Poetry                         – was 363

367 Poetry Movements                       – was 362

368 Modern & Contemporary Poetry – was 361

373 Popular Culture                            – was 356

378 Contemporary Literature             – was 357

389 Psycoanalysis & Culture              – was 367


359 Writing in Digital Environments

ENG 360-363 reserved for future CL2 course


Scharps Legal Essay Competition

Posted by Tim on March 28, 2021 in Academics, Fellowships, Honors College Scholarships, Scholarship Opportunities

University at Buffalo, The State University of New York
 Scharps Legal Essay Competition  Award Information The Benjamin and David Scharps Legal Essay Competition is open to juniors and seniors (or freshmen or sophomores who have that status based on credit hours) at SUNY campuses who are interested in legal issues, or are interested in pursuing a career in the legal field. The topic of this year’s essay competition is Incorrect Criminal Suspect and Ensuing Chase.

First place prize: $1,500. Second place prize: $1,000.    Submission Information Students must submit their essays to the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships by 5 p.m. onMonday, Apr. 19, 2021. 
Questions can be directed to
   Learn more and apply to the Scharps Essay Competition
 24 Capen Hall, North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260

ELN’s New Project Preparation Seminar (UE 201) *Honors Experience Course

Posted by Tim on March 22, 2021 in Academics, Honors Experiences

The Experiential Learning Network is launching a Project Preparation Seminar (UE 201)—a new online, asynchronous course designed to help students get started with experiential learning.

During your advising appointments, if you discover a student who could use help finding and starting the right opportunity, please encourage them to register for this 7-week, 1-credit course during the fall 2021 semester.


DEADLINE EXTENDED to March 29: American Institute of Indian Studies Online Language Programs (tuition awards available)

Posted by Tim on March 15, 2021 in Academic Presentations, Academics, Scholarship Opportunities

AIIS will be offering its summer language program online for summer 2021 and is extending the deadline for applying for the program until April 30, 2021. AIIS will be offering an eight-week program (June 14 to August 6) in

  • Bangla
  • Gujarati
  • Hindi
  • Kangri
  • Kannada
  • Konkani
  • Malayalam
  • Manipuri
  • Marathi
  • Mughal Persian
  • Punjabi
  • Sanskrit
  • Sindhi
  • Tamil
  • Telugu
  • Tibetan
  • Urdu

Students will have three options: a 140-hour program ($1,820), a 120-hour program ($1,560), and a 72-hour program ($936). Decisions about admissions will be made by May 10. To apply, students should go to   

They should register on the portal but should ONLY upload one pdf containing two items: the two-page main application form and the one-page statement of purpose. They should NOT upload any other materials nor should they arrange for letters of recommendation. They would pay the $25 application fee through the Paypal link on the web site.

UB students are eligible for Rustgi South Asian Language Awards that cover part or all of the cost of tuition.

Visit for more information. The deadline for Rustgi Award applications is March 29, 2021.


Spring UB School of Management Graduate Programs Information Sessions for Honors Scholars March 30 and April 14

Posted by Tim on March 8, 2021 in Academic Presentations, Academics, Community Announcements, Graduate School Programs, Workshops

If you’re considering grad school or beginning your journey to applying to programs and wonder if the UB School of Management is a good fit for you and your career goals, this is your opportunity to learn more.

Join us on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at 3:30pm or Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at 12:30pm on zoom. Please RSVP to Tim Matthews at for zoom details by Monday, March 29 at 12 noon.

Aaron Shaw, Assistant Director of Recruitment, MBA and MS Programs, will walk you through the ins and outs of each program. He will provide an overview of the admissions criteria as well as advice and guidance on:

  • critical dates
  • application requirements and components
  • what the admissions committee is looking for

This virtual event begins with a presentation and ends with an extensive Q&A covering topics such as test scores, work history, and much more.


UB Engineering/MBA Combined Degree Information Sessions

Posted by Tim on March 8, 2021 in Academic Presentations, Academics, Graduate School Programs, Networking

You’re invited a UB BS Engineering/MBA combined degree information session! Explore how combining an MBA with an undergraduate engineering degree enhances your career.  

Join Aaron Shaw, Assistant Director of Recruitment, Briana Tom (BS CE/MBA ’17), Ed Halady (BS ME/MBA ’21), and Eric Hladik  (BS IE/MBA ’22) as they discuss the benefits of earning a dual degree, transitioning into a combination program, and positive career impacts. They’ll also be answering questions!

March 10 at 8:30 am:

March 11 at 4:00 pm:

March 22 at 5:30 pm:

March 24 at 5:30 pm: