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New Entrepreneurship Internship Offered to SUNY Students this Summer

New Entrepreneurship Internship Offered to SUNY Students this Summer

The 12-week program will allow students the opportunity to gain professional experience at a START-UP NY or Innovate 518 company in the Albany area.

This program is open to students enrolled at any SUNY institution who have a 2.0 GPA or higher.

ALBANY, N.Y. (Feb. 13, 2018) – The SUNY Program for Experiential and Entrepreneurship Development (SPEED) is offering a summer internship-based program in 2018 that will provide students the opportunity to gain professional experience at a START-UP NY or Innovate 518company in the Albany, NY-area.

According to Debra Gelinas, assistant vice provost for experiential education at the University at Albany, the internship is ideal for students wishing to explore entrepreneurship or to experience what it is like to work for a startup.

“Internships are a great way for students to apply classroom knowledge in a professional environment, test out possible career paths, develop new skills and network,” said Gelinas, who also serves as the director of the Center for Experiential Education.

This program is open to students enrolled at any SUNY institution who have a 2.0 GPA or higher. The internship will require a minimum of 150 on-site internship hours over a period of 12 weeks, from late May through mid-August. Non-UAlbany students will have the ability to transfer credits to their home institution.

Both START-UP NY and Innovate 518 are programs administered by the Empire State Development, and are aimed at assisting early- to growth-stage companies with a technology or innovation focus to grow and prosper in New York State, according to Matt Grattan, director of community and economic development at UAlbany.

“UAlbany is excited to pilot this innovative applied learning concept with our industry partners in StartUP NY and Innovate 518,” he said. “By enabling students from UAlbany and throughout the SUNY system to experience the fast paced business development lifecycle of a startup company while learning additional entrepreneurship and leadership skills, we feel we have developed a unique and scalable internship model that leverages the full power of the SUNY system.”

Grattan said other University partners include the Center for Leadership and Service and the Blackstone LaunchPad, both of which will provide entrepreneurial guidance throughout the program.

Potential Host Companies:
• g.tec neurotechology USA Inc.
• XchangeWorx, Inc.
• SparkShoppe, LTD.
• Nowigence Inc.
• PiSA Biopharm Inc.
• TruWeather Solutions LLC
• Branch VFX
• Treebu
• Lexikeet Learning, LLC
• Sologistics, LLC
• Ecolong
• National Toxicology Center
• Thinkboard
• Lithoz America, LLC
• ThermoAura, Inc.
*This is a tentative list. Companies are still identifying the types and number of openings to be available. Not all companies may have openings.

Gelinas said 10 students will be selected for the program’s first summer.

“The companies will have access to a pipeline of the state’s most talented students, helping to develop our regional economy while allowing students the opportunity for hands-on experience at a growing company,” she said.

The application deadline is Feb. 28. To apply:

Tuition scholarships will be available to qualifying UAlbany students. For more information, contact the Center for Experiential Education at

The mission of Innovate 518 is to drive commercialization within the New York State Capital Region by leading the development of a supportive innovation infrastructure and connecting entrepreneurs to the startup ecosystem. Innovate 518 is a partnership among the University at Albany, NYSTEC/IgniteU NY, SUNY Adirondack and the Center for Economic Growth, and is designated as a New York State Innovation Hot Spot by NYSTAR.


SUNY student work sought for literary magazine


Guidelines & Submit

Gandy Dancer publishes writing and visual art by current students of the State University of New York (SUNY) campuses only. We also feature the work of one SUNY alumnus in each edition as our “Post Script.” We only consider previously unpublished work. If selected, Gandy Dancer retains first publication rights. After publication, rights revert back to you and we ask that you credit us with the first publication thereafter. Simultaneous submissions are permitted—if your piece is accepted elsewhere, inform us immediately through Submittable by withdrawing your work or, in the case of poetry and visual art, adding a note to your submission detailing which specific pieces we should no longer keep under consideration. Once an author agreement is signed, work can no longer be withdrawn.

Deadlines: Gandy Dancer uses rolling submission windows. To be considered for fall issues, works must be received by October 8. To be considered for the spring, they must be received by February 23. Any works submitted after these deadlines will be considered for the following issue.

We will accept one submission per genre from an author at a time, but feel free to submit to as many different genres as you like. Text submissions must be formatted as .doc, .docx, or .pdf. Please only use .txt or .rtf if absolutely necessary.

Fiction: We accept submissions up to 25 pages.  Stories must be double-spaced in Times New Roman or a similar font. We are unlikely to accept genre or fan fiction, though stranger things have happened…

Creative Nonfiction: We accept submissions up to 25 pages.  CNF; must be double-spaced in Times New Roman or a similar font. All CNF submissions will be considered for the Parry Family Nonfiction Prize: an award of $100, along with publication in the journal, for the best essay published in Gandy Dancer this academic year.

Poetry: We accept submissions of three to five poems. Poems must be submitted as a single document in Garamond or a similar font. Please do not submit poems separately. Format as you would like to see in print.

Visual Art: We accept up to five submissions of art in the most popular file formats, such as .jpg, .tiff, .png, and .pdf. Quality photos of three-dimensional art are welcomed too. Submitted images should have a minimum resolution of 300 dpi and be at least 5 inches wide. Make sure all your works are titled!

We’d like to get to know you, so please include a third-person bio in your cover letter, seventy-five words or less. Here’s a template if you get stuck:

Dean Tripp might be a senior at  SUNY Geneseo. He’s studying creative writing when he’s not at home in Argyle, New York ignoring nature. He plays too many video games and binges Netfix ad nauseam. 

If you have any questions, please contact our managing editors: Please allow four months before querying our editors regarding submissions.

Calling all Undergrad Lit Journal Editors/Faculty Advisors and Undergrad Student Writers

**Calling Undergrad Lit Journal Editors/Faculty Advisors and Undergrad
Student Writers**

Bifrost Review (@bifrost_review) is the bridge between emerging
creative thinkers from undergraduate institutions and the communities
that foster them. A biannual national online literary journal based
out of Minnesota’s St. Olaf College, Bifrost is a place to showcase
excellent past and present undergraduate work through journal
spotlights, reprints, reviews, editor interviews, and the publication
of new work.

We are now accepting submissions from undergraduate students for
reprints (and potential audio adaptations), as well as inquiries from
editor or faculty advisors for nominations of “best of” work in recent
issues. Please see our submittable page for guidelines. Other features
like interviews and journal spotlights should be requested via email.
We want to feature the hard work you do!

Thank you for your support!

The Bifrost Team
St. Olaf College

2018 Scholarships to NY State Summer Writers Institute at Skidmore College

2018 SCHOLARSHIPS to New York State Summer Writers Institute at Skidmore College

To Teachers of Creative Writing:

Several generous gifts and the Institute’s commitment to access and diversity enable us to launch a scholarship competition each year. The competition is open to students enrolled full-time in undergraduate or graduate programs (including those who graduate in May 2018) who are nominated by their creative writing instructors. Please note the scholarships cover TUITION ONLYRoom and board expenses are the responsibility of the student.
In 2017 the Institute awarded approximately 60 tuition scholarships to students from, among other institutions, Univ. of Chicago, Northwestern Univ., Univ. of Rochester, George Washington Univ., Univ. of Iowa, SUNY-Stony Brook, Ohio State Univ., Vanderbilt Univ., NYU, Univ. of Florida, Christian Brothers Univ., Pitzer College, Harvard Univ., Yale Univ., Fashion Institute of Technology, Barnard College, Skidmore College, Ramapo College, Univ. of Sydney, U-Calif-Davis, Univ. of Idaho, The New School for Social Research, Princeton Univ., Union College, Sarah Lawrence College, Seton Hall Univ., Columbia Univ., Univ. of Massachusetts-Boston, Emory Univ., Univ. of Colorado-Denver, CUNY-Brooklyn College, Florida International Univ., Marian Univ.-Indianapolis, Univ. North Carolina School of the Arts, and Warren Wilson College.
This year the scholarships are offered for two-week or four-week workshops (July 2 to July 27) in fiction, poetry and creative non-fiction. Our teaching staff includes the following writers.

: Claire Messud; Rick Moody; Amy Hempel; Adam Haslett; Garth Greenwell; Danzy Senna; Joanna Scott; Howard Norman; Jonathan Dee; Adam Braver; Victoria Redel; and Elizabeth Benedict

: Vijay Seshadri; Henri Cole; Carol Muske-Dukes; Rosanna Warren; Campbell McGrath; and

Peg Boyers

: Phillip Lopate and James Miller

: Paul Auster; Russell Banks; Ann Beattie; Frank Bidart; Carl Dennis; Nick Flynn; Rivka Galchen; Louise Gluck; Mary Gordon; Margo Jefferson; William Kennedy; Jamaica Kincaid; Joyce Carol Oates; Joseph O’Neill; Caryl Phillips; Robert Pinsky; Francine Prose; and Charles Simic
To nominate students, send an email to indicating the names and email addresses (please be sure the emails are current) of those you recommend to us. Only names & emails required. Up to six nominated studentsfrom each writing instructor are welcome. We are of course looking for promising writers, and hope to increase the diversity of our student body.
All faculty nominations must be received AT THE LATEST by February 25th. All student applications are due by March 10th. The names of scholarship award winners, along with their schools, will be announced to all applicants on or around MARCH 20th.
Program applications and further information on the New York State Summer Writers Institute at Skidmore College may be found at the following link for the Writers Institute web site:
Many thanks and best wishes,

Robert Boyers, Director, New York State Summer Writers Institute
Professor of English, Skidmore College
Editor, Salmagundi
815 N Broadway
Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Call for Critical Abstracts and Creative Submissions

Call for Critical Abstracts and Creative Submissions

Revisiting the Elegy in the Black Lives Matter Era
For this edited collection, we seek essays that investigate contemporary elegy within the black diaspora. We are especially interested in essays that discuss contemporary black writers’ responses to personal and public deaths, challenging some of the foundational components of the elegy, while still drawing on the form. One could look at the contemporary poem of mourning as a challenge to the elegy in its past form, as a commemoration of diasporic challenges (including police brutality), and/or as a vehicle for addressing concerns with citizenship and belonging. One could look to the poetry of Terrance Hayes, Tyehimba Jess, Mahogany Browne, Nikky Finney, Jericho Brown, Aracelis Girmay, Evie Shockley, Danez Smith, Claudia Rankine, Fred Moten, Warsan Shire, and Dominique Christina, among many others; one could also look to elegiac prose by authors such as Jesmyn Ward, Edwidge Danticat, and Ta-Nehisi Coates, to name a few. In addition, we invite contemporary creative writers working within the genre of elegy to submit. We are especially interested in poems or short creative prose pieces that grapple with Black Lives Matter themes, such as racial bias within the criminal justice system, police killings of black men, women, and children, and the surveillance of black communities. Putting these critical and creative works in conversation, Revisiting the Elegy will explore how mourning feeds our political awareness in this dystopian time, as black writers attempt to see, hear, and say something to the bodies of the dead as well as to living readers.

Creative submissions (2-3 elegiac poems or short prose pieces) and 500-word essay abstracts are due by March 30, 2018.
Contributors will be notified by April 15, 2018.
Completed 6,000-8,000 word chapter submissions will be due by October 30, 2018.
Please send queries and submissions to Drs. Emily Rutter (errutterATbsuDOTedu) and Tiffany Austin (tiffanyuaustinATgmailDOTcom).

Dr. Tiffany Austin currently teaches rhetorical and creative writing at the University of The Bahamas. Her research interests center on African Diaspora studies, including African American, Caribbean, Afro-Latino(a) and African literature. Austin has published poetry in African American Review, Callaloo, Obsidian, pluck!, Valley Voices, and Sycorax’s Daughters, a speculative literature anthology. Her photo essay “A South in Sound” was recently published in TriQuarterly, and her essay “The Gendered Blues in Sonia Sanchez’s Morning Haiku” also appears in the edited collection Sonia Sanchez’s Poetic Spirit through Haiku (2017).

Dr. Emily Ruth Rutter is Assistant Professor of English at Ball State University, where she teaches courses in Multi-Ethnic American and African American literature.. She is the author of two monographs: Invisible Ball of Dreams: Literary Representations of Baseball behind the Color Line (University Press of Mississippi, May 2018), and The Blues Muse: Race, Gender, and Musical Celebrity in American Poetry (University of Alabama Press, Fall 2018). Her research has been published in the journals African American Review, South Atlantic Review, Studies in American Culture, Aethlon, and MELUS, and her book chapter on African American women poets appears in A Cambridge History of Twentieth-Century American Women’s Poetry.

NCUR and SURC Conferences

National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR) and SUNY Undergraduate Research Conference (SURC) are annual undergraduate research conferences for matriculated, enrolled students which offer a forum to present research projects and creative work to a national and state audience, respectively.

NCUR is held at various university locations throughout the United States during the spring semester-NCUR 2018 will be hosted by the University of Central Oklahoma in Oklahoma City, April 4-7, 2018.

SURC, launched at The College at Brockport in 2015, and expanded in 2017 to include two regional conferences — SURC East and SURC West. This year, SURC East will be held at SUNY Oneonta on Friday, April 20 and SURC West will be at Monroe Community College on Saturday, April 21. The SURC Fellows Program and application process will open in December.

Apply for NCUR 2018 Fellow Program

NCUR Fellow Application

NCUR Commitment statement 

NCUR Fellow Program FAQ’s

For more information on the NCUR-SURC Fellows Programs, email Jules Oyer.