Academic Awards

Academic Awards

Outstanding Master's Thesis/Project Award

The purpose of these awards is to recognize outstanding student research and applied scholarship. Up to three thesis awards and three project awards are made. Applications will be accepted for students who have graduated in December 2012, May 2013, August 2013, or December 2013. Nominations may be made by students' thesis or project advisers, or students may self-nominate. Additional reviews are required from the department chair and one external evaluator.

Deadline: The deadline for submission of nominations and evaluation forms is Wednesday, February 12, 2014. Please direct questions to Marnie Letzelter, Assistant to the Dean, at (716) 878-5609.

President's Medal for Outstanding Undergraduate and Graduate Student and SUNY Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence

One undergraduate student and one graduate student will be awarded the President’s Medal. The President’s Medal is the highest honor awarded to a student by SUNY Buffalo State. This award is given to a student who, through use of his or her natural talents and acquired skills, has demonstrated a commitment toward meeting the goals of higher education as set forth in the college’s mission statement. The recipients will deliver the student address at Commencement. A grade point average of at least 3.5 is required for consideration for this award. Students graduating December 2013, May 2014, or August 2014 will be considered.

SUNY Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence

The Chancellor’s Award is the highest honor bestowed by SUNY upon a student. This award recognizes model students who have integrated academic excellence with achievement in areas such as athletics, community service, creative and performing arts, entrepreneurship, leadership, and career achievement. Although there is no prescribed grade point average for this award, it is assumed that recipients will have high academic achievement. Award recipients will be recognized at a spring ceremony in Albany and at Commencement. Only students graduating between June 2013 and May 2014 will be considered.

Nominations are being sought for both awards. Students must be nominated by a faculty or staff member. Candidates must have demonstrated the qualities recognized by each award.

Selection criteria are nearly the same for each award; except that, to be considered for the President’s Medal a grade point average of 3.5 or higher is required. A student may be nominated for either or both awards.

Selection Criteria for Both Awards

    Academic Performance: Documented via grade point average, honors received, rank in class, research, and other scholarly projects.

      Citizenship: As measured by college and community service, the quality of extracurricular activities, and/or involvement in professional organizations.

        Leadership/Creativity: Documented local, state, national, or international recognition for excellence (i.e., recipient of major national scholarships/athletic awards and/or recognition by national and international associations and honor societies). For Graduate Students: Documented by activities related to the discipline of graduate degree program or other college service leadership in a professional organization, or community outreach activities related to the field of study.

        More information and nomination materials are available here.  Those with questions or concerns regarding the application process are encouraged to call the Student Affairs Office, Cleveland Hall 519, 878-4704.

        Nominations and supporting documentation must be delivered to the Student Affairs Office, Cleveland Hall 519, by 4:00 p.m. Monday, December 16, 2013.