The Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence was created in 1997 to recognize students who have best demonstrated, and have been recognized for, the integration of academic excellence with accomplishments in the areas of leadership, athletics, community service, creative and performing arts, campus involvement, or career achievement.
Each year, campus presidents establish a selection committee, which reviews exemplary students. Nominees are then forwarded to the Chancellor’s Office and are subject to a second round of review. Finalists are then recommended to the Chancellor to become recipients of the award. Each recipient receives a framed certificate and medallion, which is traditionally worn at commencement.
“The students we honor have taken full advantage of the academic and extracurricular programs that SUNY provides both in the classroom and in the community,” said Chancellor Zimpher. “These proven leaders, athletes, artists, and civic volunteers truly represent the power of SUNY. I congratulate all of the students being recognized today and thank them for the positive impact each has had on New York State, our university system, and the communities we serve.”
Devashish Agarwal of Agra, India, graduates with a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science and minor in Management. He was a member of Honors College and served as the President of Honors Student Council for 3 terms. He served as the Vice Chair for Student Advisory Board for Computer Science as well as the Chairperson of the Undergraduate Student Senate. Agarwal organized the first TEDx talk at UB and was also a TA for Computer Science and Honors College, Honors Ambassador, International Student Ambassador, and member of the Future Alumni Leadership Council. During his college career, Agarwal was awarded the Excellence in Student Initiative Award by Association of College Trustees, Grace Capen Award for Academic Excellence, J Scott Fleming Merit Award for Extraordinary Leadership by Alumni Association, and Leaders in Excellence Award by School of Engineering.
Marla Beyer of Colden, NY graduates with a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology and a minor in Biological Sciences. Beyer was an Advanced Honors Scholar in the Honors College and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. Beyer conducted research at John R. Oshei Children’s Hospital, UB’s Research Institute on Addictions, UB’s Affective Science Lab and Buffalo General Hospital, and presented her research at multiple national and regional conferences, in addition to having two published papers. She also served as an executive administration intern at New York City Health and Hospitals, where she designed and implemented a systemic infection control initiative. She also volunteered as a domestic violence and sexual assault counselor with Crisis Services, worked at a patient advocate at Roswell Park Cancer Institute and served as a TA for multiple courses.
Rachael Cardinal of Depew, NY, graduates with a Doctorate of Pharmacy. Cardinal was a member of the UB Honors College, selected as the Robert H. Gumtow Scholar of her pharmacy class, and was nationally recognized as an American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Walmart Scholar. She also served as President of the Student Society of Health-System Pharmacists and Rho Chi Honor Society; two organizations within the UB School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences that promote student professionalism, involvement, and success throughout pharmacy school and after graduation.
Walker Gosrich of Plattsburgh, NY, graduates with a Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering, with minors in Computer Science and Mathematics. He was a member of the Honors College, and the President of Pi Tau Sigma MechE Honors Society at UB. He led the Enchords, UB’s only co-ed a cappella group, as the Music Director for three semesters. He was involved in the Buffalo Public Schools throughout his time at UB, as a part of the Honors College and as a FAFSA Completion Project Intern, and was awarded the UB Mechanical Engineering Humanitarian Award for his work. For his research, he was selected as a Barry Goldwater Scholar and a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow. He thanks is parents and his mentors for their support.
Michael Paraszczak of Syracuse, NY graduates with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture. He was a member of the Honors College and Tau Sigma Delta Honor Society for Architecture. He served as a student technician for the School of Architecture and Planning Fabrication Workshop and as an intern at Macknight Architects LLP. His housing project “Oasis,” designed with Elizabeth Gilman, won 3rd place in the Senior Housing Competition at UB and was exhibited for the first UB Affordable Housing Symposium. During his college career, he was awarded the Hyatt’s Award, the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, the Bonnie Ott Scholarship for Study Abroad, the UB Architecture Academic Design Excellence Award his junior year, and the UB Architecture Academic Excellence Award his freshman, sophomore, and junior years. While in school, he was also an active member and volunteer of the Ukrainian American Youth Association as an assistant summer camp director, and lead dancer and teacher for the ODESSA Ukrainian Dance Ensemble.
Kayleigh Reed of East Amherst, NY, graduates with a bachelor of arts in Asian Studies and English and a minor in Latin. A University Honors Scholar and a member of Phi Beta Kappa, she was awarded a David L. Boren Scholarship to study Urdu intensively in India from 2016-2017. She volunteered at Journey’s End Refugee Services and Lafayette High School in Buffalo, where she mentored refugees. Reed has also served as a Secretary for the Honors Student Council and as a teaching assistant for the UB Honors College.
Last updated: September 10, 2018 3:36 pm EST