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Staff Profiles

Office Staff

Timothy Tryjankowski

Timothy Tryjankowski


Email: tat@buffalo.edu

2016 marked my 21st year working at UB in university administration. Whether you have a question on a research opportunity related to your interests or any other general university questions, I am available to help you navigate your way as you enjoy your undergraduate years here at the University at Buffalo. In 2003, we launched CURCA and the growth and increased depth of our programs has been wonderful. Students engaged in mentored research realize higher GPAs, stronger resumes and increased success in career offers and professional school acceptances. In addition to CURCA, I serve on the Executive Board of the Professional Staff Senate, the SUNY-wide Faculty Senate Undergraduate Education Committee, and I maintain professional affiliations with The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) and the Re-Invention Center. I look forward to assisting you in pursuing a meaningful research or creative experience while you attend UB.

Meghan lipinoga

Graduate Assistant

Email: prov.mllipino@provost.buffalo.edu

I earned my Bachelor’s of Science in Business Administration and am currently pursuing my Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration at the University at Buffalo. I am available by email or by appointment to help students find undergraduate research opportunities, apply for research awards and funding, and to answer questions regarding undergraduate research at the University at Buffalo. Please use me as a resource to enhance your undergraduate experience at UB!

$500 Award Review Committee

  • Dr. Barbara Bono, Associate Professor, English
  • Dr. Tracy Gregg, Associate Professor, Geology
  • Dr. Amy Hequembourg, Senior Research Scientist, Research Institute on Addictions
  • Dr. Todd Rideout, Associate Professor, School of Public Health and Health Professions
  • Dr. James Jensen, Professor, Civil Structural and Environmental Engineering
  • Dr. Kris Schindler, Associate Professor,Computer Science and Engineering

Research Ambassadors

Kun Woo Cho is a computer engineering major at UB. She is a research intern for the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, under the direction of Professor Wenyao Xu. KC has participated in the SUNY STEM Research Passport Program and the National Science Foundation (NSF) REU Program. Her experiences along with the support of CURCA have led her to present her research findings internationally at the IEEE International Conference on Identity, Security and Behavior Analysis in Sendai, Japan. KC plans to continue getting involved in research opportunities before graduating in May 2018.

Jojo Nguyen is an undergraduate student in the Biomedical Engineering program. Currently, she is involved in bio-imaging research with the Buffalo Neuroimaging Analysis Center in Buffalo. Her research supervisor is Dr. Ferdinand Schweser - an assistant professor in the Department of Neurology. Jojo found this research opportunity on the CURCA website, and later received a $500 Undergraduate Research Award to help fund her project. Jojo continues to seek new opportunities to gain experience in different research disciplines related to her major.

Charles Steuerwald is a Chemical Engineering major here at UB, he is inspired by new innovations in material science and medicine research. Towards that inspiration, he has conducted research at UB to develop new chemicals in the field of diagnostic medicine. For that research, he has received a CURCA $500 Undergraduate Research Award and has presented his findings at the Celebration of Student Academic Excellence. In addition, he has conducted research at the University of Miami through an NSF funded REU program and was able to present his findings at the program's Research Symposium. Charles plans to graduate in 2018 and move into industry using new chemicals to improve the human experience.

Bao Sciscent is a senior at UB. She is a Biomedical Science major in the Advanced Honors College. Some fun facts about her: She was adopted from Hunan, China when she was one years old. She has a sister from another small village in China and her brother is from Vietnam. Last year, she participated in a study abroad program in Vina del Mar, Chile where she learned Spanish and was able to volunteer at a local childcare center. Bao grew up in Manhattan and in her spare time enjoys dancing, singing, and acting. Currently, Bao is working in the Lacy Lab in the Chemistry Department. She believes that "by participating in research through CURCA, you will not only gain a much more personal relationship with your mentor and colleagues, but also understand and learn things about yourself that you may not have known."

Elizabeth Quaye is a class of 2019 Pharmacology and Toxicology major at UB. She conducts research as an intern for the Department of Medicine at UB's Clinical and Translational Research Center under the mentorship of Dr. Supriya D. Mahajan since the summer of 2016. Through the CLIMP UP Summer Research Program, Elizabeth was able to enter the world of research and has explored things such as conferences since then. Through the help of CURCA, Elizabeth was able to present her findings at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students (ABRCMS). Additionally, Elizabeth was awarded for her presentation at the Celebration of Student Academic Excellence. Since then, Elizabeth has worked at a global pharmaceutical company called the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research (NIBR) where she solidified her passion for drug discovery and translational research. Elizabeth endeavors to stay heavily involved in research before matriculating into an MD/PhD program.

Sarah Reeves is a senior Chemical Engineering major at UB. She is a research assistant for the Department of Anesthesiology, under the direction of Professor Bruce Davidson. SR is interested in nanomedicines and hopes to play a role in the development of modern medicines to fit the needs of the public in the future. SR has had the opportunity to present this research at the SUNY Undergraduate Research Conference at SUNY Fredonia and plans to continue to move the project forward into spring '18.

Seamus Lombardo is an Aerospace Engineering student at UB. He is currently the Project Manager of the GLADOS satellite for the UB Nanosatellite Lab (UBNL) under Dr. John Crassidis. UBNL is an undergraduate research project, found on the CURCA website, where students build innovative small satellites for NASA and the Air Force Research Lab. Through his experiences in UBNL and with the help of CURCA, Seamus was able to present his research on reaction wheel torque characterization in Small Satellites at the Small Satellite Conference in Logan, Utah and the IAA Symposium on Small Satellites in Berlin, Germany. Building off his research experiences at UB, Seamus has gone on to intern at Millennium Space systems, SpaceX, NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center and NASA Langley Research Center. Seamus plans to continue on with his small satellite research through the remainder of his senior year and start full time work at NASA after graduation.




Last updated: September 20, 2017 1:24 pm EST