CURCA News
Wednesday
12/21/16

2017 Celebration of Student Academic Excellence

Posted by mllipino on December 21, 2016 in Uncategorized

Students can now submit their abstracts to present at the 2017 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 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 2017 Celebration can access the application here.

The deadline to apply is Friday, March 17th.

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

Wednesday
12/14/16

CURCA Ambassador Developing an App for Early Autism

Posted by mllipino on December 14, 2016 in Uncategorized

Kun Woo Cho is a UB undergraduate studying computer science and engineering. KC was recently recognized for her research on developing an app for early autism detection.

Read the full story here.

Monday
12/12/16

Collegiate Leaders in Environmental Health (CLEH) Summer Program

Posted by mllipino on December 12, 2016 in Uncategorized

A summer environmental internship for undergraduate students is available at the National Center for Environmental Health and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (NCEH/ATSDR) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta, Georgia. Interns will be placed in environmental health programs at NCEH/ATSDR at CDC’s Chamblee Campus.  Over the course of the summer, interns will be exposed to a broad overview of environmental public health issues at the federal level.

Interns will participate in a comprehensive program including environmental health project assignments, interaction with federal officials and scientists, and visits to important environmental health sites in and around Atlanta. Other activities include “brown-bag” lunches with CDC staff, as well as attending lectures from prominent environmental health leaders in the Atlanta area. In addition, interns will be able to attend the many seminars offered by CDC during the summer. For examples of past CLEH internship projects, please review at

Application deadline is 1/27/2017 11:59:00 PM Eastern time zone.

Visit: https://www.zintellect.com/Posting/Details/2773 for additional details

Friday
12/02/16

SUNY SURC Undergraduate Research Conference

Posted by mllipino on December 2, 2016 in Uncategorized

The SUNY Undergraduate Research Conference (SURC) is a multidisciplinary spring semester event hosted each year by different SUNY institutions. It brings together undergraduate student researchers and faculty mentors across the SUNY system for activities, including sessions devoted to student presentations-oral, performance, artistic displays, and posters.

The State University of New York at Fredonia (SURC West) will co-host SUNY SURC this coming April. By bringing together students and faculty from across the state, SURC helps realize the synergistic power of the SUNY system.

Abstract submissions will be accepted through 17 February 2017, and students will be notified of the results on or before March 2017.

Registration for the conference will also open on 1 December 2016 and will continue until the conference date. Meantime, please continue to visit the website at http://surc.itec.suny.edu  for additional information and updates as they become available.

Thursday
12/01/16

Benjamin and David Scharps Memorial Award

Posted by mllipino on December 1, 2016 in Uncategorized

The Scharps Legal Essay Competition is open to juniors and seniors (or underclassmen who have that status based on credit hours) at state-operated campuses who are interested in legal issues, or are interested in pursuing a career in the legal field. The topic of this year’s essay competition is Student Rights in College Athletics.

The Scharps Award is offered in accordance with a gift accepted by the State University of New York Board of Trustees under the will of Hannah S. Hirschhorn to establish the Benjamin and David Scharps Memorial Fund.

One award of $1,500 will be presented to the student who has written the best 2,000 word essay describing the role and relevance of law in dealing with a current legal issue. A second award of $1,000 will be presented to the runner-up.

Students must submit their essays and application cover sheets to the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships by 5:00pm on Tuesday, January 17, 2017.

Monday
09/12/16

Celebration of Student Academic Excellence

Posted by mllipino on September 12, 2016 in Uncategorized

Plans are in place for the 13th Annual Celebration of  Student Academic Excellence on Thursday, April 20, 2017 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 2017 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 coming soon!

Monday
05/23/16

EPA Fish Population and Landscape Study Assosciate

Posted by CURCA on May 23, 2016 in Uncategorized

EPA Fish Population and Landscape Study Associate – Job for Recent Bachelor’s Grads

The EPA Environmental Research and Business Support Program is searching for a Fish Population and Landscape Study Associate to join the Air, Climate and Energy project and the Safe and Sustainable Water Resources team, at the EPA facility in Corvallis, Oregon. The Associate will be responsible for assisting with developing, maintaining, and analyzing fish population and landscape models for addressing watershed resilience, sustainability, and climate change needs.

  • Full-time, $20.04/hour
  • Must have earned a bachelor’s degree in ecology, fisheries and wildlife, zoology, biology, ecological engineering, environmental science, hydrologic science, bioinformatics, computational biology, information science, or a related field
  • Must have education/experience in ecology, (particularly with fish-habitat or wildlife-habitat relationships), a working knowledge of GIS, R-language programming, and strong written, oral, and electronic communication skills
  • Will perform data management and data analysis support, to include: data quality assurance, spatial data analysis, statistical modeling, database management, file management, and other related tasks

For the full position description and to apply, visit our website: https://www.zintellect.com/Posting/Details/2251

Questions? Email EPAjobs@orau.org. To hear more about position openings like this, follow us on Twitter at @GovCareerPaths.

Wednesday
04/20/16

Thank you to participants of 2016 Celebration for Student Academic Excellence!

Posted by CURCA on April 20, 2016 in Uncategorized

Thank you to all of the student presenters, research mentors, and volunteers for making the 2016 Celebration for Student Academic Excellence our largest event yet!

Photos from the Celebration event can be found on our Facebook page and photos from the Awards Ceremony can be found here.

We hope to see you all again next year at the Annual Celebration for Student Academic Excellence!

Monday
03/28/16

Discovery Week Events

Posted by CURCA on March 28, 2016 in Uncategorized

Join us for Discovery Week, March 28-April 8 2016!

final Discovery Week Poster

Click the photo to enlarge.

Friday
03/04/16

Undergrads take their research to Albany

Posted by CURCA on March 4, 2016 in Uncategorized

The full story from the UB Reporter:

Undergrads take their research to Albany

SUNY Provost Alex Cartwright and UB students Matthew Falcone and Lily Talal
SUNY Provost Alex Cartwright, who also holds an appointment as professor of electrical engineering at UB, meets with UB students Matthew Falcone and Lily Talal at the Undergraduate Student Research and Creative Activities Forum held in Albany. Photo: Tim Tryjankowski

By LAURA HERNADNEZ

Published March 3, 2016

  
“I think the future of New York State is in great hands with these great young minds.”
Tim Tryjankowski, director
Center for Undergraduate Research & Creative Activities

Two UB undergraduates found themselves on a mission last week in Albany: to show SUNY leaders that their investment in student research is money well spent.

Matthew Falcone and Lily Talal presented their research to SUNY leaders at the biannual SUNY Undergraduate Student Research and Creative Activities Forum, held Feb. 24 at the Legislative Office Building. They were accompanied by Tim Tryjankowski, director of UB’s Center for Undergraduate Research & Creative Activities (CURCA).

The forum celebrates undergraduate research by inviting two students from each of the SUNY campuses to present their work to members of the New York State Senate and Assembly, as well as representatives of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and SUNY administrators, including Chancellor Nancy Zimpher.

SUNY is educating and training the next generation of researchers in a multitude of fields,” Tryjankowski says. “State support is crucial in allowing for a top-tier, yet affordable university education. By bringing the ‘results’ — the tangible research outcomes and discoveries to our elected officials — a strong case is made to elicit more support from Albany.”

Falcone, a sophomore double majoring in environmental and civil engineering, presented research titled “Design of Parabolic Solar Trough for Empowered Sustainable Water Treatment in Developing Countries.” The aim of the project was to develop the most efficient parabolic solar trough design that can disinfect water in developing countries and during emergency conditions.

Falcone’s mentor on the project is James Jensen, professor of civil, structural and environmental engineering.

“This year we hit a home run with Matthew Falcone,” Tryjankowski says. “His project hits home with legislative leaders, not only because of its international outreach, but locally there are implications of this work, he says, noting that the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, “makes New York officials take notice of Jensen and Matthew’s work.”

“UB is at the forefront of examining and providing solutions to our basic need for clean water,” Tryjankowski says.

Talal, a freshman studying biomedical sciences, presented her research, “The Acute Effect of Shiitake and White Button Mushrooms on Postprandial Lipemia and Lipid Peroxidation,” with her mentor Peter Horvath, associate professor of exercise and nutrition sciences. Their work focuses on developing a treatment strategy to reduce the risk of cardiometabolic diseases. They have been focusing on mushrooms and how the fungi could improve dyslipidemia — an abnormal amount of lipids in the blood — by being a dietary substitution for meat.

“I think the future of New York State is in great hands with these great young minds,” Tryjankowski says. “I am thrilled to have these two UB undergraduates representing our campus.”

– See more at: UB Reporter