Scholarships, Assistantships, and Awards

Many CSE undergraduates receive financial aid in the form of scholarships and awards.

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National Scholarships

Scholarship/Award Description
National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT) Collegiate Award

The NCWIT Collegiate Award honors the outstanding computing accomplishments of undergraduate and graduate women.  Conferred annually, the award recognizes technical contributions to projects that demonstrate a high level of creativity and potential impact.


See our NCWIT page for more information.

SEAS Scholarships

Undergraduate CSE students are eligible for many engineering-wide scholarships managed through the Dean's Office in the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

CSE Scholarships and Awards

Outstanding Student Achievement Awards

Many scholarships and awards are available exclusively to CSE undergraduate students.

Scholarship/Award Description
Association of Old Crows

The Association of Old Crows Scholarship Program seeks to assist in the education of students in engineering and the hard sciences, who are likely to pursue careers in electronic defense and related professions; support member national interest by encouraging students to enter the science and engineering fields; and create greater awareness in the educational sector for electronic defense.

Beth Cheshire Moran Award Awarded to one or more female CSE undergrads with strong personal character, experiencing or having overcome adversity.  This award was developed on behalf of the late Beth Cheshire, who was challenged with illness while completing her CS degree.
Faculty Choice Award Awarded to one or more graduating seniors who have been a most vital presence in the department and whose departure will be sorely missed, not only by the faculty, at whose discretion the prize is awarded, but by the department as a whole.
Gina Hammond Computer Science Award Awarded to one or more deserving CSE undergrads.
Naida Irazarry Shaw and Max Kaw Scholarship Awarded to CSE students with financial need, who have full-time status with 16 credit hours total, are US-born citizens, and have a 3.0 GPA or higher.  Preference given to underrepresented females.
Undergraduate Entrepreneurship Award Awarded to one or more graduating seniors who exhibit exceptional entrepreneurial activity during their stay at UB CSE.
Undergraduate Leadership/Service Award Awarded to one ore more graduating seniors who exhibit exceptional service for the department and/or UB as a whole.
Undergraduate Research Award Awarded to one or more graduating seniors who have done exceptional research with a UB CSE faculty during their undergraduate studies.
Undergraduate Teaching Award Awarded to one or more graduating seniors who have gone above and beyond their usual undergraduate teaching assistant duties to help out the students in their class(es).

Additional Scholarships and Funding Opportunities

CURCA $500.00 Undergraduate Research Awards

UB’s Center for Undergraduate Research & Creative Activities, through the support of the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, is pleased to offer undergraduate students the opportunity to apply for Undergraduate Research Awards. Awards are granted to University at Buffalo undergraduate students who exhibit a need for funding to perform meaningful research and/or creative activities during their undergraduate enrollment at UB.

The Henry A. Panasci Jr. Technology Entrepreneurship Competition

The Henry A. Panasci Jr. Technology Entrepreneurship Competition was designed to bring together UB students from science, technology, business and other disciplines to maximize their potential and create viable businesses in Western New York. The competition awards seed money and business services to the team that presents the best plan for launch of a viable new business.

Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Summer Research Internship Program

The State University of New York Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Summer Research Internship Program is a 10-week intensive National Science Foundation summer research experience for undergraduates that aims to increase the number of underrepresented (African-American, Latino/a and Native American) students in STEM disciplines. Applicants should have completed a minimum of 30 credits, have a GPA of 2.8 or greater and have demonstrated serious research interest in a STEM discipline.

Department of Defense Science, Mathematics, And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship-for-Service Program

THE SMART scholarship-for-service program fully funds undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wide range of technical areas, including all fields of engineering, physics, chemistry, biology, brain and cognitive sciences, and mathematics. This highly selective national program fully supports educational costs (including full tuition, generous stipend, book allowance, and a summer internship) while in school, and then provides guaranteed employment with the Defense Department upon graduation.

Western New York Prosperity Fellowships

The Western New York Prosperity Fellowship Program provides assistance to undergraduate and graduate students who are actively preparing for careers that further economic development and growth, especially in the Western New York region. Students can receive scholarship support of up to $25K annually based on financial need. Eligible applicants include undergraduate students in engineering, management, biomedical science, and biotechnology who have at least junior-level standing during the award period; are in good academic standing; have an interest in bolstering the WNY economy; and have financial need. Graduate students are also eligible.