Check out what the Writing Center has to offer

Meeting the needs of Graduate Student Writers, the Center for Excellence in Writing offers:

  • Help with dissertations and theses
  • One on one consultation with graduate students
  • Discipline specific writing groups

Coming Soon:

  • Dissertation Bootcamps to help you complete your dissertation (December 9-13, January 21-23, and March, May TBA)
  • Workshops on topics such as editing, proposal writing, and personal statements
  • Daily conversational brown bag lunches
  • Support for TA’s teaching writing

Center for Excellence in Writing

Baldy 209

Hours: MTW 9am-6pm, Th 9am-8pm, F 10am-2pm

Contact: 645-5139,


Call for Volunteers: South Campus Neighborhoods

Community-student partnerships and engagement have been on the rise recently in our South Campus Neighborhoods.  As you are fast becoming some of the finest future-leaders-to-be, I’m reaching out to ask you for your hand in volunteering this Saturday, October 5th.

Students (and community partners) will be meeting up at 11:00am the end of Tyler Street (Tyler and Angle Street) at Linear Park for cleaning up this park!

Water and refreshments, gloves, and tools will all be supplied – the only thing needed is more hands to help clean up!

If you feel up to it, you can simply arrive on site, this Saturday at 11am! (Cleanup expected to last a few hours, but even an hour of your time is greatly appreciated!)

If you have any questions, concerns, or simply want to let us know – feel free to reach out directly to Matt Kopalek of the Office of Community Relations at 829-6147.


Student Wellness Team Available Programming

Student Wellness Team Available Programming:

Open QPR – Suicide Prevention Training:

 Question, Persuade, Refer – Suicide Prevention Training

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students. The good news is that most suicides can be prevented if concerned others learn to recognize the risk factors, gain confidence in asking about suicidal thoughts, and know where to send someone for help. Participants in this presentation will leave with practical knowledge for helping others who might be at risk for suicide.

Called away on business? Attending a conference? Family obligations?

Don’t Cancel that Class!

There’s no need to cancel your class. The Student Wellness Team (Counseling Services, Wellness Education Services, and Health Services) can cover your class by presenting on a number of topics that are relevant to college students.  Even if you don’t need to cancel a class, you are always welcome to request any of these presentations for your classes throughout the year.

Presentations are typically 50-90 minutes in length, depending on the presentation and your class’s schedule.

It is not a requirement for you to cancel your class in order to have the Student Wellness Team come and present. We would be happy to come speak to your classes even if you are there! Also, please keep in mind that it takes time and energy to plan these presentations. If you request one of our programs please share with students that class participation is required!

Information About Our Programs

The Student Wellness Team offers presentations on a wide range of interesting topics. Below we have highlighted a few of our most requested programs; however, you can find a complete list of programs with descriptions on or website!

Sample Program Offerings:

Question, Persuade, Refer – Suicide Prevention Training

Suicide is the second leading cause of death among college students. The good news is that most suicides can be prevented if concerned others learn to recognize the risk factors, gain confidence in asking about suicidal thoughts, and know where to send someone for help. Participants in this presentation will leave with practical knowledge for helping others who might be at risk for suicide.

Are you stressed out?

The American College Health Association cites stress as the number-one impediment to academic performance in its national college health assessment.  In this presentation students will learn techniques to identify stressors and take control of stress in their lives.

The ABC’s of Getting Your Zzzz’s

College students are some of the most sleep-deprived people in the U.S.! Sleep deprivation can lead to decreased performance and alertness, difficulty concentrating, memory problems, and emotional distress. In this workshop students will learn about the importance of sleep, the effects of sleep deprivation, and strategies for getting better sleep.

Interested in Requesting A Program?

Visit our website above to complete an online workshop request form.  Two-week advance notice is required. We would appreciate it if you could disseminate this information to other members of your department. We are sending this information prior to the start of the semester so that you can include the presentation on your syllabus if you would like.

For additional information contact Colleen Holcomb at


Get $30 Bills Tickets and Donate to the Family Justice Center

Are you a Bills Fan and a supporter of the Family Justice Center? If so, the Buffalo Bills and the United Way have made it possible to go to the 11/3 Bills game against the Chiefs for only $30 and also donate to the Family Justice Center at the same time. Just click the following link to purchase your tickets and donate! Use the special offer code GPUW.


Fall SBI Programming Grant Applications Due October 4

Grants of up to $1,000.00 can be awarded to any recognized university affiliated student organization, including any GSA club.

“The primary function of the Programming Grant is to fund programs that further the quality of student life, and enrich the educational, cultural and social experiences at the University at Buffalo. In light of these goals, organizations that receive awards are to use them to expand existing programs or to help launch new projects.”

You can find the grant application here or pick up a hard copy from the GSA Office (310 Student Union) or the SBI Office (341 Student Union).  The deadline for submission is Friday, October 4, 2013 at 4:00 p.m. Please note that this is a rigid deadline, after which grant applications will not be accepted. All grant applications must include the signature of the GSA Treasurer, so please plan accordingly. SBI Programming Grant Notifications will be distributed to the grant applicants by Wednesday, October 16, 2013.

Hillary Rodham Clinton Distinguished Speaker Series ~ Ticket Lottery

The Distinguished Speaker Series presents Hillary Rodham Clinton, Former Secretary of State, on October 23rd at 8pm in Alumni Arena

Free tickets for students will be distributed via a Ticket Lottery.  Please register for the Ticket Lottery October 1st – 6th for your chance to possibly receive a free Clinton ticket by visiting and scroll down to the  “Tickets for UB Students” Section.  Limited quantities available.

The Office of Special Events will e-mail lottery registrants on Wednesday, October 9th, notifying them as to whether or not they are a lottery winner. Lottery winners will then receive details about when, where and how to pick up their ticket.

Michio Kaku tickets for Wednesday’s distinguished speaker event still available


The UB Distinguished Speaker Series presents the graduate student choice speaker, Michio Kaku, 8:00pm on September 25 at Alumni Arena. Free tickets are available to graduate students at the SBI Ticket Office (221 Student Union). 1 per UB ID.

About Dr. Kaku:

Dr. Michio Kaku is the co-founder of string field theory (a branch of string theory), and continues Einstein’s search for a “Theory of Everything,” seeking to unify the four fundamental forces of the universe—the strong force, the weak force, gravity and electromagnetism.
Kaku is a bestselling author. His books include: Physics of the Future (2012); Physics of the Impossible (2009); Parallel Worlds (2006); Einstein’s Cosmos (2005); Visions (1999); Beyond Einstein (1995) and Hyperspace (1994). He is the author of several scholarly, Ph.D. level textbooks and has had more than 70 articles published in physics journals, covering topics such as superstring theory, supergravity, supersymmetry, and hadronic physics.
A popularizer of science, Kaku has appeared on television (Discovery, BBC, ABC, Science Channel, and CNN to name a few), written for popular science publications like Discover, Wired, and New Scientist, been featured in documentaries like Me & Isaac Newton, and hosted many of his own including BBC’s series on Time. Kaku also hosts two weekly radio programs heard on stations across the country: Science Fantastic and Explorations in Science.
Kaku received a B.S. (summa cum laude) from Harvard University in 1968 where he came first in his physics class. He went on to the Berkeley Radiation Laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley and received a Ph.D. in 1972. In 1973, he held a lectureship at Princeton University. He holds the Henry Semat Chair and Professorship in theoretical physics at the City College of New York, where he has taught for over 25 years. He has also been a visiting professor at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, as well as New York University (NYU).