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Celebration of Student Academic Excellence
Thursday, April 7, 2016
Center for the Arts, UB N. Campus

More detailed info will be posted here in/by March 2016


Attending any of the Celebration of Student Academic Excellence? A registration link will be posted as the event draws closer.


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

Forty Marshall Scholarships are awarded per year to finance young Americans of high ability to study at the graduate level at a United Kingdom institution in any field of study. As future leaders, with a lasting understanding of British society, Marshall Scholars strengthen the enduring relationship between the British and American peoples, their governments and their institutions. Marshall Scholars are talented, independent and wide-ranging, and their time as Scholars enhances their intellectual and personal growth. Their direct engagement with Britain through its best academic programs contributes to their ultimate personal success.

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.

Department of Homeland Security Graduate Fellowship

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) realizes that the country's strong science and technology community provides a critical advantage in the development and implementation of counter-terrorist measures and other DHS objectives. The DHS Scholarship and Fellowship Program is intended for both undergraduate and graduate students interested in pursuing the basic science and technology innovations that can be applied to the DHS mission.

Ford Foundation

Through its Fellowship Programs, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation's college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

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."

Glamour's Top 10 College Women

Any woman who is currently a full-time junior at an accredited college or university is eligible. The judges will score entries based on the following criteria: leadership experience (34%), personal involvement in community and campus affairs (33%), and academic excellence (33%). The entry with highest overall score will be declared the potential winner. An essay is required - describing the student's most meaningful achievements and how they relate to their field of study and future goals. The winners receive $5,000, recognition in a Glamour issue, and a trip to New York City (a prize worth approximately $6,500).

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.

Hertz Foundation

The Hertz Graduate Fellowship Award is a 5 year fellowship. The goal is to build a community that creates innovation to improve lives, supports the national defense, and ensures America's competitiveness in the global economy.

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation's Graduate Arts Award

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation's Graduate Arts Award enables students or recent alumni with exceptional artistic or creative promise and significant financial need to pursue up to three years of study at an accredited graduate institution in the US or abroad. Awards can be as much as $50,000 annually.

Morris K. Udall Scholarship

The Morris K. Udall Scholarship Foundation awards eighty $5,000 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 ($40,000 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.

Rhodes Scholarship

The Rhodes Scholarships, in short, are investments in individuals rather than in project proposals. Accordingly, applications are sought from talented students without restriction as to their field of academic specialization or career plans although the proposed course of study must be available at the University of Oxford, and the applicant's undergraduate program must provide a sufficient basis for further study in the proposed field. The scholarships, which include all educational costs and living and travel allowances, are awarded to students who exhibit intellectual excellence, leadership, and concern for others.


SMART The Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship for Service Program has been established by the Department of Defense (DoD) to support undergraduate and graduate students pursuing degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines. The program aims to increase the number of civilian scientists and engineers working at DoD laboratories.

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.

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 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 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.

Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship

The Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship seeks to recruit, prepare and retain effective teachers for the students and schools who need them most. It is open to individuals-college seniors, recent graduates, and career changers-with undergraduate degrees in the arts and sciences. Fellows will attend enriched, school-based master's-level teacher education programs, complemented by intensive mentoring during the first three years of teaching at high-need urban and rural schools.

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