Academic Council



Coordinator: Veronica Faltisco

The Academic Council consists of clubs of an academic nature which allow students to meet other students of their major or interest of study. Academic clubs allow students to continue their learning outside of the classroom and network with professors and professionals, while participating in practical or simply fun events and programs that give students a break from their course load. Many Academic clubs often have guest speakers, aid in the preparation for graduate school or provide opportunities that will allow students to gain a competitive edge on their resume. Academic clubs also allow students to explore fields of study they are potential interested in, helping them to define their educational path.

Anthropology Club | Association of Pre-Medical Students | AxONS Association of Neuroscience Students | Biotechnical and Clinical Laboratory Science Student Association | Communication Undergraduate Student Association (CUSA) | Economics Club | English Club | Environmental Network | Environmental Students of Color | French Club | Legal Scholars Achieving Triumph | Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students (MAPS) | Minority Pre-Law Association | Multicultural Nursing SA | Nursing Student Organization | Philosophy, Politics and Economics Club | POC Smiles | Political Science Undergraduate Student Association | Pre Meds Without Borders | Pre-Dental Association | Pre-Optometry Association | Pre-Pharmacy Club | Pre-Physician Assistant Society | pre-Student Occupational Therapy Association Club | Pre-Veterinary Association | Public Health Club | Quant Club | Sociology Club | Student Association for Speech and Hearing (SASH) | The Women's Network: Buffalo | Undergraduate Business and Leadership Association | Undergraduate History Association | Undergraduate Psychology Association | Undergraduate Society of Bioethics and Medicine at UB

Anthropology Club

To provide information on Anthropology to not only undergraduate anthropology students, but also students who may be undecided about their major. To explore the realm of Biological Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology, Archaeology, and Linguistics. The path of Classics is also relevant when talking about Archaeology also. Our club will aim to have fun while also implementing a learning and open environment for questions. outings to museums will also be something we do as a group!!

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President:Matt Mattsalavage
Vice President:Mickie Perreault
Treasurer:Sydney Woods
Secretary:Josie Kavanagh
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Association of Pre-Medical Students

We are a pre medical/pre health club dedicated to giving pre med and pre health undergraduates opportunities to prepare for professional school and meet like minded students. We offer a shadowing program, a volunteer program, and periodical meetings during which we have social and informational events.

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President:Aniket Maini
Vice President:Sarah Bukahri
Treasurer:Jasmin Gill
Secretary:Ethan Tong
Advisor: Michael Morales,, 716-829-3965, 124 Sherman Hall South Campus, UB
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AxONS Association of Neuroscience Students

To ignite a supportive, unified environment among Neuroscience students/enthusiasts (welcoming non-majors!) as we procure opportunities for academic and professional development. Together, we will explore the field with outstretched arms and a love for learning - beyond the classroom; that is, embracing the intricate beauty of the brain which defines who we are.

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Date Established:
President:Tanvir Fuad
Vice President:Ilya Tereshkevich
Treasurer:Kennidy Dyer Decatur
Secretary:Noah Vaccarella
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Biotechnical and Clinical Laboratory Science Student Association

The Biotechnical and Clinical Laboratory Science Student Association serves as a supportive community for students interested in the clinical science fields. the club will promote a community for advocates through volunteerism, social events, and research.

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President:Jessica Smith
Vice President:Tanmayee Durshelwar
Treasurer:Ashley Gillette
Secretary:Anas Khan
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Communication Undergraduate Student Association (CUSA)

The purpose of CUSA is to provide undergraduates with a safe space to share ideas and connect. The communication department has so many students with unique and shared ideas, CUSA will give those students a place to network with each other and create a positive community within the department. In addition, this will be a space to students to present Communication related topics that they are interested in and a space to practice communication skills such as presenting.

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President:Madalyn Metzger
Vice President:Katie Daughrty
Treasurer:Victoria Travis
Secretary:Logan Wiseltier
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Economics Club

The purpose of the Economics club is to spark interest in Economics. We will provide an outlet where people can discuss and learn about various topics within the field of Economics. We will also create an atmosphere where students can engage with their peers and create long-term connections that will benefit their future careers.

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President:Daniel Viola
Vice President:Andrew Adinolfi
Treasurer:Griffin Defino
Secretary:Ishmael Asad
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English Club

English Club's goal is to bring all of UB's readers, writers, and creatives to one space where all of our interests intertwine. Establishing opportunities for each member to learn and collaborate with one another, whether it is in person or online we all remain connected and mindful of one another. 

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President:Eliana Dermody
Vice President:Olivia Clarke
Treasurer:Jack Ambrosi
Secretary:Luke Carey
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Environmental Network

Promote environmental awareness and activism; promote awareness locally and globally; develop a network of environmental organizations.

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Location: SU 370
President:Madison Hammar
Vice President:Katie Blake
Treasurer:Trey McCarville
Secretary:Katie Trumble
Advisor: Ira Geffner,
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Environmental Students of Color

UB Environmental Students of Color aims to unite communities of marginalized ethnicity in environmental, life, and earth sciences. We seek to create experiences of joy and love for nature and connect a network of environmental professionals. Our events and meetings will seek to bring a community together through education, the outdoors, and friendship. In order to fulfill our purpose we will create opportunities to communicate with each other and nature through arts and crafts, hiking, sustainability, workshops, guest speakers, and collaborations. Our intention is to support people of color in environmental, life, and earth sciences and to establish a community presence at UB and in the field.

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Date Established:
President:Wasiq Ahmed
Vice President:Juntralai Moore
Treasurer:Maria Arango
Secretary:Kayla Caraballo
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French Club

The purpose of the French club is to promote the study of the French language and culture, increase awareness of Francophone culture, and have fun with French outside of an academic setting. 

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President:Mia Jakubcziak
Vice President:Jessica Reale
Treasurer:Jeronimo Silva Lugo
Secretary:Sarah Hirauk
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Legal Scholars Achieving Triumph

The purpose of this club is to create an environment in which a supportive and collaborative environment for individuals interested in preparing for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). The Club aims to facilitate LSAT study sessions, discussions, resource sharing, and other activities to build and develop members' LSAT preparation.

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President:Keilai Angeldekao
Vice President:Ricardo Castillo
Treasurer:Isabella Nunez
Secretary:Ahmya McMillan
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Minority Association of Pre-Medical Students (MAPS)

To provide underrepresented pre-medical students with knowledge skills and experience that are both prerequisite and concomitant to professional participation in healthcare fields. 

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President:Ariana Small
Vice President:
Treasurer:Olive Cannizzaro
Secretary:Ceris Winston
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Minority Pre-Law Association

The purpose of this club is to create a safe space for people of color at the University at Buffalo and inspire students to reach their professional goals and dreams, associated with the field of law, while meeting new people from different backgrounds, making friends, and worthwhile connections. The goal is to improve, promote and increase the number of minorities or people of color going into law school and the professional field of law.

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Date Established:
President:Vanessa Spano
Vice President:Ysai Huebner
Treasurer:Alayna Odien
Secretary:Sukey Chin
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Multicultural Nursing SA

To meet the needs of minority students in the school of nursing; provide a channel of communication between minority students and administration. Meet bi-weekly 125 Kimball.

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President:Jenna Le
Vice President:Jasmine Edmonds
Treasurer:Lizbeth Marine
Secretary:Muna Alsam
Advisor: Adrian Juarez,, 716-829-3218
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Nursing Student Organization

Purpose is to aid in the preparation of nursing students for professional responsibilities on a school and community level. Provide unity and fellowship promote support for students.

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Location: Wende 08
President:Taylor Allen
Vice President:Rebecca Baldwin
Treasurer:Taylor Jakubik
Secretary:Emily Standaert
Advisor: Mimi Haskins,, 716-829-3231
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Philosophy, Politics and Economics Club

The purpose of the Philosophy, Politics, and Economics club is to promote the new PPE program at UB and to serve as an organized body where all students can meet to discuss the disciplines of philosophy, politics, and economics and how the three intertwine to create what is known today as the modern American political landscape. 

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President:Thomas Dias
Vice President:Astha Pandey
Treasurer:Keilai Angeldekao
Secretary:Josh Ford
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POC Smiles

The purpose of this organization is to give minority students who want to pursue a career in dentistry a chance to be actively involved in a club and build a relationship with other minority pre-dental students and build a welcoming society within each other. Through this club there will be a chance to create a society that exposes the importance of community, diversity and inclusion. This will be a club that will build a sense of community with like minded individuals that want to make a difference in the dental field and their communities. This club will allow future dental students to learn of each other and build opportunities for them to gain experience in the dental field.

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President:Fatoumata Magassouba
Vice President:Nosakhare Adodo
Treasurer:Ehgosa Oshodin
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Political Science Undergraduate Student Association

The mission of the PSUSA is to provide students of Political Science with a forum for discussion in an all-inclusive environment. The PSUSA also aims to expand students' knowledge of and participation in politics at the local, state, and national levels. The club is furthermore committed to raising political awareness and serving the community. 

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President:Emily Barber
Vice President:Ryan Rohrbach
Treasurer:Louis Taravella
Secretary:Hudson Hort
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Pre Meds Without Borders

Pre-Meds Without Borders is a medically based club focused on creating a platform to discuss heath care both in the U.S. and abroad. By establishing partnerships and coordinating with local non profits, we continue to provide a place for emerging leaders in the pre-medical field to make meaningful contributions in their community and the greater global community.

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President:Charvi Kishore Vukanti
Vice President:Naomi Nworisa
Treasurer:Paige Lammers
Secretary:Saviour Ameyaa
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Pre-Dental Association

Provide information assistance opportunities to students interested in pursuing a future in dentistry or dental related professions. Foster kinship among members.

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Location: SU 325
President:Jacob Barry
Vice President:Brennan Lyon
Treasurer:Mikayla Ferrara
Secretary:Victoria Majka
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Pre-Optometry Association

UB Pre-optometry Association is a club devoted to students on the pre-optometry track at UB! It is dedicated to supporting students interested in applying to OptomCAS, studying for the OAT, or looking to learn more about this healthcare field.

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President:Isabella Dennison
Vice President:Mollie Friar
Treasurer:Elle Burich
Secretary:Julianna Miller
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Pre-Pharmacy Club

The purpose of Pre-Pharmacy Club is to educate University at Buffalo Undergraduates who are interested in pursuing a career in pharmacy. We will provide opportunities for student to further themselves in the field of pharmacy. Some of which would be resume workshops, informative panels, interview preparation , and more.

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President:Sean McWilliams
Vice President:Aaliyah Sims
Treasurer:Alexa Howland
Secretary:Kayla Latone
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Pre-Physician Assistant Society

To give pre-PA students opportunities and experiences for learning about the application process and the profession. This club will benefit the Undergraduates of UB by offering educational opportunities and speakers as well as community outreach and service activities. These speakers will either be current PA's or representatives of colleges, offering a questions/answer session over Zoom about their PA program. Overall, it will serve as an outlet for those who want to pursue the PA path and what steps they can take to achieve this as it is an overwhelming process.

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President:Emily Eichner
Vice President:Elandra Polanco Noble
Treasurer:Makenzie Smith
Secretary:Zachary Miller
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pre-Student Occupational Therapy Association Club

Provide pre-Occupational Therapy majors the opportunity to socially engage with each other and professional Occupational Therapy Major students. Provide pre-Occupational Therapy major students the opportunity to participate in community service efforts in the Buffalo area. Inform the University at Buffalo community of the role of occupational therapy professionals in the healthcare field. 

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President:Jessica Ross
Vice President:Gabrielle Cayenne
Treasurer:Daniella Sottile
Secretary:Natalie Schindelheim
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Pre-Veterinary Association

Pre-Vet students that attend UB are forced to find opportunities and assistance elsewhere due to the lack of support they receive from pre-health advisors and superiors alike. A pre-vet club at UB would allow students interested in this field to communicate with their peers that are passionate about pursuing a similar career. Members of the club would be able to discuss their experiences in the veterinary field and how to find various opportunities that allow them to not only make their applications stand out, but also broaden their career options in regard to their professional speciality. This club would entail of weekly/biweekly meetings that would include discussions about applying to vet school, volunteering with animals of different interests, and fundraising/donating to animal shelters or rescues in need. 

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President:Madison Niespodzinski
Vice President:Amanda Petrarchi
Treasurer:Liana Sicroff
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Public Health Club

The purpose of the Public Health Club is to provide undergraduate students interested in the field of Public Health a platform to network with other students and faculty, learn about various Public Health issues globally and in our community, and volunteer for Public Health related organizations. Additionally the club will act to inform and educate the University at Buffalo community on relevant Public Health  concerns.

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President:Aria Grisham
Vice President:Elliana Schmitt
Treasurer:Paige Kent
Secretary:Renee Branche
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Quant Club

The purpose of the Quant Club is to increase student interest in quantitative finance and equip them with the information and abilities needed to succeed in the fintech sector. Our goals include research, competitive involvement, career counseling, skill development, networking with industry leaders, and a focus on ethical finance practices. We also support community involvement and interdisciplinary teamwork. Join us to learn more about this exciting topic of quantitative finance, gain useful skills, and have a beneficial impact on your academic and professional life—regardless of your level of experience.

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President:Shrey Devkar
Vice President:Aryan Mudgal
Treasurer:Chirag Ohri
Secretary:Sujal Bhakare
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Sociology Club

Engage students in mature and active discussions regarding relevant sociological topics.
Host career panels and professional guest speakers to speak on higher education within the field of sociology and potential career paths.
Work hand-in-hand with UB's Dept. of Sociology to promote.

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President:Dylan McCann
Vice President:Hannah Joel
Treasurer:Jamal Pugh
Secretary:Dylan Knight
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Student Association for Speech and Hearing (SASH)

To provide educate undergraduate students about graduate CDS programs, community service and how to make the most out of their degree.

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President:Zoe Pezouvanis
Vice President:Mary Ciarcio
Treasurer:Catherine Delaney
Advisor: Erin O’Brien Wilson,
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The Women's Network: Buffalo

The Women's Network: Buffalo (TWN-Buffalo) was created for ambitious women looking to grow professionally while being lifted by their community. TWN-Buffalo offers opportunities to gain exposure to the professional world, network with high-profile speakers, and meet peers around their campus and the country. 

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Date Established:
President:Sanskriti Bansal
Vice President:Tiffany Jiang
Treasurer:Trisha Takamoto
Secretary:Carrie Bove
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Undergraduate Business and Leadership Association

Intended to represent business majors on the UBSA Academic Council, the Undergraduate Business and Leadership Association (UBLA) aims to promote its 5 cornerstones: leadership, professionalism, knowledge, ethics, and entrepreneurship, through the planning and execution of carefully thought-out innovative activities that emphasize on the variety of skills required for today's rapidly changing industries.

UBLA will have three main purposes:

  • Promote outside-the-classroom learning activities for business majors through weekly meetings with themes focused on skill-building (for example, case-study reviews, ethical decision making and analysis, discover your unique leadership style, complex problem-solving and technical skills application).
  • Assist business majors navigate the world of many business concentrations, specifically, through a planned guest-speaker series, to enable them to find what they enjoy and aid in their ability to make an informed decision about their choice of concentration.
  • Create a community that is both diverse and welcoming for people with majors other than business who want to switch careers or just learn about and master their business skills.

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President:Dishita Reddy Patil
Vice President:Shrabonti Das
Treasurer:Eli Clarkson
Secretary:Mahdin Talukder
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Undergraduate History Association

To provide academic aid to history students and to be a safe environment for student to explore their interest in history.

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President:Elizabeth Mellors
Vice President:Elliot Seminario
Treasurer:Grace Staub
Secretary:Taynia Brown
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Undergraduate Psychology Association

To promote the study of and interest in psychology in and beyond the university setting.

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Location: Park Hall 212
President:Taylor Adams
Vice President:Athena Smith
Treasurer:Gwen Gominiak
Secretary:Alysse Rollins
Advisor: Christa Greenberg,, 716-645-3650
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Undergraduate Society of Bioethics and Medicine at UB

Through weekly blog posts, we intend to express our opinions on issues in bioethics, medical ethics, and healthcare. Our aim is to increase discussion about bioethics among students. Our club wants to bring awareness to ethical issues in medicine. Our audience and members will be made up of ambitious students who are passionate about voicing their opinions and listening to others in order to develop and learn new perspectives on a given topic. We intend on hosting events from speakers in health-related or academic fields, student lead discussions, and debates related to controversial issues in medicine and human values. We would like to emphasize that this club will carry out ethical discussions in a civilized and respectful manner.

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Date Established:
President:Abdallah Al-Khaouli
Vice President:Noor Al-Khaouli
Treasurer:Yarea Wahbeah
Secretary:Kaly Lin
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