Five scholars selected for 2017 summer research travel awards

The Eberly Family Special Collections Library recently announced the winners of the 2017 research travel awards program. This annual program, now in its sixth year, offers travel awards to researchers whose work would benefit from accessing the collections at the Penn State University Libraries.

All five winners will visit the Special Collections Library at University Park and will give an informal one-hour brown bag presentation about their research projects. Members of the public are welcome to attend any or all of the “learn at lunch” sessions from noon to 1 p.m. on July 20, July 27, Aug. 2, Aug. 4 and Aug. 11 in the Mann Assembly Room, 103 Paterno Library.

  • The Albert M. Petska Eighth Air Force Archives Research Travel Award
    Marla Okner, independent scholar
    Thursday, July 20
  • Mary Ann O’Brian Malkin Research Award
    Tilden Russell, professor emeritus at Southern Connecticut State University
    Thursday, July 27
  • Dorothy Foehr Huck Research Travel Award
    Kinohi Nishikawa, assistant professor of English and African-American studies at Princeton University
    Wednesday, Aug. 2
  • Dorothy Foehr Huck Research Travel Award
    Kristoffer Smemo, doctoral candidate at the University of California, Santa Barbara
    Friday, Aug. 4
  • Through the Flower Research Travel Award
    Monica Steinberg, postdoctoral research fellow in the history department at the University of Southern California
    Friday, Aug. 11.

The entire Penn State News article, with details about each of the winners and their projects, can be viewed online. An 8.5×11 promotional poster for these research presentations is available as a downloadable PDF to print or share. For more information about these “learn at lunch” programs or for questions about accommodations or the physical access provided, contact Julie Porterfield at or 814-865-1793 in advance of the event.