HON 102 is a two-credit service-learning course required by all freshmen honors scholars in their first semester. All students in the course perform 25 hours of service during the fall semester.
Through this winter session study abroad course, students travel to the Mara Region of Tanzania to explore community development through a number of interconnected lenses including education, health, economics and infrastructure. By visiting community sites and engaging closely with Tanzanian partners (including leaders, students and members of the Immaculate Heart Sisters of Africa), students will explore the complexities of community development while gaining insights into their own cultures and communities.
Students from the Academies support the Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Partnership (ISEP) and National Science Foundation (NSF) grant-funded initiative.
Undergraduate Academies students, faculty and staff work in collaboration with Grassroots Gardens of Buffalo to support Community Gardens on an annual basis for the Academies-sponsored early move-in experience.
Experiential learning experience for students in the Undergraduate Academies in support of the University Heights Tool Library and University Heights Collaborative initiative to improve the neighborhood through the reinvestment in the urban tree canopy. Additional location: University Heights District
Participants engage in research opportunities and scholarly activities throughout the academic year and summer. Research internships are designed to provide a high-quality, hands-on research experience; increase awareness of ethical considerations in research; and increase awareness of the importance of research in addressing social, cultural, political, medical and environmental issues impacting the various communities which these students call home. Effective research experiences and other educational activities (throughout the academic year and summer) require a combination of classroom-based, field-based and off-campus partnerships with a number of unique spaces for research. The Buffalo Niagara Region has been identified as a prime location for state-of-the-art advancements in cancer research, pharmaceutical therapies, medical instrumentation and robotics, environmental issues, and earthquake research, to name a few. This results in diverse experiences for our scholars that often become interdisciplinary in focus. For example, our participants have secured sound research experiences at Roswell Park Cancer Institute where psychology, biochemistry, physics and English majors have worked on the same project, but through the lens of their specific disciplines. The world’s 21st-century thinkers and researchers will need to be able to collaborate and think critically about issues, and our program strongly encourages that approach, where prudent.
The School Supply Drive is a two-month universitywide charitable drive for school supplies to benefit pre-K through eighth grade students at schools situated around our three campuses: Futures Academy, Bilingual Center, Martin Luther King Multicultural Institute, Highgate Heights Elementary and Westminster Community Charter School. UB employees drop off items in the designated collection boxes throughout the North, South and Downtown campuses that include paper, pencils, rulers, planners, markers, folders, and more. The 2013 program doubled in size from the previous year–with an unprecedented amount of supplies donated and distributed.
Coordinated by the Office of Community Relations, UB’s Universitywide Adopt-a-Family helps make the holidays a little warmer and brighter for a number of local families in need. The Office of Community Relations collaborates with local nonprofits to identify needy families; those families are matched with participating UB departments to provide items from their wish lists. Since 2008, the program continues to grow, averaging over 20 participating departments and matched families each year. Additional location: Downtown Campus