Get involved in an initiative for the afforestation of the UB North Campus.
The UB North Campus consists of a massive platform-megastructure surrounded by turf-grass, parking lots, and roads. Could UB do better? The UB Faculty Senate and Professional Staff Senate have established committees to find ways of improving our campus environment.
The committee’s objective this year is afforestation: the establishment of vital forest ecosystems on the campus. We are searching for:
Would you like to join us? Junior and senior undergrads and grad students are eligible with permission of the instructor.
It is a three-credit seminar/practicum, with heavy emphasis on individual or group work. During some weeks, students will hear from specialist guests, undertake individual research or creative projects, and present results to each other and to members of the Faculty Senate and Professional Staff committees. (This year we will not actually be planting trees, sorry.) Some weeks we will not meet in class but rather have one-on-one of small-group meetings on your projects. Students may be required to upload their projects onto their UB ePortfolio and to strive to earn digital badges where possible.
Through ongoing consultation with the instructor, you will prepare an intellectual product in service of campus afforestation planning. Generally, you will be expected to submit successive versions of your product, leading to ever higher quality. The product may be:
If your proposed project is very much outside the instructor's area of knowledge, he may accept it upon on the condition that you and he can identify and involve an additional mentor.
|Length of commitment||About a semester (3-5 months)|
|Start time||Spring (with start of classes in Spring 2020)|
|Level of collaboration||Individual projects and/or group projects of 2-3 students|
|Who is eligible||Juniors and Seniors|
|Support||Funding is available after the completion of the preparation badge. See below.|
To engage with this project, you will work through a series of Project-Based Collaboration digital badges to guide your experience. These badges will:
All students who wish to participate in a project on the Project Portal must first complete the Project Preparation Digital Badge. First, contact the project mentor to discuss availability and after you’ve received approval, you can start the Project Preparation Digital Badge.
Once you have registered for the Project Preparation Digital Badge, you will receive further instructions related to the activities you will need to complete. In addition, you will also complete the following preparation activities for this particular project: