University Honors College - The Honorable mention

Informational Meeting for the Honors College Think Tank in the 2023-24 school year

Posted by Tim on February 24, 2023 in Academics, Honors Experiences, Honors Program Announcements, Information Session, New Programs, Uncategorized

Dear Honors Scholars, 

What issues matter most to you? The climate crisis? Systemic racism? Inequality? Educational reform? The Prison-Industrial Complex? The War on Drugs? Civil liberties? Voter suppression? 

Whatever your concerns are, chances are there are other students who share them. 

If you are interested in doing interdisciplinary research with a team of fellow Honors scholars, consider coming to an organizing meeting for the Honors College Think Tank. 

Think Tanks are institutions that bring together people to examine problems in society and advocate policy prescriptions to fix them. 

On March 16th at 3:30 PM, we will hold a meeting in Capen 106C outlining the course:

  • students will take a 1-credit course in the fall to learn about think tanks, policy papers, and organize into working groups. 
  • This will be followed in the spring by the working groups researching their topic and creating policy papers under the guidance of a faculty advisor in a 3-credit mentored research collaboration. 

The finished projects will be presented at the end of April 2024. 

Students will also earn 4 Honors Experience credits for the year.  

This will be a student-driven initiative with students choosing and defining their topics and organizing their working groups. Working group leaders will be chosen by each team. 

If you’re interested, please RSVP → 

PS: Email if you’re interested but can’t make the meeting or if you have any questions.

Attached is a QR code for the google form.

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Se Buscan investigadores linguistas: Tracking Spanish Linguistic Variation in Digital Spaces and Western NY with Honors Faculty Fellow Adrian Ricceli February 15

Posted by Tim on February 6, 2023 in Community Announcements, Event, Honors Program Announcements, Workshops


Congratulations to Alexis Harrell on being selected as a 2023 Marshall Scholar

Posted by Tim on January 19, 2023 in Academics, Community Announcements, Fellowships, Honors Program Announcements, Scholarship Opportunities

A senior psychology and sociology major from UB has been awarded a 2023 Marshall Scholarship by the British government.

Alexis Harrell, a racial justice researcher and artist, is one of 40 students chosen nationwide to receive the award from more than 900 applicants.

Marshall Scholarship recipients are considered among the most accomplished undergraduate students and recent graduates in the United States. Scholarship recipients study an academic subject of their choice for up to three years at a university in the United Kingdom.

The 2023 winners will begin graduate studies at 21 universities in September.

To read the full article, please visit:

Congratulations Lexi!!!


Honors College Greiner Hall Living Learning Community 2023-2024

Posted by Tim on January 3, 2023 in Community Announcements, Honors Experiences, Honors Program Announcements

The Honors College Sophomore LLC provides the experience of a diverse community of gifted scholars living in the same area in Greiner Hall on North Campus. Exclusively for sophomore Honors scholars, this unique experience allows for Honors College students to further develop their leadership skills with their peers.

Expectations of membership:

  • Participate as an Honors College Ambassador and/or Honors College Peer Mentor (
  • As a group, plan and facilitate 1-2 student-centered programs for the Honors College each semester
  • Attend one Honors College Faculty Fellow talk (held in Greiner Hall) in fall and/or spring

*If interested, complete the supplemental questions on the Greiner Hall general housing application


Product Manager Information Session with Honors Faculty fellow Professor Debora Grossman November 29

Posted by Tim on November 22, 2022 in Academic Presentations, Academics, Event, Honors Program Announcements, Workshops

When you get home after work/school today, you will be ready to unwind and relax. Will you sit down to a delicious Colgate meal? How about a bedtime snack of Lay’s WOW chips? When you are getting ready for bed, will you remove the Google glasses that you wore during the day? I am confident that your answers to these questions is no.
The products mentioned above failed in the marketplace. Why do some products fail, and others succeed? What does it take to create a successful product? As a former product manager for GE consumer electronic products, I have seen a lot of products come and go. I will walk through some famous (and not so famous) product failures, including one of mine.
Failed products are not a complete waste of time and money. They have valuable lessons that can teach us how to best avoid product failures in the future.

DATE: November 29, 2022 TIME: 9:30-10:50 a.m. LOCATION: Capen 108
This class session is open to ANY/ALL Honors College students. Please come join my class for this one off-session on Marketing & Brands


Honors College Young Alumni Panel November 16, 2022 on Zoom

Posted by Tim on November 8, 2022 in Community Announcements, Honors Program Announcements, Networking


Honors College Scholarships for Juniors Deadline to apply October 1, 2022

Posted by Tim on September 6, 2022 in Fellowships, Honors Program Announcements, Scholarship Opportunities

The Honors College is the proud beneficiary of two scholarships given annually to recognize honors students with outstanding leadership potential – the Aaron N. Bloch Memorial Scholarship and the Gino Calvi Memorial Scholarship.  The Bloch Scholarship was established by his family after his untimely death while serving as Provost at UB.  The Calvi Scholarship was created by his family and friends after Mr. Calvi’s untimely death in the attack on the World Trade Center on September 11.  Mr. Calvi and his wife were undergraduates at UB. 

Both scholarships have been made available to Honors Scholars in good standing who have recently finished their sophomore year/four semesters of study at UB (current juniors). If you wish to apply for either or both scholarships you may do so by logging into UB’s Scholarship Portal and submitting your application by the deadlines below.

Aaron N. Bloch Memorial Fund—deadline October 1, 2022

The Bloch Scholarship states that:  “Specifically the award shall be given annually to a student in the University Honors College who demonstrates unusual creativity and independence of mind, and who shares promise of benefiting humanity within his or her lifetime.”  The value of the award for the 2022 cycle is $600.00.

Gino Calvi Memorial Fund—deadline October 1, 2022

The Calvi Scholarship states that:  “The award shall be given annually to a student in the University Honors College who demonstrates outstanding leadership qualities and who shows promise of benefiting humanity within his or her lifetime.”  The value of this award for the 2022 cycle is $3,000.00.

If you have any questions, please contact the Honors College at


Graduate School Funding Workshop April 26 in 107 Capen

Posted by Tim on April 8, 2022 in Community Announcements, Event, Fellowships, Honors Program Announcements, Scholarship Opportunities, Workshops

How to fund graduate school workshop Tuesday, April 26, 2022 at 1:00pm in the Colloquium Room (107 Capen Hall)

Thinking about graduate school, but don’t know how you’re going to pay for it? Now is the time to start figuring it out. Come hear Elizabeth A. Colucci, Assistant Dean for Graduate Professional Development, discuss funding opportunities. April 26 @ 1:00 in Capen 107 Register here:


HSC Open Mic Night April 16

Posted by Tim on April 4, 2022 in Community Announcements, Honors Program Announcements, Stress Relief

HSC is excited to be hosting an ✨🎤Open Mic Night 🎤 on April 16th at 5:00pm in the Don Schack student lounge. Showcase your talents, or stop by to support your friends and peers! Any sort of performance is welcome. Also, food and snacks will be served 🙂

To sign-up, use the google form below!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Milagros Buschfrers at


See how Sydné Jackson, Millonzi Distinguished Honors Scholar, is achieving her dreams at UB

Posted by Tim on March 16, 2022 in Academics, Honors Program Announcements

Sydné Jackson’s passion for performance shines on stage and behind the scenes, two important artistic spaces that serve as real-life classrooms for the senior theatre performance major. 

Jackson’s talents have been recognized across UB, where she holds the distinction of being an Honors College Millonzi Distinguished Honors Scholar, an award given to an Honors student in the creative or performing arts. Jackson points to her work as proof of her accomplishments. “[My friends and family] see the work I’m doing, and they know I’m doing well. That’s how you can feel the excellence at this school—your work does the talking for you.”

In her time at UB, Jackson has acted in front of live and virtual audiences, co-directed Dominique Morrisseau’s Pipeline, a play about the school-to-prison pipeline, written TV episodes for class and worked as an extra on popular TV shows like “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and “Gossip Girl.” In fall 2021, Jackson was part of a select group of students who participated in Grandmaster Flash’s Artist-in-Residence program, an experience she describes as a “top moment” for her at UB. She credits the support she has received at UB as the key to making these experiences possible.

“I’ve made my goals bigger because I know I have friends at UB who will help me take risks and support me in my journey,” she says.

Originally from Queens, NY, Jackson has found community in every corner of UB, from her supportive professors to the tight-knit Honors College and friends she affectionately describes as “her type of weird.” She especially notes the strong connection she has with Black students in the theatre and dance department and within the Honors College: “Our shared experiences have made it very easy to lean on each other.”

This sense of belonging has allowed Jackson to carve out the space needed to cultivate her identity as a performer, writer, director and leader at UB. In 2020, Jackson started Dreams Affirmed, a group formed to address and acknowledge the experiences of students of color within UB’s theatre and dance department.

Now an officially recognized student club, Dreams Affirmed provides a space for performers of color to create and share experiences. “Being able to talk and work freely and have community is something my friends and I have wanted for a long time,” Jackson, who now serves as the club’s president, says of its impact. “Being able to have it now and for future students is priceless.”