Graduate School Week Welcome Video Transcript

Speaker: Lee Melvin

Hello! My name is Lee Melvin and I am the Vice Provost for Enrollment Management for the University at Buffalo, in the State University of New York System. We are a public, research flagship university. On behalf of President Tripathi and Provost Weber, our faculty students, staff and alumni, I am pleased to be one of many who will welcome you to our virtual program and virtual campus this week.

I want to thank the members of the Graduate Enrollment Services Team and our Academic Enrollment Partners in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, School of Management, School of Social Work, School of Public Health and Health Professions, School of Architecture and Planning, School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, the Graduate School of Education and the School of Dental Medicine for planning an exciting and informative event for you.

To the students participating in today’s program, this is a great time to pursue your education at the University at Buffalo. Our nationally and internationally ranked programs and research academic centers, as well as, our membership, one of 63, in the prestigious Association of American Universities, places UB at the pinnacle of knowledge, research, learning and professional productivity in higher education.

The Buffalo metro area offers a comfortable and affordable living environment with excellent elementary, middle and high schools in every sector of our region. Our city is easily accessible by plane, train, car and bus. For those bicyclists, we have miles and miles of trails for you to explore and if desired to use as your primary transportation to and from the university. If you are reading up on Buffalo, you will discovery that we are known as climate refuge city, a destination city to raise a family, an inclusive city for the LGBTQ+ population, and a city welcoming of diversity from all racial and ethnic groups.

Finally, UB enrolls over 30,400 students of which, 9,500 are on the graduate and professional level. I am so pleased you are participating in this event and I wish you continued success in your academic pursuits.

Now, it is gives me great pleasure to share the welcome today with my accomplished colleague and Dean of the Graduate School, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, and Faculty in the Department of English, to Dr. Graham Hammill. Enjoy today’s program!

Speaker: Graham Hammill

On behalf of the entire UB graduate community, I want to welcome you to UB’s virtual Graduate Recruitment Week. We are very pleased that you are interested in UB as a place where you might pursue your graduate degree, and we very much hope that we are your final choice.

At UB, graduate education prepares students to address society’s most pressing problems through advanced research, scholarship and creative activities. As a graduate community, we are committed to creating an environment in which students can become leaders in their chosen fields of study by participating in the discovery, application and teaching of new knowledge across the many disciplines that make up our university.

UB offers over 300 graduate and professional degrees (STEM, health sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities) across 12 schools and Roswell Park Cancer Institute; 80 doctoral programs—many of which are among the highest ranked programs in the country. We have a very diverse community. Our graduate student body is a little more than half female. Thirty percent of our graduate student population are international students and 70 percent are domestic students. And of that 70 percent domestic students, 15 percent of our students are underrepresented minorities.

Although we are a very large institution, we put a premium on mentoring and direct interaction between graduate students and faculty. As a graduate student at UB, you will have the opportunity to work one-on-one and in small groups with your program faculty. UB is a comprehensive Research 1 graduate institution, which means that as a UB student, you will be educated by the most advanced and very best researchers, scholars, and artists in the world.

I do want to say a few words about the unique situation we are in right now because of COVID-19. Our institution has responded to the pandemic by putting our students first. Although many classes transitioned to remote instruction, our faculty have continued to provide the highest quality of education possible. Students have continued to engage in research and scholarship, sometimes in labs, clinics, or libraries, and sometimes remotely. Throughout, we have strived to give students the flexibility they need to make good progress towards completing their degrees while coping with the many challenges that the pandemic has brought.

I know you will learn a lot more about specific graduate programs, as well as the many services that the University at Buffalo provides students to help you complete your degree and advance in your chosen careers, so I will conclude by saying on behalf of the UB graduate community that we hope we become your choice for your graduate studies.