BUFFALO, N.Y. – The University at Buffalo will hold its
annual Research and Creativity Fair highlighting the value of
student research as a part of a rich undergraduate experience on
Friday, Sept. 14, from 11:00 a.m. to 3 p.m., in Capen Hall on UB's
The academic fair will feature the university's multiple
resources and opportunities for undergraduates to get involved with
faculty mentors and their ongoing research projects.
"We're trying to tell the story that research is much more than
the lab experiences that many associate it with," says Mara B.
Huber, PhD, assistant vice provost for undergraduate education.
"It's more than that. Getting involved in research lays the
foundation for success in work, graduate school and beyond."
The Research and Creativity Fair, which takes place in the Oscar
A. Silverman Library in Capen Hall, will include representatives
from several academic UB programs, including the Center for
Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities (CURCA), the Honors
College, the Undergraduate Academies, the School of Engineering and
Applied Sciences (SEAS), the Center for Academic Development
Services (CADS) and the University Libraries.
"Although UB has always been thought of us a mecca for research,
often involving graduate students, many may not realize the extent
of opportunities for undergraduate students to get involved," Huber
"From the moment students come to campus they can join existing
research programs or create their own opportunities by finding
faculty mentors exploring related topics."
And the most exciting part is that students need not do this
alone, according to Huber.
"There are a host of offices and programs within undergraduate
education that offer support, funding, and opportunities for
student engagement," she says. "Many of these offices will be on
hand at the research fair to guide students through the process and
learn more about their areas of interest.
The event also gives students the chance to participate in
interactive workshops that provide inside information about finding
valuable research experiences that will contribute to academic and
Workshops held in Room 107 Capen, the Honors College Colloquium
Room, within the Silverman Library include:
Noon – 12:50 Workforce 2020: Career Skills for The New
1:00 – 1:50 Finding a Research Opportunity through CURCA
Research Leads to Fellowships and Scholarships
2:00— 2:50 Faculty Perspectives on Undergraduate
Huber also emphasizes that in addition to traditional research
opportunities, students can get involved in creative endeavors from
all facets of the university, regardless of their areas of
"This is such an exciting time to be a student at UB," Huber
says. "New centers, collaborations and initiatives seem to emerge
monthly -- and the connections between research and creativity are
being blurred in interesting and important ways.
"Undergraduates not only have the opportunity to participate,
but more importantly they can contribute to the generation and
application of knowledge.
Students from all majors and disciplines are welcome.
For additional information about the fair or undergraduate
research opportunities visit the CURCA website at http://curca.buffalo.edu/