Development of a Sustainable Honeybee Population at the University at Buffalo

three bees exploring a person's hand.

Participate in UB Bees environmental initiative to help grow UB's mission of sustainability.

Project description

Manage and conduct research on the honeybee hives on UB's North Campus. Harvest honey, run workshops, connect with community partners and organizations to donate honey and beeswax to, and participate in all other honeybee and pollinator related activities. Come up with new ideas for how to grow and better assist honeybees and pollinators at UB and in the WNY community.

Project outcome

Depending on nature of student engagement (research, program outreach, workshop development, creative project), the outcome will be different but appropriate to the work accomplished.

Project details

Timing, eligibility and other details
Length of commitment Year-long (10-12 months)
Start time Anytime
Level of collaboration Many of the projects will involve collaboration with other students, however, it may be possible to work independently.
Benefits Volunteer
Who is eligible All undergraduate students
Support Funding is available after the completion of the preparation badge. See below.

Core partners

  • Department of Biological Sciences
  • UB Sustainability

Project mentor

David Hoekstra

Clinical Assistant Professor;

UB Bees, Biological Sciences, Sustainability

C554 Cooke Hall

Phone: (716) 645-4908


a person working with a bee hive.


To engage with this project, you will work through a series of Project-Based Collaboration digital badges to guide your experience. These badges will:

  1. Guide you in setting your goals and intentions as well as gaining additional context,
  2. Enhance your collaboration with your mentor/partner,
  3. Support your reflection and help you integrate your learning with your academic and professional goals.

All students who wish to participate in a project on the Project Portal must first complete the Project Preparation Digital Badge. First, contact the project mentor to discuss availability and after you’ve received approval, you can start the Project Preparation Digital Badge.

Preparation guidance

Once you have registered for the Project Preparation Digital Badge, you will receive further instructions related to the activities you will need to complete. In addition, you will also complete the following preparation activities for this particular project:

  • Attend workshop and training session with UB Bees