BUFFALO, N.Y. – University at Buffalo students have
received Marshall, Fulbright, Goldwater and other prestigious
scholarships in the past year.
UB hopes to build on that success, which is why the Office of
Undergraduate Education recently appointed Elizabeth Colucci as
coordinator of nationally competitive fellowships and
Colucci, a resident of Williamsville, was formerly an assistant
director of the Honors College, a job that included helping
students write scholarship applications. In her new role, Colucci
will focus on building programs that raise the number of UB
undergraduate and graduate national award winners.
“We want to find students with a spark of something
special so they can learn about fellowships and scholarships early
in their career,” says Colucci. “If they can make wise
choices about how to spend their summers and become more
competitive, our students can put themselves in strong positions to
In the past year, UB students have been awarded a Marshall
Scholarship, the university’s first in 25 years and second
overall, and two Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships, along with two
honorable mentions, two National Science Foundation (NSF)
fellowships, two Fulbright English Teaching Assistantships and one
full Fulbright grant.
“We’ve had some tremendous successes with students
competing for nationally recognized awards, largely through
Elizabeth’s leadership,” says Mara Huber, PhD,
associate dean for undergraduate education, undergraduate research
and experiential learning.
“Through this expanded position and also our new
undergraduate suite at 24 Capen Hall, students will now have access
to more support along with expanded experiential learning
opportunities,” she said. “Since virtually every
competitive fellowship and scholarship requires extensive learning
outside the classroom, striving for these awards can help students
further their academic goals while supporting their individual
interests and passions.”
To further support student participation in experiential
learning, the Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative
Activities (CURCA) will be reorganized under the Office of
Undergraduate Education. Tim Tryjankowski serves as director of
CURCA, which connects students with mentored research opportunities
In addition to supporting students with applications, Colucci
will offer scholarships and fellowship development programs.
The Spark Program, a seminar Colucci ran through the Honors
College, will carry over to her new role. The six-week program runs
through the spring semester and prepares freshman to apply for
academic awards. Colucci will open the program to sophomores during
the fall. Students who maintain a high grade point average are
eligible if nominated by a faculty member.
During the spring, Colucci will also offer a Fulbright
development program and NSF graduate fellowship development program
for juniors to increase the number of students who apply for each
award. Workshops will be available to incoming graduate students as
Colucci also will work with several UB departments and programs
to recruit students, including the Cora P. Maloney College, the
Daniel Acker Scholars Program, the Undergraduate Academies, the
Honors College and UB Athletics.
For more information, contact Colucci at 645-6134 or email@example.com, or