Call for Nominations: Undergraduate and Graduate Student Awards

From the Vice President for Student Affairs

President’s Medal for Outstanding Undergraduate and Graduate Student
One undergraduate student and one graduate student will be awarded the President’s Medal at Commencement ceremonies in May. 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 to meeting the goals of higher education as set forth in the college’s mission statement. Recipients deliver the student address at Commencement. A grade point average of at least 3.5 is required for consideration for this award. Students graduating in December 2008, May 2009, or August 2009 will be considered.

SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence
The Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence 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 are recognized at a spring ceremony in Albany and at Commencement ceremonies in May. Only students graduating between June 2008 and May 2009 will be considered.

Nominations are being sought for both awards. Students must be nominated by a faculty or staff member. Candidates must have demonstrated the qualities recognized by each award.

Selection criteria are the same for each award; however, nominees must have a minimum grade point average of 3.5 to be considered for the President’s Medal. 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: Documented membership in a professional organization or community outreach activities.

Leadership/Creativity: Documented local, state, national, or international recognition for excellence (e.g., recipient of major national scholarships or athletic awards and/or recognition by national and international associations and honor societies). For Graduate Students: Documented activities related to the discipline of graduate degree program or other college service leadership in a professional organization, or community outreach activities related to the field of study.

More information and nomination materials are available online or from the Information Center in the Campbell Student Union. Nominations and supporting documentation must be delivered to Daniel C. Vélez, assistant to the vice president for student affairs, Cleveland Hall 519, by Thursday, January 22, 2009.