UBIT Innovative Technologies Award

Student assistants working in the VPCIO area: Want to develop cutting-edge skills, learn problem-solving techniques or work on professional development? 

The UBIT Innovative Technologies Award supports learning opportunities in transformative technology and innovation in digital environments. Two annual awards of up to $500* each are given for professional development or learning experiences designed to enhance UBIT Student Assistants’ technical, leadership and problem-solving capacities.

What does the Innovative Technologies Award fund?

  • Professional or personal development opportunities, such as a conference, training or seminar attendance
  • Software licenses or hardware
  • Learning opportunities such as micro-credentialing and badging courses
  • Developing an application or tool 

Past recipients have been awarded funding for:

  • CompTIA A+ certification
  • Video equipment
  • Blockchain and Ethereum Certification Training
  • Development of facial recognition solutions

Eligibility

Students must meet the following criteria for eligibility:

In addition, a student may only be awarded if:

  • The student's proposal can be completed prior to their expected graduation date
  • The student agrees to present deliverables for the project they were awarded in April 2022

Application Process

  1. Complete and submit applications
  2. The Innovative Technologies Award committee will evaluate and score all eligible applicants
  3. The committee will contact the awardees

Award Deliverables

Awardees must:

  • Submit copies of relevant project materials to ubit-communication@buffalo.edu
  • Present the results of their project to the awards committee in April of the following academic year

Mentorship

UBIT employee mentors may be available to assist with the application and project implementation stage. Mentoring availability will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis, and will depend on the nature of the project and available resources. Please contact ubit-communication@buffalo.edu for more information about mentoring.

Other Considerations

Applicants should not use work hours in the VPCIO area to complete the application process or associated project.

Past UBIT Innovative Technologies Award Recipients

2019

  • Sophia Prince
  • Jiayi Zheng

2018

  • Samuel Gura
  • Patrick O'Shea

*Taxes will automatically be taken out of the award check. The total award amount is subject to applicable taxes. Consult with your tax advisor if you have questions.

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