The Conversation Editors to Share Communication Tools with Faculty Researchers

COE Faculty,

Penn State will host two editors from the academic media website The Conversation ( at 2 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 23, in Foster Auditorium, to give a presentation about communicating research to the public.

Science and technology editor Maggie Villiger and editorial liaison Ari Fertig will talk about why it’s important to bring academics into popular media, what’s in it for you as an academic, pitching your research to media, finding your “news peg,” and more.

For more information, read the January 15 Penn State News article.

Nominate a Student for the Presidential Leadership Academy

Nominations are being accepted for current freshmen who will be sophomores in the fall of 2017 for membership to the Presidential Leadership Academy.

Through the Presidential Leadership Academy, students will develop leadership fundamentals to thrive in an environment in which multiple dimensions of an issue are explored, diverse viewpoints are welcomed and heard, and a fully informed and respectful discourse ensues that leads to sound action.

Nomination deadline is January 27 at 5:00 PM.

For more information and to nominate a student, visit the Presidential Leadership Academy website.



Erickson Discovery Grants Support Undergraduate Student Projects

The Office of Undergraduate Education is pleased to once again offer Erickson Discovery Grants to support undergraduate student engagement in original research, scholarship, and creative work under the direct supervision of a faculty member. Penn State undergraduate students from all campuses in all fields of study may apply for a grant.

Approximately 60 Erickson Discovery Grants, each in the amount of $3,500, are available for summer 2017.

The application deadline is February 2, 2017.

More information about the program and how to submit an application is available on the Office of Undergraduate Education website.

Happy Valley LaunchBox Accepting Applications for Spring Accelerator

Happy Valley LaunchBox is accepting applications for its spring 2017 startup accelerator program, a no-cost initiative designed to help early-stage entrepreneurs accelerate their business concepts and advance to the point where they win their first customer or are ready to seek their first investment.

Interested startups may apply for the 10-week program online.

The application deadline is 5 p.m. on January 20.

Additional details are available in the January 12 Penn State News story.

Raffle to Benefit Centre County United Way

Engineering Colleagues,

The United Way’s 2016 campaign comes to a close on January 31. In an effort to help raise donation totals, participating colleges (including Engineering) are holding University-approved, 50/50 ticket raffles that are open to both their respective faculty and staff members. Our ticket sales will benefit the Centre County United Way, and one lucky Engineering winner!

Tickets are $2 each OR $10 for an arm’s length, and can be purchased in-person at my desk in 101 Hammond (the Dean’s Suite) by January 27. Please do not send money through interoffice mail or try to reserve/purchase tickets through email.

Thank you in advance for your continued support of this amazing organization and of our community!

Cara Lucas
Administrative Assistant IV
United Way Representative

Doing it FTK: What’s YOUR THON Story?

How has THON touched your life? Have you helped raise money for Four Diamonds? Do you advise a group that is affiliated with THON? The College of Engineering is seeking short stories that show how Penn State Engineering faculty and staff are involved in the largest student-run philanthropy in the world!

Send your story (limit three paragraphs) and at least one photo (photos with THON children must include proof of permission from the child’s parents) by January 31 to:

Nominate an Undergraduate Student for a Stand Up Award

There are many Penn State undergraduate students at every campus who are ethical leaders and have the courage and fortitude to take an ethical stand for a person, a cause, or belief. The Rock Ethics Institute would like to learn about each of these students and consider them for the 10th Anniversary Stand Up Award.

We invite you to nominate these students by visiting

The deadline for nominations is January 31.

Selected honorees will receive a monetary award of $1,000 each, and be recognized at a spring 2017 ceremony and in a short video.


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