SUNY Chancellor's Award

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The SUNY Chancellor’s Awards for Student Excellence is the highest honor bestowed upon a student by the University and will be offered in two categories.

First, the General Award with special achievement in at least three of the following areas:

  • Academic Excellence
  • Leadership
  • Campus Involvement
  • Community Service
  • Creative Arts

There will be a select number of students awarded for each sector in the general category.

Second, new this year, SUNY is introducing Special Awards, which will be bestowed to one student system-wide in each of the following categories:

  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
  • Military
  • Special Service (COVID-19)
  • Overcoming the Odds


Only students graduating between June 2020 and May 2021 will be considered. Only information included in the submission will be considered. Only awards received while at the current institution are applicable. (Awards from another college or high school may not be included.)

Selection Process

Nominations will be accepted until the date and time listed on the application. Students may self-nominate or be nominated by a College department or office. If a student is being nominated by a department, it is highly recommended that the student be included in the process to ensure that all areas of accomplishment are included.

Nomination packets include the following:

  • Completed Nomination Form that details the student's accomplishments in any of the following areas:
    • General and Special Awards areas of outstanding achievement as listed above
    • Keep 2-3 letters of Recommendations

Letters of Recommendation should be submitted as part of the nomination packet using the Online Nomination Form. If preferred, letters of recommendation may be submitted by the author directly to, but must be received by 11:59pm on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 in order to be included.

A campus selection committee comprised of faculty, staff, and one first-year student will review the nominations and select the candidates to recommend for the president’s consideration and approval.

Upon approval from the president, the nominees are submitted to SUNY for final approval. If chosen, each recipient will receive notification from SUNY directly. 


Recipients will be recognized at three distinct ceremonies:

  • SUNY Awards Ceremony will be celebrated online. Recipients and the campus President will receive more information for this special event.
  • Brockport’s Academic Honors and Awards Ceremony, April 2021
  • Brockport’s Annual Student Leadership Awards Virtual Ceremony will be held on Monday, April 26, 2021

If you have any questions regarding this award, please contact the office of Community Development, at or (585) 395-5245.

Examples from Successful Nomination Packets

Student Biographies

Jane Brown is a triple major in Women and Gender Studies, Internation al Studies, and English: Creative Writing. She is the President of Gender Equity Movement, a club on campus devoted to empowering and uplifting all identities. She has studied abroad in Oxford, UK and Paris, France. Her future aspirations include becoming a Women and Gender Studies professor, writing a novel, and seeing as much of the world as possible.

Joe Smith, a first-generation college student majoring in Psycho logy and Biology, is a proud member of the Honors College and CSTEP/McNair program. He is Principle Investigator on his own independent research project, engages with fellow students as a tutor, lab assistant, and community ambassador, and committedly advocates for underserved individuals. Outside of college, Joe supports persons with developmental disabilities in both clinical and community settings. He intends on a career as a physician and researcher.

Areas of Accomplishment – Examples

  • Presentation at the Midwest Society of Pediatric Research Conference: After completing summer research with Dr. Eric Biondi, a pediatric hospitalist at Golisano Children’s Hospital, was granted the opportunity to submit an abstract to the Midwest Society of Pediatric Research Conference in Cleveland, Ohio on October 30th, 2014. Following our diligent work on the manuscript that was being prepared for submission, Dr. Biondi sent me to present research on the “Validation of use of procedural codes to identify infants evaluated for serious bacterial infections.”
  • Over the past years at the College at Brockport I have received several scholarships based on academic excellence, community service,EDI work, and campus involvement:
    • The Class of 1964 Education Scholarship
    • Lea Cowles Memorial Award
    • Robert Griswold Award
    • Brockport Alumni Legacy Scholarship
  • Resident Assistant (2016 -2018) - Served as a resident assistant for Bramely Hall in the Teachers of Tomorrow LLC for the 2016-17 school year and hired as a Senior Resident Assistant for MacVicar Hall in the Teachers of Tomorrow LLC for the 2017-18 school year. While serving as an RA, received the Residential Life Rookie of the Year Award (2016-2017) given to an outstanding first-year RA and the Residential Life LLC of the Year Award (2017-2018) for outstanding programs and community involvement.
  • Principle Investigator of Research Project - (January 2018 - present)
    The College at Brockport (SUNY), Department of Psychology
    Project: Clustering, Switching & Verbal Fluency: A Critical Evaluation of Interview-based Scoring Procedures
    Co-Investigator & Advisor: David Abwender, PhD
    Research Assistants:
    • Conduct review of background literature and formulate hypothesis
    • Develop experimental design choosing variables and assessment measures
    • Write and submit IRB proposal for ethical considerations
    • Conduct experimental trials and obtain data from participants
    • Encode data and perform statistical analysis
    • Prepare for presentation of findings for national conferences and for potential publication
  • Coordinator for the Canned Food Drive hosted by the Honors Biology Club: I organized an informal, open basketball game for members of the Honors Biology Club and students of the Biology Department. Students that participated brought non-perishable food items that were donated to the Brockport Ecumenical Food Shelf. We donated 39.8 lbs. of food in total (April 2015).
  • Golden Eagle Senior Council Co-Chair (2017-2018): as a co-chair, I helped coordinate and plan senior events for the Class of 2018. I organized and spoke at the senior forum and senior toast. I also presented President Macpherson with the Class of 2018's gift to the College at Brockport.
  • Gigi’s Volunteer - (July 2018 – present)
    Gigi’s Playhouse – Down Syndrome Achievement Centers
    • Interact in a group setting with children and adults with Down Syndrome
    • Assist in arranging activities and games aimed at developing fine & gross motor skills
    • Attend to questions of each child and fostered a positive learning environment

Last Updated 2/15/21