By Robert Salisbury
Published April 26, 2021
Biomedical engineering senior Jacqueline Hannan is one of four University of Buffalo students who received the 2021 SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence (CASE).
Hannan of Poughkeepsie, N.Y., graduates with a BS in biomedical engineering and a human factors minor. She served as president of the Honors Student Council for two years, a student leader for first-year engineering courses, a peer mentor for multiple campus groups, and as an undergraduate researcher in four laboratories.
After leading a major research study about fairness perceptions and bias in algorithm decision-making, she was first author of a research publication submitted to Artificial Intelligence, Ethics, and Society (AIES) 2021, a top computer science and ethics conference.
She also dedicated multiple months to fundraising over $6,000 for rare cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center while at the same time training for the TCS NYC Marathon. She completed the world’s largest marathon as the youngest finisher of the race.
The Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence was created in 1997 to recognize students who have best demonstrated and have been recognized for outstanding achievements in such areas as academics, leadership, athletics, community service, creative and performing arts, campus involvement or career achievement. It is the highest honor bestowed upon a student by SUNY.
Each year, SUNY campus presidents establish a selection committee that reviews the accomplishments of exemplary students. Nominees are then forwarded to the Chancellor’s Office for a second round of review. Finalists are then recommended to the chancellor for selection as award recipients.
This year’s CASE ceremony was held virtually and introduced four new award categories: Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion; Military Service; Overcoming the Odds; and Special Service in relation to COVID-19.