National Science Foundation Application Development Workshop for First Year Ph.D. Students

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) Workshops for First Year Ph.D. students

Would you like to be fully funded for graduate school?  Many students think that they will be “fully funded” throughout their graduate programs but they really have a Teaching Assistantship (TA position) where they are paid to teach 20 hours a week.  A fellowship like the NSF GRFP is truly a fully funded award.

The NSF awards three-year scholarships for graduate study in mathematical, physical, biological, engineering and behavioral and social sciences, including the history of science.  This fellowship carries a stipend of $32,000 per year plus a cost of education allowance to cover tuition and fees for three years.  This is a significant graduate fellowship that affords students the freedom to focus on their research and lessen the time to degree completion.

To qualify, applicants must be US citizens, have US national status or be permanent residents, intend to pursue a research-based master’s or Ph.D. program in an NSF-supported field. Applications become available in August and the deadlines vary by discipline but are generally in late October and early November:

To help you prepare a competitive application UB will be hosting a series of NSF GRPF workshops this spring. You will learn more about how to apply for the NSF GRFP and other awards, what the review panels are looking for and how to write a strong research proposal.  These sessions will be hosted by the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships along with a writing consultant from the Center for Excellence in Writing.

Sessions will be held on Thursdays: February 15, March 1, March 15 and March 29.  The sessions will be offered from either 9:00am-10:00am or 3:00pm-4:00pm on each of these days.  Students are required to commit to all 4 sessions which includes beginning preparation of the 3 page past research and personal statement and 2 page research proposal.

To be considered for this program, students must complete the online application by 5pm EST on Monday, January 29:

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships at

GSA Office Winter Break Schedule

The GSA Office Winter Break schedule will be as follow:

  • Office open through Monday, December 18th
  • Office closed Tuesday, December 19th – Monday, January 8th
  • Office on Summer Hours Monday, January 8th – Friday, January 26th
    • Open Monday – Thursday 8:30am – 4:00pm, Closed on Fridays
  • Office closed Monday, January 15th for MLK Jr. Day (University Closed)
  • Regular Business Hours resume Monday, January 29th

NAGPS Action Plan, Call Congress Day

As you know, the House’s plan includes tax​ing  tuition waivers, and eliminates deductions for people paying off their ​student ​loans.​

​The next step is to convince ​Congress to remove these provisions during reconciliation of the House and Senate plans.

Attached is ​a summary of our action plan for the upcoming weeks. Here is our event page for upcoming Call Congress Days including a call script for addressing ​​Section 117(d) when speaking with the offices of your Senators and Congressional Representatives. Here is our petition on

​Please share these with your constituents and campus partners.

​Please also share your call day results with us, and use #ReworkTheReform on social media​. Thank you for your efforts.

If you have any questions feel free to email



Joseph Verardo
National Association of Graduate-Professional Students (NAGPS)
1050 K Street NW #400
Washington, DC 20001 | Like us on Facebook

3 Minute Thesis Competition ~ Prepare to Enter!

Prepare your 90-second audition video now.  Enter between 11/27-12/8 for a chance to win $1,000 in UB’s 3 Minute Thesis Competition!

This spring, UB’s Graduate School and Blackstone LaunchPad are hosting the University’s second annual Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition. This competition provides doctoral students a unique and invaluable professional development experience and competition winners are awarded monetary prizes:

$1,000     1st Place
$750        2nd Place
$500        3rd Place
$250        People’s Choice, selected by the audience

Doctoral students currently enrolled at the University at Buffalo and actively engaged in dissertation research who have completed their Application to Candidacy are eligible to participate. A competitive candidate should have a well-conceived dissertation project, compelling data collected and a novel story to share. Work presented must have been conducted at the University at Buffalo for the student’s current degree program.

Participants must be available to present, in person, at the 3MT Competition on Friday, March 2, 2018 in the UB Center for the Arts Screening Room.

For Information on how to enter, visit the 3MT Website:

Registration opens: Monday, November 27 at 9:00 a.m.

Registration deadline: Friday, December 8 at noon.

The Graduate School is pleased to provide the 3MT Competition in collaboration with UB’s Blackstone LaunchPad.
Questions?  Please contact us at

Come join GSA for the 14th Annual Jingle Jangle Jam!

Friday, December 1st from 7:00pm – 11:00pm at Templeton Landing

(2 Templeton Terrace Buffalo, 14202)

Open Bar, Buffet Dinner, Music and Prizes!!

Tickets on sale now at the SBI Ticket Offices (221 Student Union and 135 Diefendorf Hall) for $20 each/$25 at the door (if still available).  2 per UB ID.

Student Council for Inclusive Excellence

Hi everyone,

I am writing you all on behalf of the Student Council for Inclusive Excellence to inform all of you of a great opportunity to encourage diversity, inclusivity and equity on our campus.

Currently, we are looking for new members as a number of our members graduated this past May.

The student council serves as a branch of the Office of Inclusive Excellence Council, which is comprised of faculty, staff, and alumni. The student council meets once a month with the Vice Provost of Inclusive Excellence to advise her on diversity concerns regarding students.

The minimum responsibility of the council is to attend the monthly meeting in an advisory capacity, but it can be what the council members make of it. The council membership is yearly, with no meetings during winter break.

The council is open to any student, graduate or undergraduate, traditional and non-traditional; we’d like to see a diverse group of individuals who show interest in making UB a more inclusive place. Vice Provost Miller is primarily looking for students who have leadership experience or have a great potential for being a leader on campus.

This is a great opportunity to be more involved on campus as well as a chance to make UB a better place for every type of student.

If you are interested in joining the council or would like more information, please email me at

Please contact me by next Tuesday if you are interested in joining.


Christiana Johnson