2024 Honors and Awards Convocation

The 2024 Honors and Awards Convocation will be held on Saturday, April 16, 2024. The ceremony will honor Penn State Behrend students for their extraordinary academic achievements in the 2023-24 academic year. Recognized students and their guests were invited to attend the ceremony. 

Congratulations to this year's award winners! 


Academic Awards

The awards given each spring by the college’s academic units recognize excellence in scholastic achievement and engagement in academic-focused co-curricular and professional activities.

Writing Awards

  • First-Year Student Writing Award: Evelyn Nagel, Ben Pratkanis
  • Black School of Business Writing Award: Michael Boyle, Collin Faulkner, Joshua McGee
  • School of Humanities and Social Sciences Writing Award: Alec Dennis

Outstanding Tutor Awards

  • Outstanding Tutor in Business: Noah Esper
  • Outstanding Tutor in Engineering: Garrett Macomber
  • Outstanding Tutor in Humanities and Social Sciences: Valentina Aguirre
  • Outstanding Tutor in Mathematics: Dylan Mattocks
  • Outstanding Tutor in Science: Mitchel Magraw
  • Outstanding Tutor in Writing: Jenna Seigworth

Division of Undergraduate Studies Awards

  • Outstanding First-Year Student: Lauren Johnson
  • Outstanding Second-Year Student: Paige Massey

Black School of Business Awards

  • Outstanding Accounting Student: Adam Kawecki
  • Outstanding Business Economics Student: Richard Federici
  • Outstanding Finance Student, Erie: Michael Paul
  • Outstanding Finance Student, World Campus: Nathaniel Maurer
  • Outstanding Interdisciplinary Business with Engineering Studies Student: Reagan James
  • Outstanding International Business Student: Victoria Zhang
  • Outstanding Management Information Systems Student: Amber Carr
  • Outstanding Marketing Student: Mikayla MacQuarrie
  • Outstanding Project and Supply Chain Management Student: Daniel Maloney
  • Outstanding Honors Graduate: Abigail Cochran
  • Delta Sigma Pi Scholarship Key: Ashley Hoffman, Tony Pham
  • Kenneth L. Spencer Award, Accounting: Tony Pham
  • Kenneth L. Spencer Award, Finance: Daniel Dabrowski
  • American Production and Inventory Control Society Award: Samuel York
  • Institute of Management Accounting Award: Ashley Hoffman
  • Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants Award: Chase Vaughn

School of Engineering Awards

  • Outstanding Computer Engineering Student: Joshua Conklin
  • Outstanding Computer Science Student: Garrett Macomber
  • Outstanding Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology Student: Laurence Vorous
  • Outstanding Electrical Engineering Student: Amy Patterson
  • Outstanding Industrial Engineering Student: Gracie Chwatek
  • Outstanding Mechanical Engineering Student: Alexander Jackson
  • Outstanding Mechanical Engineering Technology Student: Matthew Dush
  • Outstanding Plastics Engineering Technology Student: Samuel York
  • Outstanding Polymer Engineering and Science Student: Elizabeth Whiteford
  • Outstanding Software Engineering Student, Erie: Neha Pandit
  • Outstanding Software Engineering Student, World Campus: Sashwat Anagolum
  • Jake Boyle Memorial Award: Emi Curcio, Marley Persch
  • James R. Meehl Engineering Award: Chad Vanderwiel

School of Humanities and Social Sciences Awards

  • Outstanding Achievement in Communication: Jenna Etter
  • Outstanding Creative Writing Major: Alanna Gillis
  • Outstanding Elementary and Early Childhood Education Major, Academics: Morgan Losak
  • Outstanding Elementary and Early Childhood Education Major, Fieldwork: Abigail McCarty
  • Outstanding English Major: Jenna Seigworth
  • Best Contributing History Major: Drew D’Onofrio
  • Outstanding Political Science Major: Jenna Alberti
  • Outstanding Psychology Student: Sophia Diplacido
  • Outstanding Scholarly Achievement in Psychology: Trista Buskirk
  • Clarence A. and Eugenie Baumann Smith Fiction Award: Gemma Malone
  • Corey N. Farrell Nonfiction Award: Samhita Chitturi
  • John Rossi Excellence in Research Award: Christian Dombrowiak
  • Kenneth Jonathan Sonnenberg Poetry Award: Celine Gauge
  • Myron Jones Broadcasting Award: Rey Schaffner
  • Zachary T. Irwin Humanitarian Award: Justin Lopez-Beltran

School of Science Awards

  • Academic Excellence in Biology: Noah Janes, Amanda Welsbacher
  • Academic Excellence in Chemistry: Kolton Mehalko
  • Academic Excellence in Environmental Science, Academic: Kristen Anderson
  • Academic Excellence in Environmental Science, Research: Keri Saulino 
  • Academic Excellence in Mathematics: Mason Willman
  • Outstanding Senior in Physics: John Bickel
  • Aaron Meehl Biology Award, Outstanding Rising Junior: Alex Irwin
  • Aaron Meehl Biology Award, Outstanding Rising Senior: Matthew McCullough
  • Chemistry Citizenship Award: Matthew Politeski
  • CRC/Outstanding Freshman Award: David Winkler
  • Most Promising Freshman in Mathematics Award: Peyton Brewer
  • Outstanding Freshman in Chemistry/American Chemical Society Award: Hunter Smith

Nursing Program Awards

  • Academic Excellence Award: Maria Jones
  • Excellence in Professional Nursing and Caring Award: Kevin Lee

Graduate Programs Awards

  • Outstanding Master of Business Administration Student, Erie: Robert Duran
  • Outstanding Master of Business Administration Student, Cranberry: Ryan Le Grand
  • Outstanding Master of Project Management Student: Bradley Blackman

College-Wide Awards

President Walker Award

The President Walker Award is presented to full-time undergraduate students who earned a perfect 4.0 cumulative grade-point average in their first semester.

  • Mohamad Abou El Khoudoud
  • Dylan Barnes
  • Emma Bienkowski
  • Lucas Blum
  • Thomas Bowser
  • Martin Cortes Caicedo
  • Stonne DeFelice
  • Averee Demling
  • Emma Foht
  • Lucian Hall
  • John Hufnagel
  • Angelina Hutapea
  • Kyler Ito
  • Samantha Kikola
  • Michael Kinnear
  • Abigail Knapka
  • Gabriella Lambrecht
  • Tiffany Landry
  • Logan Lott
  • Collin Miller
  • Colton Minerva
  • William Murphy
  • Joshua Nallaraja
  • Rylee Ogden
  • Amanda Ong
  • Logan Peyton
  • Sean Pike
  • Benjamin Pratkanis
  • Daniel Pribyshchuk
  • Tobias Reynolds
  • Chase Rose
  • Rylee Rose
  • Lisa Shandorf
  • Sawani Shinde
  • Samantha Smallwood
  • Anna Steinbeck
  • Adam Teel
  • Ryan Visosky
  • Bryce Vogel
  • Leyi Wu
  • Ryan Xu
  • Krish Yadav
  • Jakob Ziegler

President Sparks Award

The President Sparks Award is presented to full-time undergraduate students who have earned a 4.0 cumulative grade-point average at the end of their third semester.

  • Ramiro Becerra
  • Patrick Conklin
  • Yiyan Gao
  • Dheeraj Gollu
  • Owen Grubbs
  • Benjamin Hollerman
  • Rebecca Krenzer
  • Owen Larmon
  • Benjamin Lindquist
  • Matthew McDonough
  • Tran Tu Uyen Nguyen
  • Samantha Perseo
  • Konrad Ruckdeschel
  • Andrew Walker
  • Yi Zheng
  • Aarick Zook
  • Rachel Zurn

Evan Pugh Award

Juniors and Seniors who were in the top 0.5 percent of their classes at the end of the fall semester are honored as Evan Pugh Scholars.


  • Kristen Anderson
  • Kelvin Li
  • Aaron VanDyke


  • Dylan Bellomy
  • Alec Dennis
  • Trinity Ives
  • Timothy Stainbrook
  • Skylar Swartz
  • Benjamin Tilzey

Archie K. Loss Undergraduate Thesis Award

Established in memory of the late Dr. Archie Loss, professor emeritus of English and American Studies, by his family and friends, this award recognizes an undergraduate Schreyer Honors College student who has completed or is making significant progress toward completion of an outstanding honors thesis.

  • Jenna Seigworth            
  • Samuel York

Irvin H. Kochel Award

This award is givein in recognition of an outstanding underclass student who demonstrates qualities of character, scholarship, leadership, and citizenship through involvement in programs and services that positively influence fellow students and contribute to the college community.

  • Grant Walker

T. Reed Ferguson Award

This award recognizes the junior-year student whose academic and out-of-classroom leadership promise further achievement in the senior year.

  • Nicole Croushore

Thomas H. Turnbull Award

The Turnbull Award honors a student who has contributed to the college community through qualities of character, scholarship, leadership, and citizenship. Outstanding service to the college is the most important criterion for selection.

  • Josiah Burkett

Eric A. and Josephine S. Walker Award

This award recognizes a student whose outstanding qualities of character, scholarship, leadership, and citizenship have been directed into student programs and services. Scholarship and service to the college are the primary criteria for selection.

  • Kolton Mehalko

Outstanding First-Year Student Award

This award recognizes a first-year student who demonstrates outstanding promise of character, scholarship, leadership, and citizenship through achievements in their first year of study.

  • Rhyann Ogrosky

Council of Fellows Undergraduate Research Award

This award is presented annually to students who demonstrated excellence in undergraduate research.

  • Haley Altadonna
  • Isabelle Oberhauser
  • Amanda Welsbacher