High schoolers at UB's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and National Grid's engineering summer camp to introduce students to careers in STEM.
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Buffalo Outreach and Community Assistance (BOCA) is an international public health organization that recruits students and dental professionals to promote dental education and implement free dental care in those areas of the world that lack adequate access to care. The word BOCA, which means “mouth” in Spanish, signifies our dedication to oral health care, as well as our goal of advocating for more universal access to dental care worldwide.
The CARES Program (Counseling, Advocacy, Referral, Education, and Service), a nationally recognized collaboration between the University at Buffalo schools of Dental Medicine and Social Work, was created as an innovative solution to address access to oral health care issues faced by a diverse population in Western New York.
The Center for Assistive Technology (CAT) Client Services team provides awareness of the use of Assistive Technology (AT). They help people of all ages with various disabilities, illnesses and functional impairments apply AT for daily living, school, work, recreational and leisure activities. Their services can help people live more independent lives and also facilitate improved health, wellness and disease prevention. The program serves many counties in WNY, and is a part of the UB School of Public Health and Health Professions.
The Center for Healing and Deafness is a research-centered organization that is often involved with ongoing projects and studies to help contribute to our understanding of hearing and deafness, including causation and treatment. The center offers opportunities to be involved in this research, and works with the community to provide excellent care and knowledge to interested parties.
UB Athletics offers CPR/AED Training courses on UB’s North Campus at Alumni Arena on select Mondays, Tuesdays and Saturdays of the month. These classes are open to the general public, and provide certification of completion. There are varying levels of classes available, from basic first aid training to basic life support with pediatric first aid. Interested individuals can register online to ensure a spot, as only five additional walk-ins will be guaranteed a spot.
The Food Systems Planning and Healthy Community Lab is dedicated to research that critically examines the role of planning and policy in facilitating sustainable food systems and healthy communities. Under the leadership of Dr. Samina Raja, Associate Professor, the ‘Food Lab’ team conducts research, builds capacity of planners through education and training, and engages in community-based efforts to build sustainable food systems and healthy communities.
The Institute on Innovative Aging Policy and Practice (IIAPP) was established at the University at Buffalo in 2013 by Director Louanne Bakk. This purpose of the IIAPP is to promote aging-related research, scholarship, learning and service concerning care for older persons, particularly those most vulnerable and oppressed. IIAPP is housed within the Buffalo Center for Social Research and is dedicated to the health, well-being and independence of older adults.
ITTIC provides research and training for organizations regarding trauma and trauma-informed care through evaluation, trauma-specific treatment interventions, training, technical assistance, research and consultation.
This nonprofit, drop-in clinic provides free, routine health care and preventive services to uninsured patients on Buffalo’s East Side. It is entirely managed and funded through the work of eight UB medical students each year, working in partnership with the community service organization Group Ministries.
UB's School of Dental Medicine has served the oral health care needs of Chautauqua County’s children for 15 years with its school-based mobile dental van. Thanks to a federal grant from the Health Resources and Services Administration and gifts from the Lenna Foundation and the Ralph C. Sheldon Foundation, the school has been able to purchase S-Miles To Go, a state-of-the-art mobile dental unit equipped with three dental chairs.
OpiEducate provides resources to students in order to prevent opioid abuse. This initiative was developed by UB students from the School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences who partnered with students from Sacred Heart Academy to prevent opioid abuse and addiction through education.
Prescription for Warmth (P4W) was founded by UB medical students in 2016 and uses 100 percent of the funds donated by the community to purchase hats, gloves and socks in bulk. This nonprofit organization provides hats, gloves and socks for frostbite victims and those in need in Buffalo area hospitals and free clinics.
RIA's annual Seminar Series brings to Buffalo national experts in the field of alcohol, drugs and related issues. Each fall and spring, speakers present research results to an audience of policymakers, clinicians, other researchers, students and the general public.
The University at Buffalo Speech-Language & Hearing Clinic is a centrally located and fully accredited, community-based training facility for graduate students pursuing advanced degrees in speech-language pathology and audiology. Speech, language and hearing services are provided to children and adults with a wide variety of communication challenges under the close supervision of licensed and certified clinical faculty who are experts in their respective areas.
UB Athletics offers a host of youth camps during the summer on the UB campuses. No matter what your child’s skill level — from beginner to advanced — there are opportunities for them to learn, play and make new friends while getting personal attention from faculty and Division I coaches.
As part of a community coalition, UB faculty and trainees offer medical services to resettled refugees in the Buffalo area. This includes supporting asylum seekers by gathering evidence of torture and trauma and providing expert testimony during court hearings.
The mission of the Alberti Center is to reduce bullying abuse in schools and in the community by contributing knowledge and providing evidence-based tools to effectively change the language, attitudes and behaviors of educators, parents, students and society.
BEAM is a nonprofit organization dedicated to building diversity in STEM fields by encouraging, supporting and preparing underrepresented students of all ages to pursue a future in STEM. BEAM offers a variety of programs throughout the year that are designed to provide hands-on experiences in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
The COAP (Career Opportunities in the Accounting Profession) Program provides information on the various components of accounting education/careers and present opportunities to minority high school students in the area. Through interactive presentations and exposure to companies and firms themselves, the UB School of Management faculty and alumni, along with a number of local accounting firm personnel, provide knowledge and helpful information during this five-day program.
The Center of Urban Studies is a research-based organization that seeks to advocate for the needs of marginalized groups in Buffalo’s communities. Through the use of “action-based research” and community engagement, the organization works to bring about solutions for the issues of many groups near UB’s campuses.
Student lawyers work under the supervision of skilled faculty to engage in practical legal thinking and ethical practice through client representation, policy development and effective problem-solving work in experiential settings.
The College Success Centers were designed to serve students in middle and high schools in the Buffalo Public School system to educate and encourage them about their opportunities and ability to attend institutions of higher education. The centers are staffed primarily by graduate and undergraduate students who are committed to helping high school students understand the holistic college application process.
Come learn about the exciting world of cybersecurity at UB's GenCyber Computer Summer Camp. Each day, students will participate in many hands-on computer activities to learn about different cybersecurity topics.
This event, hosted by the American Medical Women’s Association, provides an opportunity for UB medical students to introduce basic medical and neuroanatomical knowledge to young girls in the Girl Scouts. The Girl Scouts are shown how to operate basic medical exam equipment (like stethoscopes and reflex hammers), and learn about human anatomy, including the skeletal and neurological systems. This event hopes to encourage girls’ interest in the medical field, and offers a Q&A session for the girls and their parents to learn more about the journey of becoming a medical student.
Jobs in the biomedical sciences are going unfilled in Western New York due to a lack of qualified applicants. To address this problem, UB medical school professors have developed an innovative grant-funded program aimed at getting high school students interested in careers in science. The professors are teaching basic gene-annotation techniques to area high school science teachers, who then teach the techniques to their students as a way of introducing them to the field of bioinformatics.
The vision of the Immigrant and Refugee Research Institute (IRRI) is to create and share practical knowledge on immigrants and refugees and to improve their lives in the region, in the nation and in the world, with a particular focus on refugee issues in collaboration with Western New York newcomer communities. Based on human rights perspectives, the members of the IRRI utilize research as a tool to sustain the dignity of every immigrant and refugee.
The mission of the Institute for Sustainable Global Engagement (ISGE) is to promote and support global engagement, collaboration and professional action among social work faculty, students, graduates and staff.
The focus of ISEP is the critical middle school experiences of students in science and engineering as they transition to high school. The project utilizes an innovative approach to teacher professional development among 12 high-needs urban schools (including “feeder” middle schools and their corresponding high schools) via courses and interdisciplinary research experiences, development of science and technology classroom materials that are aligned with state science learning standards, and inquiry-based curricula.
Students at Waterfront Elementary School, Futures Academy, East High School, and Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts are served by the Liberty Partnerships Program (LPP) for the purposes of dropout prevention.
University at Buffalo’s Jacob’s School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences partnered up with UBMD’s Physician’s Group to host Mini Med School, a med school experience available for anyone sixteen and older in the WNY community who is interested in the medical school, or in medical education in general. Classes on a wide variety of compelling medical subjects geared toward the layperson are taught by some of UB's leading physicians and researchers.
The University at Buffalo School of Management and M&T Bank have partnered to bring MoneySKILL®, an innovative personal finance curriculum, into area high schools. MoneySKILL is a free, interactive, Internet-based curriculum that educates students to make informed financial decisions on a variety of personal finance issues, including income, money management, spending, credit, saving and investing.
The National Summer Transportation Institute (NSTI) program is a highly competitive scholarship program that provides 30 high school students with a great chance to investigate careers and educational opportunities in today's transportation industry and beyond.
The University at Buffalo School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences (SPPS) Summer Camp provides information about the challenging career pathway opportunities in the profession of pharmacy and exposure to the fields of pharmacy practice and pharmaceutical sciences to interested and motivated high school students.
Created by UB’s School of Law and New York State Bar Association Committee on Courts of Appellate Jurisdiction, the Po Bono Appeals Program provides free legal representation to clients in need of assistance. Prospective clients must apply in advance.
In partnership with the University at Buffalo and funded by the Cullen Foundation, the UB Summer Math Program is a free math camp open to girls in and around the Buffalo area who are entering grades 4 to 10.
Tinker is a unique, one-week summer engineering camp for high school girls. Participants will have the opportunity to explore the diverse fields of engineering through hands-on projects, workshops, presentations and visits to local engineering companies. Invaluable connections will be made as students are mentored by professional women engineers, faculty and students — as well as work in teams with other participants.
The UB Center for Urban Studies (UB CENTER) Summer Academic Camp on Neighborhood Development is designed to improve the skills of middle school students in reading, writing, research, computer use, collaboration, critical thinking, communications and problem solving by having them work on a “real-world” neighborhood development project in the Martin Luther King, Jr. neighborhood.
UB and National Grid partnered with Science is Elementary, a California-based nonprofit, to bring scientists and engineers to Westminster Community Charter School classrooms once a month to do structured, hands-on science experiments that are aligned with the Common Core curriculum. The program began with kindergarten and first-grade classes in January 2014 and will expand to higher grades each school year.
UB's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and National Grid team up each summer to sponsor a four-day engineering workshop for Western New York students entering their sophomore or junior year in high school.
The Allstate Minority and Women Emerging Entrepreneurs Program (MWEE) is a joint program through UB’s School of Management Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership and the UB Center for Urban Studies, and provides resources and mentorship to help minority and women entrepreneurs move their businesses to the next stage of development. Individuals in the program learn about existing organizations and resources in the community, have opportunities to network and forge relationships with surrounding area businesses, and receive guidance on how to develop and attain realistic business goals, among many other great supports. The program is partially funded by a grant through the Allstate Foundation.
Blackstone LaunchPad at the University at Buffalo is a campus-based entrepreneurship program that supports and mentors students, staff and alumni. Blackstone's goal is to introduce you to entrepreneurship, help you develop entrepreneurial skills and enable you to independently achieve success in whatever venture you pursue.
At UB’s New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics & Life Sciences (CBLS), our leadership, staff and partners have decades of experience helping life sciences businesses start, grow and thrive. We know the business landscape here in Buffalo Niagara, and we understand the life sciences industry on a regional, national and global level. Let us help connect you with the right resources.
The Core Program, organized by UB’s School of Management, acts as a peer-mentorship program between local business owners, leaders and UB faculty. It provides an opportunity for networking and support within the WNY business community, as well as a platform for participants to develop and share ideas and practices and work out solutions for presenting challenges. The Core Program provides a safe and confidential environment for its participants.
The Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership (CEL) recognizes and supports the power of entrepreneurship to unlock human potential, create jobs, inspire wealth and invigorate the greater Western New York economy and community.
Students in the University at Buffalo’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences can engage in the Engineering Partnership Program, where they work with prominent companies in the Buffalo and WNY area. This program facilitates learning for students, contribution by UB into the engineering sciences workforce in the area, and allows for collaboration between UB and its surrounding communities.
Each spring, IRS-certified accounting students from the University at Buffalo School of Management provide free tax preparation services to qualifying individuals and families. This service can be especially valuable to low-income tax filers by helping them apply for earned income tax credits that can provide a needed boost in annual income.
Launched by UB’s New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics & Life Sciences (CBLS) in 2007, this monthly lecture series is free and open to the public from September through April. Hear firsthand about how Western New York is expanding in life sciences, advanced manufacturing, economic development and much more while networking with leaders from our region and beyond.
The University at Buffalo Regional Institute is involved with a wide variety of topics pertaining to economic development and research, as well as regional improvement across jurisdictions. UBRI provides planning expertise, analysis, and support to a number of causes, including market research, urban design and many other components of regional success.
UB’s Science and Engineering Equipment and Instrumentation Portal (EQUIP) of shared facilities provides cost-effective access to precision laboratories, tools and equipment for electronic device development, the study and analysis of materials, motion simulation and 3D additive & digital manufacturing. All are available for shared use by UB students and faculty, as well as researchers at other academic institutions, and those in government and industry.
The Social Impact Fellowship (SIF) is a partnership between UB’s School of Management and School of Social Work in collaboration with Blackstone LaunchPad. This fellowship connects 16 entrepreneurially and socially minded students to local nonprofits where they are encouraged to develop innovative solutions to issues affecting our community.
This groundbreaking initiative gives companies the opportunity to operate state and local tax-free on (or near) a UB campus. The START-UP NY program through UB allows companies to align their businesses with university resources and facilities, access to UB students, faculty and alumni, connect with a vast support network and more.
The center provides resources and connections to a range of businesses, from entrepreneurs to established companies. TCIE connects local business to engineering and applied science resources, offering development training, technical analysis, industrial engineering and more.
The Henry A Panasci Jr. Technology Entrepreneurship Competition provides UB students from various disciplines with an opportunity to further innovative ideas into viable businesses in WNY. The competition, made possible by a $1,000,000 endowment from the late Henry A. Panasci Jr., involves teams of students pitching concepts and project ideas related to the life sciences, technologies and engineering industries. The winning team receives a prize of $25,000 in start-up money and $27,000 worth of in-kind services. The competition allows for young entrepreneurs to introduce new and innovative business in the WNY area.
SPIR, a SUNY program and subset of University at Buffalo’s SEAS’ TCIE program, connects the business world to engineering resources available through the SUNY system, including the University at Buffalo, Stony Brook University and SUNY Binghamton.
The UB Center for Advanced Biomedical and Bioengineering Technology (UB CAT) is one of 15 NYSTAR sponsored Centers for Advanced Technology across New York State. The center supports university-industry collaborations in life sciences research, education and technology transfer. UB CAT provides essential funding and infrastructure to foster the growth of life sciences companies and the commercialization of new inventions that grow the New York State economy.
University at Buffalo provides training, research, knowledge and opportunity to students and independent entrepreneurs alike through its Business and Entrepreneurial Services. University laboratory facilities and specialized equipment are used by entrepreneurs and scientists expanding their options for research and development. Faculty and students provide content expertise, frequently working with industry to solve problems.
The UB Small Business Innovation Award can help faculty move from Phase I to Phase II federal funding of an SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) or STTR (Small Business Technology Transfer Research) grant. The competitive SBIR and STTR programs encourage domestic small businesses to engage in federal research and development that has the potential for commercialization.
Generously supported by the Prentice Family Foundation, the Western New York (WNY) Prosperity Fellowship is a program dedicated to supporting promising University at Buffalo students who are committed to contributing to the economic viability of the Western New York Region. The program delivers on this promise by providing Prosperity Fellows with professional development opportunities, as well as resources and access to WNY business leaders and the community.
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