By James Jensen | Professor, Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering
Sometimes I think I have learned more from my students than they have learned from me. Through my experiences in the Academies, I have been exposed to the perspectives of hundreds of domestic and international students. Without question, they have made me a better, more enlightened person.
Students in the Research Exploration Academy get a chance to be exposed to a lot of different research activities from a number of different scholars across campus and learn some very specific research skills they can apply to their area of interest. It’s very rare at UB and anywhere across the nation for freshmen or even sophomores to get a chance to present work that they’ve developed to everybody in the academic community, including the president and the provost.
To see the look on a student’s face when he or she discovers something no one has seen before is as rewarding as the work itself. I get that same reward in the classroom, when I can help students think for themselves about the world.