Undergraduate Student News

Celebration of Academic Excellence

The Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence acknowledges students who have received recognition for distinguished achievements. It is the highest honor bestowed upon a student by the University. This year, 210 students from 64 campuses received this award. Nominated are students who have best demonstrated and been recognized for their integration of academic excellence with other aspects of their lives including leadership, campus involvement, community service, arts (creative or performing), athletics, and/or career achievement.

Shaun Nowicki and his parents.

Shaun Nowicki graduates with a bachelor of arts in English. He is a University Honors College Scholar, has been president of the Undergraduate English Club, a teaching assistant and an ambassador for the English department, and an editor of NAME Magazine. Shaun has also worked as a crew member for the Department of Theatre and Dance’s production of “10 Out of 12,” and co-dramaturge for their production of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar.

Tara Strade graduates with a bachelor of arts in psychology and English with an education minor. A University Honors College Scholar, she is a senior resident advisor and vice president of the UB ASL Club. Tara has served as a teaching assistant for Honors Colloquium, conducted social psychology research, served as a writing tutor, and acted as a mentor for the Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Partnership in Buffalo Public Schools.

Fulbright Award Winners

Paige Melin, a 2013 graduate of UB and a member of Phi Beta Kappa who also holds an MA from the University of Maine. Melin applied for the Fulbright award through UB’s Fulbright program. She currently works as the education coordinator for Explore Buffalo and as a teaching artist for the Queen City Home School Collective and Young Audiences of Western New York. Melin will travel to Senegal, where she hopes to use her background in poetry and translation to connect with her students.

Jenny Simon, a senior who is studying linguistics, education and English. She will spend her Fulbright year in Mongolia. Simon speaks Mandarin and has traveled extensively in China. She received a Critical Language Scholarship to China in 2018.

Haleigh Morgan, a senior English major at UB, will travel to Malaysia. Morgan has worked as a camp counselor for the Saranac Lake Youth Program, a tutor at the Gloria J. Parks Community Center in Buffalo and a writing tutor at UB. Morgan’s ultimate career goal is to teach English at the secondary level. She looks forward to spending the year learning Malay and building lasting connections with her host community.

Hanna Santanam, a senior anthropology and English double major with minors in global gender studies and Asian studies. She will spend her Fulbright year in India. A member of Phi Beta Kappa, Santanam previously studied in India in the summer of 2017, thanks to a Critical Language Scholarship funded by the U.S. Department of State.

Writing Competition Winners

Cook, Hammond, Logan prize:

Virginia Freeman, Katie Naughton, and Meredith Wattle
Honorable Mention: Grey Grohman, and Travis Sharp

George Knight Houpt prize:

Shaun Nowicki

Arthur Axlerod Memorial Award:

Matthew Aquiline and Haleigh Morgan
Honorable Mentions: Annastasia Marburger and Shaun Nowicki

Scribblers prize:

Victoria Rucinski
Honorable Mentions: Virginia Freeman and Annastasia Marburger 

English Essay prize:

Shaun Nowicki

Joyce Carol Oates Fiction Prize:

Tucker Norton
Honorable Mentions: Joshua Flaccavento, Annastasia Marburger, Victoria Rucinski and Meredith Wattle

Sigma Tau Delta (ΣΤΔ) inductees:

Grace Eskew
Cynthia Lau
Eleanor Rummell
Brianna Sung
Brenna Zanghi

Phi Beta Kappa (ΦΒΚ) inductees:

Virginia Freeman 
Mackenzie Junjulas
Jenny Simon
Tara Strade