Get to Know Our Scholars

UB is the proud home of several prestigious award recipients like Madelaine Britt, UB's first Truman Scholar. Take a look though our scholars gallery, where we highlight some of UB's other award recipients and scholarship applicants.

Esther Buckwalter.

Esther Buckwalter, 2012 Morris K. Udall Scholarship recipient.

Fulbright NSFGRFP Presidential Schomburg Other

Fulbright Student Grant for Graduate Study, Research Abroad or English Teaching Assistantship

Samah Asfour

Samah Asfour taught English in Jordan as part of her Fulbright English teaching assistantship.

Barber, Mukupa, Shibley

Three UB students have received prestigious Fulbright Fellowships, the most recent class in what has become a UB tradition of multiple recipients in the highly competitive, nationally-recognized scholarly competition.

Courtney Burroughs

Life in Russia was fun, but challenging, for Fulbright scholar Courtney Burroughs.

Nicholas Emmanuel

Nicholas Emmanuel received what is considered one of the country’s most prestigious scholarships for study abroad for his project “Challenging Identities: Studies in the Aesthetics of Hungarian Musical Modernism.”

Fulbright, Boren—2017

The University at Buffalo’s aspiration to become a “top-producing Fulbright institution” took another significant step forward this month when a record number of undergraduates were chosen as recipients of Fulbright awards.


Seven UB students have received Fulbright awards, the prestigious national scholarship competition for grants to study, research and teach abroad in 2019-20.

Lisa and Stephen Gagnon

After earning UB undergraduate degrees, sibling scholars Lisa and Stephen Gagnon continue to build successful graduate careers at the university.

Patricia Johnson

Patricia Johnson, a 2015 UB Graduate, is a PhD student in chemistry at Duke University and is currently conducting research in Switzerland on a Fulbright grant.

Abigail LaPlaca

Abigail LaPlaca used her Fulbright award to travel to Panama to work with teachers who teach young children.

Mariangela Perrella

Mariangela Perrella

Perrella combines a passion for integrating dance and movement with innovative classroom techniques that help teach children with special needs.

Erin Sweeney

Fulbright recipient, Erin Sweeney, conducted research on designing innovative policy frameworks for a resilient food system in Singapore.

Additional Fulbright Student Grant for Graduate Study, Research Abroad or English Teaching Assistantship Recipients

Year Name Award
2020 Nicholas Emmanuel Recipient
2020 Lilian Macancela
Caitlyn Sears
Denis Tuttle
2019 Ashley Cercone
Madeline Elminowski
Paige Melin
Haleigh Morgan
Hanna Santanam
Jenny Simon
Matt Straub
Stanzi Vaubel
2019 Mariangela Perrella Alternate
2019 Paige Gagliardi
Kayleigh Hamernik
Nabila Ismail
Madison McEwen
Julia Schoonover
2018 Elizabeth Lessner
Erika Ruhl
Erin Sweene
2018 Kelly Aldinger
Avye Alexandre
Antara Majumdar
2018 Harman Paul Brar
Michael Fiorica
Brentyn Mendel
Anna Porter
Stanzi Vaubel
Leslie Veloz

Jacob Caldwell
Lisa Gagnon
Sushmita Gelda
Ashlee Hart
Farhana Hasan
Sarah Stanford
Michael Surrett

2017 Antara Majumdar
2017 Sean Pears Finalist
2016 Rachel Landau
Sean Pears
Nida Syed
2015 Samah Asfour
Abigail LaPlaca
2015 Karin Hsieh
Greg Przybyla
Shant Tamazian
Jessing Teng
2014 Courtney Burroughs Recipients
2014 Dominique Bertrand
Laura LeVon
2013 Amanda Buonopane Recipient
2013 Marilee Couldron
Lisa Kulka
Jill Ricotta
Saira Siddiqui
2012 Karl Barber
Grace Mukupa
Thawab Shibley
2011 Rachel Hoorwitz
Joseph Lake
Brian McSherry
Justin Parks
Melissa Schindler
2011 Tanya Bucierka Alternate
2009 Katherine Cumberland
Catherine Dunning
Meghana Gadgil
2008 Dale Hess Recipient
2007 Jason Almonte
Karen Corey
Benjamin Costello IV
Elias Rotsos
Roderick Salisbury
N. Andrew Walsh
Melinda Wright
2006 Shifa Ali
George Dalbo
Joshua Gentzke
Carla Sanderson
2005 Brent Anderson
Meghan Fadel
2004 Jordan Berry
Andrew Franklin
Kate Hunter
Susan McGuire
Anthony Noody
2002 Kristin Karl
Alexis Lemon
Nathan McMurray
Tina Song
Andrea Vossler
2000 Nicholas Logue Recipient
1998 Warren Lewis Recipient