The Meyerson Award

The President Emeritus and Mrs. Meyerson Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching and Mentoring (the Meyerson Award) was established through a generous gift by the late UB President Emeritus Martin Meyerson and his wife, Margy Ellen, to recognize exceptional teaching and mentoring at the university. It is the highest university award given specifically for undergraduate mentoring.

The Nomination Period is Now Open.

The nomination deadline for the 2020-21 cycle is Oct. 22, 2020.

Nomination Criteria

Faculty members who provide the guidance and support needed to help undergraduate students develop the skills necessary for research, creativity, critical thinking and innovation are eligible to be nominated for the award.

Like the Meyersons, we believe that the best undergraduate creative experiences are collaborative, encourage student autonomy and responsibility and create strong mentoring relationships with faculty.

Only tenure track faculty are eligible to be nominated.

How to Nominate a Faculty Member

All nomination materials must be submitted electronically. Please have collected all supporting documentation prior to completing the online form.

Nominations should include:

  1. A substantial letter of nomination from the department chair or academic dean that clearly describes the basis for the nomination.
  2. Two letters of support from other faculty who can speak first-hand to the mentoring performance of the nominee.
  3. Five descriptive letters of support from former undergraduate students who have direct knowledge of the nominee's mentoring quality and impact.
  4. The nominee’s CV.

Supporting letters and evaluative statements should not be mere testimonials; they should provide specific examples of the nominee’s mentoring and impact/outcomes. A personal statement from the nominee is neither needed nor encouraged.

The award recipient will be chosen by a selection committee comprised of past Meyerson Award recipients and undergraduate student representatives. Individuals selected for the award will be recognized during UB’s annual Celebration of Faculty and Staff Academic Excellence.

Previous Recipients

Year Recipients

Lora Cavuoto, industrial and systems engineering

Salvatore Rappoccio, physics

Wenyao Xu, computer science and engineering


Colleen Culleton, Spanish

Kwang Oh, electrical engineering

David Schmid, English


Michael Detty, chemistry

Johannes Hachmann, chemical and biological engineering 

Larry Hawk, psychology


Martha Bohm, architecture

John Crassidis, mechanical and aerospace engineering 

Walter Hakala, English


Laura Anderson, nursing

Barbara Bono, English

Annette LeCuyer, architecture


Anna Mariella Bacigalupo, anthropology

Lance Rintamaki, communication

Mark Swihart, chemical and biological engineering


Beth Tauke, architecture

Stephen Free, biological sciences

Rajendram Rajnarayanan, pharmacology and toxicology


James Jensen, civil, structural and environmental engineering

Kemper Lewis, mechanical and aerospace engineering

Gail Willsky, biochemistry


Maria Horne, theatre and dance

Lynne Koscielniak, theatre and dance

Jennifer Zirnheld, electrical engineering

Satpal Singh, pharmacology and toxicology

Kate Rittenhouse-Olson, biotechnology

Jun Zhuang, industrial and systems engineering

John Ringland, mathematics