The Spark Program is a seven-week course that offers select
students the opportunity to learn about competitive external
fellowships and provides them with the tools to develop a
Interested students must apply online and go through a selection process.
The Spark Program is held in the spring for freshmen and in the
fall for sophomores. Presenters include UB’s current and past
fellowship winners, as well as key faculty on campus.
Students must commit to participating in the entire series of workshops and will also meet individually with Elizabeth Colucci or Megan Stewart as part of the program. Students are encouraged to complete an application for a summer program or research opportunity.
Students must submit an online application to be considered for
the program. Selected students typically have a GPA of 3.5 or
higher and have already made a positive impression on faculty and
The fellowships and scholarships that are discussed do not cover the expenses of medical, dental or pharmacy school. Therefore, the Spark Program is not the best fit for students who plan on pursuing these career paths. Additionally, all of the competitive awards covered in the program are available to U.S. citizens only.
The program meets over the course of seven weeks for dinner and introduces students to opportunities at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Throughout the program participants are introduced to students who have applied for and won prestigious awards. It is designed to give students the opportunity to assess their strengths, envision their future and create a plan to become competitive for major fellowships and scholarships. Students will complete StrengthsQuest, learn about personal statement writing and participate in a creative problem solving workshop.