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
In-person, remote, or hybrid?
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

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.

Start the project

  1. Email the project mentor using the contact information above to express your interest and get approval to work on the project. (Here are helpful tips on how to contact a project mentor.)
  2. After you receive approval from the mentor to start this project, click the button to start the digital badge. (Learn more about ELN's digital badge options.) 

Preparation activities

Once you begin the digital badge series, you will have access to all the necessary activities and instructions. Your mentor has indicated they would like you to also complete the specific preparation activities below. Please reference this when you get to Step 2 of the Preparation Phase. 

  • Attend workshop and training session with UB Bees


UB Bees, Biological Sciences, Sustainability