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Student Awards

Student Awards and Competitions

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Learn about and apply for the following student awards and competitions.

 

 

 

 


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

 
Call for Nominations: Undergraduate and Graduate President’s Medal for Outstanding Student and 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 Student

One undergraduate student will be awarded the President’s Medal for Outstanding Undergraduate Student, which is the highest honor awarded to a student by Buffalo State College. This award is given to a student who, through use of their 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. Bachelor's degree candidates who graduate in August 2022, December 2022, January 2023, and May 2023 are eligible for this award.​

President's Medal for Outstanding Graduate Student

One graduate student will be awarded the President’s Medal for Outstanding Graduate Student, which is the highest honor awarded to a student by Buffalo State College. This award is given to a student who, through use of their 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. Graduate candidates who graduate in August 2022, December 2022, January 2023, and May 2023 are eligible for this award.

SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence

The Chancellor’s Award is the highest honor bestowed by SUNY upon a student. This award will be offered in two categories. First, the General Award with special achievement in at least THREE of the following areas: Academic Excellence, Leadership, Campus Involvement, Community Service, or the Arts. Second, this year SUNY is continuing to designate recipients of Special Awards, which will be bestowed to ONE student system-wide in each of the following categories: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion; Special Service (Mental Health); and Overcoming the Odds; and will be bestowed on up to FIVE students system-wide in the Military category, honoring each branch of the military. These students may have already received recognition from campus, local, state, national, or international organizations and we would like you to include that information in the nomination process. In order to be eligible, a student must graduate between June 2022 and May 2023. Successful candidates will be invited to the Capital District for an award ceremony and reception in April, 2023.

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

Arts: Accomplishments and contributions in your particular discipline, If you are a performer, artist, craftsperson, or similar.

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

Campus Involvement: As measured by significant accomplishments, contributions, or experiences in campus involvement while a student at Buffalo State.

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.

SUNY Chancellor’s Award: Special Award: Documented activities and achievements related to one of the following categories: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion; Special Service (Mental Health); Overcoming the Odds; and Military.

Deadline

Nominations and supporting documentation can be submitted electronically by email to Student Affairs at studentaffairs@buffalostate.edu, or dropped off to Cleveland Hall 513, by 4:00 p.m. Monday, December 19, 2022.

Students should submit their portfolio in a single PDF or a hard copy in a binder and be sure to also email the 3 required Word documents alongside the portfolio (Information Form, Personal Statement, and Resume and/or curriculum vitae).  Please contact Student Affairs with any questions regarding the submission process.

Those with questions or concerns regarding the application process are encouraged to call Student Affairs at extension 4704 or email studentaffairs@buffalostate.edu.

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

Instructions for Student Nominee

Student Information Form

Instructions for Nominator

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Student Affairs

1300 Elmwood Ave  •  Cleveland Hall 513 •  Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-4704 •  Fax: (716) 878-5009   studentaffairs@buffalostate.edu