COBLESKILL, NY — Two SUNY Cobleskill students have been chosen to receive the Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence, the State University of New York’s highest student honor, at a ceremony in Albany on Tuesday, April 5. Clara Richardson and Megan Trigg will join 246 other students from 64 campuses at the Empire State Plaza to be recognized for their outstanding academic and community achievements.
The award honors SUNY students who demonstrate excellence in academics as well as leadership, campus involvement, community service, arts, athletics or career achievement. In their years at SUNY Cobleskill, Clara and Megan have proven themselves to be leaders in community service, both on and off campus, while maintaining the highest academic standards.
Clara, a senior biotechnology major from Vernon Center, NY, serves as president of the Student Government Association and on the college council. The Chancellor’s Award recognizes a long list of achievements and service, including her work on search committees for student affairs, the President’s Retention Task Force, the Student Life Advisory Committee and the campus Wellness Task Force.
For those efforts, Clara also received the SUNY Cobleskill Excellence in Student Leadership award last year. She is a member of the Epsilon Pi Tau National Honor Society and the club council, and is active in undergraduate research projects.
Clara has been selected as one of eight SUNY undergraduates to participate in the Summer Research Fellowship Program at SUNY Upstate Medical University this summer. In the 10-week program, she’ll work under the supervision of an established biomedical scientist and have the opportunity to see her research published. After graduation, she plans to pursue a graduate degree in Biomedical Sciences.
Megan Trigg, a senior communications major from Galway, NY, directs student volunteer activities on and off campus as president of the SUNY Cobleskill chapter of the Circle K International community service organization. She has served as president of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and as a senior resident assistant, as well as serving on the campus personal safety committee, the Quality of Student Life Advisory Council, and several Schoharie County community organizations.
Her work and achievements earned her the SUNY Cobleskill Excellence in Leadership Award last year, as well as the SUNY ACT Award for Academic Excellence and Community Involvement. She was one of only five SUNY students to receive the ACT Award, which recognizes outstanding academic achievement and community service.
The Chancellor’s Award ceremony on Tuesday will feature opening remarks by SUNY Chancellor Dr. Nancy L. Zimpher and a performance by the SUNY Cortland Student Gospel Choir.
“This award is our way of saying ‘thank you’ to stand-out SUNY students whose achievements reflect their own impressive hard work as well as the support of their families and friends, and SUNY’s world-class faculty and staff,” said Chancellor Zimpher. “The 248 students we honor with this year’s award have excelled academically, become role models on campus, and established themselves as leaders in the community. Congratulations to all of the students receiving the 2016 Chancellor’s Award for Excellence.”