Current Student Honorees

The following is a listing of UB students who are spring 2020 honorees.

Honorees by Award Category

Select National Fellowships and Scholarships

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.

  • Anoop Kiran, Aerospace Engineering (Nominee)
  • Cassondra Lyman, Psychology; Statistics (Recipient)
  • Chi Nnoka, Aerospace Engineering; Mechanical Engineering (Nominee)
  • Jacqueline Hannan, Biomedical Engineering (Nominee)
  • Nicholas Ceccarelli, Computer Science (Nominee)

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.

  • Jonathan Bessette, Mechanical Engineering (Finalist)
  • Michael Brown, Alumnus - Computer Science; Political Science (Nominee)
  • Joshua St. Louis, Public Health (Nominee)

Critical Language Scholarship

Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s 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.

  • Rebecca Dingle, Asian Studies; Linguistics (Nominee)
  • Joseph DiPirro, Asian Studies (Nominee)
  • Taynisha Jacobs, Asian Studies (Nominee)
  • Joel Kurtzhalts, English for Speakers of Other Languages (Nominee)
  • Brian Kwong, Architecture (Award Recipient)
  • Sophie McGuire, Asian Studies; Theatre (Nominee)
  • Leighann Ramirez, Law; Social Work (Nominee)
  • Winni Zhu, Anthropology; Asian Studies (Nominee)

Ford Foundation Diversity Fellowship

Through its fellowship programs, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the ethnic and racial diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties, 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.

  • Olivia Geneus, Chemistry (Nominee)

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 world-wide. 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."

  • Janel Abbott, Chemical Engineering (Nominee)
  • Avye Alexandres, Alumnus - Fine Art (Finalist)
  • Walli Ansari, Political Science (Nominee)
  • Addison Arnold, Alumnus - History; Psychology (Finalist)
  • Helen Bamiro, Social Sciences Interdisciplinary (Nominee)
  • Caitlyn Coffey, Political Science; Psychology (Finalist)
  • Pinkie Davis, Alumnus - Anthropology; Spanish (Nominee)
  • Adrianna DiRisio, Theatre Performance (Nominee)
  • Nicholas Emmanuel, Music Performance (Recipient)
  • Elif Ersan, Political Science; Spanish (Nominee)
  • Emma Harty, Anthropology (Nominee)
  • Nicholas Hess, French Education (Finalist)
  • Megan Hirner, Comparative Literature (Finalist)
  • Kelsey Jessup, Music Theatre (Nominee)
  • Hailey Kilian, Biomedical Engineering (Nominee)
  • Lilian Macancela, Social Sciences Interdisciplinary (Alternate)
  • Christian Neureuter, Physics (Nominee)
  • Christopher Newton, Political Science (Nominee)
  • Courtney Panfil, Alumnus - Asian Studies (Nominee)
  • Paul Rellstab, History (Finalist)
  • Anna Sadocha, Political Science; Spanish (Nominee)
  • Caitlyn Sears, Geography (Alternate)
  • Joshua St. Louis, Public Health (Nominee)
  • Steven Starowicz, Electrical Engineering (Nominee)
  • David Tallents, Mathematics-Economics; Political Science (Finalist)
  • Denis Tuttle, Alumnus - Occupational Therapy (Alternate)
  • Clarissa Tuyn, Economics (Nominee)
  • Noah Weinstock, Industrial Engineering (Nominee)
  • Denise Zheng, Psychology (Nominee)

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.

  • Kay Kennedy, Accounting (Finalist)

James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program

The James C. Gaither Junior Fellows Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace is designed to provide a substantive work experience for students who have a serious career interest in the area of international affairs. Selected students will be hired to work as employees at the Carnegie Endowment in Washington, DC on a full-time basis for a period of one year.

  • Hanna Santanam, Alumnus - Anthropology; English (Nominee)
  • David Tallents, Mathematics-Economics; Political Science (Nominee)

Knight-Hennessy Scholars Program

The Knight-Hennessy Scholars program supports students from around the world, who have demonstrated leadership and civic commitment, with full funding to pursue a wide-ranging graduate education at Stanford. The program's goal is to develop a new generation of global leaders. This is the largest fully endowed scholars program in the world.

  • Joshua St. Louis, Public Health (Nominee)

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.

  • Sarah Wagner, Environmental Engineering (Nominee)

NASA Space Technology Graduate Research Opportunities

This program supports graduate students who show significant potential to contribute to NASA’s goal of creating innovative new space technologies for our nation’s science, exploration and economic future. NASA Space Technology Graduate Researchers will perform innovative space technology research at their respective campuses and at NASA Centers.

  • Chris Gnam, Aerospace Engineering (Nominee)

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.

  • Nicholas Bartelo, Mathematical Physics (Recipient)
  • Jonathan Bessette, Mechanical Engineering (Recipient)
  • Fatak Borhani, Aerospace Engineering (Nominee)
  • Paolo Bourdeau, Civil Engineering (Nominee)
  • Brandon Buesching, Industrial Engineering (Nominee)
  • Anton Buynovskiy, Aerospace Engineering, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering (Nominee)
  • Dino Camdzic, Chemistry (Nominee)
  • Chaoran Chang, Electrical Engineering (Nominee)
  • Payton Charlton, Psychology (Honorable Mention) 
  • Liam Christie, Electrical Engineering (Nominee)
  • Krysta Clark, Chemical Engineering (Nominee)
  • Leighton Collins, Mechanical Engineering (Nominee)
  • Ian DesJardain, Aerospace Engineering (Recipient)
  • Laura Devine, Industrial Engineering (Nominee)
  • Joseph Distefano, Mechanical Engineering (Nominee)
  • Katherine Eaton, Biological Sciences (Honorable Mention)
  • Dennis C. Fedorishin, Computer Science (Nominee)
  • Chris Gnam, Aerospace Engineering (Nominee)
  • Rachael Gold, Aerospace Engineering; Mathematics (Nominee)
  • Joshua Hazelnis, Chemical Engineering; Chemistry (Recipient)
  • Kayla Hollister, Geological Sciences (Nominee)
  • Kyle Hunt, Industrial Engineering (Nominee)
  • Grant Iraci, Computer Science and Engineering (Recipient)
  • Mourin Jarin, Chemical Engineering (Nominee)
  • Liz-Audrey Djomnang Kounatse, Biomedical Engineering (Nominee)
  • Zachary Kralles, Environmental Engineering (Recipient)
  • Alex Manly, Chemistry (Nominee)
  • Benjamin Mannix, Physics (Nominee)
  • Zoe Marr, Chemistry (Nominee)
  • Molly Martin, Biomedical Sciences (Nominee)
  • Eric Niblock, Mathematics; Philosophy; Physics (Nominee)
  • Salvatore Piazza, Electrical Engineering (Nominee)
  • Briana Santo, Anatomy & Pathology; Computational Cell Biology (Nominee)
  • Mark Schiferle, Mechanical Engineering (Nominee)
  • Nicholas Stavinski, Chemistry (Nominee)
  • Caleb Walcott, Geosciences (Honorable Mention)
  • Luca Wrabetz, Industrial Engineering (Nominee)

National Security Education Program: David L. Boren Scholarships

The National Security Education Program’s Boren Scholarships support 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.

  • Isabella Clark, Political Science; Urban and Public Policy Studies (Nominee)
  • Alisa Delaj, Mechanical Engineering (Recipient)
  • Joseph DiPirro, Asian Studies (Nominee)
  • Carmila Stafford, Linguistics (Recipient)

Rhodes Scholarship

The Rhodes Scholarship is the oldest and most celebrated in the world. The award enables students to study for two years at Oxford University. Each year, 32 Americans are chosen for their outstanding scholarly achievements, character, commitment to others and the common good, and for their leadership potential in whatever domain their careers may lead.

  • Jonathan Bessette, Mechanical Engineering (Nominee)
  • Joshua St. Louis, Public Health (Nominee)

Schwarzman Scholarship

The Schwarzman Scholarship is designed to prepare the next generation of global leaders, Schwarzman Scholars are funded to pursue a one-year master’s degree at China’s Tsinghua University in Economics, International Studies or Public Policy.

  • Joshua St. Louis, Public Health (Nominee)

SUNY Awards

SUNY Chancellor's Awards for Student Excellence

The SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence 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.

  • Jonathan Bessette, Mechanical Engineering
  • Fatak G. Borhani, Aerospace Engineering
  • Liam Christie, Electrical Engineering
  • Summer J. Davis, Occupational Science; Occupational Therapy
  • Megan E. Dwyer, Biological Sciences
  • Katherine M. Eaton, Biological Sciences
  • Daniela R. Falcone, Biochemistry
  • Dennis C. Fedorishin, Computer Science
  • Arsh Issany, Biomedical Sciences; Psychology
  • Lisa R. Marcellus, Business Administration; Environmental Studies
  • Kathleen Ohman, Biological Sciences; Psychology
  • Jillian P. O'Shaughnessy, Biotechnology; Spanish
  • Alyssa Reese, Biomedical Sciences; Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
  • David Tallents, Mathematics-Economics; Political Science

UB Awards

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.

  • Isabella McLerran, Biological Sciences

UB Excellence in Research, Scholarship and Creativity Awards

The UB Excellence in Research, Scholarship and Creativity Awards 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 student projects that exhibit the highest characteristics of achievement among this select group.

Visit the Poster Showcase

Explore innovative research and creative projects from UB’s remarkable students in the online, digital Poster Showcase.

   Graduate Students:

  • Jacob Bleasdale, Community Health and Health Behavior
  • Brandon Bordeau, Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Hyunmyung Jo, Educational Culture, Policy and Society
  • Taylor Mortorff, Architecture
  • Nika Rajabian, Chemical and Biological Engineering
  • Benjamin Rein, Neuroscience
  • Shruti Shah, Pharmacologoy
  • Dameng Yin, Geography

   Undergraduate Students:

  • Brendan Ash, Geology
  • Sanchit Batra, Computer Science
  • Allison Bollinger, Dance
  • Nicholas Cheung, Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Emma Leanne Colligan, Dance
  • Ronique Fletcher, Biomedical Sciences
  • Kaetlyn Hanlin, Architecture
  • Cameron Hotto, Management
  • Kennedy Jordan, Dance
  • Kyle Geoffrey Kershner, Management
  • Zay Ya Min Yin, Information Technology and Management
  • Madelyn Radel, Environmental Studies
  • Nabeel Rahman, Biomedical Sciences
  • Matthew Schottenfeld, Exercise Science
  • Mira Shami, Architecture
  • Caroline Sheehan, Dance
  • Savannah Sigmon, Dance

UB "Journey of Discovery" Library-Supported Undergraduate Research Prize

The UB “Journey of Discovery” Library-Supported Research Prize recognizes excellence in student research that incorporates significant use of information resources provided via the Libraries.The UB “Journey of Discovery” Library-Supported Research Prize recognizes excellence in student research that incorporates significant use of information resources provided via the Libraries.

  • Gursimran Sood, Biomedical Sciences

UB Outstanding PhD Dissertation Award

Presented annually by the Graduate School, the UB 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.

  • Aysegul Balta Ozgen, Sociology

UB Sigma Xi “Companions in Zealous Research” Awards

Sigma Xi is an international honor society of science and engineering. Its mission is to enhance the health of the research enterprise, foster integrity in science and engineering, and promote the public's understanding of science for the purpose of improving the human condition. Here at UB, the local chapter has sponsored the Sigma Xi Student Research Competition annually for over 20 years, providing a venue for UB's research community to share their work across the entirety of science and engineering. Three winning posters are selected.

  • Benjamin Rein, Neuroscience (First Place)
  • Shruti Shah, Pharmacology (Second Place)
  • Dameng Yin, Geography (Third Place)

UB Three Minute Thesis Awards

The UB 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.

  • Ben Rein, Physiology and Biophysics (First Place)
  • Seyed Hamed Ghodsi, Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering (Second Place)
  • Christopher Spence, Educational Leadership and Policy (Third Place)
  • Oladapo Ogunbodede, Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (People's Choice)