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Honors Differential Equations to be offered Fall 2021

Posted by Tim on May 24, 2021 in Academics, Honors Experiences

I want to bring your attention to the following new course offered by the math department which REPLACES MTH 306 (Intro to Differential Equations).

***NEW COURSE:  MTH 326 – Honors Differential Equations***

Instructor: Barbara Prinari

Lecture: TR 9:35AM – 10:50AM in person

This course covers the same content as MTH 306 – Differential Equations, but in a smaller course setting (max 45 students) and with more of an emphasis on concepts and underlying theory.  Class notes will be available ahead of time on UBLearns, and additional problem sessions will be offered weekly (time to be determined, remote in real-time with recordings posted).

Please feel free to reach out to Barbara Prinari – – if you have any question about the course.

I hope to see you in Fall!


Fully Funded Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress Fellows Program – Application Now Open

Posted by Tim on May 24, 2021 in Academics, Fellowships, Scholarship Opportunities

Each year, UB nominates one sophomore or junior to become a Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress (CSPC) Fellow. These fellows are fully funded to participate in three-day leadership conferences in Washington, D.C. during the fall and spring semesters, in addition to completing a research paper that is eligible for publication and awards.

Since 1970, CSPC fellows have traveled to Washington, D.C. to learn about leadership and governance, to share their outstanding research, and to explore careers in public service. While attending the conferences, the fellows participate in workshops where they present and receive constructive criticism on their research papers. The fellows also have the opportunity to engage with policy experts, government officials and leaders in the legislative process. In the past, fellows have had the opportunity to meet with speakers such as Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke; Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta; Deputy Secretary of Labor Christopher Lu; journalists James Kitfield, Ron Fournier, and Clive Crook; and defense experts Michele Flournoy, Frank Cilluffo and Capt. Eric Jones.

Criteria for students applying to become UB’s CSPC fellow:

  • GPA of 3.5 or higher.
  • Demonstrated interest in the American government.
  • Comfort with speaking, presenting and writing about the American presidency or Congress.

All academic majors are eligible although typically fellows are from political science, history, international studies, business, philosophy, economics, public health or journalism.


  • Attend two conferences in Washington, D.C. (one in the fall semester and one in the spring semester).
  • Undertake an original research project on a subject with direct relevance to the U.S. presidency and/or Congress. Write a 10-15 page paper based on this topic

Applications to become UB’s CSPC fellow are due by 5 p.m. on Monday, June 21.

Please contact the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships at if you have any questions.


MGF 100: Introduction to Personal Finance Open to any student fall 2021

Posted by Tim on May 10, 2021 in Academics, Community Announcements

The School of Management is offering MGF 100 as an open enrollment class available to all students this fall 2021 semester.  Please encourage your students to enroll if they have room for electives.  It is an extremely valuable class for students who may be financially distressed perhaps due to COVID-19 or simply new to navigating finances on their own.  The course is offered Thursday evenings to accommodate student schedules and it is scheduled to be in person at this point.

MGF 100: Introduction to personal finance

Students will learn why it is essential to have a spending plan and why budgeting is important.  The course will guide students on concepts and tools on savings and investments (stocks and bonds), and how it fits into the budget; theory around managing risk relative to returns complemented by practice using financial tools/models; role of banks and financial institutions in risk management and as intermediaries; what is a credit score leading into consumer credit and the simple mathematics around calculating interest on student loans, credit card and personal loans; understanding your paycheck and how income tax impacts disposable income and investments decisions; discussions around taxes, society and the services it provides; increasing use of apps such as Venmo, PayPal and Apple Pay and discussions around these tools – are they safe?  

The course is designed to promote creativity, modeling, observing, developing and demonstrating tools critical in acquiring financial literacy skills.  It will be important to explore behavioral aspects of personal finance, focusing on areas such as the temptation in use of credit cards and how accumulation of debt could negatively affect the society in general and the broader economy.  The objective will then be to tie this into a personalized spending plan. Students will hear from other recently graduating student’s cognitive impact of past behaviors, and how that has influenced their decisions, now as working adults. 


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 

Register for Webinar

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.