Food for Thought

“Connect with Faculty” is the one piece of advice most often given to incoming students by top undergraduates. Food for Thought is your chance to do just that!

 What is Food for Thought?

When a student invites a faculty member, advisor, or librarian to dine with him or her in one of our residence dining halls, the Food for Thought program covers the cost of the professor's meal.

What are the benefits of dining with a faculty member?

There are many benefits of having a meal with your professor. Developing a relationship with a potential mentor, someone who has a personal interest in your success, is an invaluable experience for any undergraduate student.

Throughout your academic career your needs, and therefore the benefits of Food for Thought, will vary. As a freshmen you may find discussing ways to get involved in the campus community, study skills, or college life most beneficial. As a sophomore however, you may wish to learn more about a potential major and the associated career paths. Juniors may want to discuss research and internship opportunities or graduate programs. First semester seniors may be asking for letters of recommendation for jobs and graduate schools, while graduating seniors may simply want to say "thank you".

How do I participate in Food for Thought?

  1. Invite your professor to lunch. You can go alone, or you can invite other interested students along!
  2. Pick the date, time,  place*, and confirm the appointment with your professor/advisor.
  3. Stop by Lecture Center 31 and pick up a Food for Thought Meal Ticket.
*Remember, you may need to swipe your professor in to the building, so you will want to meet her or him outside.

Need some conversation starters?

  • Where did they go to college? What did they study? Why did they choose that major?
  • What are their areas of specialization? In what areas do they do research?
  • What are some of their personal interests? What do they do in their free time?
  • What interesting things can they recommend to do at UAlbany?
  • What other classes do they teach or recommend?
  • What are some of the interesting or unique things that students can do in this field?
  • What kinds of careers do students who have studied in this area pursue? Do many go on to graduate school?
  • What are some tips for being a great student at UAlbany in general? In this field specifically?
  • What are some tips for being successful in this particular class?
  • What topics within the class do most students find challenging?
  • Are there any study tips for this discipline or for this class that s/he can recommend? 

Remember, Food for Thought can be used for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, but it is only valid in student dining halls. Food for Thought pays for the professor/advisor's meal, but not the student's.