Student Excellence Awards

Chancellor's Awards for Student Excellence and President's Awards for Undergraduate Student Excellence

Outstanding students at Binghamton University may be nominated for two awards as recognition of their achievements: the Chancellor's Awards for Student Excellence and the President's Awards for Undergraduate Student Excellence.

Graduating students, both undergraduate and graduate, may be nominated for the Chancellor's Award. Juniors and seniors may be nominated for the President's Award. Seniors who are nominated for the Chancellor's Award are automatically nominated for the President's Award; thus, only one nomination package is required for both awards.

About the Chancellor's Awards for Student Excellence

The SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence acknowledges students for outstanding achievements. Note that SUNY has changed the criteria since the 2021 award cycle. Students must demonstrate the integration of SUNY excellence within many aspects of their lives, which must include exemplary achievement in any three of the following areas: academics, leadership, campus involvement, community service or the arts (creative performing). Three students may be nominated for this general award from each campus, many fewer than in past years. Recipients will be invited to a celebratory ceremony in the spring.

Special Award

In 2021, SUNY introduced the Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence: Special Award. This will be awarded to ONE student system-wide for EACH of the following categories: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; Military; Special Service (COVID-19); or Overcoming the Odds.  Students must be nominated separately for this category of awards. One student from each campus can be nominated for this award.

Eligibility

The Chancellor's Awards honor graduating students. Only students who are graduating during the 2021-2022 academic year are eligible (i.e., summer 2021, fall 2021, winter 2022, or spring 2022 graduates). Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible. Seniors who are nominated for the Chancellor's Award are automatically nominated for the President's Award. Binghamton University may nominate up to four students; recipients are selected by a committee in Albany.

Criteria for nomination

The student will have enriched the Binghamton University community through a record of accomplishment and leadership in such areas as scholarship, student life and community life, all of which reflect the University’s purposes and priorities. Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25.

Criteria for selection

Not all categories below are necessarily applicable to each nominee, but a record of accomplishment across three activities/areas is required. Nominators should address relevant achievements in the letter of nomination. Students will be judged on overall accomplishment, including:

  • Academic excellence
  • Leadership
  • Campus involvement
  • Community service
  • The Arts (creative, performing)

Nomination package for undergraduate and graduate students

Note that seniors nominated for the Chancellor's Award are automatically nominated for the President's Award. Only one nomination package is needed for both awards.

  • Letter of nomination, which opens with a brief (50-word) biography of the student and includes a paragraph describing each of their exemplary accomplishments in the three criteria areas you are nominating the student for
  • Student's resume and a complete list of activities or co-curricular transcript
  • Three letters of reference, additional to the nomination letter, that include the writer's name, address, phone number and email address

Submission deadline

The deadline for submission is Dec. 3, 2021. Combine all nomination materials into one pdf document and email to Valerie Imbruce.

About the President's Awards for Undergraduate Student Excellence

Binghamton University will present President's Awards for Undergraduate Student Excellence at a ceremony at the end of the spring semester. Six undergraduates will receive the award – three juniors and three seniors. Honorable mentions also may be awarded. Each recipient will receive a certificate and a check for $1,000; each student receiving honorable mention will receive a certificate.

Eligibility

Current juniors or seniors at Binghamton University in good academic standing are eligible. Students who received the President's Award as a junior cannot be nominated again in their senior year. Self-nominations are not allowed. Seniors who are nominated for the President's Award are automatically nominated for the Chancellor's Award.

Criteria for nomination

The student will have enriched the Binghamton University community through a record of accomplishment and leadership in such areas as scholarship, student life, and community life, all of which reflect the University’s purposes and priorities. Students must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25.

Criteria for selection

Not all categories below are necessarily applicable to each nominee, but a record of accomplishment across a range of activities/areas is expected. Nominators should address relevant achievements in the letter of nomination. Students will be judged on overall accomplishment, including:

  • Academic excellence
  • Scholarship (research and/or creative activity)
  • Campus service/involvement in extracurricular activities
  • Community service
  • Incorporating an international experience/focus in their college experience
  • Incorporating an experiential learning experience in their college experience
  • Evidence of leadership

Nomination package

  • Letter of nomination
  • Student's resume and a complete list of activities or co-curricular transcript
  • Three letters of reference, each including the writer's name, address, phone number and email address

Submission deadline

Nomination packages for juniors and seniors must be submitted by Friday, Feb. 25, 2022, to Vanessa Jaeger, External Scholarships and Undergraduate Research Center. See the information above on the Chancellor's Awards for the nomination deadline for seniors if you would like to be considered for both awards.

Electronic submission is required; no hard-copy submissions will be accepted.

For more information, contact Vanessa Jaeger by email or at 607-777-4325.

Note

Students who receive the President’s Award in their junior year will automatically be considered for nomination for the Chancellor’s Award in their senior year. No additional nomination letters are required, but the student is required to provide an updated resume.

SUNY Association of Council Members and College Trustees (ACT) Awards

SUNY ACT solicits nominations from SUNY campuses for two annual awards, the Excellence and Student Initiative Scholarship Award to recognize undergraduates with extraordinary accomplishments and the Nancy L. Zimpher Award for Teacher Education to recognize an undergraduate or graduate student in a K-12 education degree program. If possible, winners and their guests should plan to attend the awards ceremony at the ACT Fall Conference in October. 

About ACT Excellence and Student Initiative Scholarship Award

The Excellence and Student Initiative Scholarship Awards offer both financial support and recognition of the extraordinary accomplishments of SUNY students. These awards focus on the academic achievements and service to their campus and/or community. Two award winners are selected from nominations received from the University Centers and doctoral degree-granting institutions, two from the University Colleges and one from the Technology Colleges. Each winner of the award will receive $1,000 and an additional $250 donation to a charity of the student's choice.

Eligibility and nomination criteria

An individual applicant must have a dean’s list GPA as of the last reporting period. This student also must have played a role identifying and/or supporting specific needs on your campus or in your community and worked to provide a service or solution to address that need.

Nomination package 

  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Student’s resume
  • Submit a compelling personal statement of around 500 words based upon the following:
    • Bearing in mind that the ACT for Excellence and Student Initiative Scholarship is an academic award, discuss briefly the specific circumstances and reasons why you should be given this award. Include your GPA and describe your college experience and any activities you are involved in beyond academics. Applications will also be judged by your commitment to your campus or community. Also discuss how you have played a role identifying and/or supporting specific needs on your campus or in your community. (Attach any supporting documentation such as media coverage or other recognition.)

Submission deadline

Nomination packages must be submitted by May 9, 2022, to Vanessa Jaeger, External Scholarships and Undergraduate Research Center. Submit all documents combined as one pdf file by email. For more information, contact Jaeger by email or at 607-777-4325.

About ACT Nancy L. Zimpher Scholarship for Teacher Education

The Nancy L. Zimpher Scholarship for Teacher Education will recognize a teacher education major who personifies the vision and mission of Chancellor Emeritus Zimpher’s commitment to excellence in the elementary and secondary teacher education profession. Each winner of the award will receive $1,500.

Eligibility and nomination criteria

An applicant must have maintained a Dean’s List GPA as of the last reporting period, be enrolled in a K-12 teacher education degree program at the undergraduate or graduate level, and display commitment to excellence in the teaching profession.

Nomination package 

  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Student’s resume
  • Submit a compelling personal statement not to exceed 500 words based upon the following:
    • What traits or qualities do you believe a good teacher should possess?
    • Describe a teacher or faculty member who inspired you to become a teacher.
    • Drawing from your own experiences, how are you preparing yourself to become a great classroom teacher? 

Submission deadline

Nomination packages must be submitted by May 9, 2022, to Vanessa Jaeger, External Scholarships and Undergraduate Research Center. Submit all documents combined as one pdf file by email. For more information, contact Jaeger by email or at 607-777-4325.