April 9, 2019


Lunch with Honors Speaker Series

April 10, 12:15-1:00 p.m., 133 Sparks Building

Paterno Fellow Seniors O’Neill Kennedy, International Politics, minors in Russian and German, and Jack Shean, History, Political Science, and Philosophy

“The Ins and Outs of Writing a Thesis: What Every Student Needs to Know”

Lunch is provided; no advance registration.

University Fellowships April Workshops

Fulbright Week
Apr. 10Study and Research Grants
Apr. 10English Teaching Assistant Grants
Apr. 11Study and Research Grants

Undergraduate Research and Creative Activity Week
Apr. 15All-Discipline Faculty Panel on Undergrad Research
Apr. 15Arts, Humanities, & Business Faculty Panel on Undergrad Research
Apr. 16All-Discipline Faculty Panel on Undergrad Research
Apr. 16STEM & Social Sciences Faculty Panel on Undergrad Research
Apr. 17Undergraduate Exhibition

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“The Humanities’ Cosmopolitan Canopy: a DuBoisian Invitation to an Academy Transformed”

April 11, 4:00 p.m. Followed by Reception, Nittany Lion Inn, Penn State Room

Sarah Willie-LeBreton, Provost of Swarthmore College, presents the Humanities Institute’s Annual Lecture. At Swarthmore, Willie-LeBreton has been Coordinator of the Black Studies Program, Chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Chair of the Task force on Sexual Misconduct, and Associate Provost for Faculty Development. More info…

Rock Ethics Institute Student Fellows Colloquium

April 16, 12:30-1:30 p.m., 133 Sparks Building

On April 16, the Rock Ethics Institute Colloquium will feature the Institute’s 2018-2019 Honors Thesis Fellows, who are all students in the Paterno Fellows Program. The Fellows will present the findings from their thesis projects, which they have been working on during their fellowships.

Here are the Student Fellows who will present and the titles of their projects:

Brendan Bernicker (Majors: Political Science and Philosophy), “Criminal Justice as Fairness: A Rawlsian Approach to Justifying Criminal Punishment”

Melanie Kovacs (Majors: History and Jewish Studies), “The Inanimate Victims of the Holocaust: Art and Its Displacement as a Result of Nazi Germany”

Kathryn Mayberry (Majors: English and History), “Reclaiming Disabled Poetry; William Carlos Williams’ Late Work”

This event is open to the public and all are welcome to attend. We hope you can join us for this opportunity to meet the Rock Student Fellows and learn more about their research.

Study Away Pittsburgh Info Session

April 16, 5:00-6:00 p.m., Online (RSVP here)

The Penn State Pittsburgh Study Away Program is a semester-long, affordable, transformative, urban, educational experience for 2nd, 3rd and 4th year Penn State students. Modeled after the Study Abroad Program, students will be placed with community partners, and participate in an in-depth, community-based learning experience in sustainability while residing in Pittsburgh for the entire semester.

Paterno Fellows Trivia Night

April 17, 7:00-9:00 p.m., 233A HUB

Don’t Let Your Wednesday Night Be Boring… Make It Trivial!

The Paterno Fellows Program prides itself on providing student leaders with a rigorous Liberal Arts education that emphasizes global awareness, interdisciplinary study, and scholarship… and what better way to use that education than at trivia night?

Come join your fellow Fellows for an evening of food, fun, and a chance for trivial glory! Attendees will compete in randomized teams for prizes and, much more importantly, PFP-sanctioned bragging rights.

Don’t miss out on the Paterno Fellows event already being hailed as “the Penn State trivia event of the year” — even if we do say so ourselves!

Paterno Fellows Graduation Ceremony and Reception

May 4, Noon – 1:30 p.m., Pattee Mall

This ceremony recognizes Paterno Fellows who are graduating with honors with two or more areas of academic study, with study abroad and/or internship credentials, and with leadership or service accomplishments. We look forward to seeing all graduating Fellows and their families! ~ View photos from the May 2018 event…

Other LA Graduation Events: The College of the Liberal Arts Commencement Ceremony is on Saturday, May 4, at 6:30 p.m. at the Bryce Jordan Center. The College holds separate ceremonies and receptions throughout the day on Saturday for departments to celebrate their students’ achievements. View the schedule for full LA schedule here.

Courses / Curriculum / PFP Requirements

LA 197 (3 cr) Interrogating Bias in Ourselves and Society ~ Honors / Ethics Course for Summer 2019

Interrogating Bias is a 3-credit, online course that will be offered by the College of the Liberal Arts in Summer 2019. This course was offered as one credit under the title “Interrogating Prejudice“ in Fall 2017 as a way to help students talk about prejudice and how it was impacting the campus climate in the wake of the 2016 presidential election. In Summer 2019 we will delve deeper into various forms of bias (personal, racialized, gendered, structural, implicit, religious, weight, societal, etc.), how to notice and observe bias (through ethnography, mindfulness, and keeping a notebook), and how to think about and respond to bias (letter writing and in-the-moment). Students should leave the course with greater awareness and tools for addressing bias in social settings, the workplace, activist settings, and with family.

ENGL 202B-012 Honors — A unique, service-focused English 202

Paterno Fellows can earn either internship or service hours for taking this course.

– Learn about literacy through exciting texts and invigorating class discussions
– Participate in community-based literacy service projects
– Tutor adults who are striving to improve their own literacy skills
– Satisfy your English 202 requirement while earning community-focused internship credits
– All students, regardless of major, are welcome
– Prerequisites: English 015, English 030, or English/CAS 137H/138T and the successful completion of 27.1 credits

The course is offered every fall and spring semester on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:35 p.m. until 2:50 p.m.

For more information, visit the course website or contact Lorena Waselinko.

ENGL 464M Japanism/Occidentalism ~ Honors / Ethics Course

Course # 26339 | Professor Christopher Reed | MoWe 6:00PM – 7:15PM

This class examines the reciprocal relationship between Japan and the West, focusing on texts and images produced between the 1860s and the 1960s. This changing relationship was important to both Western and Japanese history during this period as both cultures (and subcultures within them) shaped themselves through their perceptions of the other. This course emphasizes how cross-cultural perceptions are shaped by the desires and needs of the perceivers, how misrecognitions become meaningful, how cultures can come to understand themselves through the gaze of an outsider. Topics include theories and literatures of exoticism, the conflation of modernism with western values (in both Japan and Europe/North America), the construction of “tradition,” the relationship of gender and sexualities to all of these ideas, and the specific history of Japan’s distinctive relationship to westernness.

Language Institute and STARTALK Arabic Academy Summer Programs

The Language Institute at Penn State offers summer language programs designed for persons seeking to develop proficiency in a foreign language, including English as a second language. You can earn up to 12 credits in just eight weeks of intensive learning.

We encourage you to apply for a scholarship worth up to 90% of your tuition for the STARTALK Arabic Academy or a partial scholarship for other available languages.

More info…

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

Paterno Fellows Best Thesis Awards Nominations Due April 9

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 Saturday, May 4. 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 at PaternoFellows@psu.edu.)

To nominate a thesis, or to self-nominate, we must receive the following by Tuesday, April 9:
– one faculty recommendation (either by Google form or pdf form) from an honors adviser or thesis adviser
– the senior thesis in pdf format to PaternoFellows@psu.edu

Students who self-nominate are responsible for requesting input from the faculty adviser.

Please direct questions to PaternoFellows@psu.edu.

Libraries offers $1,250 award for outstanding undergraduate thesis

Deadline to submit: April 9

Penn State University Libraries invites submissions for the eighth annual competition for the Outstanding Undergraduate Thesis Award. The competition aims to find the best research by a Penn State undergraduate in consultation with his or her adviser. The winner will receive $1,250, and awards of $750 and $500 will be presented to the second- and third-place recipients, respectively.  Full story

Public Humanities Fellowship

Are you an undergraduate student with an interest in the humanities who cares about social issues? A Public Humanities Fellowship at the Humanities Institute will provide you with experience relating your study of history, philosophy, literature, or other humanities subjects to the world.

Fellows will:
– Take two courses specifically designed for real-world application post-graduation
– Participate in outreach events in the local community
– Gather with humanities scholars actively working in the field
– Receive a $1000 stipend upon completion of Fellowship requirements

To enroll for fall, see application requirements here and find course information for LA 297-001: Introduction to Public Humanities in LionPath.

This program is generously funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon foundation.

U.S. Student Culture, Economic and Diplomacy Immersion Trip to Poland

Apply by April 11

It is our pleasure to announce that GE and the Office of the President of Poland have launched the 2019 U.S. Student Culture, Economic and Diplomacy Immersion Trip to Poland. This program offers a unique opportunity of a short summer visit to Poland under the sponsorship of the President of Poland.

We would like to extend an invitation to take a part in this exciting experience that will be a combination of political, economic and cultural exchange as well as sightseeing. It includes visits to leading Polish and multinational firms located in Poland and meetings with Polish government officials and business leaders. The agenda also includes meeting the President of Poland, Andrzej Duda, meetings with various government officials, tours in Polish factories, including GE Power, as well as sightseeing fascinating Polish cultural places. Through this experience, we would like to promote and enhance students’ knowledge about Poland by providing “on-site” learning experiences.

The program is open to enrolled college undergraduate students that will be graduating in 2020, rising college seniors. The recipients must be US citizens or permanent residents and have a GPA of 3.0 out of 4.0 or higher. We are looking for 10 beneficiaries who will arrive in Poland on June 5, 2019, and depart Poland on June 16, 2018. Flight tickets, accommodations and all activities while in Poland will be covered under the partnership with GE and under the sponsorship of the President of Poland. Students are responsible to provide documentation of health insurance coverage and should be expected to secure pocket money for extra spending during their stay in Poland.

Interested students should submit a video response and answer application questions by April 11th, to http://bit.ly/2019GEPoland. The video response question has unlimited prep time and 5 minutes to answer the video question of “Please tell us why you should be selected for this international travel program to Poland.” While 5 minutes is available for your video response, please note that you may use as little or as much time necessary to provide a complete answer.

Please contact Tony Denhart, Tony.Denhart@ge.com, with any questions.

Nominated students will be notified by April 19, 2019 and will work with members of the GE team on travel plans and preparations.

Note: You will need a computer with webcam or mobile device and strong internet or cellular connection for the video response portion of the application. You will have the opportunity to test your device before you start the application.

Applications Open for Summer 2019 Liberal Arts Enrichment Funds

Participating in an internship or study abroad opportunity this summer? Apply for Liberal Arts Enrichment Funds. Applications are now open for the summer. Please visit our website for application instructions, eligibility requirements, and frequently asked questions. Priority Deadline: May 1, 2019. Final Deadline: June 1, 2019.

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!

Get Involved

ClearWater Conservancy Watershed Cleanup Day

April 20, 8:00 a.m.-Noon

Join us for our Annual Watershed Cleanup Day! We need your help in making this year’s event a success. The big cleanup will be followed by a volunteer picnic at Circleville Park, with games and live music, making it a perfect way to spend your Earth Day Weekend! Cleanup areas are identified by local municipalities, concerned citizens, and Centre County Recycling and Refuse Authority. Volunteers interested in helping on cleanup day can sign up as a group, family, or individual. We then match volunteers to the sites based on a number of factors, such as location and group size. We provide everyone with gloves, bags, and safety vests and coordinate the collection of all the waste from staging areas. Please consider volunteering your time to help us and our Watershed Cleanup Day partners keep Central Pennsylvania beautiful! For more info and to sign up…

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

Understanding THON: For Which Kids? Starting a Conversation

On March 28, a panel of six students and faculty discussed “Understanding THON: For Which Kids? Starting a Conversation” as the topic of the second annual Paterno Fellows Forum. Read the news coverage from Onward State and The Underground.

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.


Ellie Farber, ’21 PF Economics and History FR 199: Biology – FR 199: France and the Holocaust in Film and Literature

Melanie Kovacs, ’19 PF History and Jewish Studies – FR 199: France and the Holocaust in Film and Literature

Alice Lin, ’20 PF French and Francophone Studies; Biochemistry and Molecular Biology – FR 199: France and the Holocaust in Film and Literature

Carly Shaw, ’22 PF Criminology and International Politics – CRIM 197/ CRIM 499: Victimization in the Netherlands

Where in the world is PFP?

Students and Alumni: Send a photo of yourself to PaternoFellows@psu.edu wearing your Paterno Fellows 1/4-zip fleece or hoodie, and tell us where in the world you are, near or far, and we’ll share it online! Let us know if you’re studying abroad, completing an internship, on vacation, home for the summer, or enjoying a sunny day on campus. Let’s find out where We Are…


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!