GSA Summer Hours and Temporary Office Location

Please note that as of Monday, May 13th the GSA will be operating on summer hours:

Monday – Thursday 8:30am – 4:00pm, closed on Friday (closed for lunch daily 1:00 – 2:00pm)

Additionally, due to the construction in the Student Union, the GSA office is being temporarily relocated to 306 Student Union as of May 20th.  Staff will be working remotely for the majority of the summer, but we will still hold open office walk-in hours on Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 8:30am to 11:30am.  Please plan accordingly.

All GSA staff and officers will be available by email for the summer. Please visit the Staff and Officers page on the GSA website for contact information.

GSA Election and Referendum Results

The GSA Election Committee is pleased to announce the results of the 2024-2025 GSA Officer Elections and Referendum vote:


Isaac Kolding: 333
(78 abstentions)

Vice President:

Sarah MacDougall: 336
(75 abstentions)


Tamara Grosso: 338
(73 abstentions)

These elected candidates will officially take office on June 1, 2024.


That the student activity fee be MANDATORY for all graduate students: 269
That the student activity fee be VOLUNTARY for all graduate students: 142

Thank you to all of the graduate students who participated in these votes!


GSA Election Committee

Layne Jensen (EC Chair)
Jamison Garcia Ramirez (EC)
Nathan Lynch  (EC)
Gollapudi Venkata Sai Revathi (EC)
Roisul Galib (EC)


UB Microsoft Teams Upgrades Starting March 31st

Beginning on March 31st, anyone at UB who has access to Microsoft 365 applications will receive a new Microsoft Teams upgrade. This will be a gradual rollout to the UB community over the course of a few weeks, so some may notice this change on March 31st while others may be days or weeks later.

There is no need for anyone to download new software or take any action with this upgrade. If you have Teams currently installed on a device, the upgrade will happen automatically.

Some updated features on the new Microsoft Teams include:

  • Faster performance: The new Teams app is twice as fast, consuming 50% less memory on devices.
  • Simpler design: Microsoft Teams features simplified meetings, less cluttered with notifications and messages, and more ability to customize settings in conversations.
  • Accessibility upgrades: There are improvements for those who use screen readers to avoid repeated information, interpret the app, and arrange channel conversations. There are also more keyboard shortcut options.
  • Improved contact search: Students can find colleagues quickly with an upgraded contact search feature. You can also chat with and meet with others outside of UB.

Anyone with the current version of Microsoft Teams can preview the new version of Teams immediately, before the upgrade begins on March 31st. Toggle the “Try the new Teams” button on the top left side of the current Teams app to make the switch.

UBIT always welcomes your feedback as we continue to incorporate technology to enhance communication around campus.

Internship Opportunity for Students

Ingram Micro has a great internship opportunity coming up this Summer! It is on the Global Business Process team which deals with Process Engineering, Product Management, Financial Analysis, and Change Management.  It is a great opportunity to learn more in any/all of these areas and many who have started as Interns at Ingram have gone on to become full time employees after it ended.

Job Posting Details

Position: Summer Intern – Global Business Process

STEM for Everyone: Call for Submissions

STEM for Everyone: Call for Submissions
Proposals due March 15, 2024
Presentation on April 11, 2024 from 12:30-2:30 PM in the Landmark Room, Student Union

Are you an undergraduate or graduate student involved in technical research or hands-on projects? Would you like to share your work with a broad audience and sharpen your communication skills? Submit your proposal to participate in STEM for Everyone!

STEM for Everyone, presented by the UB Women in STEM Cooperative (WISC) and UB Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE), invites students to present a short 5 minute talk on a STEM topic to hone their communication skills.

This event provides a platform for students to communicate the significance of their work in non-technical language, an important skill for any STEM professional. Creativity is encouraged!

Participants will benefit from mentorship and constructive feedback as they are preparing their presentation and will be eligible to win prizes for strong submissions.

  • Proposals are due by March 15, 2024
  • Students will receive notification of acceptance by March 22, 2024
  • Presentation slides must be submitted by April 8, 2024

Submit your proposal here
More information and past winners here

Art of Research Competition


We are excited to announce that the Art of Research competition deadline has been extended to Wednesday, March 6! So, don’t miss your opportunity to display your research at the Buffalo Museum of Science and compete for prize money!

This competition provides a unique opportunity for you (or your research team if a group submission) to convey your work through the images you capture, making complex concepts more accessible and engaging to a broader audience. This competition is open to graduate students and postdoctoral scholars from all disciplines, and we encourage submissions that embrace a variety of artistic mediums. Submissions may include photographs, illustrations, visualizations, renderings, and anything produced while performing research in any discipline.

Compete for prize money, discuss your research with others, and get recognized at a celebratory event on Tuesday, April 16, 2024, from 6-8 p.m., at the Buffalo Museum of Science, where winners will be announced, and your photo will be displayed.

Submit your entry today!

For more information, visit the Art of Research competition webpage. The deadline to submit is Wednesday, March 6, at 5 p.m.

Not sure what to submit? Check out the photos submitted by last year’s winners for inspiration.