University at Buffalo Student Section of SAS (UB-SAS)

Chair: Christopher Brais

Chair Elect: Vacant

Secretary: Kelsey Williams

Treasurer: Maria Rivera

Advisor: Dr. Steven Ray


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About our Section:

The University at Buffalo Student Section of SAS (UB-SAS) formed in October of 2015. The goal of our section is to bring toghther graduate and undergraduate students of spectroscopy with members of our local SAS section as well as the Buffalo community at large.


The aims of our section are to:

1. Enhance the quality of spectroscopy student life through the promotion of student community, student education and industrial contact.

2. Promote spectroscopy within the university through undergraduate awareness, representation in student government and promotion of interdepartmental collaboration.

3. Participate in community outreach in the form of youth science education, community education (i.e. university tours or lectures) and promote the spectroscopy programs at the University at Buffalo to the spectroscopy community at large.

4. Follow the mission of the SAS, which is “to advance and disseminate knowledge and information concerning the art and science of spectroscopy and other allied sciences, to advance the professional standing and growth of the Society and its members, to coordinate cooperative endeavors of its individual members and sections, and to promote and maintain a close bond among its members.”


Towards these goals, we have partnered with the Niagara Frontier Regional SAS section to host our seminal student chapter events including 'Meet-the-Speaker' dinners with visiting SAS speakers, participating in the 2016 SAS Tour Speaker Program, and volunteering at a local elementary Science Night.


Please see more details of our events below and contact us if you have questions about our section or are interested in joing us on our mission.



*The events section of our page is currently under construction. Please check back later or contact Sidney Coombs for information about our recent events.


Our section works closley with the Niagara Frontier Regional SAS Section to co-host events throughout the year. Please see highlights of some of our events below.


Science Outreach Event at Ellicott Creek Elementary


Dr. Matt Meyer Seminar at UB


'Meet the Speaker' Event


On April 21st the UB-SAS Student Section hosted a 'Meet-the-Speaker' dinner with Dr. Matt Meyer.


'Meet the Speaker' Event


On April 5th the UB-SAS Student Section hosted a ‘Meet the Speaker’ dinner with Dr. Jacob Shelley. 


'Meet the Speaker' Event




On February 13th the UB-SAS Student Section at the University at Buffalo (UB) hosted a ‘Meet the Speaker’ dinner with SAS Fellow Dr. Volker Deckert. The dinner was held at Duff’s Wings, a local favorite famous for their hot wings. Students from across the UB Chemistry Department were invited to enjoy food and drinks, chat with Dr. Deckert in a casual setting, and learn about the SAS. The more adventurous in the group even sampled the infamous Duff’s “Death” hot-wings, definitely a bonding experience. Overall, the event was a great success and helped spread the word about the newly formed UB student section!


UB-SAS Section Formation



In October 2015 our application to form a student section at the University at Buffalo was approved by the SAS Executive Committee and our section was officially activated.



In September 2015 our founding members held officer elections and submitted the application packet of materials requesting the formation of a student section at the University at Buffalo.




May 2016 Meeting

Our next meeting will take place in May. Please stay tuned- the exact time and date of this meeting will be announced soon!


March 2016 Meeting



At our March 2016 meeting we outlined plans for organizing a departmental seminar. Our speaker will be Dr. Matt Meyer from Thermo Fischer Scientific. Dr. Meyer is coming to us as part of the 2016 SAS Tour Speaker Program. We also discussed details of other upcoming spring-semester events including Meet-the-Speaker dinners, volunteering at Ellicott Elementary's Science Night, and hosting a poster award at the UB Chemistry Graduate Student Symposium.


February 2016 Meeting



At our February 2016 meeting we discussed UB-SAS's participation in the 2016 SAS Tour Speaker Program. We also began preparations to host our first section event which will be a Meet-the-speaker dinner with Dr. Volker Deckert on 2/13/16.


November 2015 Meeting



Our first section meeting was held in November 2015. At this meeting we discussed goals for our section's inagural year. We laid the groundwork to host events such as: Meet-the-Speak dinners with visiting SAS speakers, volunteering to perform spectroscopy-related demos at area science nights, and having a poster competition at the annual UB Chemistry Graduate Student Symposium.