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 J-term 2016, May 2016, August 2016, or December 2016. 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 8, 2017. Please direct questions to Marnie Letzelter, assistant to the dean, at (716) 878-5609.

Outstanding Master's Thesis/Project Award Process and Guidelines (PDF)

Outstanding Master's Thesis Award Nomination and Evaluation Form (PDF)

Outstanding Master's Project Award Nomination and Evaluation Form (PDF)


 

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

The President’s Medal is the highest honor awarded to a student by Buffalo State College. 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. Only students graduating in December 2016, May 2017, or August 2017 will be considered.

Students must be nominated by a faculty or staff member at Buffalo State.

Selection Criteria

Selection criteria are similar for the SUNY Chancellor's Award and the President's Medal; however, 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.

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 on the Student Life website.  Nominations and supporting documentation must be delivered to the Student Affairs Office, Cleveland Hall 519, by 4:00 p.m. Monday, December 19, 2016.

Those with questions or concerns regarding the application process are encouraged to call Kathy Marzolf at ext. 4704.

 

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 2016 and May 2017 will be considered.

Students must be nominated by a faculty or staff member at Buffalo State. 

Selection Criteria

Selection criteria are similar for the SUNY Chancellor's Award and the President's Medal; however, 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.

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 on the Student Life website.  Nominations and supporting documentation must be delivered to the Student Affairs Office, Cleveland Hall 519, by 4:00 p.m. Monday, December 19, 2016.

Those with questions or concerns regarding the application process are encouraged to call Kathy Marzolf at ext. 4704.

 

Phillip Santa Maria Award for Student Leadership in Equity and Campus Diversity

Nominations are now being accepted for the Phillip Santa Maria Award for Student Leadership in Equity and Campus Diversity. For 25 years, Dr. Phillip Santa Maria served as dean of students at Buffalo State. During his tenure, he was recognized both on campus and throughout the community for his leadership on a variety of diversity and social justice issues. The Phillip Santa Maria Award for Student Leadership in Equity and Campus Diversity has been established in his honor and is given annually to recognize students who exemplify Dr. Santa Maria’s commitment to service, social justice, and diversity.

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to submit nominations of student leaders who exemplify Dr. Santa Maria’s commitment to service, social justice, and diversity through promoting respect for diversity and individual differences in their activities, projects, discussions, or their leadership with student organizations and groups for this purpose.

Selection Criteria:

Undergraduate and graduate students Recipients must have demonstrated leadership in the promotion of respect for diversity and individual differences through their roles in organizing discussions, curricular experiences, out-of-classroom experiences, or special projects for programming that go beyond that usually expected of a student.
 
Recipients must demonstrate leadership in encouraging their peers to embrace diversity and to appreciate the benefits of diversity on campus, in the community, and in their everyday lives.
 
Recipients must have created or played a significant leadership role in initiatives or programs that promote access, equity, or social justice in relation to the diversity of thought, diversity of experiences, diversity of values, or other aspects of diversity within the college or the broader community.

Please use the form on the Equity and Campus Diversity website to nominate a student. Submit the nomination form to the Equity and Campus Diversity Office no later than February 5, 2016.

Questions? Please contact the Equity and Campus Diversity Office, Cleveland Hall  415, ext. 6210, http://equity.buffalostate.edu.

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