BUFFALO, N.Y. — Phillip Tucciarone, a University at
Buffalo senior majoring in chemical and biological engineering, was
selected as a finalist for the prestigious Marshall
Also a 2013 recipient of the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship,
Tucciarone is UB’s first finalist for the Marshall
Scholarship since 2008.
Each year, the award finances graduate study for 40 American
scholars at a university in the United Kingdom in any field of
study. If selected, Tucciarone would use the scholarship to obtain
his doctorate in materials science at either the University of
Oxford or Imperial College of London.
Tucciarone will interview with the scholarship committee in New
York on Nov. 16. He will hear final results the following week.
If selected, he would join the transcending research currently
underway on graphene, one of the crystalline forms of carbon.
Fueled by his desire to become a professor of materials science,
Tucciarone has devoted much of his undergraduate research to
nanomaterials and the development of methods of non-toxic
bio-imaging, which play a role in cancer treatment.
Tucciarone’s studies have earned several awards, including
the UB School of Engineering and Applied Sciences’
Undergraduate Research and Scholarship Award of Distinction. He has
also co-authored and published two papers on his studies in ACS
Nano and Nano Letters, both monthly, peer-reviewed, scientific
journals published by the American Chemical Society.
“I see education as the strongest mechanism for change in
the world,” says Tucciarone. “I want to bridge the gap
between the United States and UK as a diplomat, gain experience and
work as a bridge for bilateral research and higher
Tucciarone’s passion for education drives him both in and
outside the classroom. An Honors College scholar, he maintains a
nearly flawless grade point average while playing as the starting
wing for UB’s rugby team.
He is also president of the Honors Student Council, and works
with inner city public schools through the Interdisciplinary
Science and Engineering Partnership, a program that seeks to
improve science education in the Buffalo Public Schools.
During a community service program in the Dominican Republic,
Tucciarone volunteered to help teach English to the local youth.
The experience opened his eyes to the inequalities in education and
inspired him to organize an annual volunteer service trip to the
country through the Honors Student Council.
“In my 20-plus years teaching at UB, I've never seen such
a display of leadership in one of my students,” says David
Kofke, SUNY Distinguished Professor of Chemical and Biological
Engineering. “It is heartening to see this in an engineering
student, where the workload promotes immersion in coursework
without allowing time to take in the larger picture in life, let
alone participate in it.”
Founded in 1953 in honor of U.S. Secretary of State George C.
Marshall, the Marshall Scholarship works to strengthen the
relationship between the British and American citizens, and their
governments and institutions.