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Student Leadership and Humanitarian 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 college’s mission statement. The recipients will deliver the student address at Commencement.  A grade point average of at least 3.5 is required for consideration for this award.  Only students graduating December 2016, May 2017, or August 2017 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 2016 and May 2017 will be considered.*

*Information will be verified with the Registrar.

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 similar for each award; however, to be considered for the President’s Medal a grade point average of 3.5 or higher 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 college 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 (i.e., recipient of major national scholarships/athletic awards and/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 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 at Nominations and supporting documentation must be delivered to the Student Affairs Office, Cleveland Hall, room 519, by 4:00 p.m., on Monday, December 19, 2016.


Selection Criteria

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