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Celebration of Student Academic Excellence
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Center for the Arts

1 p.m. - 3 p.m., Atrium
Outstanding Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creativity Posters

3:30 p.m., Mainstage Theatre


A registration link will be posted here closer to the event.


Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

The Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship is awarded to sophomores and juniors who have outstanding potential and intend to pursue advanced degrees in mathematics, the natural sciences or engineering.

British Marshall Scholarship

Marshall Scholarships finance approximately 32 young Americans of high ability to study for a degree in the United Kingdom each year. The Scholarships are tenable at any British university and cover two years of study in any discipline, at either undergraduate or graduate level, leading to the award of a British University degree. Students are selected on their academic merit, leadership potential and ambassadorial potential.

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Junior Fellows Program

This fellowship is designed to provide a substantive work experience for approximately 12 students who have a serious career interest in the area of international affairs.

Critical Language Scholarship

Sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by the Council of American Overseas Research Centers, this award offers intensive summer language institutes overseas in eleven critical need foreign languages. The CLS Program is part of the National Security Language Initiative, a U.S. government interagency effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical need foreign languages.

Fulbright Program

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, the Fulbright program is the largest U.S. international exchange program offering opportunities for students, scholars and professionals to undertake international graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools worldwide. The program was established in 1946 by the U.S. Congress to "enable the government of the United States to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries."

Gates Cambridge Scholarship

Gates Cambridge Scholarships are awarded to outstanding applicants from countries outside of the UK to purse a full-time postgraduate degree in any subject available at the University of Cambridge. The selection criteria include outstanding intellectual ability, leadership potential, and a commitment to improving the lives of others.

Harry S. Truman Scholarship

The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation - the federal memorial to our thirty-third President - awards merit-based scholarships to college students who plan to pursue careers in government or elsewhere in public service. Truman Scholars receive up to $30,000 for graduate or professional school, participate in leadership development activities, and have special opportunities for internships and employment with the federal government.

Morris K. Udall Scholarship

The Morris K. Udall Scholarship Foundation awards eighty $7,000 scholarships annually to undergraduates who will pursue careers relating to the environment, and to Native American or Alaska Natives interested in tribal public policy and Native American health care. Through these scholarships, the Foundation hopes to encourage future leaders across a wide spectrum of policy, science, education, social science and health fields.

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowships are awarded to applicants who will pursue a doctoral degree in, or closely related to, an area of DoD interest within one of fifteen disciplines. The DoD awards fellowships to individuals who have demonstrated the ability and special aptitude for advanced training.

National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship

The National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship provides three years of support ($34,000 per year plus tuition waiver and fees) for graduate study leading to research-based masters or doctoral degrees in mathematical, physical, biological, engineering and behavioral and social sciences, including the history of science.

National Security Education Program: David L. Boren Scholarships

NSEP supports undergraduate and graduate students who demonstrate high levels of academic performance and strong motivation to internationalize their education by developing expertise in the languages, cultures, and world regions less commonly studied by Americans.

SUNY Chancellor's Awards for Student Excellence

This special award honors SUNY students who have best demonstrated and been recognized for their integration of academic excellence with other aspects of their lives, which may include leadership, athletics, career achievement, community service or creative and performing arts.

SUNY Graduate Research Innovative Exploration Awards

Select UB graduate students are invited to present their research and creative findings to elected officials of the NY State Assembly, the NY State Senate, the SUNY Board of Trustees, the Office of the Governor and the SUNY Chancellor's Office. This state-wide symposium is hosted by the SUNY-wide Faculty Senate in Albany.

UB Clifford C. Furnas Scholar-Athlete Award

The Clifford C. Furnas Scholar-Athlete Award was established to recognize outstanding undergraduate performance in scholarship and athletic prowess, and to encourage continuation into graduate or professional education. The recipient of this award must be committed to the pursuit of subsequent graduate study in any field or discipline at any accredited college or university.

UB Graduate Student Excellence in Teaching Award

Presented annually by the Graduate School, the Graduate Student Excellence in Teaching Award recognizes graduate students who have demonstrated truly exceptional performance in the execution of their teaching responsibilities. The exemplary talents and abilities of the award recipients underscore UB's long tradition and firm commitment to providing students with instruction of the highest quality.

UB Outstanding PhD Dissertation Award

Presented annually by the Graduate School, the Outstanding PhD Dissertation Award acknowledges a truly outstanding dissertation researched and written by a UB doctoral student who has received a PhD from UB within the past five years. Dissertations nominated for this award are expected to be highly distinctive with the potential to make an impactful contribution to the author's respective field of study.

UB Student Organization Award for Excellence in Academics and Service

This award recognizes clubs that take what they learn in the classroom, and apply it to assist others. The award-winning organization receives a plaque engraved with their name. The plaque and a group photo of their membership are displayed in the Student Union during the next academic year. Additionally, the group receives a $1,000 stipend to be used for the continuation of their service to others while utilizing their unique academic talents.

UB Three Minute Thesis Award

UB's Three Minute Thesis Award recognizes PhD students who have excelled in effectively explaining their research in three minutes, in language appropriate to a non-specialist audience. The Three Minute Thesis (3MT®) is an academic research communication competition developed by The University of Queensland, Australia to celebrate the exciting and innovative research conducted by PhD students.

UB Undergraduate Excellence in Research, Scholarship and Creativity

The UB Undergraduate Awards for Excellence in Research, Scholarship and Creativity recognize outstanding contributions from each decanal area that achieve superiority in presentation, content, and scope, and which therefore merit acknowledgement as efforts worthy of university-wide distinction. The University at Buffalo is pleased to recognize undergraduate student projects that exhibit the highest characteristics of achievement among this select group.

Undergraduate Prize for Library-Supported Research

The University Libraries Undergraduate Research Prize recognizes students who produce significant academic inquiry requiring use of information resources, the Libraries, and the collections.

US-UK Fulbright Summer Institutes

These summer academic and cultural programs provide the opportunity for US undergraduates to study in the UK for 3 to 4 weeks.

William J. Clinton Fellowship for Service in India

Administered by the American India Foundation (AIF), the William J. Clinton Fellowship for Service in India pairs a select number of highly skilled young professionals with leading NGOs and social enterprises in India in order to accelerate impact and create effective projects that are replicable, scalable, and sustainable. Through 10 months of service and fieldwork, Fellows gain knowledge of development on the ground in the fields of education, livelihoods, public health, and social enterprise, honing and harnessing their growing skills as change agents capable of effecting lasting change.

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