The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR)

Posted by CURCA on August 29, 2017 in Competitions, Events, News & Announcements, Research Opportunities at UB, Research Opportunities Outside of UB, Scholarships, Workshops

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 the Council on Undergraduate Research page on the CURCA website.


CURCA Ambassador Developing an App for Early Autism

Posted by CURCA on December 14, 2016 in News & Announcements

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.


EPA Fish Population and Landscape Study Associate

Posted by on May 23, 2016 in Research Opportunities Outside of UB

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:

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Undergrads take their research to Albany

Posted by on March 4, 2016 in Events, News & Announcements

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


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


UB Researchers Attend 2016 Undergraduate Research and Creative Works Poster Program in Albany, NY

Posted by on February 24, 2016 in News & Announcements

Congrats to UB’S Lillian Talal and Matthew Falcone for being selected to present at the 2016 Undergraduate Research and Creative Works Poster Program in Albany, NY. Way to go researchers!
UB Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities's photo.

Pictured: Matthew Falcone (Civil and Environmental Engineering), Lillian Talal (Biomedical Engineering), and Tim Tryjankowski (Director of Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities)


Alexander Cartwright, Former UB Professor and now Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor of SUNY, stopped by to learn more about Matthew and Lillian’s outstanding work.


Three students trying to make it through Europe with only cans of Red Bull

Posted by on February 22, 2016 in News & Announcements

From the UB Spectrum

Three students trying to make it through Europe with only cans of Red Bull

Students hope to participate in ‘Red Bull Can You Make It?’ challenge


When traveling to a foreign country, it’s common for travelers to exchange currency. Three UB students are purposefully not doing this.

Rather than money, they’ll be using an energy drink to pay their way through Europe.

Three UB students are attempting to make the cut of participating in the “Red Bull Can You Make It?” challenge, in which 165 student teams from more than 50 countries will travel across Europe for seven days with only Red Bull energy drinks as currency. The winning team will win a paid summer vacation in Europe.

When dropped off at their first destination, all competitors will have their phones and wallets taken. In exchange, they will receive 24 cans of Red Bull, which they must budget and use in creative ways in order to make their way through seven checkpoints and ultimately to the final destination: Paris.

Three UB students, Chris Komin and Jake Dixon, both junior media study majors, and George Gombert, a junior mechanical engineering major, have hopes of competing in this year’s challenge, which runs from April 12-19.

Komin, Dixon and Gombert, who refer to themselves as “Queen City Can Make It,” must be in the top 18 of the eastern region of the United States to make it through to the next round of the competition. From there, four teams from each region – north, south, east and west – will be chosen by Red Bull judges to determine who goes to Europe.

Each team must submit a one-minute video that creatively displays why they should be chosen for the challenge.

The winning decisions will be based on “video creativity, charm and energy,” according to the challenge’s official website.

All three students are a part of UB’s Outdoor Adventure Club (OAC). Komin and Dixon, both Buffalo natives, have been close friends since middle school, bonding through their mutual love of the outdoors and adventure. Earlier this year, they met Gombert through OAC, and the three of them immediately clicked.

“This is the perfect competition for us. We all backpack, we all travel and we love adventure,” Dixon said.

Komin, Dixon and Gombert said that their backgrounds in outdoor activities and media study would give them an upper hand in the competition. They said they have the knowledge, interest and drive to succeed at this unique competition because of their numerous trips with the OAC and their videography skills.

Dixon said he frequently watches videos from previous years, which help to “really amp him up.” He said that, if chosen, the three of them would have an exciting experience and possibly even win the whole challenge.

Unlike many competitions, the winner is not chosen by who reaches the final destination first, but rather by who had the best adventure throughout. Komin explained that each team’s adventure is based off a point system.

“You are given a camera and when you’re there you share your story and what you’ve been trading for Red Bull. There are different point values for different items traded,” Komin said.

Past participants have traded Red Bull for items such as tattoos or skydiving. In terms of points, Dixon said the more unique the better.

Komin, Dixon and Gombert have taken to advertisements in order to receive as many votes as possible.

Their video will be on a 24/7 loop on Time Warner Cable News until Feb. 25.

They have also developed a Facebook page where every step on their journey is documented and followers are encouraged to spread the word. Fliers have been placed all over campus on bulletin boards and tables. The “Queen City Can Make It” website has been projected on the screens of many lecture halls.

“The main thing now is to get the community’s support,” Gombert said. “UB is so big that it’s hard to get the word out to everyone, but we are trying hard.

Kori Hughes is a news staff writer and can be reached at