Senior Fellowship Awardees 2023


The Department of Biological Sciences is pleased to announce the winners of this year's Senior Fellowships Awards. The fellowships aim to provide financial support for our students entering their senior year. The awards are made possible by generous alumni and friends who establish endowments for academic programs aimed at enhancing the educational experiences of our students.

Fall 2023 Senior Fellowship Awards

Knobloch Endowment Scholarship ($1600)
Jacob Barry

McCroskey Endowment Scholarship ($1200 each)
Catherine Seidl
Daniel Johnson
Yanting Li
Maura Dungan

Fall 2023 Junior Abate Research Fellowship Award ($1200)
Mahmud Amin (Arany Lab)

Spring 2023 Philip G. Miles Undergraduate Research Fellow ($2,300.)
Ethan Tong (Yu Lab)

We strongly encourage all our students to apply for our fellowships and scholarships.

About the endowed scholarships

The Knobloch Endowment Scholarship was established by Irving and Natalie Knobloch. Irving Knobloch received his bachelor’s (1930) and master’s (1932) in Biological Sciences from University at Buffalo. He completed his PhD in botany from Iowa State University in 1942. He returned to UB to teach from 1942 to 1945, and then went on Michigan State University, teaching botany for over thirty years, until his retirement in 1976.

Knobloch authored twelve books and over one-hundred-fifty scientific articles. In establishing this fellowship, Knobloch stated: “In 1929 when I became undergraduate student at UB, the Great Depression hit the world hard, but fortunately UB gave me an assistantship that paid for my tuition and helped me complete my degree… This gift is a way to show my gratitude to my alma matter.”   

The McCroskey Scholarship was endowed by Sidney and Marjorie McCroskey. Sidney McCroskey became an undergraduate at the University at Buffalo in 1936, and went on to a long and successful career at Alleghany-Ludlum Corporation, now Alleghany Technologies, Inc, a specialty metals company. McCroskey attributes his successful career to his education at UB. The endowment was established in 1992 to demonstrates Sidney and Marjorie McCroskey’s commitment to supporting the best scientific education possible for students majoring in Biological Sciences at UB.