University Honors College - The Honorable mention
Monday
04/12/21

Honors College Faculty Fellow Panel Discussion-Academia in a time of covid April 28

Posted by Tim on April 12, 2021 in Community Announcements, Event, Honors Program Announcements, Networking, Workshops

Please join us for an Honors College Faculty Fellow panel discussion on Wednesday April 28th, 2021 6-7pm.  Please register using our RSVP link coming soon and we will email you the ZOOM coordinates for the panel discussion prior to the event.  Reservations close 4/27 at 6pm registration information coming soon!

Academia in a time of Covid

Panelists include:

Dr. Kelly Ahuna from the Office of Academic Integrity

Dr. Craig Centrie from the department of Africana and American Studies

Dr. Maya Chilvert from the department of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Professor Debora Grossman from the School of Management

Moderator

Taylor Coleman, Ph.D. abd, from the department of American Studies

When: Wednesday April 28, 6 pm to 7 pm.

This panel explores some of the ways the COVID 19 pandemic has impacted the University at Buffalo. Panelists will discuss how their fields have been changed in response to COVID -19 protocols and how and when things will return to normal. Panelists will also discuss some of the changes that may remain after the pandemic is just a memory.

Sunday
03/28/21

Honors Student Council General Body Meeting and Elections

Posted by Tim on March 28, 2021 in Honors Program Announcements

Hello Honors Scholars, 
We hope your semester is going well! Honors Student Council election season is upon us! On Tuesday, 3/30 at 8:00pm, HSC will be hosting a General Body Meeting to share information about the organization and the ways that you can get involved! If you are interested in running for a position on the HSC Executive Board for the 2021-2022 school year, it is especially important that you attend this event for more information!
Positions that will be available to anyone are: – Treasurer- Secretary- Director of Advertising- Director of Community Service- Class Representatives (one per year, 4 total) 
Running for the Executive Board is a great way to get involved in the Honors community and gain some leadership experience! 
Please sign up at this google sheet to receive the Zoom link for the meeting: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1r9q6guADpduIzkSOq7sccrxo1mo9vxz0zuTWphSQxdA/edit?usp=sharing . 
Looking forward to seeing you there!

Monday
02/22/21

Honors Student Council to Host Game Night Thursday, February 25th

Posted by Tim on February 22, 2021 in Community Announcements, Event, Honors Program Announcements

Welcome back to another semester at UB! On Thursday, February 25th at 8:00pm EST, Honors Student Council will be hosting a Game Night over Zoom. We are super excited to hang out with all of you and we will have many games to choose from! Please make sure to sign up on the google sheet at this link: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/11mM2wubExsfm4SWhtlh_PwMjVuxbtHOkopM6cg7QZ5o/edit?usp=sharing . 

Wednesday
12/02/20

HSC Holiday Cards for Nursing Homes…Help Needed December 3

Posted by Tim on December 2, 2020 in Community Announcements, Honors Program Announcements, Volunteers Needed

Join your Honors Student Council in making Holiday cards for Nursing homes.

Zoom meeting to be held Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 8:00pm. Zoom link will be sent to those who sing up here:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1-jOUYq4Wpe8FVI_7oG7BdWNp-DWonM7fdA5HzhKBu48/edit#gid=0

Sunday
11/01/20

Tutoring Opportunity for Buffalo Public Schools

Posted by Tim on November 1, 2020 in Career Opportunities, Honors Experiences, Honors Program Announcements, Job Opportunity, Networking, New Programs, Tutoring, Volunteering, Volunteers Needed

We are beginning a tutoring program with high school students from Buffalo Public Schools, and as such, we are seeking undergraduate-level tutors, particularly those in math and science. 

Tutoring will be held Monday-Thursday between 2-5 p.m. We are asking that those who are interested commit to at least two afternoons per week.

Ideally, we are looking for tutors who could qualify for a Work Study program; that would allow them to be paid for their time. Otherwise, the tutors would need to work on a volunteer basis.

You can apply on Handshake and can certainly reach out to me directly with any questions. 

Thank you for your consideration and help with this matter!

Tuesday
09/22/20

Opportunity for Engagement with UB Center for Diversity Innovation Distinguished Visiting Scholars

Posted by Tim on September 22, 2020 in Community Announcements, Event, Honors Experiences, Honors Program Announcements, Information Session, Networking

https://www.buffalo.edu/diversity-innovation/distinguished-visiting-scholars/cohort.html

Dear UB Students,

I hope that each of you are well and finding connection, support, and stimulation, in spite of the unprecedented circumstances affecting us all this fall. I have happy news to share.

The UB Center for Diversity Innovation Distinguished Visiting Scholars (DVS) faculty cohort has arrived in Buffalo for the 2020-21 academic year.  Each member of the cohort will engage with UB’s students, faculty and throughout the fall and spring semesters. Programs with the Scholars, which will be open to all members of our community, will include public talks, art exhibitions, book clubs and film viewings, class visits, workshops, opportunities to chat on ZOOM, and various celebrations throughout the year. (Please check out www.buffalo.edu/cdi for ongoing posting of events and use the “contact us” form to add yourself to the email list for notifications.)

The breadth of the Scholars’ work and interests—anti-racist pedagogy; artistic depictions of migration; writing as a means to promote social justice; the empirical examination of different forms of racial inequity such as in health outcomes, policing and incarceration; contemporary Kenyan political history; women’s roles in historic rebellions; race and representation in romanticism; the influence of Black girls and women in shaping educational outcomes; the mapping of Indigenous communities and study of settler-colonialism—creates points of intersection with students, faculty and staff across all departments and units and the hope that members of the entire UB community will participate in Scholar events. 

SPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES TO CONNECT with THE SCHOLARS through MENTORING CIRCLES:

In addition to all of these larger, university-wide and departmental/program-level opportunities to meet the Scholars via class visits or other activities, a special component of this visiting scholar program is that each Scholar will lead two mentoring circles—one for 10 graduate and another for 10 undergraduate students. 

These circles will enable students to have meaningful, small group interaction with the Scholars (even if that interaction is via ZOOM in the near-term) and meet other students with whom friendships can be formed and academic, personal and professional support exchanged, and a sense of community developed.  Importantly, students in the circles will play a key role in welcoming the Distinguished Visiting Scholars to UB and Buffalo.

The group activities within the mentoring circles will vary—selected by Scholars in conjunction with students in the circles—but will enable you to meet with other students as well as the Scholars to have discussions about your experiences, interests, and goals. 

ALL UB undergraduate and graduate students are eligible to participate. Because the circles must be limited in size to permit these small group interactions, students must express interest through a brief survey and statement.

HOW TO EXPRESS YOUR INTEREST IN PARTICIPATING:

Using this link (https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DVSMentoring), you will indicate which Scholar(s) you are interested in meeting with, some questions about your goals/interests, and also to share a short statement about yourself (that you can upload via the survey).  You learn about each of the Scholars here:  https://www.buffalo.edu/diversity-innovation/distinguished-visiting-scholars/cohort.html 

The process is not time-consuming and this not a graded assignment. J  The Scholars will be interested in learning about you in order to select students as part of their circles. And do remember that these circles will be only one of many means for you to “meet” and learn with the Scholars throughout the year. There will be many other opportunities.

I hope you will consider completing the survey and submitting a short statement indicating your interest. If you have questions, do not hesitate to consult a faculty member in your department/program (particularly the Director of Undergraduate or Graduate Studies) or others, as well as me: ub-cdi-scholars@buffalo.edu with your questions.  (NOTE: The survey has been tested and does meet accessibility standards, but please reach out to accessibility services or to the Center, if you need assistance.)

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT YOUR INTEREST IN PARTICIPATING:  Sunday, October 4th at 5 pm. 

(Notification of selection by:  October 11th.)

We all hope you will read about the Scholars on the Center website and consider being a part of this program which we think will greatly benefit you and be part of making each Scholar’s year at UB fun and memorable!

Monday
08/31/20

Important Update to the Honors Experience Requirement

Posted by Tim on August 31, 2020 in Honors Experiences, Honors Program Announcements

The Honors College is aware of the constraints that the Covid 19 pandemic has placed on some experiential learning opportunities many of you had hoped to complete as part of your Honors College Curriculum requirements.

In order to allow for more flexibility, we are removing the benchmarks previously in place (see highlighted text below) which limited the maximum credits per category to 9 credits and required 3 credits from non-coursework categories. Instead, students will need to complete experiences from a minimum of two categories listed. These changes are effective immediately.

Honors Experiences

In addition to Honors Colloquium and an Honors Seminar completed during your freshman year, prior to graduation students will select and complete a minimum of 16 credit hours of Honors Experiences from the following list:

    Undergraduate Research*

    Independent Study*

    Internship or Practicum*

    Study Abroad*

    Undergraduate Supervised Teaching*

    Accepted Honors Coursework

    Graduate Coursework

    Departmental Honors Thesis or Project*

    Contract Honors Coursework

    Honors Experience Petition

    Additional Honors Seminar

    Service Learning Coursework*

* Denotes non-coursework category

Benchmarks

You are allowed to complete a maximum of 9 credit hours per category. – this limit will be removed immediately

At least 3 credits must come from non-coursework categories, denoted with *. – this requirement will be removed immediately

Experiences must be completed from at least two of the above categories. – this requirement will be added immediately

Please make sure to adjust your Honors experiences plans as needed, and consult your Honors College advisor if you need assistance.

Monday
04/06/20

Honors College Statement on New S/U Grading Policy for spring 2020

Posted by Tim on April 6, 2020 in Honors Program Announcements

Honors College message about new 2020 S/U grading policy:

The Honors College will not require students to receive or recover letter grades in order to meet Honors College GPA eligibility requirements (3.3 overall undergraduate UB GPA freshman year; 3.5 overall undergraduate UB GPA sophomore year through graduation). At the conclusion of the spring 2020 semester we will evaluate all Honors students based on their overall undergraduate UB GPA. At this time will be very mindful of the unprecedented situation and its potential impact on students’ academic performance.

If you are concerned about grades or need support, particularly during this difficult time, please contact your Honors College advisor; we are available and more than willing to help.

Here is a website with more details about the new 2020 S/U grading policy and other important student-related information. It is updated regularly, so please bookmark the site and refer to it often: https://www.buffalo.edu/academicaffairs/academic-resources.html

Thursday
02/27/20

March 3rd Sip & Chat – Research Opportunity!

Posted by Tim on February 27, 2020 in Event, Honors Experiences, Honors Program Announcements, Research Information and Opportunities

Join us for a special Sip & Chat where we will hear from multi-disciplinary faculty on their unique project, with Computing for Social Good (C4SG @ UB), that WILL HAVE OPENINGS for Honors students to become involved and contribute. This is a great opportunity to earn Honors Experience credit!

Meet the staff:

  • Melanie Sage is interested in the use of technology in social work education and practice, the intersections of technology and child welfare, family engagement in child welfare and child welfare practice with indigenous families.
  • Kenneth Joseph is interested in the use of machine learning for social good from an applied perspective, and the ways in which people express themselves and opinions of others on social media.
  • Atri Rudra is  interested in the use of machine learning for social good from a theoretical perspective (including identifying the pitfalls of its use).
  • Huei-Yen (Winnie) Chen is interested in human-machine interactions and how best to support operator performance in dynamic, complex systems, such as transportation and healthcare.
  • Varun Chandola is interested in the use of machine learning for social good from a data mining perspective, and who studies scalable anomaly detection and data mining for big graphs, temporal, and spatial data.

What this particular project is about:

  • There are more than 400,000 youth in foster care in the US, and each year more than 20,000 age out of foster care without reunifying with their families. The outcomes for these youth are poor. Fortunately, youth in foster care are potentially eligible to receive services, such as vocational training, that may improve their chances at positive life outcomes. However, caseworkers are typically only able to identify youth for these services after the youth experiences a relevant need or crisis. To address this problem, our final goal will be to provide a system that assists caseworks to identify youth in need of services before a crisis occurs. Developing this system includes surveying case workers in the field to identify their needs and then using this information use data visualization (and machine learning) tools to help them make better decisions.

Event Details:

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Don Schack Lounge

Please fill out the survey at this link to give us an idea of your interests and we will get back to you!

Please email Kenny Joseph (kjoseph@buffalo.edu) and/or Atri Rudra (atri@buffalo.edu) if you have more questions (but please do fill in the Google form above!)

Tuesday
11/26/19

The Impossible Project Presented by the first year Presidential Scholars December 6

Posted by Tim on November 26, 2019 in Community Announcements, Event, Honors Program Announcements, Networking, Workshops

The Impossible Project: Discrimination
Friday, December 6, 2019
5:00-7:00 p.m. in the Center for the Arts
Catering by Dapper Goose

Thirty two scholars, seven peer mentors, six faculty advisors, five film students and one impossible project.

Impossible Project: Discrimination, a daring pedagogical experiment developed in the Honors College where first year students are tasked with solving a world problem.

In Collaboration with UB’s Arts Collaboratory, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, University Honors College and Office of Inclusive Excellence.