There are many reasons why students decide to pursue a graduate
degree. These reasons can include:
- You want to specialize in a certain area of study within
- You are looking to increase the number of job opportunities
available to you.
- You would like a higher starting salary.
- You want to teach at the university level.
- You are passionate about engineering research.
Planning early for graduate school is key! If you want to go on
to a Masters or PhD program, you should expect to have:
- A strong GPA. At a minimum, you will need a 3.0 GPA in order to
be considered for graduate work.
- GRE scores.
- Three Letters of Recommendation. These letters should come from
faculty members or supervisors who have gotten to know your work
and capabilities. You should form these relationships early if you
plan on graduate school.
- Research Experience. There are numerous opportunities for Undergraduate
Research available to you so you can learn these skills
early and see if Graduate Studies is right for you.
- Statement of Purpose. You should have clear career and research
goals that you can explain this admissions essay.
The SEAS Senior Scholar program is an opportunity for
undergraduate students at the University at Buffalo to carry out
research with a SEAS faculty member. This experience begins during
the spring of a student’s senior year and can continue into
their graduate program.
- Master’s Degree applicants: If awarded, students who
have applied to a master’s degree program will receive a
stipend of $100 in Spring 2018. Students will also be eligible to
receive another $1,000 if they are accepted and choose to enroll at
UB’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences for graduate
studies in Fall.
- PhD Degree applicants: If awarded, students who have
applied to a PhD degree program will receive a stipend of $100 in
Spring 2018. Students will also be eligible to receive another
$2,000 if they are accepted and choose to enroll at UB’s
School of Engineering and Applied Sciences for graduate studies in
- Currently enrolled UB undergraduate student with Senior
standing; expecting to graduate by June or September.
- Minimum overall GPA 3.0 is recommended; overall GPA of 3.3 is
- Must submit and complete an online application to a graduate
program in UB’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences by
- Applications must include your current resume, a personal
statement (approx. 250 words) describing your technical/research
interests and potential plans for graduate study and the name of
the faculty member you wish to pursue a research opportunity
- This is an application process, the SEAS Office of Graduate
Education will review applications and notify awardees before the
start of the spring semester.
- Student must provide proof of undergraduate research experience
before the scholarship will be dispersed in the spring of their
- Students have the potential to obtain 3 academic credit hours
for undergraduate research.
Questions about the Senior Scholarship program should be
directed to Kellie