UB Honors Students

Honors Student Ambassadors

The Honors Student Ambassadors are a dynamic group of students who want to share their experiences at UB and in the Honors College with prospective students. Honors Student Ambassadors give campus tours or can meet with families during visits to campus.

Portrait of Devashish Agarwal

Devashish Agarwal

Major(s)/Minor(s): Computer Science (major), Management (minor)

Hometown: India

High School: St. Peter’s College

Campus Involvement: Honors Student Council, UB Mock Trial, Buffalo Undergraduate Consulting Club, UB Undergraduate Student Assembly, The Spectrum Staff Writer, UB Association of Computing Machinery, Google Development Group, Society of Human Resources and Management, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers, Future Alumni Network

Fun Fact: I just love eating Moes food.

What I love about Honors: The fact that advisors pay so much attention to you and are so friendly.

Parveen Attai

Parveen Attai

Major(s)/Minor(s): Biomedical Sciences

Hometown: Buffalo, NY

High School: Williamsville North High School

Campus Involvement: Girl Effect, Research Assistant at HABLAB, International Orientation leader, UB WiSE Student Assistant

Fun Fact: I love to calligraphy paint in my free time!

What I love about Honors: It's a strong community with individualized support. The advisors help with studying abroad, finding research, and internship/volunteer opportunities. Early registration is the cherry on top!

Portrait of Sambhavi Bellary

Sambhavi Bellary

Major(s)/Minor(s): Electrical Engineering

Hometown: New Delhi, India

High School: Springdales School, New Delhi

Campus Involvement: Leadership House, Blackstone LaunchPad, Resident Advisor, Engineers for Sustainable World, Chair for Peer Support- Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE), NRHH, Phi Eta Sigma

Fun Fact: I can eat ketchup with anything that is savory and love listening to J.Cole.

What I love about Honors: The support and guidance from the advisors and the numerous opportunities available through Honors college!

Portrait of Greg Bunyea

Greg Bunyea

Major(s)/Minor(s): Computer Science and Art

Hometown: Mahopac, NY

High School: Mahopac High School

Campus Involvement: Head UTA for CSE 199; Marketing Team for UB Hacking; Member of OAC, Scientista, ACM, HSC

Fun Fact: My family makes maple syrup from scratch!

What I love about Honors: Opportunities. Just about every experience I've had at UB has been through Honors. They're connected and respected among the community, so if you're ever looking for that next resume builder or adventure, they'll know how to get you started.

Portrait of Megan Capeling

Meghan Capeling

Major(s)/Minor(s): Chemical Engineering; Mathematics minor

Hometown: DeWitt, NY

High School: Manlius Pebble Hill High School

Campus Involvement: American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Tour Guide, UB STARS

What I love about Honors: Honors provides us with so many opportunities to get involved and become more well-rounded, from Colloquium service to InFocus discussions.

Portrait of Akshata Chaudhary

Akshata Chaudhary

Major(s)/Minor(s): Biomedical Sciences

Hometown: Pittsford, NY

High School: Pittsford Sutherland High School

Campus Involvement: Leadership House, Girl Effect, Association of Pre-Medical Students, American Association of University Women

Fun Fact: I am proficient in and/or learning how to speak three languages other than English: Marathi, Spanish and Hindi.

What I love about Honors: The close-knit community, the support system that Honors provides and the opportunities and events that Honors hosts.

Portrait of Jenna Cunningham

Jenna Cunningham

Major(s)/Minor(s): Mathematics (Actuarial Sciences) and Music Performance

Hometown: Camillus, NY

High School: West Genesee High School

Campus Involvement: UB Symphony, Outdoor Adventure Club, Honors Colloquium TA, UB Blizzard Brigade, UB Orchestra Council, UB Marching Band

Fun Fact: I love to write songs and have a few originals on iTunes.

What I love about Honors: I love the community and the opportunity to explore fields outside of my major (seminars, etc.) in ways I wouldn’t have thought of otherwise.

Portrait of Lauren Czolgosz

Lauren Czolgosz

Major(s)/Minor(s): Nursing

Hometown: Churchville, NY

High School: Churchville-Chili Senior High School

Campus Involvement: UB Culinary Club, Honors College Freshman Mentor

Fun Fact: I am not the only current UB Honors Scholar in my family – two of my cousins are as well!

What I love about Honors: I love that the Honors College makes such a big school feel small and welcoming. The Honors College staff and students are so helpful and it feels like we are all one big family.

Portrait of Jenna Dombroski

Jenna Dombroski

Major(s)/Minor(s): Biomedical Engineering

Hometown: Rochester, NY

High School: Irondequoit High School

Campus Involvement: Biomedical Engineering Society, Society of Women’s Engineers, Honors Connections Mentor.

Fun Fact: I love country music!

What I love about Honors: I love its sense of community. It makes a school of 30,000 people feel like a home.

Michael Fiorica

Michael Fiorica

Major(s)/Minor(s): Philosophy, English, Political Science

Hometown: Niagara Falls, NY

High School: Canisius High School

Campus Involvement: UB Jazz Ensemble, Honors College Colloquium Intern, Amnesty International, Voice Studio

Fun Fact: In June I adopted a rescue pup. Her name is Amy, after history's great Amy's (Winehouse, Poehler, Schumer, etc.).

What I love about Honors: The conversations and experiences I have with other Honors College students: Even though we study different things and have unique backgrounds, there always manages to be an interesting exchange of ideas that I learn a lot from.

Portrait of Katherine Hall

Katherine Hall

Major(s)/Minor(s): Exercise Science / Pre-Physical Therapy

Hometown: Webster, NY

High School: Webster Thomas High School

Campus Involvement: Schussmeisters Ski Club, Exercise Science Club, Honors Mentor, Colloquium TA, Honors Intern

Fun Fact: My life goal is to eat ice cream in 10 different countries- I'm currently at 7!

What I love about Honors: Being part of the honors community makes this giant school feel a little smaller. You get to become friends with tons of people outside of your major that you normally wouldn't run into on campus!

Maxwell Mcmanus

Maxwell Mcmanus

Major(s)/Minor(s): Electrical Engineering

Hometown: Buffalo, NY

High School: City Honors

Campus Involvement: Pagan SA Treasurer, Honors Colloquium TA, Honors College Mentor

Fun Fact: Avid didgeridoo enthusiast!

What I love about Honors: The people! The Don Schack student lounge is a great place to have coffee/tea with other awesome members of the Honors college, from fellow students to faculty and staff.

Elyssa Mountain

Elyssa Mountain

Major(s)/Minor(s): International Business and Spanish

Hometown: Fairport, NY

High School: Fairport High School

Campus Involvement: Honors College Mentor, Honors Colloquium TA, SPARK Program participant, American Sign Language Club

Fun Fact: I have studied abroad in London and Salamanca, Spain, and I plan on studying abroad again in Singapore.

What I love about Honors: The Honors College provides a great support system and smaller community within the large UB Family.

Portrait of Emily O'Brien

Emily O’Brien

Major(s)/Minor(s): Biomedical Sciences and Global Gender Studies

Hometown: Clarence, NY

High School: Clarence High School

Campus Involvement: Research in the Social Psychophysiology Lab, Alpha Epsilon Delta, Association of Pre-Medical Students, Model UN, Schussmeisters Ski Club

What I love about Honors: Being in the Honors College makes it easier to find people who have similar interests to me. I like that the Honors College offers seminars. Seminars are great for people who learn well from discussion. Registering for classes before everyone else is nice too.

Katherine O’Donnell

Katherine O’Donnell

Major(s)/Minor(s): Biomedical Sciences / Health and Wellness and Public Health

Hometown: Williamsville, NY

High School: Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart

Campus Involvement: UB Association of Pre-Medical Students Public Relations Coordinator, UB Division 1 Club Women's Lacrosse, Research in the Exercise and Nutrition Sciences Lab

Fun Fact: I have mastered Michael Jackson's moonwalk!

What I love about Honors: The opportunities that honors has given me has really enhanced my undergraduate experience. It has opened so many doors for me and I am so fortunate to be a part of this wonderful community!

Portrait of Jacob Schupbach

Jacob Schupbach

Major(s)/Minor(s): Business Administration and Studio Art; Minor in Art History

Hometown: Clarence, NY

High School: Clarence High School

Campus Involvement: Honors Student Council, Student Visual Arts Organization, HBO Campus Agent, UB Communications Intern

Fun Fact: I helped design the landing page for Buffalo Connect, Buffalo's free public wifi. The logo I created can be seen throughout the downtown community.

What I love about Honors: Honors allows you to get the most out of a college experience. I never thought I would travel the country, or work on real-world projects while in college, but Honors has helped me experience so many of these great opportunities.

Portrait of Sonya Singh

Sonya Singh

Major(s)/Minor(s): Biomedical Sciences; Minors in Pharmacology and Toxicology and Anthropology

Hometown: East Amherst, NY

High School: Williamsville East High School

Fun Fact: I went volcano boarding down an active volcano (Volcan Cerro Negro) during my service learning trip to Nicaragua during the 2014 winter intersession.

What I love about Honors: I love the friendly and welcoming environment in the Don Schack Student Lounge, the helpful one-on-one advisement, and early registration.

Alicia Stepniewski

Alicia Stepniewski

Major(s)/Minor(s): Accounting / Economics

Hometown: East Amherst, NY

High School: Williamsville East High School

Campus Involvement: SBI, Mock Trial, Outdoor Adventure Club, UBAA, Debate Society, Polish Student Association

Fun Fact: My favorite way to learn about a country I’m visiting is to eat their traditional foods.

What I love about Honors: Honors creates a smaller community within the large campus of UB and helps students who both commute and live on campus to connect through all of their events.

Portrait of Matt Straub

Matt Straub

Major(s)/Minor(s): Architecture / Earth Systems Science

Hometown: White Plains, NY

High School: White Plains High School

Campus Involvement: Indian Student Association, University Heights Tool Library volunteer, Research Assistant, SA Assembly, Tour Guide, name literary magazine.

Fun Fact: I am an avid unicyclist and am known to ride around campus.

What I love about Honors: Honors allows me to meet and interact with students from a diverse range of majors, and has broadened the scope of my education in a way I could not have predicted.

Conor Sullivan

Conor Sullivan

Major(s)/Minor(s): Business Administration and Music Performance

Hometown: Lancaster, NY

High School: Lancaster Central High School

Campus Involvement: Leadership House, UB Symphony Orchestra, Open! String Ensemble, UB Votes, Contemporary Chamber Ensemble, REALM Leadership Mentor Program, SPARK Scholarship Workshop

Fun Fact: I play four instruments.

What I love about Honors: The awesome staff that is always willing to help you, even if they aren’t your advisor.

Portrait of Anthony Taboni

Anthony Taboni

Major(s)/Minor(s): Math and Political Science

Hometown: Tonawanda, NY

High School: Canisius High School

Campus Involvement: Mock Trial, Honors Student Council, Amnesty International, Student Association Senate

Fun Fact: I play the electric ukulele.

What I love about Honors: I love Honors because of the community. Honors creates a tight knit community in a large school. Any day I can walk into Honors and either run into someone I know or make a new friend.

Garfield Walker

Garfield Walker

Major(s)/Minor(s): Biomedical Sciences

Hometown: It's complicated

High School: Global Enterprise Academy

Campus Involvement: Teacher's Assistant, Tutor

Fun Fact: I am 6 feet 6 inches and terrified of heights.

What I love about Honors: Elevenses.

Portrait of Christina White

Christina White

Major(s)/Minor(s): Exercise Science and Dance

Hometown: Clinton, NJ

High School: Voorhees High School

Campus Involvement: Gross Anatomy TA, Exercise Science Club, Dancer's Workshop, Emerging Choreographer's Showcase, Honors Connections Mentor, Intramural Volleyball

Fun Fact: I love to waterski!

What I love about Honors: The tight-knit community it creates within such a large university. The advisers actually know your name, and rarely do you go in the lounge without seeing a familiar face.

Eric Yonda

Eric Yonda

Major(s)/Minor(s): Mathematics and Economics / Statistics and Management

Hometown: Binghamton, NY

High School: Chenango Forks

Campus Involvement: UB Society of Future Actuaries, Delta Sigma Pi, Terese Kelly Investment Group

Fun Fact: Working on a charity effort to develop a free library system for Buffalo's homeless shelters.

What I love about Honors: The Honors College puts you in a community of multi-talented and diverse students who encourage you to push your limits and excel at something new.

Last updated: October 16, 2018 11:22 am EST