Media Advisory: UB student research, scholarly and creative accomplishments to be celebrated

People walking through aisles with research posters.

Students show off research results at a past Celebration of Student Academic Excellence.

By Michael Andrei

Release Date: April 15, 2015 This content is archived.

“The celebration is a wonderful opportunity to showcase and recognize the outstanding contributions that UB students make across the disciplines. ”
Mara Huber, assistant vice provost for undergraduate education
University at Buffalo

BUFFALO, N.Y. – University at Buffalo students, faculty and administrators will gather on Thursday, April 16 to recognize student scholarly, research and creative achievements at the 11th annual Celebration of Student Academic Excellence in the Center for the Arts on the UB North Campus.

“The celebration is a wonderful opportunity to showcase and recognize the outstanding contributions that UB students make across the disciplines,” said Assistant Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education Mara Huber. “Our award winners are excellent examples of how students can weave together academics and experiential learning to achieve success, distinction and community impact.”

The celebration will open with poster presentations from graduate and undergraduate students who will describe the results of their research projects.

The celebration ceremony will be hosted by UB President Satish K. Tripathi and Dean of Undergraduate Education Andrew M. Stott in the Mainstage Theatre.

Schedule of Events:

  • Sigma Xi Graduate Student Research Poster Competition
    University Gallery, Center for the Arts, 12:30-3 p.m., April 16

  • Outstanding Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creativity Posters
    Center for the Arts Atrium, 1-3 p.m., April 16

    More than 200 undergraduate students will gather to showcase and answer questions on over 160 varied research projects, from using 3-D printing to produce high-strength metals to the planting of 1,000 trees in University Heights neighborhoods as a way to improve air quality and community pride.

  • Student awards ceremony
    Mainstage Theatre, Center for the Arts, 3:30 p.m., April 16

    The university will recognize student winners and nominees for national, SUNY and UB awards, some of which include the prestigious Goldwater, Marshall, Truman, Udall and Rhodes scholarships; Fulbright and National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowships; Ford Foundation Fellowships; SUNY Chancellor's Awards for Student Excellence; and the UB Undergraduate Awards for Excellence in Research, Scholarship and Creativity.

    The ceremony will feature a student performance from a musical/theatrical adaptation of Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie,” with a score composed and conducted by James P. Bobak (Class of 2015) and directed by Connor J. Graham (Class of 2016).

The event will also present a video on the design of the GRoW Home, UB’s entry in the U.S. Department of Energy 2015 Solar Decathlon. Standing for “Garden, Relax or Work,” the GRoW Home will embrace the urban farming culture of Buffalo, as well as its seasonal weather.

Since UB began pursuing the Department of Energy competition in 2012, the highly collaborative effort has involved 13 UB academic departments, nearly 150 students and dozens of faculty members. Students are also working closely with several local businesses in the design, building and solar energy fields.

For a complete listing of award categories and to register to attend, visit

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