UB medical students participate in medical relief trips in various countries around the world, including Haiti, Peru, Panama, India and Congo.
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.
The first recommendation in the report, “Opening Economic Opportunity Around UB’s Growing Downtown Presence: Report of the University at Buffalo and St. John Baptist Church Economic Opportunity Panel,” (EOP report), requested that pathways to economic opportunity among UB and its partners be “illuminated.” In response, the Office of Educational Collaboration & Engagement (ECE) created a network of EOP partner agencies and individuals offering employment, education and/or training relevant to workforce opportunities in the downtown medical corridor. Working together with EOP partners, ECE hosted a workshop on the Downtown Campus where leaders from the health care sector, joined by one of the principal architects of the Buffalo Billion initiative, shared information specific to growth plans and employment needs for the region. A follow-up health careers forum provided opportunities for community members to talk with employers who had job openings. As a result of these efforts, a broader workforce plan was initiated that would bring a city-wide workforce strategy that emphasized the involvement of anchor institutions.
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