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President's Medal for Outstanding Student & SUNY Chancellor's Award for Student Excellence

Call for Nominations: Undergraduate and Graduate President’s Medal for Outstanding Student & SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence

Members of the campus community are invited to submit nominations for the following student awards:

President’s Medal for Outstanding Undergraduate and Graduate Student

One undergraduate student and one graduate student will be awarded the President’s Medal. The President’s Medal is the highest honor awarded to a student by Buffalo State College. This award is given to a student who, through use of his or her natural talents and acquired skills, has demonstrated a commitment toward meeting the goals of higher education as set forth in the university’s mission statement. The recipients will deliver the student address at Commencement. A minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5 is required for consideration for this award. Only students graduating in August 2020, December 2020, January 2021, May 2021, or August 2021 (Graduate Level Only) will be considered.*

SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence

The Chancellor’s Award is the highest honor bestowed by SUNY upon a student. This award recognizes model students who have integrated academic excellence with achievement in areas such as athletics, community service, creative and performing arts, entrepreneurship, leadership, and career achievement. Although there is no prescribed grade point average for this award, it is assumed that recipients will have high academic achievement. Award recipients will be recognized at a spring ceremony in Albany and at Commencement. Only students graduating between June 2020 and May 2021 will be considered.*

Nomination Procedure

Nominations are being sought for both awards. Students must be nominated by a faculty or staff member at Buffalo State College. Candidates must have demonstrated the qualities recognized by each award. Selection criteria are similar for each award; however, to be considered for the President’s Medal, a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.5 is required. A student may be nominated for either or both awards.

Selection Criteria for Both Awards

Academic Performance: Documented via grade point average, honors received, rank in class, research, and other scholarly projects.

Citizenship: As measured by university and community service, the quality of extracurricular activities, and/or involvement in professional organizations.

Leadership/Creativity: Documented local, state, national, or international recognition for excellence (e.g., recipient of major national scholarships or athletic awards, or recognition by national and international associations and honor societies).

For graduate students: documented by activities related to the discipline of graduate degree program or other university service leadership in a professional organization, or community outreach activities related to the field of study.


Update 12/08/2020: Due to COVID-19 and campus closures, nominations and supporting documentation can be submitted electronically by email to Amanda Marzolf at, by 4:00 p.m. Monday, December 21, 2020. Please submit your portfolio in ONE PDF document, and be sure to also email the 3 required documents alongside the PDF portfolio (Information Form, Personal Statement, and Resume and/or curriculum vitae).  Please contact Amanda Marzolf with any questions regarding the submission process.

Those with questions or concerns regarding the application process are encouraged to call Amanda Marzolf at ext. 4704 or email at

*Information will be verified with the Registrar's Office.

Instructions for Student Nominee

Student Information Form

Instructions for Nominator

Additional Call for Nominations: SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence: Special Award 

New this year, SUNY is introducing a Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence: Special Award.  This will be awarded to one student system-wide for each of the following categories: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Military, Special Service (COVID-19), or Overcoming the Odds. The deadline for nominations for the Special Award is 4:00pm on Monday, December 28, 2020.

Please note this is a separate award and nomination from the President’s Medal and SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Excellence (General Award), the deadline for these awards is 4:00pm on Monday, December 21, 2020. Students who have submitted material for The SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence (General Award) can provide supplemental material for the Special Award to Amanda Marzolf,, by the deadline for the Special Award, which is 4:00pm on Monday, December 28, 2020.

Please email Amanda Marzolf with any questions.

Instructions for Special Award Student Nominee

Special Award Student Information Form


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