University Honors College - The Honorable mention
Wednesday
07/21/21

UB Athletics is Hiring Tutors for Fall 2021

Posted by Tim on July 21, 2021 in Community Announcements, Honors Experiences, Student Job Opportunities, Tutoring

UB Athletics is Looking for graduate and Undergraduate students able to tutor student athletes in various subjects.

Pay is dependent on level of study with a maximum of 29 hours per week (national Students/International 20 hours per week).  For the Fall 2021 semester tutoring will occur in person and virtually. 

  Requirements of tutors include:   GPA of 3.o

                         Minimally an A– in the class or classes you wish to tutor.

Interested individuals can send an email titled “interest in Athletics tutoring” to Christina Fanara (Tutor Coordinator) at cmwaring@buffalo.edu.  Please include a list of subjects that you are able to tutor along with an unofficial transcript for review.

Monday
06/28/21

Drone Based Tree Survey Research Opportunity

Posted by Tim on June 28, 2021 in Academics, Honors Experiences, Research Information and Opportunities

Fly Drones Initiative for Campus Tree Conservation
Undergraduate Research and Training Opportunity
Dr. Souma Chowdhury, ADAMS Lab, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University at Buffalo
Initiative Goal: To develop a systematic framework for conducting drone based aerial survey of the health of vegetation in the UB North Campus, and assist in the creation of a workshop for training students to program and fly drones for related remote sensing applications.
Initiative Description: This multidisciplinary initiative is an integral part of a project led by Dr. Souma Chowdhury on “Automated Design of Decentralized Robust and Explainable Swarm Systems”, and is sponsored by the National Science Foundation. The novelty of this initiative lies in synergizing an enjoyable hands-on learning experience (in emerging technologies such as autonomous drones) for undergraduate students, with the opportunity to solve a real-world problem with direct impact on the health and wellness of our campus community. A summary description of the initiative is given below.
Our UB North campus, spanning over 5 sq. km. has seen an alarming rate of tree loss in recent years. Together with the Professional Staff Senate (PSS), we have converged on the idea of flying unmanned aerial vehicles or UAVs (aka drones) to capture high-resolution images of trees to assess their health. The overall concept is to identify patches of the vegetated area to survey, design the best flight paths to conduct this survey, and then program and perform remote-controlled and supervised autonomous flights of 1-2 UAVs based on the planned flight paths over these patches of vegetation. The data collected thereof will be analyzed, under the advice and feedback of academic domain experts on vegetation health, to assess the health of the trees surveyed. These efforts will be strategically interjected with training tutorials, where the participating undergraduate students will get trained on the techniques underlying various moving parts involved in this project. Training, mentoring and day to day feedback will be provided by the PI, Dr. Chowdhury, and other graduate students working on this project.
Additional Support: University Honors College students selected to work on this project are then eligible to apply to the Honors College Research Fund for up to $1,000 per semester per student to further support the research and learning efforts under this initiative.
Expected Learning Outcomes: In this project, undergraduate students will learn to:

  1. Plan and program single and cooperative UAV flights for automated data collection, subject to weather and regulatory constraints;
  2. Prepare UAVs with appropriately mounted sensors and rain-checks for useful flight experiments;
  3. Fly UAVs safely (the new SOAR facility will be used for training in this regard);
  4. Best practices in data logging, geotagging and data processing; and
  5. Prepare technical publications and presentations for leading international conferences.
    Student Eligibility: Sophomore, Junior and Senior year students from Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Computer Science & Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial & Systems Engineering, and Geography at University at Buffalo are encouraged to apply. Prior experience with programming (in C or Python), mechatronics, flying drones, and/or computer vision is a plus (but not required).
    Interested students should contact Dr. Souma Chowdhury at soumacho@buffalo.edu. Please include your latest resume and unofficial transcript in your email.
Tuesday
06/08/21

The Tool Library Needs Volunteers!

Posted by Tim on June 8, 2021 in Community Announcements, Honors Experiences, Volunteering, Volunteers Needed

LIke us on Facebook LIke us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Follow us on Twitter Add us on Instagram Add us on Instagram   S.O.S. SEND HELP!   The Tool Library is 100% volunteer-powered and we need your help to continue to deliver the tool borrowing service you’ve come to know and love     Many of our members don’t know that The Tool Library is completely volunteer-run. Our Tooligans make us who we are.

Not only have they helped us stay open during a pandemic, but helped the organization thrive as we meet the need in our community. While membership has skyrocketed by over 40% this past year to nearly 900 members, our volunteer base has struggled to keep up with demand.

Rest assured that while our board is hard at work on longer term solutions, like bringing on paid staff, we are in desperate need of volunteers to help keep our doors open, tools running, and provide the service y’all know and love.

If you’re kind, creative, a problem solver, passionate about tools, sharing, and building a better world, you might just be a tool librarian in the making! 

Want to learn more about what a day in the life of a Tool Library volunteer is like? Check out the full job description on our website.

Join us and become a volunteer by clicking the link below.       SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER
Monday
05/24/21

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 – bprinari@buffalo.edu – if you have any question about the course.

I hope to see you in Fall!

Monday
05/10/21

Research Opportunity in the Child Health and Behavior Lab (HABLAB) Fall 2021 and Spring 2022

Posted by Tim on May 10, 2021 in Community Announcements, Honors Experiences, Research Information and Opportunities

The Child Health and Behavior Lab (HABLAB) at the University of Buffalo is looking for undergraduate students to assist with research studies during Fall 2021 and Spring 2022. These research experiences would be under the leadership of Dr. Stephanie Anzman-Frasca, who conducts laboratory- and community-based studies in the area of children’s eating behavior and obesity prevention. More information about Dr. Anzman-Frasca’s work is available here: https://medicine.buffalo.edu/faculty/profile.html?ubit=safrasca, and more information about HABLAB is available at http://ubhablab.weebly.com. You can also find HABLAB on social media (Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) @ubhablab.

Responsibilities of student research assistants include: assisting with materials preparation, entering data, and helping staff in the implementation of the study design. It is anticipated that students will have the opportunity to work directly with study participants, including parents and children, in laboratory and/or community studies. All incoming research assistants must be able to commit to at least 135 hours of research over the semester (equates to about 10 hours per week), with preference given to students who can commit to at least two semesters. Students may be asked to commit to evenings or weekends to work with participants. For students who spend multiple semesters on the team, independent research projects, conference presentations, and/or thesis projects are possible.

Interested students can apply by submitting an application and a resume to ubhablab@gmail.com, using “HABLAB student research assistant application 2021” as the subject of the email. Applications may be downloaded at http://ubhablab.weebly.com/students. We are currently filling positions for the coming academic year on a rolling basis.

Tuesday
04/27/21

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

Monday
04/26/21

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 rhondare@buffalo.edu with any questions. 

Monday
04/26/21

Teaching Assistant Opportunity with Buffalo Public Schools

Posted by Tim on April 26, 2021 in Honors Experiences, Teaching Opportunities

I am looking for students that have an interest in supporting high school students taking Regents Living Environment.  We have a grant to fund a program which pairs UB students with Living Environment teachers in Buffalo Public Schools.  The UB students will support the teacher and students by working together to develop strategies to increase the efficiency of teaching and students’ understandings. 

This is a full academic year commitment.  UB students will enroll in a 3 credit course during the fall semester.  One hour each week will be spent in class, discussing science literacy strategies and planning lessons to bring into the classes.  Students will spend 4 hours per week in the high school classroom.  The same students will continue to work with their partner teachers during the spring semester, for 4 hours per week, in a paid position.  Interested students should reach out to me, as approval is required to enroll.

Sandra K. Small, Ph.D. | Science Education Manager

University at Buffalo | Business & Entrepreneur Partnerships

University at Buffalo | GEM Community of Excellence

sksmall@buffalo.edu

buffalo.edu/partnerships

buffalo.edu/gem

Sunday
04/25/21

Earn Experience Credit for being a Peer Writing Consultant

Posted by Tim on April 25, 2021 in Honors Experiences, Student experience

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 rhondare@buffalo.edu with any questions. 

HMN 380:  Writing Center Theory and Practice

Section #21138

T/Th 2:20 – 3:35​

Monday
03/22/21

VAXWNY volunteers sought

Posted by Tim on March 22, 2021 in Community Announcements, Honors Experiences, Volunteering, Volunteers Needed

VAXWNY volunteers sought

The Vaccinate Western New York hub is seeking qualified volunteers to assist with COVID-19 vaccination efforts.

Honors experience credit available if you volunteer at least 45 hours.

For more information visit: https://www.vaxwny.org/volunteer/