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.

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!

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
05/09/17

Thank you to all contributors of the 2017 Celebration of Student Academic Excellence!

Posted by mllipino on May 9, 2017 in Uncategorized

Thank you to all the student presenters, research mentors, and volunteers for making the 2017 Celebration of Student Academic Excellence a success!

Check out photos, sample posters, and the PixStori Gallery from this years event!

We hope to see you all again next year for the 14th Annual Celebration!

Thursday
04/27/17

2017 Celebration of Student Academic Excellence PixStori Gallery

Posted by mllipino on April 27, 2017 in Uncategorized

Thank you to all the student presenters, research mentors, and volunteers for making the 2017 Celebration of Student Academic Excellence a success!

Check out the PixStori Gallery from the event to be able to see and hear from some of our student presenters.

Visit http://curca.buffalo.edu/students/coae.php to stay up to date on plans for the 14th Annual Celebration of Student Academic Excellence coming in the Spring of 2018!

Thursday
04/06/17

Discovery Week

Posted by mllipino on April 6, 2017 in Uncategorized

Discovery Week

Participate in a week of discovery and celebrating academic excellence April 17-21!

Monday, April 17

  • Navigating Conflict in a Changing World:
    How to Maintain Calm in the Face of Opposition
    12-1 p.m. • 17 Norton Hall
  • Beyond Your Bachelor’s-Graduate
    School Opportunities in UB’s College of Arts and Sciences
    10-11 a.m. • 732 Clemens Hall
  • Preparing to Complete the UB Curriculum Capstone
    2-3:15 p.m. • 200G Baldy Hall

Tuesday, April 18

  • Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Demystified
    11:30 a.m.-12:20 p.m. • 12 Capen Hall
  • Celebrating the Scholarship and Achievements of Undergraduate Women Across the Disciplines
    12-1:30 p.m. • 17 Norton Hall
  • My Big Idea Pitch Contest
    1:30-2:30 p.m. • The Silverman Library in Capen Hall, third floor
  • Graduate School Drop-In Hours, College of Arts and Sciences
    2-4 p.m. • CAS Advising, 275 Park Hall
  • Global Learning: Connecting International Travel with Academic and Career Goals
    3-4 p.m. • 17 Norton Hall

Wednesday, April 19

  • Scholarship in the Arts
    12-1 p.m. • 17 Norton Hall
  • Alternative Break Student Presentations
    3-4:30 p.m. • Student Engagement Learning Lab
  • Social Justice and Climate Justice in
    Architecture and Planning
    3-4 p.m. • 17 Norton Hall

Thursday, April 20

  • Celebration of Student Academic Excellence
    1-3 p.m. • Center for the Arts
  • Celebration Ceremony
    3:30-4:45 p.m. • Center for the Arts
  • Bluewolf Workshop–Talent Acquisition
    5:30 p.m. • Blackstone LaunchPad, 220 Student Union

Friday, April 21

  • Mythologies in the Modern World
    12-9 p.m. • 310 Capen Hall
  • Student Research in Addiction Sciences Open House
    3-5 p.m. • RIA is located on the Downtown Campus
    at 1021 Main Street, Buffalo, NY 14203
  • Female Founder Friday
    4 p.m. • Blackstone LaunchPad, 220 Student Union
Monday
01/09/17

2017-2018 Keck Geology Consortium Undergraduate Research Projects

Posted by mllipino on January 9, 2017 in Uncategorized

The 2017-2018 Keck Geology Consortium projects involve a mix of field and laboratory research experiences that make meaningful scientific contributions in the areas of structural geology, paleontology and paleoecology, and paleoclimatology as well as igneous and metamorphic petrology, sedimentology and stratigraphy, and hydrogeology. Keck Geology Consortium research has resulted in more than 300 presentations at regional and national meetings, the vast majority with student co-authors, and more than 50 publications in peer-reviewed journals including a GSA Special paper (377).

The program for declared majors includes 4 weeks of summer research (field and/or lab work depending on the project), continuing research during the academic year (jointly advised by a project faculty member and a research advisor at the students home institution), and a publication in the annual Keck Geology Consortium proceedings volume.  Gateway students participate in a 5 week summer program.  Students receive a $500/summer week stipend and typically all travel and living expenses are provided for.

This year an exciting range of projects in many different sub-disciplines (climate change, petrology, geomorphology, volcanology, geochemistry, structure, geochronology, paleontology and more) are being offerred. View project descriptions at http://www.keckgeology.org/projects

The application deadline is February 15, 2017.

 

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