It’s not just our faculty who do amazing things. UB students do groundbreaking work of their own, leaving their mark on the university and the world around them.
Whether they are conducting climate research in Greenland, performing street theater in Prague or teaching English to refugees, UB students are active contributors whose collaborative learning experiences resonate far beyond the classroom walls.
At UB, civic engagement is more than a university value; it’s a priority. In a recent exit study of UB seniors, one in four students had worked on a research project with a faculty member outside of class, and three-fourths reported that they had volunteered their time or performed community service during their college career.
As evidenced by its diverse student body, a vibrant study abroad program and its location on an international border, UB is a university with a global reach, which helps UB students develop a truly global perspective. With more than 5,300 international students, UB ranks 17th among all American colleges and universities in international enrollment.
Approximately 11 percent of UB students study abroad—a figure five times the national average—while faculty members have forged working relationships with universities around the world, giving UB students the preparation they need for success in the global marketplace.
For proof of that preparation, look no further than the students who have captured prestigious national fellowships and scholarships in the past few years, such as:
2013 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship
Christopher Dundas, a chemical engineering major who was awarded a 2013 Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship. He plans to obtain his PhD in biological engineering and pursue research in protein engineering, and has already led his own research project to develop a protein purification system.
2014 Marshall Scholarship
Phillip Tucciarone, a chemical engineering major who won a 2014 Marshall Scholarship. He will pursue a doctorate in materials science at either the University of Oxford or the Imperial College of London on his path to doing research on graphene and becoming a professor.
2012 Fulbright Fellowship
Thawab Shibly, a political science and English major who won a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship, which will sponsor her for 20 hours of teaching a week in Jordan. A volunteer mentor for the Priscilla Project and president of UB’s Community Action Corps, she will also continue research on the oral history of refugees living in Jordan.
2012 David L. Boren Scholarship
Sarah Boerschig, a history and Asian studies major who is the first UB student ever to win the David L. Boren Scholarship from the National Security Education Program, which sends scholars to countries it considers critical to U.S. security. Sarah will spend her next school year studying at Kanazawa University in Japan and hopes to one day work in the State Department helping to solve international conflicts.
2012 Morris K. Udall Scholarship
Esther Buckwalter, an environmental engineering major who was chosen to receive a 2012 Morris K. Udall Scholarship. A grass roots activist for a host of environmental and sustainability issues, she is devoted to improving worldwide access to safe drinking water.
Last updated: March 13, 2014 10:19 am EST