Get to Know Our Scholars

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

Esther Buckwalter.

Esther Buckwalter, 2012 Morris K. Udall Scholarship winner

Samah Asfour

Samah Asfour.

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

Barber, Mukupa, Shibley

Grace Mukupa.

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

Sean Bearden

Sean Bearden.

An applied mathematics and physics whiz whose innate gift to do mathematical formulas in his head confounded his teachers in his formative years, has won the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.

Bearden, Michki

Nigel Michki and Sean Bearden.

Two University at Buffalo physics majors will receive the Barry Goldwater Scholarship, a prestigious national honor.

Jonathan bessette

Jonathan Bessette.

U.S.-U.K. Fulbright winner Jonathan Bessette, combines his love of engineering and art, in his education.

Maxwell Bileschi

Maxwell Bileschi.

Maxwell "Max" Bileschi has won the prestigious Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education award, given nationally to outstanding undergraduate sophomores and juniors studying mathematics, science or engineering.

Sarah Boerschig

Sarah Boerschig.

Sarah Boerschig, a history and Asian studies major and University Honors College scholar, is the first UB student to receive the 2012 David L. Boren Scholarship from the National Security Education Program.

Madelaine Britt

Satish Tripathi and Madelaine Britt.

Madelaine Britt learned she has become UB's first Truman Scholar during a surprise meeting with President Satish K. Tripathi.

Esther Buckwalter

Esther buckwalter stands on a rock in a stream.

Esther Buckwalter—winner of the nationally coveted Morris K. Udall Scholarship—has all the tools to solve a significant piece of the global water crisis. The extra bonus Buckwalter brings is her ability to charm those around her while doing it.

Dylan Burns

Dylan Burns.

The United States-United Kingdom Fulbright Commission has selected Dylan Burns, an architect major, to participate in its Fulbright Summer Institute to study at Nottingham Trent University.

Courtney Burroughs

Courtney Burroughs.

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

Bradley Cheetham

Bradley Cheetham.

While many lament the end of the Space Shuttle program, Brad Cheetham sees opportunity.

Dundas, Maffettone (Tucciarone)

Christopher Dundas.

University at Buffalo chemical engineering majors Christopher Dundas and Phillip Maffettone (Tucciarone) are now a part of the prestigious group of students to receive the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship.

Fedorishin, Seppala

Hannah Seppala and Dennis Fedorishin.

A physics and math major whose self-proclaimed strength is to problem-solve from multiple directions, and the U.S.-born son of Belarus immigrants who is determined to become a “pioneer” in how artificial intelligence can improve national security are UB’s latest Barry Goldwater Scholarship winners.

Fortman, Gosrich, Stewart

Water Gosrich, Anne Fortman and Andrew Stewart.

Fortman and Gosrich are among 240 students chosen nationwide from among 1,286 students nominated for the Goldwater scholarship from 470 institutions of higher education. Stewart received an honorable mention.

Fulbright, Boren — 2017

UB's student Fulbright scholars standing side by side.

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.

Fulbright — 2019

Seven fulbright scholars pose for a photo.

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

Gunnar Haberl

Gunnar Haberl.

Legal studies and political science dual major, Gunnar Haberl, represents UB at the Center for Study of the Presidency and Congress

Sean Kaczmarek

Sean Kaczmarek.

Sean Kaczmarek has been chosen to receive a Marshall Scholarship, an honor many consider the country’s most prestigious scholarship.

Kong, Lin, Monakhova

Stephanie Kong, Sharon Lin and Kristina Monakhova.

Kong, Lin and Monakhova are among 260 award winners chosen by the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program. Congress established the program in 1986 to honor Barry Goldwater, a five-term senator from Arizona.

Abigail LaPlaca

Abigail Laplaca.

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

Christopher Llop

Christopher Llop.

A passion for the environment drives Udall Scholar Chris Llop.

Claire Lochner

Claire Lochner.

Claire Lochner, who graduated from the University at Buffalo with a degree in electrical engineering and mathematics, has been chosen to take part in the National Science Foundation's Graduate Research Fellowship.

Phillip Maffettone (Tucciarone)

Phillip Maffettone (Tucciarone).

Phillip Maffettone (Tucciarone), a chemical and biological engineering major, is the first UB student to receive the Marshall Scholarship since 1988.

Jasmine May

John Simpson, Jasmine May and Satish Tripathi.

Jasmine May was in the quietest library on UB’s North Campus when she found out she’d won the prestigious Barry M. Goldwater award.

Kristina Monakhova

Kristina Monakhova.

Kristina Monakhova, an electrical engineering major, was awarded the John R. Sevier Memorial Scholarship Award, which annually recognizes two students nationwide who are interested in a science or engineering career, with an emphasis on space research or space science education.

NSF GRFP — 2018

NSF fellowship recipients and honorable mentions (from left) Michael Randle, Walker Gosrich, Javier Yu, Alexander D’Arpino, Anne Fortman, Andrew Stewart, Maria Camila Lopez Ruiz, Tyler Barrett and Matthew Falcone.

Attending graduate school just got a lot more affordable for six UB students and one recent graduate. The scholars have been accepted into the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP).

NSF GRFP — 2019

Four students pose for a photo.

Two UB students and two alumni have won the National Science Foundation’s prestigious Graduate Research Fellowship awards. Four other UB students received honorable mention.

Anna Porter

Anna Porter.

 A UB anthropology major will take her passion for the “connections through time” to Durham University in Great Britain.

Presidential Scholars — 2017

Three of the 16 students who were awarded 2017 presidential scholarships.

The UB Presidential Fellowship Program is aimed at enhancing UB’s competitiveness in recruiting outstanding graduate students. Students chosen for this award exemplify academic excellence and are some of UB’s best and brightest.

Presidential Scholars — 2018

Three of the scholarship winners' headshots.

Meet the 28 exemplary students that were selected as the 2018 Presidential scholars.

Jill Ricotta

Jill Ricotta.

It took just a few weeks at UB for Jill Ricotta to discover that her true passion lay halfway around the world.

Casey Rothberg

Casey Rothberg.

Casey Rothberg, only the second UB student ever to win the competitive David L. Boren Scholarship, fits the scholarship program’s profile on paper well.

Daniel Salem

Daniel Salem.

Every year a select few students are awarded the nationally renowned Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. Daniel Salem, a chemical engineering major at the UB, has now joined that prestigious group.

Simon, Wolfson-Seely

Jenny Simon sits in a chair.

Two UB undergraduates — Jenny Simon and Ethan Wolfson-Seely — have received prestigious scholarships from the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program for the summer of 2018. Both students are part of UB’s growing Asian languages programs.

Anna Smith

Anna Smith.

Anna Smith has earned distinction around the University at Buffalo campus for her — to say the least — nontraditional career path.

Izzy Starr

Izzy Starr headshot.

Izzy Starr, a UB PhD student who uses computing to study how microbes living on human skin impact immunity, has received a prestigious fellowship from Microsoft Research.

Andrew Stewart

Andrew Stewart.

Medicinal chemistry major, Andrew Stewart, lands a coveted National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program award.

Erin Sweeney

Erin Sweeney.

Fulbright winner, Erin Sweeney, will conduct research on designing innovative policy frameworks for a resilient food system in Singapore.

Christine Tjahjadi-Lopez

Christine Tjahjadi-Lopez.

At 26, UB alumna Christine Tjahjadi-Lopez, a global entrepreneur, human rights activist, teacher and philanthropist, is already changing the world.

Joseph Wolf

Joseph Wolf of UB's North Campus.

Joseph Wolf, winner of the Benjamin and David Scharps Legal Essay, sets his sights on law school.