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Constitution Day

Posted by Tim on September 16, 2021 in Event, Honors Program Announcements

Join us as we celebrate Constitution Day! Since its creation on September 17, 1787, over one hundred countries around the world have used the US Constitution as a model!

Baldy Promenade

Dates and Times:
Fri., Sept. 17 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.


Experience UB Fair

Posted by Tim on September 16, 2021 in Academics, Alumni, Career Opportunities, Event, Honors Program Announcements, Internships, Research Information and Opportunities

Please join us for our Experience UB Fair! Explore countless experiential learning opportunities through departmental programs, research, internships and service in the greater Buffalo community.

If you are looking for ways to apply your learning outside of the classroom and gain invaluable hands-on experiences to add to your resume, the Experience UB Fair is a fantastic way to start.
Academic Spine
 Dates and Times: 
Fri., Sept.17 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Work/Study Opportunity: Peer Researchers

Posted by Tim on September 14, 2021 in Alumni, Honors Program Announcements, Research Information and Opportunities

The international research team is seeking undergraduate peer researchers for a study about the impact of COVID-19 on LGBTQ+ and/or racialized youths’ intimate lives. This position will be 5 hours weekly at $15 per hour.

Researchers will be conducting interviews, being trained, and will collaborate with colleagues here in Toronto and in Melbourne, Australia.

Students must be undergrads and have work/study OR be interested in receiving academic credit.


Meet the Honors College Faculty Fellows October 6

Posted by Tim on September 13, 2021 in Community Announcements, Honors Program Announcements, Networking

Meet the Honors College Faculty Fellows!

Wednesday, October 6th 3-3:50pm 107 Capen Hall

Honors College Faculty Fellows Craig Centre, Africana and American Studies, Maya Chilbert, Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Debbie Grossman, School of Management, Chad Lavin, English, Melinda Lemke, Educational Leadership and Policy, Heather Ochs-Balcom, Epidemiology and Environmental Health, Matthew Paul, Psychology and Chi Zhou, Engineering  will be on hand to share their stories, offer advice, and answer questions.

RSVP here:


Fall 2021 Faculty Fellows Office Hours

Posted by Tim on August 30, 2021 in Community Announcements, Honors Program Announcements, Networking

Beginning Monday August 30th – through December 17th

Honors Faculty Fellows will be available for Honors student drop-ins or appointments as follows:

Prof. Melinda Lemke  Mondays  4-5pm  (available via ZOOM)  HON 214 Office Hours – Mondays 4-5 pm (except when listed as cancelled in the syllabus)

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 940 5986 1824
Passcode: 20202021

One tap mobile: +16465588656,,94059861824#,,,,*20202021# US (New York) +13017158592,,94059861824#,,,,*20202021# US (Washington DC)

Please download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system.

or send Prof. Lemke an email request to meet at other times


Prof Maya Chilbert    Tuesdays 9-10am  in person every other week beginning 8/31/21 Honors Faculty Lounge 106C

Then the opposite Tuesday  9-10am

Topic: Maya Chilbert’s Personal Meeting Room

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 845 376 7719

Passcode: 782276

One tap mobile

+16465588656,,8453767719# US (New York)

+13126266799,,8453767719# US (Chicago)


Professor Debbie Grossman

Prof Craig Centrie    TUESDAY’s  & THURSDAY’s 2:30- 3:30pm 1006 Clemens Hall 215C Jacobs on Fridays 10:30am-12:30 pm.


Prof Chad Lavin   Thursday’s  9-10am via ZOOM (till November 4th – then in person in Honors/Capen 106C)

Chad Lavin, remote office hours 

Thursdays 9-10am

Meeting ID: 685 669 0165

Passcode: 743447


Prof Matt Paul     Thursday’s  11am – Noon 319 Hochstetter Hall


Professor Chi Zhou    Thursday’s  2-3pm 401 Bell (NEXT TO HIS LAB)

Prof Heather Ochs-Balcom      Friday’s 8-9am  Honors/Capen 106C (Faculty Fellows lounge in the Honors Suite)


Honors College Experience Petition Update and ELN Submission

Posted by Tim on August 23, 2021 in Community Announcements, Honors Experiences, Honors Program Announcements

Honors Experience Petitions

Honors College students will now complete their honors petitions and earn digital badges through the Experiential Learning Network.

How it Works

The Honors College is partnering with the Experiential Learning Network (ELN) to enhance honors experiences and the petition process. Through this partnership, students will earn both honors credits and a digital badge.  Students will receive 1 honors credit for every 45 hours completed during their experience.

Getting Started

Honors petitions can now be submitted before, during or after the experience. To submit a petition and start the digital badge activities, simply submit this form. When you get to the “Starting the Project” section, please select “yes” and “Honors College Experience Credit” as shown in the image.

Rounded Rectangle: Start Your Honors Experience 
Petition and Digital Badge

The New Benefits

Overall, the honors petition through ELN creates a more valuable and celebrated experience for students. By completing an honors experience petition through ELN, the Honors College is ensuring each student will:

  • engage in thoughtful, well-researched preparation;
  • produce tangible products from all experiences;
  • demonstrate the growth and value of student’s accomplishments to potential employers or graduate programs.

Earn Digital Badges to Build Skills & Display Accomplishments

Digital Badges Students Can Earn

While engaging in a mentored project from the Project Portal, students will work through a series of independent activities to earn one of the following digital badges.

community engagement digital badge icon. creative work digital badge icon. global collaboration digital badge icon. innovation digital badge icon. mentored research digital badge icon.  


To earn a digital badge, students will complete a series of independent activities, which are divided into three phases. Once earned, the digital badge can be shared on digital resumes, ePortfolios or LinkedIn to demonstrate skills and accomplishments to future employers and graduate schools.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

·        What if I’ve already completed the experience I’m petitioning? Should I still petition through ELN?

  • YES!  Students can now petition through ELN, even if they have completed the experience. 

·        How many credits will I receive for my honors petition?

  • Students will receive 1 honors credit for every 45 hours completed during their experience, up to a maximum of 6 honors credit per petition

·        Will I receive an additional honors credit for completing the digital badge as part of my petition?

  • NO.  To better the petition experience, ELN has significantly reduced the amount of work required to complete a digital badge.  Therefore, students will no longer receive an additional honors credit for completing a digital badge. 
  • Will the honors college automatically receive my completed petition from ELN? Is there anything I would need to do?
  • The Honors College will receive your petition through ELN and there’s nothing additional you would need to do.
  • Will I still be able to use the old petition form (not thru ELN)?
  • The original form utilized for petitions will be removed from the Honors College website on September 15, 2021.  Any petitions submitted using this form prior to September 15, 2021 WILL be honored for the petition process. 
  • Why is the Honors Experience petition process going through ELN?
  • By completing an honors experience petition through ELN, we’re ensuring our students will engage in thoughtful, well-researched preparation; produce tangible products from their experiences; and demonstrate their growth & value for potential employers or graduate programs.   Overall, the honors petition through ELN creates a more valuable and celebrated experience for our students!

Honors College Seeks Ambassadors for 2021-2022

Posted by Tim on August 3, 2021 in Community Announcements, Honors Program Announcements, Networking, Student Job Opportunities

Who We Are

The Honors Student Ambassadors is comprised of a dynamic group of undergraduates who will help recruit prospective students to UB and the Honors College.  The Ambassadors will promote the following goal: To provide every prospective Honors student with an opportunity to connect with a current Honors student and learn about the Honors College experience.

What That Means

As an Honors Student Ambassador, you will assist UB and Honors in a very important way.  Ambassadors are students, and as such will have a different perspective than that of a staff member.  You can provide families with an important perspective on what life is like here at UB and in Honors.  As an Ambassador, you will participate in the following activities:

  • Conduct campus tours with prospective students and their families (minimum of 4 during the 2021-2022 academic year– you might be asked to do a tour for the Office of Admissions if needed)
  • Assist with events such as UB 360 Open House, Accepted Student Days and Presidential Scholarship Interviews.
  • Be willing to help with other opportunities that might arise – speaking on a panel of current students, meeting with school counselors, emailing prospective students.

Why Become an Honors Student Ambassador?

  • Become part of a cohesive group of students who are united by the fact that they are representing UB and Honors. 
  • Build your resume – being an Honors Student Ambassador will help you demonstrate that you have excellent communication skills and the ability to work in a team setting.  You will also be able to show employers or graduate schools that you were a student leader on campus.  You will gain experience with public speaking and strengthen your ability to think quickly, and confidently.  The qualities you nurture as an Honors Student Ambassador will help you excel in school and make you a competitive force in whatever career you choose to pursue after your time at UB.
  • You will be able to give back to UB and Honors and help prospective students with an important decision of college choice.  You will have fun, develop connections, meet great people and help others just by being yourself, and loving UB and Honors.
  • Receive a $100 stipend
  • Receive awesome UB/Honors apparel that you will wear when conducting tours and representing UB

Okay, sounds good to me!  What do I do now?

Membership in the Honors Student Ambassador Program is competitive.  We are looking for enthusiastic, dedicated students who love UB and Honors, and want to share that excitement with prospective students.  Involvement in other activities is not as important as showing us that your personality will make a lasting, positive impression on students and parents who are considering making a big choice – the choice to join our UB community for one of the most important academic and personal experiences of their lives.  To be eligible you must:

  • Contact Tim Matthews for an application and return to Honors by Wednesday, September 1st at 4:30pm 
  • Be in good standing with the Honors College
  • An Honors Scholar who has completed at least one full semester at UB
  • Be available to conduct at least two campus tours each semester, help us during UB 360 Open Houses, Accepted Student Days, assist with the Honors College Presidential Scholarship interviews, virtual events and other recruitment opportunities.  The time commitment is small during the course of the academic year but very important – we need responsible students we can depend on!
  • Have a sincere desire to represent and promote UB in an enthusiastic manner, and have a strong sense of pride in the University
  • Have the ability to work well with others, adapt to sometimes difficult situations and possess effective communication skills

After review of applications, you may be contacted for an in-person interview.  If you have any questions or to request an application, please do not hesitate to contact Tim Matthews at  We look forward to reviewing your application!


Rising Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors…Become and Honors College Peer Mentor!

Posted by Tim on June 21, 2021 in Community Announcements, Honors Program Announcements, Volunteering, Volunteers Needed

We hope you are enjoying the summer!

If you are interested in serving as a Peer Mentor in the Honors Connections Program during the 2021-2022 academic year, please fill out our onlineapplication by Friday, June 25th.

The Honors College Peer Mentor Program is designed to help first-year Honors students adjust to life at UB and to the Honors College experience. Our intent is that through this program, our incoming students feel welcome at UB and excited to be a part of the Honors College family.

As an Honors Connections Program Mentor, you will be asked to communicate with your assigned first-year student(s) within two weeks of receiving their contact information, which will be around mid-July. In addition, you will be expected to:

  • Meet with your mentee(s) during the first two weeks of classes via zoom or in-person
  • Encourage participation in Honors College and campus-wide activities
  • Help answer general questions or concerns your mentee(s) may have

In general, we hope that each mentor will help make the transition to college a little easier for our new Honors College scholars.

If selected, Honors Peer Mentors will be required to submit a mini-profile of themselves to be shared with their peer mentee, including a photo.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email and we will reply as soon as we are able.


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


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.


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: . 
Looking forward to seeing you there!