Two Upstate students earn SUNY Award for Excellence

Upstate students Sean Bardenett and Sam Schueler are among 243 recipients of the prestigious SUNY Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence for 2013.

Sean is a third-year student in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program, and Sam is a fourth-year student in the College of Medicine. Both will graduate next month.

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Sean Bardenett, DPT student and winner of SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence. Photo by Robert Mescavage.

“Sean has had an outstanding career academically in a very difficult program,” said Sue Miller, DPT, chair of Upstate’s Doctor of Physical Therapy program. “He also has been involved in a self-initiated research project with two other students. It is unusual in our department for students to take the lead in developing and actually carrying out a research project while in the program. This is award is quite an honor.”

After graduation, Sean hopes to land a sports medicine residency that would allow him to specialize in sports physical therapy, working with athletes at the college or professional level.

“I am very honored to receive this award and would like to thank everyone at Upstate for all the opportunities that they have afforded me,” Sean said.

Sam, who served this year as Upstate Student Government president and received a 2012 Leadership Award from the American Medical Association Foundation, will soon begin his  residency in internal medicine at Boston University Medical Center.

“I’ve had amazing mentors and inspiring peers in my time here,” Sam said. “This university and the community have taught me a lot. I’m very grateful for that, and fortunate that I had opportunities to make contributions of my own. As I’ve told the last few years of entering classes, this is a special place where your ideas and goals can become realities because of all the support and collaboration you get from top to bottom.”

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Sam Schueler, College of Medicine student and winner of SUNY Chancellor's Award for Excellence. Photo by Deborah Rexine.

Lynn Cleary, MD, senior associate dean for education, said Sam is a well-respected role model for other students.

“He was elected by student colleagues to the Gold Humanism Honor Society for his humanism, integrity, and commitment to high quality patient care,” Dr. Cleary said.  “His contributions to the work of the President’s Task Force on the Student Experience were articulate and collaborative. Sam has a way of putting people at ease, solving problems, and moving things forward. His ready smile and positive approach to challenges are contagious and help groups reach consensus.”

The Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence was created in 1997 to recognize students who have best demonstrated, and have been recognized for, the integration of academic excellence with accomplishments in the areas of leadership, athletics, community service, creative and performing arts, campus involvement, or career achievement.

“By exhibiting excellence in class, on campus and in their local communities, these students truly represent the power of SUNY and we honor them with great pride,” said Chancellor Nancy Zimpher.


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