Two Upstate students receive Chancellor’s Excellence Award

Upstate’s Daniella Palermo and Tiffany Telarico Caza are among 274 State University of New York students honored with the 2014 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence.

Daniella, a fourth-year medical student from the Bronx, and Tiffany, a Waterloo, NY, native in her final year of the MD/PhD program, received their awards this month at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center in Albany.

SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher and Upstate Interim President Gregory Eastwood, MD, presented the awards. In June, Daniella will begin her medical residency in psychiatry at Brown University and Tiffany will begin her medical residency in pathology at Upstate.

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Upstate MD/PhD student Tiffany Telarico Caza with SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher and Upstate Interim President Gregory Eastwood, MD.

Tiffany said the MD/PhD program at Upstate has provided numerous opportunities to learn and grow as both a scientist and clinician.

“I am very grateful for the dedicated faculty who have helped me in my journey to becoming a physician-scientist,” Tiffany said. “My mentors Dr. Andras Perl and Dr. Steve Landas, especially, have been unbelievably supportive. I have had an incredibly positive experience here at Upstate and am excited to begin as a resident this summer.”

Daniella, who has served as president of the Latino Medical Student Association on campus, said it’s an honor to receive an award that recognizes students for their ability to successfully manage academic achievement, leadership and community outreach.

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Fourth-year medical student Daniella Palermo with SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher and Upstate Interim President Gregory Eastwood, MD.

“I am grateful for the continued support of countless individuals at SUNY Upstate, which allowed me to impact communities both within and outside the university,” Daniella said. “As a Latina medical student, it has truly been an honor to create initiatives addressing cultural education and advocacy all the while becoming my dream.”

Chancellor Zimpher said the students honored with the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence “truly embody the power of SUNY.”

The Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence was created in 1997 to recognize students who have achieved national or international recognition in such fields as academics, athletics, community service, creative and performing arts, campus involvement, leadership, entrepreneurship and career achievement.

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