March 21, 2017


Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

Susan Welch, Dean, College of the Liberal Arts, and Professor of Political Science
“Social Science Research and the Holocaust”
March 22, W-023 Pattee Library
12:15 Lunch ~ 12:30 Presentation ~ 12:45 Q&A

Lunch is provided, and advance registration is not needed.  Just drop in!
View the Spring 2017 LwH schedule on our events website and download the flyer.

“Campus Involvement 101” ~ March 28, 5:00 p.m., 360 Willard

Liberal Arts First Year Experience Workshop
Penn State has more than 1,100 student organizations. This session will help you figure out how to find and utilize the student organization search engine. You will learn how student organizations and para-professional experiences (such as Residence Assistant or Peer Health Educator) can supplement what you’re learning in the classroom and can be used on your résumé. This session will also go over the importance of finding a balance between campus involvement and academics. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to learn about student organizations within the College of the Liberal Arts.

Jessica Lang Dance ~ April 12, Eisenhower Auditorium

Discounted Tickets Available through March 29
The Paterno Fellows Program has reserved a small block of tickets for Jessica Lang Dance. You may purchase one or two tickets for only $5 each (cash only!) instead of the usual student price of $15. These tickets are for Penn State students only, but if you purchase two, the second person does not have to be in PFP. Tickets may be purchased while supplies last from 9:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. in 103 Sparks Building through March 29, when unsold tickets must be returned to the Box Office.

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Courses / Curriculum

PFP Ethics Course Requirement

Students must complete 3 credits in ethics (one 3-credit course, or a series of 1- or 2-credit courses) from this approved list of University offerings. Students may choose from a variety of courses in several liberal arts disciplines. Students who wish to propose another course for consideration should write to the Director, Donna Bahry. Please include a syllabus if you have one.

PFP Requirement:  ENGL 397 (1.5 cr) E-Portfolio Writing and Design

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.

All students who aspired or were admitted in 2014-15 or after are required to complete this e-Portfolio course in order to graduate as a Paterno Fellow.  ENGL 397 builds on the e-Portfolio you started in RCL (ENGL/CAS 137/138), enhancing it for practical use for graduate school or job applications upon graduation.  Your RCL e-Portfolio does not meet the PFP requirement without the addition of ENGL 397.

Students who aspired or were admitted prior to 2014-15 may take ENGL 397, and may use it as an option for the Global Awareness requirement (previously “Communication”) if it will not be met through foreign language or International Cultures credits.

ENGL 302 Critical Medical Humanities ~ new ethics course

This course will be of interest to those students who wish to look at relations between human narratives and human health, broadly defined. As opposed to the medical humanities, which center on the representation of health conditions in fiction and other forms of narrative, the critical medical humanities seek to analyze the actual categories of health and wellness and who determines them.  For example, our approach will not assume that biomedicine is objective and holds all the answers. Nor shall we approach human health in isolation form human environments, ‘natural’, political, and socio-economic. — See the full description on LionPATH. 

Students who wish to enroll should contact Marcy North or Xiaoye You

Cuba 2017 Field Course Applications Due April 1

BIOL 496/SUST 495 Environmental Protection, Conservation, and the Sustainability of Cuban Ecosystems; with a Field Practicum in Cuba

Spring semester, April–May 2017; Summer practicum with travel to Cuba, July 7–15, 2017 

Applications are due April 1!  Please visit the course website for more details. Email Dr. McLaughlin at with any questions!

Career Enrichment Network

Receive $5,000 to Support your Summer Internship

The Virginia Todd Chapel Executive Internship Program supports Liberal Arts students participating in premium internships, particularly in the private sector. This generous endowment makes it possible to provide roughly 20 students each year with $5,000 in enrichment funding. Wondering if you should apply for the summer 2017 semester? Visit the Career Enrichment Network website for eligibility requirements and application instructions. Full story…

Apply for Summer 2017 Enrichment Funding

Submit your application for enrichment funds if you need support for a summer 2017 internship, research, or global experience. Priority deadline for the summer is May 1, 2017. Final applications deadline is June 1, 2017.

Lunch and Learn Employer Series: Venture for America

April 6, 12:15–1:15 p.m., 124 Sparks Building
Join recruiters from Venture for America to learn more about being an entrepreneur and beginning a start-up company! Venture for America has great opportunities for students interested in being their own boss.

Lunch is provided.  Please RSVP in Network Symplicity for a spot!

Liberal Arts Alumni Mentor Program Applications Available

Interested in networking with Liberal Arts alumni? Want to receive assistance on your job and internship searches? Hoping to get advice about the future?  Apply to the Liberal Arts Alumni Mentor Program! Students are matched with alumni in a field related to their major and/or their career interests. Mentors work with students to reflect on their experiences and goals, develop new skills, and network for the future.  More info…


Liberal Arts majors should make sure to check Network Symplicity on a regular basis for internship opportunities. We have a wide variety of positions posted. Access Network Symplicity or register for an account if you do not already have one!

Research / Study Abroad

Research Funding Opportunities

For descriptions and links for Research Funding for Undergraduate Students, please see the link on the PFP website.  Please note that this list is not all-inclusive, but offers some suggestions for students to pursue.

Rock Ethics Institute Thesis and Research Funding

The Rock Ethics Institute is pleased to announce the Rock Ethics Institute Thesis and Research Awards offered in conjunction with the Paterno Fellows Program. These awards are for undergraduate students in the Paterno Fellows Program who are working on ethics-related topics and research either within or in preparation for their honors theses.

The Rock Ethics Institute Award will provide a range of financial support (from $500 to $2,000) for thesis research and related activities. Awardees will be asked to present their research at an Institute event. Awardees will also be asked to contribute a blog post or to participate in a podcast on their research for the Everyday Ethics page.  Awardees will be informed of all Rock Ethics Institute events, and will be invited to participate in any events that are of interest to them or which would benefit their research.

For more information and the application process, visit the Rock Ethics Institute Thesis and Research Award website.

Best Thesis Awards

Paterno Fellow Best Thesis Awards, Due April 12

The Paterno Fellows Program will present two Best Thesis Awards:  one for a thesis in the social sciences and the other for a thesis in any field of the humanities.  Each prize carries a $500 award and the students will be recognized at the PFP Graduation Ceremony at noon on May 6.  A faculty panel will make the selections based on the originality of the project, the rigor of the research, and the clarity of presentation.  Students must have met all PFP graduation requirements to be eligible.  (If you are not sure of your student’s PFP status, please inquire!)

To nominate a thesis, or to self-nominate, please send the following in an email to by Wednesday, April 12:

*the senior thesis in pdf format
*two faculty recommendation forms, with memos
*one from an honors adviser
*one from the thesis adviser

These documents may come in one email or in separate emails from the student and faculty reviewers.  Students who self-nominate are responsible for requesting input from the two faculty advisers.

Please direct questions to

Center for Global Studies Thesis Prize Award, Due April 4

Penn State’s Center for Global Studies will award four prizes of $500 each year to students who have completed commendable thesis projects that advance a global perspective. These awards are intended not only to recognize the excellent work of students who combine studies in the Liberal Arts with a concern for global issues, but also to encourage these students in continuing their contributions to the field of global studies.

For more information and to apply visit the CGS website.  Questions can be directed to Sarah Lyall-Combs, at

Penn State Libraries Outstanding Undergraduate Thesis Award, Due April 10

Undergraduate students are eligible to submit their thesis for the spring 2017 Outstanding Undergraduate Thesis Award. The winner receives $1,250, with awards of $750 and $500 presented to the second- and third-place recipients, respectively.  For details…

Service / Leadership

PFP Service / Leadership Requirement

Fellows are expected to take on a leadership role or offer volunteer services to a community of their choice totaling at least 50 hours during their college career.  Participants in the Presidential Leadership Academy automatically meet this requirement. To document a leadership or service experience, download the Leadership or Service Documentation Form; complete and submit it using the contact information on the form.  Hours may be reported as they are completed for short-term projects, or after the minimum time is met for long-term experiences.

Volunteer for Beaver Stadium Run

The Paterno Family Beaver Stadium Run is a 5K run and family fun walk that supports Special Olympics Pennsylvania. Each year, Paterno Fellows volunteer in many different ways to help this event succeed. Some people aid in preparations in the months leading up to the events while others offer their services for race day only. Lauren Halberstadt (Paterno Fellow ‘12) is the Volunteer Coordinator and she would love your help! Please email her at to get involved or to learn more.

Leadership Education and Development Certificate

Students interested in learning valuable leadership skills can now enroll in “Leadership Education and Development” or LEAD, an online leadership development program offered through Penn State Student Affairs. In this program, students work through online modules on key leadership concepts, personal leadership styles and strategies to become better leaders. As part of the program, students will also be paired with a faculty or staff mentor.  Students interested in receiving the certificate must complete all four modules by April 14.  Paterno Fellows may present the certificate to earn four hours toward the Leadership requirement.   Full story…

Your Blurb Here

Are you involved with a local service group that is open for new members?  Send your blurb to and we’ll publish it here.  Please include a brief description of your mission, expectations, information sessions/meetings, how to join, etc.

In the News

Paterno Fellows Receive University-wide Awards

Noah Lingwall, ’17 PF in History, has received the Eric A. Walker Award, presented annually to the student who has contributed most to enhancing the reputation of the University through extracurricular activities.

Jaden Rankin-Wahlers, ’17 PF in Political Science and Criminology, has received the John W. Oswald Award in social services, religious activities, and student government.

Andrea Sylvia Biscoveanu, ’17 PF in Physics and Spanish, and Jacob Cordell, ’17 PF in Materials Science and Engineering, and German, have been awarded Astronaut ScholarshipsBiscoveanu is also a Goldwater Scholarship Awardee.


Updating your Information in the Paterno Fellows Database

As you complete your Paterno Fellows requirements, you are responsible for marking them “Claimed Satisfied” in the PFP database.  You should update the requirements you’ve met as you complete them. Please do not wait until your graduation semester. We need time to approve your submissions and mark them “Satisfied.”

For further instructions, see the PFP website.

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. Bahry’s Drop-in Hours for Paterno Fellows:  Mondays and Wednesdays from 2:00–4:00 p.m., 313 Pond Lab

Want to Schedule an Academic Advising Appointment?

If you need help scheduling an appointment with your adviser on Starfish, click the link for instructions. View instructions…

Social Media

Check out items of interest for all LA students on Liberal Arts Voices and on Twitter @PSULiberalArts. Be sure to like the Paterno Fellows Facebook Page. Join the Career Enrichment Network on Twitter @PSULAjobs to keep up-to-date on internships, education abroad, deadlines, and other opportunities in 140 characters or less!