This fund honors the memory of a prolific scholar and faculty member.
The PhD Essay Award Fund is named for UB faculty member Susan M. Nochajski, who passed away in 2015. The fund supports awards for part-time students in their first year.
Nochajski earned a BS and MS in occupational therapy and a PhD in special education, all from UB.
She taught graduate courses on the impact of the physical and social environments on persons with disabilities. In addition, she was an investigator on more than 10 grants, published extensively, and was a member of numerous professional associations.
In her spare time, she enjoyed traveling with her husband — they made several cross-country road trips and visited more than 20 countries — as well as reading novels, sipping wine, photographing her vacation trips, spending time with family and attending Bruce Springsteen concerts.