2018 Chancellor’s Award Winner Michael Watts

Michael Watts has plans to pursue a master's degree and join the U.S. Army.


ALBANY, N.Y. (May 7, 2018) — Brooklyn resident Michael Watts is a political science major with a minor in sociology.

He was a recipient of the Spellman Academic Achievement award in 2014, 2015 and 2016, and 2016 he also received the Spellman award for leadership. In 2017, he won the Lavender Award, and in 2015-16, was honored with the 199 SEIU Joseph Tauber award. He earned the UAlbany President’s Award for Leadership – Great Dane Award, in 2017 for his contributions to the quality of student life on campus.

Watts created the UAlbany Chess Club in 2015. He founded UAlbany Mock Trial and serves as the public relations chair. He was the community service chair for Sankofa Africa and the student manager of the UAlbany Football Team in 2016. He is a member of the Cyber Defense Organization and UAlbany Model UN.

A member of the Honors College, Watts also is vice president of Pi Sigma Alpha (the National Political Science Honor Society), and a member of Omicron Delta Kappa Honor society, Tau Sigma Academic Honor Society for Transfer Students and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. He completed his honor’s thesis for the Rockefeller College of Public Policy in fall 2017.

He volunteers at the Mary Manning Walsh Nursing Home and the Trinity Alliance and has been working with Club Zoe Faith Based Public Charity since 2015.

“It was here that I understood what Rene Descartes meant when he said ‘cogito ergo sum, I think therefore I am,’ because stimulating my mind through the Honor’s program while being able to pursue so many extracurricular activities on top of getting the necessary job experience with the New York State Legislature is more than one student deserves,” Watts said.

He enlisted in the New York Army National Guard in January, and plans to join the United States Army. He wants to pursue his MPA at Rockefeller College.

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