Published April 17, 2015
UB students, faculty and administrators gathered April 16 to recognize the outstanding scholarly, research and creative achievements of students at the annual Celebration of Student Academic Excellence.
The 11th annual event, held in the Center for the Arts, North Campus, began with a poster presentation from more than 400 undergraduate students. The display showcased research and creative projects nominated by deans and program coordinators from across UB’s academic disciplines. Students were present to discuss and answer questions about their work.
Research topics ranged from extending 3-D printing technology from polymers to high strength metals and building wellness as a driving force of design to developing new sustainable approaches to food production and planting 1,000 new trees in University Heights, contributing to energy conservation and community pride.
The celebration also featured a performance of Tennessee Williams’ 1944 play “The Glass Menagerie” taken from an honors thesis adaptation by junior Connor Graham. The performance was directed by Graham and featured original music by senior James Bobak. Both Graham and Bobak are University Honors Scholars.
In welcoming remarks, President Satish K. Tripathi told those gathered for the ceremonies that the journey of discovery often is just as important as the success that is achieved at the end.
“As an educator, it is truly gratifying to see students reach this point in their academic endeavors — displaying their talents and their discoveries as a result of their dedication and hard work,” Tripathi said.
“And developing these ideas into bold, new thoughts and expressions can be a trying process, whether it is many late nights of research in the library, the trial and error of experiments in the lab, hours of dedicated practice and rehearsals, or the painstakingly detailed process of creative expression in an art studio.
“Individually and collectively,” he said, “the students we honor today embody our university’s mission as a public research university — to make the world a better place through our ideas, our innovations and our engagement.”
The celebration ceremony, hosted by Tripathi and Andrew M. Stott, dean of undergraduate education, acknowledged students who were nominated for, or received, various national, SUNY and UB awards.
Among the students honored at the ceremony were:
The event also featured a screening of a video about the design of GRoW Home, UB’s entry in the U.S. Department of Energy’s 2015 Solar Decathlon. Standing for “Garden, Relax or Work,” the GRoW Home embraces the urban -arming culture of Buffalo, as well as its seasonal weather.
The highly collaborative effort has involved 13 UB academic departments, nearly 150 students and dozens of faculty members. Students also are working closely with several local businesses in the design, building and solar energy fields.
A full list of award winners, finalists and nominees, as well as descriptions of awards, can be found on the Celebration of Academic Excellence website.