Month: March 2015

HSBC Scholars Program for STEM Students – Apply by April 10th!

The HSBC Scholars Program

2015 The HSBC Scholars Award Application FINAL

2015 Scholarship Application for Rising Juniors and Seniors

The HSBC Scholars Program was established in 2013 by HSBC Bank as an initiative to provide educational funding, financial literacy training and business information and experience to students with unmet financial need pursuing a full-time education in a STEM or business-related field.

The HSBC Scholars Program will promote a positive attitude and incorporate HSBC’s core values of being open, dependable and connected by providing financial support of $5,000/academic year, mentoring, training, paid internship opportunities and networking.  Scholarship funds may be used for all eligible educational expenses including tuition, room and board and meal plans.

Paid internships will be available to HSBC Scholars from all participating institutions during the summer May-August time frame.  Positions will be hosted by a number of different departments and are based in either New York, NY; Buffalo, NY or in the Chicago, IL metropolitan area.  The hourly wage will be approximately $25 per hour.  Housing and other general expenses are not included in the internship opportunity.  Applicants will be required to apply for the positions and participate in an interview process.  Information about the summer internship program for HSBC Scholars will be made available in early 2016.

What is STEM?
STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math and is the preparation of students in competencies and skills in the four disciplines. According to an article in MediaPlanet (June 2012), a successful STEM education provides students with these four subjects in sequences that build upon each other and can be used with real-world applications. The HSBC Scholars Program places special emphasis on technology and math within STEM, and also considers students majoring in business-related academic programs.  A list of UB eligible majors is attached along with complete instructions and the application.

To be eligible for the 2015 HSBC Scholars Program, candidates must:
*         Be enrolled as a full-time junior or senior* at UB for the 2015-2016 academic year (third or fourth year student, with at least one academic semester completed at UB as a full-time student) *Students eligible to graduate in December 2015 are not eligible to apply.
*         Be majoring in a STEM or business-related academic program field. Please see list of eligible majors on page 3
*         Agree to participate in all HSBC Scholars Program components which will include, but not be limited to, in-person meetings with a HSBC Mentor, two web-based trainings, and group telephone meetings with HSBC Scholars Program leadership
*         Have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA and maintain this average throughout the scholarship award
*         Demonstrate financial need-as demonstrated by FAFSA
*         Be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident
*         Complete a short essay
*         Use the scholarship funds for qualifying educational expenses during fall/spring (scholarship funds cannot be applied to study abroad or summer expenses)
To apply, send the following information by 5pm on Friday, April 10th, 2015
1.     Completed application form (attached)
2.     A resume (include information regarding your academic achievements, involvement in campus and community organizations, work experience, and special talents and interests)
3.     Response to the following question:
You’ve now completed a significant amount of college work towards your educational goals. How has your college experience allowed you to plan for the future? Where and what do you see yourself doing five years from now? Explain your vision and how you are working toward this goal in a short essay. (Maximum 500 words)
4.     One letter or recommendation from a faculty member
Submit your completed application via email to<> (indicate “HSBC Scholars application” in subject line). Alternatively, you may mail or hand deliver your application materials to:

Attn: HSBC Scholars Award
Undergraduate Education
24 Capen Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260-1670

Applications must be received by 5pm on Friday, April 10th, 2015

For questions, please contact Elizabeth Colucci at (716) 645-6134 or<>


SUNY LSAMP Bridge to the Doctorate at Binghamton University

The 2015-17 SUNY LSAMP Bridge to the Doctorate program at Binghamton University has been funded (NSF Award 1500455) and will begin August 2015. We have received some strong applications and are looking to more in the following disciplines: Behavioral Neuroscience, Biological Sciences, Biomedical Engineering, Chemistry, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Geological Sciences, Industrial & Systems Engineering, Materials Science & Engineering, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Physics, and Systems Science.

This program establishes a bridge helping students to obtain a PhD by providing the financial support to pursue graduate study, faculty mentors to guide students academically and professionally, and a support network to assist them in accomplishing their goals.

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Participation in a LSAMP program during undergrad
  • Bachelor’s degree in a S.T.E.M. discipline with a 3.0 GPA or better
  • U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Acceptance into a S.T.E.M. graduate program at Binghamton University
  • Desire to pursue a Ph.D. in a STEM discipline

The benefits of becoming a SUNY LSAMP BD Fellow include:

  • Tuition, fees and student health insurance waiver for first two years
  • Stipend of $30,000 annually for first two years
  • Level funding in years 3, 4, & 5 if qualified to advance to PhD
  • Faculty mentoring
  • Participation in professional conferences and meetings
  • Links to research and professional opportunities
  • Enriched academic services and support

Applicants to the program are evaluated on the basis of their record of achievement, as well as their research experiences, motivation, and connection to their field of study. All qualified students are encouraged to apply. The Binghamton University Graduate School provides an Application Fee Waiverto LSAMP students.

For more information or to apply please visit

Berkeley Engineering Preview Days – Deadline April 1st.

Engineering Preview Days

April 22-25, 2015

To apply:

Deadline: Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Contact: Meltem Erol,, (510) 643-1743

Students traditionally underrepresented in engineering are strongly encouraged to apply.

Berkeley Engineering Preview Days is a program designed for rising seniors who are interested in applying to Ph.D. programs in engineering.

Over the course of three days, participants will:

  • Meet individually with faculty members
  • Attend workshops on the graduate admissions and funding process and learn how to put together a competitive application to UC Berkeley
  • Receive advice on maximizing upcoming summer research opportunities
  • Network with researchers from national laboratories and engineering research centers
  • Interact with current UC Berkeley graduate students
  • Tour the Berkeley campus and visit San Francisco
  • Airfare, accommodations and meals provided

Participants will receive ongoing advising from the Engineering Graduate Outreach office throughout the summer and admissions cycle.


  • Academic goal is a Ph.D. in an engineering discipline
  • Intend to apply for graduate school in Fall 2015
  • Minimum 3.5 GPA
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident

Women, underrepresented minorities, and military veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.