On Monday, April 14, Penn State Brandywine held its Spring Academic Recognition Ceremony, and our honors program was well represented!
- The Undergraduate Student Research Award went to Megan Draper for her outstanding work studying primates in Borneo, Indonesia.
- The President Sparks Award went to Rebecca Slomowitz for having earned a 4.00 (A) cumulative GPA based on at least 36 graded Penn State credits.
- The President’s Freshman Award went to Pallavi Sindhu for receiving a 4.00 cumulative GPA based on at least 12 graded credits completed by the end of the semester.
- The Madlyn Hanes Faculty Award was presented by Dr. Blockett to Dr. John Tierney for making outstanding contributions to the campus community through exceptional achievement in teaching, research, scholarship, creative activity and service.
Congratulations and continued success to all the winners!
What role do women have in sports journalism? First year Schreyer scholar Haleigh Swansen is working alongside Dr. Hans Schmidt at Penn State Brandywine to determine how much has changed about this topic in the past 30 years. She also just took first place – and won $150 – in a contest run by the Schreyer Honors College asking students to submit short videos describing their current research! You can watch her video here. Great job, Haleigh!
Happy Thanksgiving, Penn Staters! While we’re all gathered around the table, surrounded by our loved ones, and making plans for “Black Friday,” honors scholars Lauren Lomas, Naaila Malik and Damien Melendez have spent the week studying abroad in beautiful Barcelona. ¡Qué interesante! We can’t wait to hear the stories they come back with!
On Wednesday, December 11, honors scholars enrolled in 301H will host a public debate during common hour (12:30 – 1:30pm) in 113 Main. The debate relates to the current theme of the Honors Program, which is sustainability. GMO (genetically modified organism) foods are quite controversial, and we have all heard much about them, but are they helpful or harmful with respect to sustainability? This is precisely the topic at hand.
The first team of scholars will argue that GMOs are more viable than non-genetically modified organisms because they play an important role in increasing sustainability, provide additional health benefits, and have positive environmental impacts.
The second team of scholars will argue that GMOs are not required for food sustainability. GMOs are not a necessary evil; they have some negative attributes which outweigh the benefits for food sustainability.
What do you think? Stop by, and you may learn something that changes your mind!
On Monday, September 23, all honors scholars had the unique privilege of being invited to spend an evening with the chancellor of Penn State Brandywine. The gathering was hosted by Dr. Myra Goldschmidt at her home in Media, PA.
This event was an excellent opportunity for students to network with alumni and faculty in an informal setting. There was much good food and good company to be had. Everyone enjoyed the opportunity to mix and mingle, eat, drink and be merry!
Any current honors scholars, alumni or faculty who were invited but could not attend this gathering are always encouraged take advantage of other opportunities in the future.
To start the fall semester at Penn State Brandywine, a group of more than 30 honors scholars enrolled in STS 130H volunteered their time to help local food charity, Philabundance. These students will be spending the next few months studying world food problems, and the first-hand experience packing over 12,000 lbs. has already left an impact on them. Many students made remarks about how wonderfully meaningful the experience was.
Philabundance was founded in 1984, with the simple belief that no man, woman or child should go hungry. Since then, it has seen massive growth due to an outpouring of support from the community. It is the primary hunger relief effort in the area, focusing on the greater Delaware Valley.
According to the 2010 Hunger in America Study, the Delaware Valley is one of the hardest hit areas in the nation:
- About 27% percent of Philadelphians live below the poverty line.
- Local agencies have seen a 26% increase in need over the past year compared to a 22% increase from the year before.
- One in every three children live in poverty.
- Each year, more than 900,000 individuals are at risk of food insecurity in the Delaware Valley.
Thanks to the honors scholars for generously donating their valuable time to such a worthy cause!
Earlier this month, after four years of hard work and months of dedicated research to their senior theses, Rebecca Brophy, Eileen Fresta, Zanya Stephenson, and Labanya Mookerjee graduated from Penn State Brandywine, stepping into the bright opportunities that 2013 will bring forth.
Each of these students successfully fulfilled all of Penn State University’s general requirements, along with the required coursework and research for the honors program.
We wish them all the best in their future endeavors!
Every year, Penn State Brandywine celebrates the outstanding work and achievements of undergraduates at the annual Academic Recognition Ceremony. Students who have earned a GPA of a 3.5 or higher are awarded the prestigious Academic Achievement Award, and several other honors are distributed to those who have gone above and beyond in their endeavors. This year, we had an amazing group of Honors Scholars represented at the ceremony:
- Cody Bressler received The President Sparks Award for having earned a 4.00 (A) cumulative GPA based on at least 36 graded Penn State credits.
- Rebecca Slomowitz received The President’s Freshman Award for receiving a 4.00 cumulative GPA based on at least 12 graded credits completed by the end of the fall semester.
- Senior Eileen Fresta was honored with the Evan Pugh Scholar Award for having earned a cumulative GPA of a 4.0 on at least 48 graded Penn State credits. Eileen was also awarded the Undergraduate Research Award, which recognizes the excellence in student involvement in undergraduate research.
A huge congratulations to these students on their amazing academic achievements. We are so proud!
On Wednesday, April 17th, senior and Schreyer Honors Scholar, Eileen Fresta, held a gripping seminar on her thesis, titled “Charting the Health History of Middletown Township, Pennsylvania, through a Study of the Cumberland Cemetery Interment Records.”
The event was a huge success, and our Tomezko Lounge was overflowing with everyone from Brandywine students and professors to members of the Middletown Township committee.
Eileen conducting her presentation for Middletown Township
Through the course of her research, Fresta conducted a ground-penetrating radar study of the Pratt’s Burial Ground in Cumberland and highlighted the ways by which the cemetery has always stood as an iconic landmark in Delaware County’s vibrant history.
Eileen with her findings from her ground-penetrating radar study
In all of her four years at Penn State Brandywine, Fresta has accomplished a tremendous amount; so, to read more about Fresta’s contributions to the campus and the local community, check out this article.
Fresta and Mookerjee, both Schreyer seniors, presented at the 2013 Eastern American Studies Conference held in Harrisonburg, Virginia on March 22-23. Fresta presented on “Pleistocene Rewilding in North America.” Mookerjee won Best Undergraduate Paper Award for her presentation, “Jealous for Justice: Ednah Dow Cheney Translates Transcendentalism to Social Activism through Margaret Fuller and Theodore Parker.”