Monthly Archives: December 2018

HHD Undergrad News December 20 2018

New and Upcoming
  • First HHD Student Council meeting of the year, 7 pm, Monday January 14 in 359 Henderson.
  • If you are a first year student, applications are now open for the Presidential Leadership Academy. “The Presidential Leadership Academy is for those who want to think critically about important issues. Those who want to make the tough decisions. Those who want to make a difference in the world and lead by example. Those like you — Penn Staters who want to become the leaders of tomorrow.” Learn more and apply:
  • Are you a first year student with at least a 3.3 GPA? Apply for the SPARK program. The Spark Program offers select undergraduate students the opportunity to learn about high impact educational experiences, campus resources, and fellowship opportunities, while providing them with the tools to develop competitive fellowship applications. Learn more and apply here:
  • The College of Health and Human Development will be offering Summer Research Funds for undergraduates to complete research under the direction of a faculty mentor for summer 2019. Funds may be used for student expenses and project costs. Students interested in requesting this funding can fill out the form at or submit all materials via mail/email to Heather Zimmerman, Administrative Assistant to the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, 344 Health and Human Development Building, or emailed to Please note faculty supervisor requirements below. Students must be enrolled in a College of HHD major or be a premajor HHD student. Deadline is January 31, 2019. Applicants will be notified by the end of March 2019 regarding funding decisions.
  • The Student Engagement Network Grant Program is accepting applications for Spring 2019! The SEN will be awarding grants of up to $3,000 to support student engagement experiences. Examples include financial support for unpaid internships or research opportunities, living expenses, travel costs, and conference fees. Grant funding can also be used to compensate a student working fewer hours in order to be involved in a student club or organization on campus. The application can be found at If you have questions about the grant program or how to apply, visit us in 102 HUB-Robeson Center, email, or call us at our new number, (814) 863-5995.
  • Undergraduate students are now able to apply for the 2019 Erickson Discovery Grants, with applications due in January instead of February. Each year dozens of undergraduate students from all campuses are selected to receive a $3,500 grant in support of student engagement in original research, scholarship and creative work under the supervision of a faculty member. This year applications will be open from Oct. 15 through Jan. 21, 2019. Those interested in applying can do so here. 
  • Have you taken an ethical stand or faced an ethical challenge? The Rock Ethics Institute is proud to announce that nominations are now open for the 2018 Stand Up Awards at Penn State. This award honors Penn State undergraduate students who have demonstrated courage, fortitude, and ethical leadership by taking a stand for a person, cause, or belief. Award winners receive a monetary prize and are honored at the Stand Up ceremony in the Spring semester. Any faculty, staff, student, or community member can nominate a Penn State undergraduate student for the award. Undergraduate students from all Penn State campuses are eligible. The deadline for nominations is January 25.
  • HHD Student, Faculty and Staff Award nominations are open!  Nominations are due January 31 for the following awards (link to applications):
    • Edith Pitt Chace Award, Nomination deadline: January 30, 2019-The Edith Pitt Chace Award recognizes an outstanding student leader and scholar. The recipient of this award will receive a $1,500 scholarship, which will be applied toward tuition during the next academic year.
    • Student Service Award Nomination deadline: January 30, 2019–The Student Service Award recognizes service by a student to HHD, to Penn State, and to the community. The recipient of this award will receive a lifetime membership to the Penn State Alumni Association.
    • Faculty Appreciation Award Nomination deadline: January 30, 2019–The Faculty Appreciation Award honors a faculty member who actively promotes relationships among students, faculty and staff members, and alumni above and beyond the demands of his/her job.
    • Staff Appreciation Award Nomination deadline: January 30, 2019–The Staff Appreciation Award honors a staff member who actively promotes relationships among students, faculty and staff members, and alumni above and beyond the demands of his/her job.
    • Small Project Grants Nomination deadline: March 15, 2019–The Small Project Grant program provides students and faculty members with an additional source of funding for projects that benefit the University community and/or enhance students’ experiences in the College of Health and Human Development. Such projects may include, but are not limited to, student organization service projects or events, undergraduate or graduate student research not pertaining to a thesis or dissertation, and projects that promote collaboration among students and faculty members.
  • Upcoming Global Health Minor Information Sessions (2018 Spring Semester)
      •  Thursday, January 17 at 6 p.m. Bennett Pierce Living Center, 110 Henderson Building
      • Thursday, January 31 at 6 p.m.
        Bennett Pierce Living Center, 110 Henderson Building
      • The Global Health Minor is a competitive minor, open to any Penn State student who is enrolled at the University Park campus and who has declared a major field of study. During your work in the Global Health Minor, you will complete a five -week supervised fieldwork experience in Ecuador, South Africa, or Tanzania. This experience, along with course work, will help you develop the capacity to think, talk, and write critically about global health issues and challenges and help you prepare for occupations and graduate programs that demand global thinking, understanding and experience. 
      • Advising: After attending an information session, students who are interested in applying for the Global Health Minor should schedule an advising appointment to meet with the Global Health Minor program director, Dr. Dana Naughton. Thirty-minute advising sessions may be arranged by contacting the staff of the Department of Biobehavioral Health at 814-863-7256. Application materials will be provided to students at the time of meeting. Applications are due February 15, 2019 and are distributed to students only after their meeting with the program director.
  • Students interested in research opportunities with faculty can learn more about working with faculty at the Research Opportunities web site. Information on funding for research related travel, grants for research and more is found there. Students can see a list of faculty and projects looking for undergraduates to be involved, searching by college, key word:
  • Nutr 119, Elementary Foods, has openings for non-HM and Nutrition  majors for Spring 2019!  This is a 3-credit hybrid course where lecture content and quizzes are delivered weekly on-line, and then demonstrated in a hands-on, 2-hour cooking lab each week. Section 2 has lab on Mondays from 3:35-5:30 and Section 3 on Tuesdays from 3:05-5:00. The lab emphasizes a variety of cooking techniques and a exposure to a large variety of ingredients and flavors. Each week covers a different topic, including: Yeast Breads, Fruit and Vegetables, Sauces and Culinary Dispersions, Meat and Meat Alternatives, Quick Breads and other Baked Goods.  Included below is the official course description. Any students interested in adding the course for Spring 2019 should email Jennifer Meengs at and include their student ID and  section they would like to add.
  • The National Academy of Social Insurance is looking for graduate students, recent graduates, and qualified upper-division undergraduate students for placement in its twelve-week, paid, summer internships. Students interested in U.S. social insurance and related issues are encouraged to apply for one of the Academy’s nationally-competitive internship programs – the Merton C. Bernstein Internship on Social Insurance, the Somers Research Internship on Long-Term Care and Aging, the Eileen Sweeney Graduate Internship in Disability Policy, and the Rashi Fein Internship in Health Policy. See the Internship Opportunities page for descriptions of each program and online applications. The Academy’s internship program has focused on developing young leaders in the social insurance field for nearly 30 years. Think about the talented young people you know – students, mentees, interns, and relatives – and encourage them to apply for an exciting summer in Washington, DC.  Application deadline: February 1, 2019. For more information, and to apply please visit the Student Opportunities page of the Academy’s website. You can also contact the leadership development coordinator at or at (202) 452-8097. 
  • Internships at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:
  • The Undergraduate Fellowships Office is THE place to seek help in applying for nationally competitive fellowships and scholarships, and much more.  Learn more about their resources and look at their fellowship/scholarship database to learn more Upcoming Sessions
    • Info Session: Udall: 11am-12pm in 217 Thomas, January 16, 2019. Learn more about the Udall Scholarship which seeks future leaders in environmental fields as well as Native American and Alaska Native leaders in Native American health care and Tribal public policy. Register to participate remotely via Zoom here:
  • EPPIC Workshops for International Students. For more info: Upcoming Sessions:
  • Health Professions Advising Center workshops. Learn more about their group sessions and advising resources at Upcoming sessions include: 
    • PA Prep: First-year and sophomore students exploring physician assistant careers will be familiarized with the coursework, experiences, and skills needed to successfully apply to physician assistant programs.
      • Thursday, November 29, 6:00-7:00pm in 201 Thomas
    • Gap/Glide Year Seminar: Options for how to spend your time before starting a health professional program
      • Tuesday, December 4, 6:00-7:15pm in 104 Thomas
    • Medical Applicants: Junior and senior students applying for medical, dental, or podiatry school will be introduced to application timelines and strategies needed to compete successfully in the current application cycle.
      • Monday, December 3, 6:00-7:00pm in 201 Thomas
  • Apply to be a LEAP Mentor for Summer 2019! A LEAP Mentor is a student who works with a group of 24 new first-year students as they transition from high school to college during Summer Session II. Attend an information session to learn more, then visit to apply.  Search using keyword LEAP. Questions? Contact the Office for Summer Session at or 814-863-4174. LEAP Information Sessions:
    • Thursday, December 6 | 7:00 – 8:00 pm | 104 Thomas
  • LifeHacks are group workshops to help students manage stress, improve sleep or adjust to college life.  See for a full schedule. Upcoming LifeHacks:
    • Monday 12/3 Endings, the Unknown, and New Beginnings: Managing the Stress of Transitions
    • Tuesday 12/4 Being Your Best Selfie: Self-Care and Kindness
    • All sessions are open to all Penn State students and no appointment is necessary. Time: 4:00 to 5:00pm Locations: Mondays (402 Student Health Center); Tuesdays: (204/205 Student Health Center).
  • The Penn State Sokolov-Miller Family Financial & Life Skills Center ( is offering monthly webinars via Zoom throughout the 2018-2019 academic year from 12:00 – 1:00 PM on Tuesdays. To access any of these free webinars, please use the Zoom link provided below, no registration needed: Next Webinar: 
  • The Council of Sustainable Leaders unites Penn State student leaders in sustainability. Sustainability Showcases highlight work by Penn State faculty and others who are making a difference in sustainability.
    • Stephen Gabauer, November 30, 2018, HUB 233AB, Underdogs United Global Jersey Exchange: Engaging Athletes in Addressing Water Issues
  • Health Career Connections offers PAID Summer internships for students. Applications Open October 25. Deadline December 27:
  • The LGBTQA Student Resource Center, a unit of Penn State Student Affairs, has scholarships, awards and discussion groups to support LGBTQ students and allies Information at Scholarships/awards deadline is December 15.
  • Penn State Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is here for all students who need help during the semester. Visit to learn more about their services. CAPS offers group sessions for students who just want a group of supportive peers. See for a list of groups. And any student facing a crisis or knowing another student in that situation can contact a 24/7 number: 
              •   Penn State Crisis Line (24/7), (877) 229-6400
              •   Crisis Text Line (24/7) txt “LIONS” to 741741
  • Winter Celebration 2018  December 7 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm  The Arboretum invites everyone to welcome the holiday season on Friday, December 7, 2018, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at a festive gathering in the H.O. Smith Botanic Gardens. Seasonal décor will include a tall tree showcased in the Glass House in the children’s garden, and holiday trees at the overlook pavilion, in the children’s garden, and along the main walkway.A highlight of the evening will be performances on the event lawn by a cappella ensembles from Penn State and the community singing a mix of popular and seasonal tunes. Performances will begin at 5:30 p.m. Visitors are welcome to bring blankets and chairs to place on the lawn facing the stage. Hot cocoa and cider will be for sale on site. Holiday displays will remain in place until January.
HHD Research Seminars
  • Monday, December 3 Michael Do, PhD, Assistant Professor of Neurology, Boston’s Children Hospital, Harvard Medical School;  Harvard Sleep Grand Rounds, 12:00 p.m., 116 Biobehavioral Health, Sleep Grand Rounds is available by live stream webcasting. This can be accessed on any computer using (at this time) Internet Explorer 11 or Mozilla Firefox via internet URL address: Contact Lindsay Master at
  • Monday, December 3 “Can State Policy Affect Physician Opioid Prescribing?” Hsien-Chang Lin, PhD, Associate Professor of Health Policy and Management, Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington, Health Services Research Colloquium,  11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., 118 Keller Building (Zoom: Contact: Tracy Johnson at
  • Monday, December 3 “Intertwining Research and Social Justice to Promote Health Equity in Underserved Communities,” Dr. Bridgette Brawner, Associate Professor of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania. 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., 22 Biobehavioral Health; Host: Biobehavioral Health Department (814-863-7256).
  • Tuesday, December 4 “Recommendations for Data Collection via Amazon’s Mechanical Turk (MTurk),” Ashley Linden-Carmichael, Ph.D., Assistant Research Professor, and Loren Masters, M.S., Research Technologist, Prevention Research Center, Penn State, 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., 312 BBH; Contact: Ashley Linden-Carmichael (865-7177);
  • Wednesday, December 5 “Missing data in multi-level process factor analysis model: A proposal on evaluation of missing data handling methods.” Linying Ji, graduate student of HDFS. QuantDev Brownbag, 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m., 101 HHD; Contact: Mimi Brinberg at 
  • Thursday, December 6 “Publications in Nursing and Other Related Disciplines: The Ins and Outs of Authorship,” Andrea Sillner, Ph.D., GCNS-BC, RN – Assistant Research Professor, Penn State College of Nursing; 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., 101 Nursing Sciences Building; Contact: Donna Massari 814-863-1048 or
  • Thursday, December 6 “Ten Simple Rules for Structuring papers,” Konrad Körding, Ph.D., PIK University Professor, Department of Neuroscience, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 3:05 p.m. to 4:20 p.m., 127 Noll Laboratory; Host: Department of Kinesiology (814-865-7575).
  • Friday, December 7 “How Behavior is Often Bayesian While the Brain is Not,” Konrad Körding, Ph.D., PIK University Professor, Department of Neuroscience, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, 3:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., 127 Noll Laboratory; Hosts: The Center for Movement Science and Technology – Huck Institutes and, The Department of Kinesiology (814-865-7575).