January 29, 2019


Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

January 30, 12:15-1:00 p.m., 124 Sparks Building

Kevin Zhaci, Humphrey Fellows, and Co-founder, Tibet Zhihe Education Technology Company

“Making an Impact in Tibet through Entrepreneurship”

Lunch is provided, and advance registration is not needed. Just drop in!

Download the flyer: http://bit.ly/SP19LwH

French Field Study and Internship Programs Info Session

January 29, 6:00 p.m., 165 Willard Building

The Institute for Field Education (IFE) is a new study abroad program with three locations: Paris, Strasbourg, and Brussels. The program is unique in that students pursue a research project in a field that interests them, and this is done in French. More info…

First-Year Experience Events

Organized for first year students, but open to all. View the FYE calendar…

Liberal Arts Student Org Fair

January 30, 5:00-7:00 p.m., East Halls, Findlay Commons

Learn about Liberal Arts student organizations! Student representatives will be available to talk about their group and you can learn more about getting involved! View the flyer for a list of participating clubs and organizations.

Snack and (Get Ready to) Schedule

February 13, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., 134 HUB

Drop in and ask advisers questions about classes and schedules for the Fall semester! Advisers will be available and current students can help walk you through the scheduling process! Snacks will be provided. This event is sponsored by the Liberal Arts Envoys and LAUC.

IUG/Master of International Affairs Info Session

January 31, 5:00-6:00 p.m., 302 Pond Lab

Interested in getting a master’s degree with Penn State’s School of International Affairs (SIA)? Consider applying for a SIA IUG where you earn a Bachelor’s and Master’s by adding one year to your studies!

– Schreyer Honors students as well as Political Science, International Politics, Russian, German, Asian Studies, Chinese and Japanese majors can pursue both your undergraduate and a graduate Master of International Affairs degree in just 5 years.

– Network with SIA’s culturally diverse graduate student body and a faculty of former ambassadors, admirals, well-known professionals, and respected scholars.

– Excellent internship and career placement support through SIA’s Office of Career Services with a placement rate of over 90% at jobs in places like the UN, State Department, CIA, Lockheed Martin, USAID, Raytheon, top PhD programs and more.

– Participate in experiential learning opportunities such as war simulations, case studies, education abroad, and other hands-on experiences.

– Choose among ten concentrations, including international security, human rights and humanitarian response, dispute resolution, environment and resources, international development and more – or create your own.

– Check out SIA’s awesome Education Abroad options.

Join us Thursday to learn more! Register here.

University Fellowships Office Info Sessions: UK Week

– Jan. 29 – U.K. Week: Fulbright in the U.K.
– Jan. 30 – U.K. Week: Rhodes, Marshall, Mitchell and Churchill Scholarships
– Jan. 31 – U.K. Week: Gates-Cambridge Scholarship

See All Events and Deadlines

Spring Career Days

February 5-6, 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m., Bryce Jordan Center

Want an internship or full-time position in the private sector or government agency? Attend Spring Career Days on Feb. 5 and 6 from 11:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. in the Bryce Jordan Center. Maximize your time at the fair by researching the employers that are attending in advance. Attend the pre-fair workshops to build confidence and prepare for your experience. Learn more…

Paterno Fellows Recognition Ceremony and Reception

February 6, 7:00 p.m., Hintz Family Alumni Center

2018 PFP Recognition Ceremony

This event celebrates the achievements of students who have been admitted to the Paterno Fellows Program and Schreyer Honors College over the past year. The program will include presentations by several Paterno Fellows, past and present, as well as winners of the Collegiate Laws of Life Essay Contest. A dessert reception will follow the ceremony.

New admits who are being recognized have received a separate invitation. All aspiring and admitted Fellows are invited to attend, and others are welcome to join in! View photos from last year’s event.

Undergraduate Research Workshops

February – April, various locations

University Libraries and University Fellowships are holding a series of workshops throughout the spring semester for students who are interested in undergraduate research. Topics include: how to define research and discover opportunities, research ethics and emotional intelligence, designing an effective research poster, and preparing to present at the Undergraduate Exhibition. View the schedule…

“Laughtivism–the Power of Humor in Nonviolent Struggle”

February 26, 4:30 p.m., Katz Building Auditorium

Srdja Popovic, Founder and Executive Director, Center for Applied Nonviolent Actions and Strategies (CANVAS), will discuss the power of humor in social movements and that through humor, movements gain popularity, thus allowing them to grow exponentially, which is key for success. Popovic ultimately promotes the idea that nonviolent revolutions work and can help make the world a more peaceful and democratic place.

Free and Open to the Public ~ Sponsored by the Center for Global Studies, and co-sponsored by the Paterno Fellows Program.

Download the flyer…

An Evening with Bryan Stevenson at Penn State

March 20, 7:00 p.m., Eisenhower Auditorium

The Rock Ethics Institute’s 2019 Richard D. Lippin Lecture in Ethics, in partnership with the Student Programming Association Distinguished Speaker Series, will feature award-winning author and lawyer Bryan Stevenson on March 20, 2019, in Penn State’s Eisenhower Auditorium. Stevenson is author of the New York Times bestseller Just Mercy, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), and one of the leading voices for civil rights and criminal justice reform in America today. His lecture will explore what justice demands, both inside and outside the courtroom, and the need to address the legacy of racial violence and oppression in the U.S. Following his lecture there will be a book signing. The event will be free and open to the public, but a ticket will be required to attend. Tickets will become available in the spring semester.

Courses / Curriculum / PFP Requirements

LA 197-003 Why Work? Exploring Labor through Public Humanities (1 cr) Honors / Ethics Course for Spring 2019

Instructor: Richard Anderson, Post-Doctoral Scholar, Humanities Institute

Class Meetings: MoWe 5:00-6:00 p.m., March 11-April 25

Why work? Whether paid or unpaid, occurring inside or outside the home, performed for an employer or for one’s self, carried out alone or with others, the experience of having work to do links people from vastly different backgrounds and perspectives. Work roots us in space, shapes individual and group identities, and helps determine economic security and quality of life. Furthermore, in ways that are often hidden, questions about work lie at or near the heart of many of today’s most pressing issues: poverty and income inequality, climate change, immigration, globalization, mass incarceration, and sexual harassment and violence. The study of work and workers offers a way to build bridges between people and foster empathy within communities. Yet, the multi-faceted nature of work requires a variety of tools to capture its multitude of forms and meanings.

This course will examine work through the lens of public humanities, surveying the methods scholars, museum curators, historic site interpreters, journalists, artists, and writers use to bring explorations work to public audiences.

Download the flyer…

LA 297-003 Democratic Erosion (1 cr) Honors / Ethics Course for Spring 19

How do democracies die? This one-credit course will examine the patterns by which such erosion commonly occurs and democracies transition into authoritarianism. The class, taught by McCourtney Institute for Democracy Managing Director Chris Beem, will examine the framework developed in the book “How Democracies Die.” It will be held Thursdays from 4:35-5:50 p.m. from February 7-April 14

NEW COURSE for Fall 2019: BIOET 401Q Science, Ethics, Policy, and Law (3 cr) ~ Honors / Ethics Course

This course explores the ethical, policy, and legal implications of science, and the implications of science for ethics, policy, and law. The course provides an introduction to scientific norms and practice; an introduction to the theories and methods employed in ethical analysis; an overview of ethics for scientists (including, but not limited, to falsification, fabrication, and plagiarism, and the protection of human and non-human animal participants); and an introduction to law and policy. In addition, the course will explore the use of science in the courts; the role of scientists in policy debates (whether they should be advocates or “honest brokers”); science education policy; science communication and scientific hype; the roles and responsibilities of professional scientists and citizen scientists; science in regulatory and policy processes; the assessment and management of risk; policymaking in the face of scientific uncertainty; and what ethics, policy, and law might learn from recent developments in social and behavioral science. In its examination of law and policy, the course will explore international and comparative perspectives. The course will also explore a variety of special topics (that may vary according to the expertise of the instructor and the interests of the students). These topics may be drawn from a variety of spheres: medicine and public health, food and nutrition science, neuroscience, agricultural science, climate science, and the social sciences. Special topics may include the ethical and policy implications of “big data”; the ethics of science in war and as a instrument of harm; climate science, climate change denial, and ethical decision-making in the face of scientific uncertainty; the promises and perils of forensic science; the role of food science in nutrition policy; the regulation of environmental toxins; the use of behavioral science and “nudging” in public health policy; gun violence and gun control policy; contemporary challenges related to transparency, reproducibility and replication in science; the commercialization of science, and an ethical and policy assessment of the so-called “Triple Helix” of government-academy-industry relations; and the neuroscience of moral and criminal responsibility.

Ethics Courses

Check our website for courses you can take to meet the PFP Ethics requirement. New courses are added as departments alert us of their offerings, or as students bring them to our attention. Students must complete 3 credits in ethics (one 3-credit course, or a series of 1- or 2-credit courses) before graduation.

Funding and Research

Southern California International Review Accepting Submissions

Interested in getting published? The Southern California International Review (SCIR) is now accepting outstanding submissions for publication in our Spring 2019 issue. The submission deadline will be February 3rd at 11:59 pm. Early submissions are appreciated. Visit us online to see submission details and enter your work.

As a global research journal for international affairs, the Southern California International Review provides undergraduates with the opportunity to have their work seen by the international affairs community at large. Managed and edited by students at USC, the Review publishes academic-grade research from undergraduates around the world. Each semester the Review evaluates submissions and selects up to five full-length works to be printed in the journal and displayed in the online edition. Past editions have pieces from the London School of Economics, Stanford University, University of Cape Town, USC, and other top international affairs programs.

A few criteria:
– Must be between 3,000-10,000 words
– Must be submitted in .doc or .docx format
– Must include a title page with an abstract
– Must use a consistent citation format (e.g. MLA or Chicago). Chicago style (notes and bibliography) is highly preferred.

To view our most recent issue and find out more, please visit www.scir.org and follow us on Facebook.

Applications Open for 2019 Undergraduate Exhibition for Research, Inquiry, or Creative Activity

The 2019 Undergraduate Exhibition for Research, Inquiry, or Creative Activity, open to all Penn State undergrads, will take place on April 17 at the HUB-Robeson Center. Applications are due by March 24. Students may enter a traditional research poster, an oral presentation, or performance; or new this year, and engagement experience poster. More info…

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships assist undergraduate and graduate students in achieving competency in selected foreign languages and conducting research in related international and area studies. Students in all fields of study are welcome to apply. Languages eligible for Penn State’s FLAS Fellowships are Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, and Russian. Application deadline: February 1, 2019 For more info and to apply…

University Fellowships Office Deadlines

– Jan. 30 – Office Deadline: Beinecke Scholarship
– Jan. 31 – National Deadline: Student Engagement Network Grants
– Feb. 3 – National Deadline: NIST Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship
– Feb. 7 – National Deadline: Fulbright U.K. Summer Institutes

See all UFO events and deadlines here.

Internship Opportunities

Nittany Lion Careers is Penn State’s single-system recruiting platform. You will be able to use Nittany Lion Careers to: search and apply to internship and job opportunities; upload your resume for review, schedule an appointment with a Career Enrichment Network staff member to help with your career development; view upcoming events; and more!

Service / Leadership

State of State Seeking Student Emcee and Student Facilitators

State of State is searching for a student emcee as well as student facilitators for its annual conference on March 31st 2019. State of State is an organization committed to facilitating dialogue about issues on campus. Every year we hold a conference highlighting some of these important issues. After all applications are reviewed, finalists will be contacted to sign up for in-person auditions. Applications will be due by Friday, February 1st, 2019 at 11:59 pm. Auditions will likely be the week after. For more information about State of State and the conference, see our website: http://www.psustateofstate.com. If you have any questions, please reach out to Tom Beeby (content.stateofstate@gmail.com) or Clare McHugh (executive.stateofstate@gmail.com).

If interested in applying to be an emcee, the link is https://goo.gl/forms/F7OjBZdk6RChPEYE3.

State of State is currently looking for facilitators to help guide conversation during the conference. Facilitators will be trained before the conference and be able to listen to the speeches beforehand in order to have a solid understanding on the topics. Sign ups will close in late February. Email internal.stateofstate@gmail.com. If interested in applying to be a facilitator, the link is https://goo.gl/forms/1UAugzNIp8tWra9J2

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.

Your Blurb Here

Are you involved with a local service group that is open for new members? Send your blurb to PaternoFellows@psu.edu 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

Liberal Arts student leads commemoration committee honoring MLK

Awaly Diallo, ’20 PF Sociology and African American Studies, serves as the Executive Director of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Student Commemoration Committee. She hopes to inspire social justice across Penn State’s University Park campus. Read more…

Better Know a Paterno Fellow

Paterno Fellows are participating in internships, study abroad, research, and more! Read about their experiences here. Submit your story for publication here.

Featured Student Profile:

William Okrafo-Smart, ’19 PF Global and International Studies, and Psychology — CIEE Internship Abroad: iKhaya Le Langa


Updating your Information in the Paterno Fellows Database

Update the PFP database as you complete your Paterno Fellows requirements. You are responsible for marking them “Claimed Satisfied” or turning in the appropriate documentation forms. 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/

Liberal Arts Mentor Program

Network with Penn State Alumni! Apply to the Liberal Arts Alumni Mentor Program. Students are matched with alumni working in their field of interest; mentors help with networking, interview prep, and more. Applications are open year-round. More information can be found here.

Paterno Fellows Coaches

Do you have questions about the Paterno Fellows Program, but don’t know where to turn for answers? PFP Coaches are now on duty! Coaches are current PFs who are here to share their experiences, insights, and recommendations with you. Learn more about how Coaches can assist you…

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 for Spring 2019

Monday, Wednesday, and Friday: 9:00 a.m.-noon
Wednesday: 1:15-2:30 p.m.
302 Weaver Building

Catherine Wanner, Professor of History, Anthropology, and Religious Studies, and Barry Director of the Paterno Fellows Program

Feel free to stop by if you have questions, or just to say hello!

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 280 characters or less!