Student & Alumni Testimonials
Student & Alumni Testimonials
Our current and former students provide us with essential feedback. Many of them have taken the time to share what earning a degree at the University at Buffalo has meant to them. Most of our students are working professionals living far from the Buffalo, New York area and without our online programs, they may have never completed their degrees. Their experiences, learning and participating around the world, along with our top notch faculty are the key ingredients in the success and growth of our programs. We have many testimonials and will change them periodically.
J. Michelle Baretela – West Henrietta, NY
M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling, Class of 2013
“As a single parent who is working full time in the field, the online Rehabilitation Counseling program has been the best fit for me. The quality of the instruction, the support of UB faculty and staff and the ability to do my school work on my schedule has been amazing. There is no way I could have enrolled in grad school without this program. I am going to be ready for my CRC exam, no question!"
Laura Esposito – Liverpool, NY
M.S. in Library Science, School Library Media Specialist, Class of 2012
“I have worked in a library for the past 22 years of my life. I have two daughters ages 10 and 13. I have always dreamed of getting my masters and becoming a school librarian, but never thought it possible. Its hard enough raising a family and working full time much less putting yourself through college. But now I am two classes away from getting my masters in SLMS! I am so excited and could not have done without UB offering this degree on line. I have had a good contact at UB that has helped me along through each step in obtaining my masters degree. Taking classes online I have been able to work full time and raise my family and go to college and this has allowed me to obtain my dream of becoming a school librarian. Thanks UB!!"
Christopher Maute – Philadelphia, PA
Ed.M. Science and the Public, Class of 2011
“The SAP program fit not only my schedule but my curiosity about the field of Informal Science Education. From the philosophical underpinnings of scientific theory to the details of science writing, I feel I am prepared to put my education to use as a science communicator. With challenging courses, top-notch educators and supportive classmates, I am sure I will benefit from my education and degree earned in the SAP program for years to come.”
Jean-Marie Reader – Huntington, NY
Advanced Graduate Certificate in Gifted Education, Class of 2011
“This program has encouraged me to take a step back and think about education on a higher, more global level. It had been a while since I last took a graduate level course, and I am reminded about how much I truly enjoy learning. Many of the issues we have researched and read about can be readily applied to all students, not only the gifted and talented. I am inspired to continue to reach all of my students and provide creative, thought-provoking learning opportunities. Additionally, I have enjoyed the varied and eclectic nature of the assignments. I know I will borrow some of the ideas and apply them for my own students. Although this program is on-line, my professors and fellow students have created a warm and supportive learning environment. I know I will be a more effective teacher, and my students will reap the benefit. Thank you for offering such a rewarding and enriching experience.”
Kapka Petrov – Canada
M.S. Rehabilitation Counseling, Class of 2011
"Prior to enrolling in the online MS in Rehab Counseling degree (program) at University at Buffalo, I researched in detail master level programs in both the United States and Canada. I was very specific in my desires – I was aiming to find a master degree that would fit my needs to grow as an existing vocational rehab professional and that would support my ambitions to advance in the field by obtaining a professional certification while juggling work, study and family duties at the same time.
The Master degree in Rehab Counseling at University at Buffalo was the most complete answer to my quest for knowledge and desire to participate in a professional, well recognized certification program. I feel that through my studies at University at Buffalo I have grown tremendously, both professionally and ethically. I was instructed by the best professionals in the field. My professors at UB are excellent, inspiring role models who are not only instructors, but also rehab professionals with practical skills and rich knowledge on counseling strategies. I have grown in confidence. My clients directly benefit by the master level of studies I have gone through at University at Buffalo. I learned to apply appropriate counseling strategies in assisting clients with barriers to employment to work with their abilities.
Words are not enough to thank University at Buffalo for offering the online MS in Rehab Counseling. My studies there have been a rewarding, life shaping experience."
Gary Randolph – Amherst, NY
Ed.M. Science and the Public, Class of 2010
“The Science & the Public program provided many opportunities for me to reevaluate and sharpen my world views. Nothing opens the eyes more than challenging discussions with intelligent persons from different backgrounds and locales. My classmates came to the program with the same desires I had; to grow and to learn. Together, we followed a well-structured curriculum that included topics ranging from philosophy, ethics and religion, to nanotechnology, the environment and the global commons.
As someone with a background in computer science and engineering, I found it fascinating to discuss topics that cannot be reduced to algorithms. Every student and faculty member supported, challenged, or extended ideas introduced in the readings or brought up in discussions. By the end of the program, each of us had a tremendous respect for our classmates, instructors, and the world around us. I could not have picked a better program for my needs and desires.”
Brian Hughes – Galway, Ireland
Ed.M. Science and the Public, Class of Fall 2009
"I have found the Science & the Public program to be stimulating and rewarding, both in terms of its content and in terms of the experience of taking the program at a distance (from Ireland). Working in education, I am frequently faced with the challenge of communicating complex science ideas to audiences whose level of understanding is only just emerging. The program has been extremely worthwhile in empowering me to take on this challenge.
My background is in the behavioral sciences. As such, I find the territory covered in the SAP program doubly stimulating. Not only does the program draw attention to some of the barriers faced when communicating scientific findings to public audiences, but the program also draws attention to the fact that these barriers can be psychological as well as institutional.
Taking the program from Ireland has thrown up no difficulties for me. In fact, it has been particularly rewarding to be part of a group of international students who are located in many places around the world."
Rich Blundell – England
Ed.M. Science and the Public, Class of Spring 2009
"It's a unique program, one I haven't been able to find anywhere else," says Rich Blundell, founder of Omniscopic Productions, a company that produces science programming for national media outlets.
"Science is so broadly important for all the issues we're facing. Some of these issues clearly will be solved by science. But the reason why I think this is such a valuable program is that for even issues that aren't obviously related to science, their solutions still lie in the scientific outlook."
Blundell's present project is writing and filming scientists studying the impact of global warming on coral reefs in the U.S. Virgin Islands. He says the underlying philosophy behind the scientific outlook is an essential part of the curriculum.
"There is an ethical stance of how we treat the environment and how we treat ourselves and each other," says Blundell, who is scheduled to graduate from the program in June. "This perspective emerges from what science has taught us. So it's not just technology that emerges from science; there is an ethic about our place in the cosmos, as well. It's fascinating. It changes your world view, really."
B. Bayles – Toronto, Kansas
Ed.M. Science and the Public, Class of Spring 2009
"The program appealed to me because the nearest university is hours from my rural Kansas home. I was able to work on my degree and continue to farm at the same time.
Now that I have my degree, I'm an adjunct professor at the local junior college and I love every minute of it! I am grateful to UB for the quality education that made my new job possible.
I will admit, the classes were challenging, but who would have it any other way? It's this attention to detail that made the degree worth it in the first place.
The people in my area tend to be deeply religious. I've always thought that I have a liberal point of view, but the critical thinking classes showed me that I had been more influenced by the religious mindset than I had presumed myself to be. I can honestly say that I am a different person now than I was two years ago."