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.
With a maximum of fifteen possible awards granted to University at Buffalo students, we are pleased to announce that two Biomedical Engineering students, Courtney E. Kodweis and Elise J. Martin, have been selected as recipients for 2014.
Courtney Kodweis of Hilton, N.Y., graduates with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering. She has served as a teaching assistant for a freshman-level Engineering Principles course, as well as a Forensic Anthropological Osteology course. Kodweis has given two poster presentations at the national OMICS conference and National Conference on Undergraduate Research. She published an article in the Proceedings of the National Conference of Undergraduate Research and also conducted research in Hyderabad, India, through a National Science Foundation-sponsored program.
Elise Martin of Orchard Park, N.Y., graduates with a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering. Martin has served as president of the Student Association club Impulse Dance Force. She is the Imagine It Recycling project leader for the University at Buffalo chapter of the Biomedical Engineering Society. Martin is also a member of Tau Beta Pi, the engineering honor society representing undergraduate students in the top eighth of their engineering class.