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Monday
07/08/19

National Science Foundation Development Programs for Doctoral Students and Rising Seniors

Posted by Tim on July 8, 2019 in Community Announcements, Event, Fellowships, Networking, Research Information and Opportunities, Scholarship Opportunities, Workshops

In Person NSF GRFP Preparation Program:

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) Workshops for First Year PhD Students and Rising Seniors

The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program awards three-year scholarships for graduate study in mathematical, physical, biological, engineering, and behavioral and social sciences, including the history of science. This fellowship carries a stipend of $32,000 per year plus a cost of education allowance to cover tuition and fees for three years. This is a significant graduate fellowship that affords students the freedom to focus on their research and lessen the time to degree completion.

To qualify, applicants must be U.S. citizens, have U.S. national status or be permanent residents, and intend to pursue a research-based master’s or PhD program in an NSF-supported field. Applications become available in August and the deadlines vary by discipline but are generally in late October and early November.

You will learn about review criteria for the NSF GRFP and other awards, what the review panels are looking for and how to write a strong research proposal.

Dates:              August 15 and 16

Time:               9-11 a.m.

Place:              107 Capen Hall

RSVP to attend the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program Workshops

Virtual NSF GRFP Preparation Program:

SUNY is sponsoring a series of three webinars to prepare rising senior undergraduates and first-and second-year graduate students in STEM fields to apply to NSF’s prestigious Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). Because it takes time to put together a winning application, we will hold the series from July 23-31 so that students can get started over the summer for the October deadlines. Webinars will be conducted by Prof. Susan Brennan of Stony Brook University (recently returned from NSF). Webinar topics are as follows:

Webinar #1:  Applying to NSF’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program  Tues July 23, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM (1.5 hours)

Webinar #2:  Winning Strategies for GRFP (and How to Get Started)  Thurs July 25, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM (1.5 hours)

Webinar #3:  Write! (As if your Career Depends on it)  Wed July 31, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM (2.0 hours)

Home – NSF Graduate Research Fellowships Program (GRFP) www.nsfgrfp.org About the Program. The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based Master’s and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions.

Attendees must register, but registration goes through immediately. Then, just follow the links provided below to join each of the Zoom webinars.  Each webinar is expected to be open 1/2 hour in advance of the starting time. We expect to record the webinars and make them available with a SUNY login.

If you have questions, please reply to Jacquie Spano. 

ZOOM LINKS:

Webinar #1:  Applying to NSF’s Graduate Research Fellowship Program  (1.5 hours)

Tues July 23, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

This webinar will include all the basics, such as the benefits of GRFP, eligibility, parts of the application, the review process, and basic tips. Please bring your questions!

Registration URL #1: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/cbcd9468d3aff3c0dc2040ba88984b7b

Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: GRFP Webinar #1. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting. zoom.us Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: GRFP Webinar #1. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

Join Zoom Meeting #1

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Meeting ID: 489 034 460 

Webinar #2:  Winning Strategies for GRFP (and How to Get Started)  (1.5 hours)
Thurs July 25, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

This webinar will include discussion of NSF’s review criteria of Intellectual Merit and Broader Impacts, how to maximize the impact of your planned research, and other winning strategies. 
 

Registration URL #2: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/8ac0348cfe61f06d7c24e00bf0acd2b8

Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: GRFP Webinar #2. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting. zoom.us Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: GRFP Webinar #2. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

Join Zoom Meeting #2

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Meeting ID: 770 183 414 

Webinar #3:  Write! (As if your Career Depends on it)  (2.0 hours)
Wed July 30, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

This webinar will cover how to write about your research in an interesting and lively way, tailored to your audience. (Recommended for all fellowship and grant writers)

Registration URL #3: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/c5591374016f3a55c5b9141539e44ee6

Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: GRFP Webinar #3. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting. zoom.us Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: GRFP Webinar #3. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

Join Zoom Meeting #3

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Meeting ID: 957 866 997 

Monday
06/24/19

2019 Rustgi Undergraduate Conference on South Asia November 2, 2019

Posted by Tim on June 24, 2019 in Academics, Community Announcements, Event, Networking, Workshops

2019 Rustgi Undergraduate Conference on South Asia

Exploring Culture, Climate, and Connections

November 2, 2019

University at Buffalo, SUNY

We present the second annual Rustgi Undergraduate Conference on South Asia by reflecting upon the rich history of South Asia, and its connection to present day conditions regarding culture and climate. We invite papers on the theme of “Exploring Culture, Climate, and Connections,” where climate may be interpreted broadly, whether in its social, political, or environmental sense. The conference will feature a keynote lecture from Suraj Yengde, award-winning scholar and activist from India.

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

  • Social issues, human rights issues, LGBTQ issues, gender and caste concerns in present-day Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka.
  • Literary genres, artistic movements, new and old technologies, trends in South Asian cinema and pop culture.
  • Sustainability and environmental revitalization efforts.
  • Human migration, population shifts, and related environmental issues.
  • Modern social movements.
  • The ebb and flow of religious factions and fundamentalisms within Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, and Sikhism.   
  • Trends in domestic and international law, including NGO and INGO work.
  • The impact, or lack thereof, regarding education and the spread of accurate information.
  • Wars, genocides, ethnic or political violence, and refugee issues (in recent or long-standing conflicts).

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 with presenters addressing similar issues from a variety of disciplinary perspectives.

Please click http://bit.ly/2019rustgiconference to submit proposals. Accepted applicants who submit complete proposals by August 1, 2019 may be eligible for a travel subvention of up to $400, with several options for reimbursement of accommodations. Applicants should also seek funding from their home institutions. The conference organizers will assist participants in seeking affordable accommodations in Buffalo.

Format

The conference will be held on Saturday, November 2, 2019 at the University at Buffalo. Students participants should plan for 15-minute presentations. Each panel will include 30 minutes for discussion.

Deadline

Proposals, including 250-word abstracts and the contact information of a faculty supervisor, must be submitted via the online submissions portal (http://bit.ly/2019rustgiconference). Those seeking travel subventions must submit their complete application (including a brief justification of expenses and efforts to seek supplemental funding) no later than August 1, 2019. Submissions will be accepted after this date on a rolling basis, space permitting, until September 7, 2019. Applicants will be notified about the status of their submissions and the availability of travel subventions beginning in late August 2019.

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. The organizers regret that they are unable to assist international applicants who require visas to enter the United States.

Inquiries

Please contact rustgiconference@buffalo.edu for more information about the conference.

The second annual Rustgi South Asian Undergraduate Research Conference is made possible by a generous gift from Dr. Vinod Rustgi and his family.

Thursday
06/20/19

Tea and Talk with UB Marshall Scholar and Honors Alum Phillip Maffettone

Posted by Tim on June 20, 2019 in Community Announcements, Event, Fellowships, Networking, Workshops

Please join us as we hear from UB Marshall Scholar Phillip M. Maffettone.

Tea and Talk

With UB Marshall Scholar Phillip M. Maffettone

Tuesday, July 2

10 a.m.-noon                                     

Honors College Lounge

Capen Hall

Phillip M. Maffettone is a University at Buffalo alumni, currently working in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Liverpool. Under the guidance of what would soon become the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships, Maffettone successfully applied for several awards including:

  1. ACT Scholarship (2013).
  2. Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships (2013).
  3. National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (2014).
  4. Marshall Scholarship (2014).

After receiving a Marshall Scholarship, Maffettone completed his DPhil in Inorganic Chemistry at the University of Oxford (2018).

Wednesday
05/22/19

Summer Camp Student STEM Instructors Needed-Paid Position

Posted by Tim on May 22, 2019 in Event, Job Opportunity, Student Job Opportunities

I’m reaching out to you to see if you might be able to help Gloria J. Parks Community Center recruit some STEM instructors for their Summer Camp, which runs July 8 to August 16.  They have a budget to support purchasing materials and equipment, and to hire 6 instructors for $18/hour for 10 hours per week, plus a week of preparation before the camp begins.

They acquired 4 sets of 12 Chromebook laptops this spring to help our youth program integrate more on-line curricula.  And we now have a Smart Board on a portable cart.  But we will purchase more equipment and supplies given the plans and needs of the new instructors.

I’m wondering if any of you know undergraduate and/or graduate students who might be interested.

I’ve attached a flyer that you could forward out to your groups’ social media and email lists.  We’d like to get resumes by June 3, and start interviews the following week so people can plan their summers, as well for us to meet and organize the supply and equipment orders once we have the team of 6 instructors.

This will be a great experience in translating Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math concepts into hands-on activities with children ages 5 to 14 years old.  Even if you are never planning to teach for a living, this kind of experience may influence and inspire your work and volunteer life for many years to come.

Thanks so much for the help.

Michael A. Tritto Jr.

Associate Director of Operations and Human Services

University District Community Development Association, Inc.

Gloria Parks Community Center

3242 Main Street

Buffalo, New York 14214

(716)832-5085

Monday
05/06/19

Center for Cognitive Science Distinguished Speaker Talk

Posted by Tim on May 6, 2019 in Event

The Center for Cognitive Science and Department of Psychology Dr. Donahue Tremaine Memorial Lecture Fund presents

Robert Goldstone
Professor, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences, Indiana University

“Patterns of imitation and innovation in collective behavior​”

Thursday, 9 May 2019, at the Student Union Theater (Student Union Theater; room 201), at 3:30-5:30.​

Monday
04/29/19

Global Innovations Challenge 2019

Posted by Tim on April 29, 2019 in Community Announcements, Competitions, Event, Networking, Workshops

May 20-24, 2019

403 Hayes Hall, UB South Campus

Learn more and register here: http://www.buffalo.edu/globalhealthequity/news-events/upcoming-events/annual-global-innovation-challenge.html

Have you heard about this year’s Global Innovation Challenge (GIC)? Your participation will add considerable value to the week’s activities. During the GIC students have an opportunity to learn about a grand global challenge, work in a team to develop a solution, and compete for funding to implement their ideas. It’s an opportunity to expand your thinking, have fun, and make a real world impact.

Your participation will include breakfast and lunch, team-building activities, interaction with global stakeholders, and the chance to win funding to develop your ideas!

Monday
04/29/19

Oral History Presentations on May 1

Posted by Tim on April 29, 2019 in Event

On Wednesday, May 1 at 4:00pm in 107 Capen Hall (in the Honors College), UB students will present on the oral history interviews they conducted as part of an Honors/History course tied to the “Revolution: Civil Rights at UB, 1960-1975” exhibition on display in Silverman Library. Interviews with UB alumni and community members explored their experiences at UB and in Buffalo during the civil rights era. The course was led by UB Professor and Senior Research Scholar Emeritus Michael Frisch. All are welcome to attend (no RSVP needed).

Monday
04/29/19

UB Pride & Service Day – Volunteers Needed! I

Posted by Tim on April 29, 2019 in Event, Volunteering, Volunteers Needed

The upcoming UB Pride & Service Day event is on May 11th and we are looking for student teams to come volunteer for the morning and show their UB Pride!  Event registration will begin at 8:30 am in the Student Union Lobby and the day will finish off around 1:30 PM with lunch back in the Student Union Lobby. UB volunteers will be given a t-shirt, water bottle and work gloves as well as breakfast, lunch and transportation to and from their work site!!

*If you’re interested in volunteering with us, please register here.

Monday
04/29/19

New York Stands with Puerto Rico Summer 2019 Opportunities

Posted by Tim on April 29, 2019 in Community Announcements, Event

SUNY is proud to partner with Governor Andrew Cuomo to offer students a unique and rewarding service learning opportunity to support his NY Stands with Puerto Rico Recovery and Rebuilding Initiative. New York State is mobilizing students from SUNY and CUNY to work through non-profit organizations that are aiding in the reconstruction and revitalization efforts of communities across the island damaged by hurricanes Irma and Maria.

Students selected for this service learning program can expect:

  • Lodging, food, transportation and supervision in Puerto Rico at no cost (any cost for transportation & accommodation to/from NYC-area airport is not included)
  • Airfare to Puerto Rico at no cost 
  • Locations will be assigned upon acceptance to program to one of the following three locations:
    • Morovis/Orocovis
    • San Juan
    • Yabucoa 

Please review carefully the admissions criteria and information on other costs and apply here:

https://oswego.studioabroad.com/index.cfm?FuseAction=Programs.ViewProgram&Program_ID=10337#About%20Puerto%20Rico:%20Service%20Learning%20in%20Puerto%20Rico

Not sure you want to do this?  Check out the experiences of students last summer.

https://www.suny.edu/puerto-rico/summer-2018/

Monday
04/29/19

Chinese Language Lunch

Posted by Tim on April 29, 2019 in Community Announcements, Event

DO YOU SPEAK CHINESE? Want to practice and meet up with other
learning and native speakers? Then come on down to Clemens 412 for
some FREE food and a great time!