April 26, 2016


Paterno Fellows Graduation Ceremony and Reception

Saturday, May 7, Noon–1:00 p.m. on the Sparks Building Lawn
We look forward to seeing all graduating Paterno Fellows and your families!
No RSVP Required ~ Business Casual
Students should arrive and check in by 11:45 so we may begin promptly at noon.

Paterno Fellows will be wearing white stoles for the Schreyer Honors College Medals Ceremony on May 6, and the PFP Ceremony and College of the Liberal Arts Commencement Ceremony on May 7.  Stoles will be distributed on May 5 and 6.  Details about distribution are forthcoming!

4/28/16 — Please note that stoles will be distributed at the PFP ceremony on May 7, so students will not wear them for the Schreyer Medals Ceremony on May 6.

In the News

Maria Cosma and Maddison Rhoa Receive Paterno Fellows Best Thesis Awards

Each prize carries a $500 award and the students will be recognized at the PFP Graduation Ceremony at noon on May 7.  A faculty panel made selections based on the originality of the project, the rigor of the research, and the clarity of presentation.

Maria Cosma, ’16 PF Economics, Paterno Fellows Social Sciences Honors Thesis Award for “Capping Carbon: A Survey of Carbon Pricing Mechanisms and their Efficacy”

Maddison Rhoa, ’16 PF English and History, Paterno Fellows Humanities Honors Thesis Award for “A Different Familiar: A Novel”

Congratulations, Maria and Maddison, and thank you to all who submitted a thesis for consideration!

Luiza Lodder and Aviva Doery Receive Rock Ethics Institute Honors Thesis Research Awards

Rock Ethics Institute Honors Thesis Research Awards are for undergraduate students in the Paterno Fellows Program who are working on ethics-related topics in their theses.  The Rock Ethics Institute Award will provide a range of financial support (from $500 to $2,000) for thesis research and related activities.

Congratulations to Luiza Lodder, ’17 PF English, and Aviva Doery, ’17 PF International Politics, and Global and International Studies, for their awards!

Briana Adams Receives Jackson Lethbridge Tolerance Award

Briana Adams, ’16 PF, Communication Arts and Sciences, and Spanish, is the recipient of the 2016 Jackson Lethbridge Tolerance Award, in recognition of “outstanding efforts to enhance the understanding of diverse cultures and create a community where all individuals are accepted and valued equally.” Full story…

Sylvia Biscoveanu Awarded Goldwater Scholarship

Sylvia Biscoveanu, ’17 Paterno Fellow in Spanish and physics, who was awarded a Goldwater Scholarship for 2016-17 from the Barry Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Foundation. The premier award of its type in the fields of mathematics, science and engineering, scholarships were awarded to 252 individuals for the 2016-17 year. Full story…

Career Enrichment Network

Summer Enrichment Funds—Applications Open

Are you participating in an internship, study abroad, or research experience this summer? Looking for funds to support your enrichment experience? Apply for Liberal Arts Enrichment Funds!  Priority deadline: May 1; Final Deadline June 1

Chapel Executive Internship – Summer Priority Deadline May 1

The Chapel Executive Internship program awards $5,000 to students securing internships in the private sector. To see and apply for these positions, sign in to your Network Symplicity Account. Visit the Career Enrichment Network website for eligibility requirements, deadlines, and application instructions. Liberal Arts students who are not selected for the Chapel Executive Internship Program will automatically be considered for general Liberal Arts Enrichment Funds. There is no need to submit a separate application.

Spring 2017 Study Abroad Application Deadline: May 1

Interested in studying abroad next spring? There is still time to apply. Spring Semester 2017 applications are due May 1, 2016. Full story…


PSYCH 197H (1 cr) Anxiety and Emotion Regulation – ethics course – coming soon to the Schedule of Courses for Fall 16!

Paterno Fellow Visiting Scholar Yogev Kivity, Department of Psychology, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Following a short introduction to anxiety disorders and emotion regulation, the course will explore the various emotion dysregulation models of anxiety disorder, their empirical evidence and their implications for the assessment and treatment of anxiety. Special attention will be given to critical evaluation of the emotion regulation theory of anxiety, and especially of its overemphasis of intra-personal processes of emotion regulation. Students will have an opportunity to visit a research lab that is focused on studying and treating emotion dysregulation and anxiety. Class meetings Wednesdays, October 5, 12, 17, 26, and November 2, 4:00-6:00 p.m.

ENGL 397 (1.5 cr) E-Portfolio Writing and Design (previously offered as L A 397A)

Plenty of spots are open for Fall 16! Please consider taking this course in the Fall instead of waiting until Spring when seats are likely to fill quickly. Current sophomores are required to complete the e-Portfolio, and this is how it’s approved!

This is a web-based course for 5th semester students and above to develop and refine their college e-portfolios. This course includes considerations of platform selection, audience analysis, arrangement strategies, and portfolio writing style. This course is required for Paterno Fellows beginning with the 2014-15 cohort, in order to complete the e-Portfolio. The e-Portfolio is an option for previous classes of PFs.

FR 197 Work and Globalization in Africa ~ ethics course

This course (taught in English by Isaie Dougnon) will examine how work and career paths have transformed in contemporary Africa in the context of globalization. We will look at how Africans are finding new solutions to career crises, from political mobilization to migration to involvement with growing secret societies. The course will focus on francophone Africa and consider comparative cases from France and the United States.  More info: fr-197.pdf

Service / Leadership Opportunities

Trash to Treasure Sale ~ Beaver Stadium, June 4

We’re looking for volunteers to help us prepare for the sale and to assist on sale day. All proceeds go to the Centre County United Way and its partner agencies. http://sites.psu.edu/trash2treasure/volunteer/

Research / Study Abroad

Research Funding Opportunities

For descriptions and links for Research Funding for Undergraduate Students, please go to http://www.la.psu.edu/current-students/undergraduate-students/paterno-fellows/research-support.  Please note that this list is not all-inclusive, but offers some suggestions for students to pursue.


PFP Student Programming Grants

Paterno Fellows are encouraged to apply for Programming Grants for One-Time Events or Sustained Discussion / Reading Groups.  Successful applications will enhance students’ education, ignite an interest, or make students consider a topic more deeply.  For details, see: pfp-student-programming-grants/

How can I describe the Paterno Fellows Program on my resume?

Paterno Fellows Program, College of the Liberal Arts
Honors Program including advanced academic coursework, thesis, study abroad and/or internship, ethics study, and leadership/service commitment

Director’s Office Hours

Feel free to stop by if you have questions, or just to say hello!
Dr. Wanner’s Drop-in Hours for Paterno Fellows
Wednesdays from 9:00–noon and 1:15–2:15 p.m.
217 Weaver Building

Social Media

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