Students Earn Awards for Academic Excellence

Published August 24, 2020

Thirteen students in the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences were honored for outstanding achievements at the University at Buffalo’s 2020 Celebration of Student Academic Excellence.

“Your commitment to excel, even now, in the face of challenging circumstances, inspires all of us in your UB family. ”
UB president
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The awardees were among students from disciplines across the university who were awarded — or nominated for — national, State University of New York (SUNY) and UB awards.

This year, the ceremony was conducted virtually.

Doctoral Student Honored With 3 Awards

Benjamin Rein, a doctoral student of physiology and biophysics in the neuroscience program, was honored with three awards.

Rein took first place for both the UB Three Minute Thesis Award and the UB Sigma Xi “Companions in Zealous Research” Award.

He also captured a UB Excellence in Research, Scholarship and Creativity Award in the graduate division.

SUNY Chancellor’s Awards, More

Other awards were:

SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Student Excellence

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship

Fulbright Program

  • Hailey Kilian, biomedical engineering (nominee)

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program

UB Excellence in Research, Scholarship and Creativity Awards (Undergraduate Division)

  • Ronique Fletcher, biomedical sciences
  • Nabeel Rahman, biomedical sciences

UB “Journey of Discovery” Library-Supported Research Prize

  • Gursimran Sood, biomedical sciences

UB President Addresses Honorees Virtually

Due to COVID-19, this year’s celebration was conducted virtually.

“Your commitment to excel, even now, in the face of challenging circumstances, inspires all of us in your UB family. While these circumstances require us to celebrate you in a manner different than we had anticipated, please know that throughout this time of flux, my pride in you remains constant,” said UB President Satish K. Tripathi.

“I’m so gratified to know that you are pushing the boundaries of scholarly research, making new discoveries, and ultimately accomplishing what you set out to do through dedication and hard work,” Tripathi added.