Honors and Awards

Our students and faculty earn national recognition for their research and achievements.

Conference Awards

Pharmacology and Toxicology Mini-Research Symposium  

Undergraduate Student Awards  
1st Place Ajay Baindur- 2016
Joaquin Canay-2015
Luona Young-2014
Danielle Precourt-2013 
2nd Place Elizabeth Quaye-2016
Meghan Griffin-2015
Marissa Boniszewski-2013 
Master's Student Awards  
1st Place: Allen Barnett Graduate Student Travel Award  Juliany Marrero Vega-2016
Shuhang Dai-2015
Joseph Santini-2014
Marina Popovska-Gorevski-2013
Brittany Casino & Marina Popovska-Gorevski (coawardees)- 2012  
2nd Place: Best Poster, Graduate Student Award  Robert Seaman-2016
Aaron Caccamise-2015 
Chongyang Zhang-2014
Laura Kuroski-2013
Kate Evely-2012 
Honorable Mention  Mallorey Himmel-2015
Zainab Khaku-2014
Ginger Lasky-2013
Angela Gocher-2013 
PhD Student Awards  
1st Place: Allen Barnett Graduate Student Travel Award  Diara Santiago Gonzalez-2016
Angela Gocher-2015
Yina Ma-2014 
David Thorn-2013
Alexander Morrison-Nozik-2012 
2nd Place: Best Poster, Graduate Student Award  Jennifer Martin-2016
Jiabei Liu-2015
Angela Gocher-2014
Jing Wang-2013
Loukia Karacosta-2012 
Honorable Mentions  Kate Evely-2016
Justin Siemian-2015
Sushmitha Gururaj-2015
Alexandria Trujillo-2015
Diara Santiago Gonzalez-2015 
David Thorn-2014
Shannon Clough-2014
Diara Santiago Gonzalez-2014
Shannon Clough-2012
Jiabei Liu-2012
Claire Modica-2012
Bethany Rankin-2012 

Upstate New York Pharmacology Society Annual Meeting 

Best Poster Award, PhD Students Lakeisha Lewter (PhD)-2016
Shannon Clough (PhD)-2014
Suyog Po (PhD Candidate)-2014 
Shannon Clough (PhD)-2013 
Best Poster Award, Master's Students Taylor Warren (BS/MS)-2014
Taylor Warren (BS/MS)-2013
Kate Evely (BS/MS)-2013 
Best Poster Award, Undergraduate Students  Danielle Precourt-2013
Jason Ma-2013
 
Selected as Graduate Student Presidential Symposium Speaker  Alexander Morrison-Nozik (PhD)-2012 
2nd Prize, Graduate Student Poster Competition  Claire Modica (PhD)-2012 
2nd Prize, Undergraduate Student Poster Competition  Jason Ma-2012 

Experimental Biology

3rd Place, Neuropharmacology Poster Competition
Danielle Tomasello (PhD)-2016
Best Abstract, Division of Toxicology Marina Popovska-Gorevski (MS)-2014
Best Abstract, Division of Cardiovascular Pharmacology Alexander Morrison-Nozik (PhD)-2013
3rd Place, Neuropharmacology Division Postdoctoral Scientist Award  Anthony Hutchinson, PhD-2012 
2nd Place, Undergraduate Student Best Abstract, Division for Behavioral Pharmacology  Bansi Vedia-2012 

Society of Toxicology Annual Meeting

Women in Toxicology SIG Vera W. Hudson and Elizabeth K. Weisburger Scholarship Fund Student Award
Occupational and Public Health Specialty Section "Best Student Abstract" Award
Risk Assessment SS John Doull Award, chosen from graduate students and post-docs 
Alice Crane (MD/PhD)-2012
Best Student Abstract, Occupational and Public Health Specialty Section  Corie Ellison (PhD)-2011 
Perry J. Gehring Best Graduate Student Abstract Award, Risk Assessment Specialty Section  Corie Ellison (PhD)-2011 

Neuroscience Research Day

Beverly Petterson Bishop and Charles W. Bishop Neuroscience Travel Award Craig Werner (Postdoc)-2016

Danielle Tomasello (PhD)-2015
Harold Brody Award for Best Poster Shannon Clough (PhD)-2011
Gregory Conway (MA)-2010 
Beverly Bishop Award for Best Short Talk Anthony Hutchinson, PhD-2011

FASEB Science Research Conference 2013: Melatonin Biology: Action and Therapeutics

  • Marina Popovska-Gorevski (MS)
    Best Poster Award

Behavior, Biology and Chemistry 2013

  • David Thorn
    Best Oral Presentation

Summer Research Conference on Melatonin Receptors: Actions and Therapeutics, 2011

  • Shannon Clough (PhD, Neuroscience)
    Outstanding Research Poster Presentation among Graduate Students; Behavior, Biology and Chemistry Meeting
  • Jiabei Liu (PhD, previously BS/MS)
    “Lerner’s Permit” Award for Outstanding Poster Presentation on the History of Melatonin Receptor Research
  • Margarita L. Dubocovich, PhD
    Aaron B. Lerner Pioneer Award

Student Academic Recognition

  • Allen Hoste (PMY Major, Class of 2017)
    2017 University Honors College Research and Creativity Fund Award: Antidepressant Regulation of Macrophage-Derived TNF Production (Dr. Tracey Ignatowski, Dept of Pathology and Anatomical Sciences, Mentor)
  • Samantha Van Etten (BS/MS Student, Olson lab)
    2016 National Association of College and University Residence Halls Residence Life Professional Staff Member of the Month (October 2016)
  • Shannon Clough (PhD, Dubocovich lab)
    2016 Dennis Higgins Award for PhD Dissertation Research in Pharmacology and Toxicology
  • David Thorn (PhD, Li lab)
    2015 Dennis Higgins Award for PhD Dissertation Research in Pharmacology and Toxicology
  • Alexander Morrison-Nozik (PhD, Li Lab)
    2014 Dennis Higgins Award for PhD Dissertation Research in Pharmacology and Toxicology
  • Bethany Asare (PhD, Rajnarayanan Lab)
    2014 Award of Excellence for Promoting Inclusion and Cultural Diversity, SMBS
  • Amy Gancarz (Postdoctoral Associate, Dietz Lab)
    2013 Bishop Award for Best Poster, Buffalo Society for Neuroscience 7th Annual Research Day
    2013 First place, 5th Annual Postdoctoral Research Symposium
  • Danielle Adank (BS/MS student, Dietz Lab)
    2013 Third Place, Best Poster, Buffalo Society for Neuroscience 7th Annual Research Day
  • Alexa Keller (BS/MS 2012)
    UB Nominee to Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools' Master’s Thesis Award for 2012-2013
  • Shannon Clough (PhD, Neuroscience)
    2012 Sigma Xi Research Award
  • Alexander Morrison-Nozik (PhD)
    2012 Sigma Xi Research Award
  • Tatiana Shaurova (BS)
    2012 Outstanding Undergraduate Degree Candidate (PMY)
  • Jason Ma (BS)
    2012 Selected to Present at SUNY Undergraduate Research Showcase (Albany, NY)
  • Loukia Karacosta (PhD)
    2011 Sigma Xi Research Award
  • Oswald A. Dadson (BS/MS); Tatiana Shaurova (BS)
    2011 Undergraduate Awards for Excellence in Research, Scholarship and Creativity
  • Marisa Hornbaker (BS)
    2011 Clifford C. Furnas Scholar-Athlete Award at the Celebration of Academic Excellence
  • Center for Undergraduate Research & Creative Activities (CURCA) Awards
    2016 Beverly DiCorso (Sim, Mentor)
    2016 Priyanka Dongare (Sim, Mentor)
    2016 Karie Chen (Bass, Mentor)
    2016 James Lee (Bass, Mentor)
    2015 Yun Beom Lee (Bass, Mentor)
    2015 Sushobhna Bhatra (Rabin, mentor)
    2015 Melissa Dolan (Rabin, mentor)
    2015 Zakiya Rhodie (Rabin, mentor)
    2015 Tae Keun Lee (Rajnarayanan, mentor)
    2013 Mark Goodman (J. Li, mentor)
    2013 Hani Shayya (F. Sim, mentor)
    2013 Jordan Valley (R. Rabin, mentor)
    2013 Kenny Wu (R. Rajnarayanan, mentor)
    2013 Jaeyoung Choi (BS)
    2013 David Lee (BS)
    2013 Lili Lin (BS-Pharmacy; F. Sim, mentor)
    2013 Danielle Precourt (BS-Chemistry; M.L. Dubocovich, mentor)
    2012 Martin Kozicki (BS)
    2012 Jason Ma (BS)
    2012 Bansi Vedia (BS)
    2012 Archis Bagati (BS/MS)
    2011 Bansi Vedia (BS)
    2010 Ezinne Ekwegbalu (BS/MS)

 

Travel Awards

Allen Barnett, PhD ’65, currently CEO of Kinex Pharmaceuticals, who led the effort leading to the discovery of Claritin while at Schering-Plough, established an endowment to fund our graduate students’ education. Through his generosity, we present the Allen Barnett Travel Award each year to the PhD student with the top-rated presentation at our annual meeting. We also recognize the top poster and talk by an undergraduate student from our department with the Undergraduate Student Travel Award.

Each of these awards provides complete funding for the student to present at the national meeting of the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET) or the Society of Toxicology (SOT) with peers and internationally-renowned scientists.

Recent Travel Award Recipients

  • Jennifer Martin (PhD)
    2016 Travel Award to attend the Behavior, Biology, and Chemistry Meeting
  • Lakeisha Lewter (PhD)
    2016 Travel Award to attend the Behavior, Biology, and Chemistry Meeting
  • Justin Siemian (PhD)
    2016 Travel Award to attend the Behavior, Biology, and Chemistry Meeting
  • Alexandria Trujillo (PhD)
    2016 Travel Award to Attend EB 2016; Selected to participate in the ASPET 'Big Ideas' Mentoring Program
  • David Thorn (PhD)
    2014 ASPET Travel award to attend EB 2014; Selected to present at the Behavioral Pharmacology Society meeting
  • Amy Gancarz (Postdoc)
    2013 Travel award to attend the Behavior, Biology and Chemistry meeting
  • Jing Wang (PhD)
    2013 Beverly Petterson Bishop and Charles W. Bishop Neuroscience Fund (“The Bishop Fund”) Travel Award 
  • Bethany Rankin (PhD)
    2012 Minority Scholar in Cancer Research Award to Attend American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting
  • Jason Ma (BS)
    2012 ASPET Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship Travel Award to attend Experimental Biology 2012
  • Ekue Adamah-Biassi (PhD) 
    2013 FASEB MARC Travel Award to Science Research Conference: Melatonin Biology: Actions and Therapeutics
    2012 and 2013 FASEB-MARC Predoctoral Travel Award to attend Experimental Biology 
  • Anthony J. Hutchinson, PhD (Postdoc)
    2012 FASEB-MARC Postdoctoral Travel Award to attend Experimental Biology 2012 
  • David Thorn (PhD)
    Student travel award to attend the Behavior, Biology and Chemistry meeting 2012; 2013
  • Corie Ellison (PhD)
    2011 Graduate Student Travel Award from the Regulatory and Safety Evaluation Specialty Section, Society of Toxicology
  • Loukia Karacosta (PhD)
    2012 ASPET Graduate Student Travel Award
    2011 Allen Barnett Graduate Student Travel Award
  • Bansi Vedia (BS)
    2011 Undergraduate Travel Award, Dept of Pharmacology and Toxicology
  • Alexander Morrison-Nozik (PhD) and Chao Tong (PhD '12)
    2011 Dean’s Travel Award, UB, to attend AHA Scientific Session
  • Hamzat Feshitan (BS/MS)
    2011 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow Travel Award—Experimental Biology
  • Hamzat Feshitan (BS/MS)
    2011 Undergraduate Travel Award, Dept of Pharmacology and Toxicology
  • Anthony J. Hutchinson, PhD (postdoc); Shannon Clough (PhD, neuroscience)
    2011 Travel Awards to Behavior, Biology and Chemistry: Translational Research in Addiction
  • Anthony J. Hutchinson, PhD; Ekue B. Adamah-Biassi and Shannon Clough (PhD students)
    2011 Travel Awards to the Summer Research Conference on Melatonin Receptors: Actions and Therapeutics
  • Marc J. Koyack, PhD
    2010 Young Scientist Travel Award from the American Chemical Society’s Younger Chemists Committee and the CIBA Foundation
  • Jingying Wang (PhD)
    AHA ATVB Travel Award for Young Investigators to Scientific Sessions for presenting her abstract during the 2010 AHA Scientific Session
  • Jingying Wang (PhD)
    2010 Allen Barnett Graduate Student Travel Award
  • Hamzat Feshitan (BS/MS)
    2010 Undergraduate Student Travel Award
  • Hui You (PhD)
    2009 Allen Barnett Graduate Student Travel Award

Faculty Awards

Peter Bradford, PhD

  • 2015 SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence inTeaching
  • 2014 Richard A. Powell Award, Outstanding Dental Educator

Stewart Clark, PhD

  • 2012 INRC Young Investigator Travel Award

David Dietz, PhD

  • 2013 Travel Award, Winter Brain Conference
  • 2011 Top 5 Findings of the Year by the National Institute of Mental Health

Margarita L. Dubocovich, PhD

  • 2015-2016 Excellence in Graduate Student Mentoring Award, The Graduate School, University at Buffalo
  • 2014 SUNY Distinguished Professor
  • 2013 SMBS Dean's Award
  • 2013 Named Fellow of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
  • 2012 PhRMA Foundation Award in Excellence in Pharmacology/Toxicology
  • 2011 Distinguished Postdoc Mentor Award
  • 2011 Aaron B. Lerner Pioneer Award for Outstanding Contributions to Melatonin Research
  • 2011 Saluting Hispanics in the Medical and Health Care Fields Recognition Award from City of Buffalo 

Suzanne Laychock, PhD

  • 2010 Dean's Award/University at Buffalo Award for Outstanding Service to the Dean and the School

Alan J. Lesse, PhD

  • 2011 Faculty Teaching Award

Jun-Xu Li, PhD

  • 2016 College on Problems of Drug Dependence, Joseph Cochin Young Investigator Award
  • 2014 UB Exceptional Scholar Award for Young Investigators
  • 2012 Elected Councilor of Behavioral Pharmacology Division of ASPET (2013-2016)
  • 2012 Maharaj Ticku Memorial Travel Fellowship to the Behavior, Biology and Chemistry meeting

James Olson, PhD

  • 2013 Pharmacology and Toxicology Faculty Teaching Award
  • 2012 UB Distinguished Professor

Rajendram V. Rajnarayanan, PhD

  • 2014 Faculty Teaching Award
  • 2014 President Emeritus and Mrs. Meyerson Award for Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching and Mentoring
  • 2013 Faculty Award of Excellence for promoting inclusion and cultural diversity, SMBS
  • 2012 Faculty Teaching Award
  • 2010 Faculty Teaching Award

Jerome Roth, PhD

  • 2010 University at Buffalo Sustained Achievement Award

Satpal Singh, PhD

  • 2012 UB Faculty Award for Excellence in Mentoring Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity