BUFFALO, N.Y. – To attract and retain the most
intellectually gifted students, the University at Buffalo's School
of Engineering and Applied Sciences and the UB Honors College have
announced the Presidential Scholarship/Doctoral Fellowship, which
will provide full scholarships for qualified UB engineering
students from freshman year through completion of their doctoral
Starting fall 2011, the top ten Presidential Scholars graduating
with a bachelor's degree from UB Engineering and committed to
attaining a PhD degree will be granted automatic admission to
graduate school in UB Engineering with guaranteed funding
throughout their graduate studies.
The purpose of the program is to encourage some of the best and
brightest high school seniors who are interested in engineering to
choose UB for all of their undergraduate and graduate
"It's one thing for a university to tell prospective students
that they really want them to attend," says Harvey G. Stenger, Jr.
dean of UB Engineering, "but it's far more compelling to say, 'Not
only do we want you to come, we want you to stay at UB right
through the PhD and we'll cover all your costs if you do.'"
To be considered, entering freshmen need to have a combined
critical reading and math SAT score of at least 1470 (or 33 on the
ACT) and a high school average of 95 or better. Once at UB,
undergraduate students must be able to retain a grade-point average
of at least 3.5 and graduate students must be seen by their thesis
advisors as making satisfactory progress toward completion of their
The new Presidential Scholarship/Doctoral Fellowship program was
developed by UB Engineering in conjunction with the UB's Honors
College, which administers the Presidential Scholarship program.
The Presidential Scholarship, a highly competitive and prestigious
award funded by the university, covers all expenses –
tuition, fees, housing, board and books -- for the top entering
freshmen in any field for four years of undergraduate study. UB's
Presidential Scholars represent the top 1% of students in the
"This new engineering scholarship provides an additional
sweetener for the very motivated, focused high school students
interested in engineering who are being recruited by Harvard, Yale
and Cornell as well as UB," says Krista Hanypsiak, administrative
director of the UB Honors College.
Prospective UB engineering students can apply now to be
considered for enrollment in September. Current Presidential
Scholars in UB Engineering who are in good standing may apply now
to be considered for the graduate-level scholarship.
"The goal with the new Presidential Scholarship/Doctoral
Fellowship in UB Engineering is to find ways to encourage more
vigorously some of our fantastic undergraduate students to stay on
at UB for graduate school," says John E. VanBenschoten, PhD,
associate dean for undergraduate education in UB Engineering and
professor of civil, structural and environmental engineering.
For both parents and students, the prospect of a full
scholarship while completely avoiding the financial aid application
process is a big plus, adds Stenger.
He acknowledges that some students with Presidential
Scholarships may opt to pursue graduate studies elsewhere, but, he
notes, the benefits for those who stay will be substantial.
"Students who find that UB is the right place for them will be
able to start research on their PhD in the junior year," says
Stenger. "They can start publishing papers in the senior year. The
program will allow them to accelerate their studies, so that they
can finish their doctorate in, say, three years instead of
He added that since all funds for the graduate portion of the
scholarship are being redirected from existing UB Engineering
scholarship programs, no new funds needed to be allocated.
For more information about the Presidential
Scholarships/Doctoral Fellowships in UB Engineering, please go to
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