UB Engineering Students Named Udall, Goldwater Scholars

Release Date: May 4, 2009

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Two UB engineering students, Claire Lochner and Christopher Llop, are recipients of prestigious national scholar awards.

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Two students in the University at Buffalo's School of Engineering and Applied Sciences have won prestigious national Morris K. Udall and Barry M. Goldwater scholarships.

Christopher J. Llop of East Amherst, a junior pursuing a double major in electrical and industrial engineering, has been selected as a 2009 Morris K. Udall Scholar.

Claire M. Lochner of Williamsville, a sophomore pursuing an electrical engineering major, has been selected as a 2009 Barry M. Goldwater Scholar.

Llop was selected as a Udall Scholar on the basis of his commitment to a career in the environment, his leadership potential and academic achievement. The scholarship program is very competitive; Llop is one of only 80 scholars selected from 510 candidates from across the United States. He is the fourth student in the past four years from UB to be awarded the Udall 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. Lochner is one of 320 scholars chosen from 1,097 candidates from across the United States. The very competitive program recognizes more juniors than sophomores; Lochner's selection as a sophomore speaks to her excellent academic and service credentials.

Anny Caceres of Puerto Rico, a junior at UB pursuing a degree in pharmacology and toxicology, was recognized by the Goldwater Foundation with an honorable mention. She is one of 175 students honored with this distinction.

UB also had a finalist for a 2009 Harry S. Truman Scholarship -- Emily A. Bauer of Wayland, N.Y., a junior pursing a biological sciences degree with an environmental design minor. That program supports students preparing for careers in public service. Bauer is one of 194 finalists selected from more than 600 candidates from across the U.S.

The University at Buffalo is a premier research-intensive public university, a flagship institution in the State University of New York system and its largest and most comprehensive campus. UB's more than 28,000 students pursue their academic interests through more than 300 undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs. Founded in 1846, the University at Buffalo is a member of the Association of American Universities.

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