CURCA News
Wednesday
02/14/18

CURCA Research Ambassador Story: Seamus Lombardo

Posted by mllipino on February 14, 2018 in Uncategorized

When and how did you first become involved with an undergraduate research project?

I first became involved with undergraduate research through the UB Nanosat Lab (UBNL) when I was a freshman. There was a steep learning curve when I first started, but the chance to start building experience early on in my undergraduate experience was very beneficial.

Describe your undergraduate research project. 

The undergraduate research project that I have been involved in is the UB Nanosat Lab (UBNL) listed on CURCA’s website as “Nanosatellite Design, Testing And Fabrication”. We are a multi-disciplinary lab that builds satellites for the Air Force and NASA. When I first started on the team I was a member of our Attitude Determination and Control subsystem and worked on projects such as our sun sensor system and reaction wheel testing. Later, I became the Program manager of our GLADOS satellite and played a role in developing our mission and helping to move our system level testing forward.

UBNL is an opportunity to work alongside many different majors to build real spacecraft and build important engineering experience.

Explain how you obtained a CURCA $500 Undergraduate Research Award and what it was used for. How was the award beneficial to your academic experience at UB?

The CURCA grant that I obtained was used to fund my trip to present research at the IAA Symposium on Small Satellites for Earth Observation in Berlin, Germany. At this conference I presented research on reaction wheel torque characterization that I had developed in UBNL. This CURCA grant allowed me to travel and present my research on an international stage. It was a huge asset to my professional development as I received useful feedback on my research and I made connections with professionals in government and industry.

Describe what it is like working in a lab.

Working in a lab is a fantastic educational experience. Doing research alongside other intelligent and motivated individuals is a great chance to learn from their experiences. Additionally, it’s a satisfying feeling to apply what you learn in class to real applications. My work in my lab also helped me move my career forward by developing real skills and gaining experience that helped me obtain internships and job offers.

How has your faculty mentor influenced you?

The faculty mentor for UBNL is Dr. John Crassidis. He has been a perfect mentor and role model throughout my entire undergraduate career. His extensive experience meant that he always was able to contribute meaningful technical feedback to the work in our lab. Additionally, he also provided me with useful career advice gained through his time at NASA and academia. Lastly, he was always happy to support me through recommendation letters and references so that I could obtain new and exciting opportunities.

Have you had the opportunity to present your research project? If so, please describe that experience.

I had the opportunity to present my research at both the Small Satellite Conference in Logan, Utah and the IAA Symposium on Small Satellites for Earth Observation in Berlin, Germany. Both of these experiences were great learning opportunities. I received feedback on my research that allowed me to push forward with my technical goals and also had the chance to develop my presentation and public speaking skills which will aid me in my career. Additionally, the chance to attend both of these conferences allowed me to learn more about the aerospace industry and network with professionals. I hope to present research at the 4S Symposium in Sorrento, Italy this May and continue to build experience and develop professionally.

How has/will this opportunity benefit you academically and/or professionally?

My undergraduate research has been the most valuable learning opportunity of my career. It has allowed me to develop as an engineer by applying what I learn in class to real problems. It also gave me the skills and experience to help build my career and obtain internship and job offers. Lastly, documenting and presenting my research at conferences has been an opportunity to further my professional development. I highly recommend getting involved in undergraduate research to help further your goals!

Wednesday
01/24/18

2018 Celebration of Student Academic Excellence

Posted by mllipino on January 24, 2018 in Uncategorized

Students can now submit their abstracts for consideration to present at the 14th Annual Celebration of Student Academic Excellence!

The celebration will showcase poster presentations from students who have participated in research and creative works here at UB. Come and join the UB community as we gather to recognize and celebrate the outstanding academic contributions of our students, faculty and research mentors.

UB students interested in presenting their projects at the 2018 Celebration of Student Academic Excellence can access the online portal here.

The deadline to submit an abstract is Friday, March 16th.

Questions, comments and concerns can be addressed to the CURCA Graduate Assistant, Meghan Lipinoga, at prov.mllipino@provost.buffalo.edu

Monday
01/08/18

SUNY SURC 2018

Posted by mllipino on January 8, 2018 in Uncategorized

UB undergraduate students can now submit abstracts to present at the 2018 SUNY Undergraduate Research Conference (SURC). SUNY SURC focuses on student presentations (oral, performance, artistic displays, and poster). The deadline to submit an abstract is February 19th. Accepted UB students will have access to accommodations provided by CURCA such as registrations fees and transportation.

Thursday
11/30/17

2018 National Conference on Undergraduate Research

Posted by mllipino on November 30, 2017 in Events

The deadline to submit an abstract for the 2018 National Conference on Undergraduate Research is Tuesday, December 5, 2017. The conference will be hosted by the University of Central Oklahoma (4/4/18-4/7/18). Interested students can submit their abstract or find additional information by visiting https://www.cur.org/conferences_and_events/student_events/ncur_2018/.

Accepted UB undergraduate students may apply for conference travel funds through CURCA!

 

 

 

Tuesday
10/24/17

SUNY Undergraduate Research Conference 2018

Posted by mllipino on October 24, 2017 in Events

Tuesday
10/10/17

Celebration of Student Academic Excellence

Posted by mllipino on October 10, 2017 in Uncategorized

Plans are in place for the 14th Annual Celebration of  Student Academic Excellence on Thursday, April 26, 2018 in UB’s Center for the Arts!

The celebration will showcase poster presentations from students who have participated in research and creative works here at UB. Come join the UB community as we gather to recognize and celebrate the outstanding academic contributions of our students, faculty, and research mentors.

University at Buffalo undergraduates interested in presenting at the 2018 Celebration must review the additional information outlined here.

Questions, comments and concerns can be directed to the CURCA Graduate Assistant, Meghan Lipinoga, at prov.mllipino@provost.buffalo.edu

Additional event details will be coming soon!

Thursday
08/31/17

Undergraduate Research & Creative Activities Opportunities Fair

Posted by mllipino on August 31, 2017 in Events

Join us for the Undergraduate Research & Creative Activities Opportunities Fair on Thursday, September 21st in the Student Union Lobby from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Check out the many undergraduate research opportunities that are available while enjoying refreshments! For more information: Research Fair 2017

Tuesday
08/29/17

Student Opportunity Center (S.O.C.)

Posted by mllipino on August 29, 2017 in Uncategorized

As an undergraduate student at the University at Buffalo you have access to a free membership to the S.O.C.. The S.O.C. serves as a resource to help students with finding undergraduate research opportunities, internships, conferences, fellowships and scholarships. This is a great way to find hands-on learning experiences based off your interests!  Students can join by creating a login here using your UB email account.

Tuesday
08/29/17

The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR)

Posted by mllipino on August 29, 2017 in News & Announcements

UB is an Enhanced member of CUR. This institutional membership allows all UB faculty, staff and students to sign up for free individual memberships. The benefits of being an individual member include:

  • An electronic subscription to the CUR Quarterly, which discusses issues about student-faculty collaborative research and scholarship for all disciplines
  • Major discounts to attend CUR’s National Conference and CUR Dialogues, both of which include workshops and opportunities to network with peers and representatives of funding agencies.
  • Free access to CUR hosted webinars.
  • Access to information on funding opportunities, jobs, and other resources on the members’ only portion of CUR’s website, in the monthly CUR E-newsletter, and over CUR’s listserv.
  • Eligibility to receive mentoring or pre-submission proposal reviews from colleagues in your discipline.
  • The opportunity to develop and be recognized for leadership skills within the academic community by serving on CUR committees and on the General Council or participating in departmental consulting, speaking, and other leadership activities.

For more information and to learn how to become a member, please visit here.

Tuesday
08/22/17

CURCA Location Change

Posted by mllipino on August 22, 2017 in News & Announcements

Stop by the Experiential Learning Network in 17 Norton Hall to visit CURCA’s new office space!