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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:


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.


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.


UB School of Social Work Offering Racial Justice Themed Courses Spring 2021

Posted by Tim on November 3, 2020 in Academics, Community Announcements

The University at Buffalo School of Social Work’s curriculum offers a wide variety of courses with different themes. In light of the current social climate in support of Black Lives Matter and other social justice movements, we wish to highlight courses that have a significant racial equity/justice focus in the course description. These courses help students improve understanding of structural racism, anti-racist practice strategies and diversity.  In Spring 2021, the courses that emphasize racial equity/justice include both undergraduate and graduate options. Undergraduate options: SW140: Power to the People: Intro to Organizing & Advocacy Strategies SW150: Social Media in Social Change SW230: Theories & Policies of Community Organizing SW245: Global Child Advocacy Issues SW401: Black Masculinities Graduate options: Electives: SW554: Motivational Interviewing SW556: Forensic Social Work SW559: Trauma Theory and Treatment SW587: Addiction and the Family SW589: Working with Adult Survivors of Sexual Abuse SW591: Spirituality in Social Work SW597: Play Therapy SW598: Behavior Disorders of Childhood and Adolescence SW599: Public School Social Work SW708: Responding to Disasters with Social Work Interventions SW710: Loss and Grief across the Life Discourse SW714: International Social Work SW720: Introduction to Issues in Veteran and Military Family Care SW722: Restorative Justice Certificate Training (2 credits) SW973: Social Work in Medical Settings (1 credit) SW990: Black Masculinities 

UB School of Management Diverse Leaders Virtual Happy Hour October 29

Posted by Tim on October 26, 2020 in Academics, Community Announcements, Event, Graduate School Programs, Networking, Workshops

The University at Buffalo School of Management would like to welcome you to our upcoming event dedicated to diverse business leaders. At the UB School of Management, we seek to build strong, diverse and inclusive cohorts in all our programs across a wide spectrum of diversity including ethnicity, sexual orientation, and gender orientation. Our Diverse Leaders event is designed for prospective applicants to our MBA, Professional MBA, Executive MBA, and Master of Science programs. This year we look forward to connecting with prospective candidates through an entirely virtual experience. During this intimate online experience, you’ll have the opportunity to: Learn about the UB MBA and MS programs, student experience, and resources to support diverse students Gain valuable information on how to position yourself as a leading candidate for admission Network with current students, faculty, staff, and alumni
Thursday, October 29
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
via. Zoom
RSVP for the Diverse Leaders Event

Spring 2021 Open Course AMS 325: Afro Caribbean Religions with Honors Faculty Fellow Craig Centrie

Posted by Tim on October 16, 2020 in Academics, General Education Requirements

Contemporary Afro Caribbean Religions. AMS 325

Registration no. 24335

Time: 2:20 to 3:40

Course Description:  Contemporary Afro-Caribbean Religions is a multi-disciplinary course drawing on the paradigms of social sciences and humanities to explore the function of religion in society.  The course familiarizes students with the syncretic religions of the Caribbean and Latin America, the role they play in society, and how religion provides a world-view and understanding of the universe.  We will explore how historical experiences form complex belief systems to help participants live and understand their daily lives.  We further examine why traditions continue to play an important role in people’s cultural lives even when the original historical conditions for their creation no longer exist. Finally, this course also examines traditional societies versus contemporary modern and technologically advanced societies, their philosophical and social underpinnings, and the extent to which social values contribute to a culture, functioning for or against its members. 


Georgia Tech Mechanical Engineering Graduate Program Info Session November 12

Posted by Tim on October 16, 2020 in Academic Presentations, Academics, Graduate School Programs, Workshops

Interested in learning more about the Georgia Tech Mechanical Engineering Graduate Program? Check out the information session on November 12 at 5:00pm virtually here:


New Honors Petition Process and Digital Badge Opportunity

Posted by Tim on October 12, 2020 in Academics, Honors Experiences

We are excited to inform you about the Honors College collaboration with the Experiential Learning Network (ELN) to create a new Honors Petition process! 

Now, each new petition experience can be completed directly through ELN.  This new petition process will allow you to earn 1 additional honors credit by completing an ELN digital badge, which will be in addition to the credits earned from your experience.  Furthermore, petitions completed through ELN will create a more valuable and celebrated experience for you!

You can find out more by visiting the honors petition page and reviewing the attached flyer, which includes FAQs. 

If you have more questions, please reach out to Darius at