Honors and Awards Convocation

The 2022 Honors and Awards Convocation was Sunday, April 10. Recognized students and their guests were invited to attend the ceremony, which was held in person for the first time since 2019. 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 Writing Award: Keri Saulino, Mingda Xu
  • Black School of Business Writing Award: Dylan Hargenrader
  • School of Humanities and Social Sciences Writing Award: Mallory Flesik
  • School of Science Writing Award: Angela Laier

Outstanding Tutor Awards

  • Outstanding Tutor in Business: Ramesh Babu Komma
  • Outstanding Tutor in Engineering: Landon Badac
  • Outstanding Tutor in Humanities and Social Sciences: Madison Nash
  • Outstanding Tutor in Mathematics: Michael McMahon
  • Outstanding Tutor in Science: James Landy
  • Outstanding Tutor in Writing: Emma Richardson

Division of Undergraduate Studies Awards

  • Outstanding DUS Student Awards: Brandon Glueck, Farran Parker

Black School of Business Awards

  • Outstanding Accounting Student: Alexis Burkhart
  • Outstanding Business Economics Student: Tyler Hall
  • Outstanding Finance Student: Riley Kennis
  • Outstanding Finance Student, World Campus: Dainora Visockaite
  • Outstanding Interdisciplinary Business with Engineering Studies Student: Haley Shaw
  • Outstanding International Business Student: Tyler McMaster
  • Outstanding Management Information Systems Student: Ryan Scott
  • Outstanding Marketing Student: Breanna McClain
  • Outstanding Project and Supply Chain Management Student: Joshua Claypoole
  • Delta Sigma Pi Scholarship Key: Joshua Claypoole
  • Kenneth L. Spencer Award, Accounting: Braden Wilson
  • Kenneth L. Spencer Award, Finance: Ryan Pronko
  • Institute of Management Accounting Award: Jason Bentley
  • Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants Award: Maribeth Miller
  • Outstanding Master of Business Administration Student, Erie: Zachary Murzynski
  • Outstanding Master of Business Administration Student, Cranberry: Madelynn Monte
  • Outstanding Master of Professional Accounting Student: Austin Eckenroth
  • Outstanding Master of Project Management Student: Zachary Williams

School of Engineering Awards

  • Outstanding Computer Engineering Student: Alison Huffman
  • Outstanding Computer Science Student: Kelly Gottschalk
  • Outstanding Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology Student: Michael Argiros
  • Outstanding Electrical Engineering Student: Zheng Zeng
  • Outstanding Industrial Engineering Student: Ashley Seamon
  • Outstanding Mechanical Engineering Student: Evan Yusavage
  • Outstanding Mechanical Engineering Technology Student: Kenneth McWilliams
  • Outstanding Plastics Engineering Technology Student: Mara Donofrio
  • Outstanding Software Engineering Student: Simon Gedzul
  • Outstanding Software Engineering Student, World Campus: Shiang Jin Chin
  • Jake Boyle Memorial Award: Amy Nolte, Cole Ruffo
  • Outstanding Master of Manufacturing Management Student: Erin Stroup

School of Humanities and Social Sciences Awards

  • Outstanding Achievement in Communication: Chantel Rodriguez
  • Outstanding Creative Writing Major: Aria Meixel
  • Outstanding Elementary and Early Childhood Education, Academics: Alesha Merritt
  • Outstanding Elementary and Early Childhood Education, Fieldwork: Emily Mischen
  • Outstanding English Major: Susanna Weiser
  • Best Contributing History Major: Catlin Lowes, Connor Perry
  • Outstanding Political Science Major: Julia Shields
  • Outstanding Psychology Student: Francesca Giardina
  • Outstanding Scholarly Achievement in Psychology: Andria Rhodes
  • Clarence A. and Eugenie Baumann Smith Fiction Award: Carolyn Hogg
  • Corey N. Farrell Nonfiction Award: Steviee Geagan
  • Kenneth Jonathan Sonnenberg Poetry Award: Celine Gauge
  • Myron Jones Broadcasting Award: Matt Mathias
  • Zachary T. Irwin Humanitarian Award: Matthew Strupczewski

School of Science Awards

  • Academic Excellence in Biology: Angela Laier, Jacob Oslosky
  • Academic Excellence in Chemistry: Timothy Lehman
  • Academic Excellence in Environmental Science: Kaylin Currier, Maille Larmon
  • Academic Excellence in Mathematics: Angela Dale, Jakob Loedding
  • Outstanding Future Math Educator Award: Samantha Jones
  • Aaron Meehl Biology Award—Outstanding Rising Senior: Olivia Webster
  • Aaron Meehl Biology Award—Outstanding Rising Junior: Miranda Johns
  • Chemistry Citizenship Award: Christopher Wyant
  • CRC/Outstanding Freshman Award: Kristen Anderson
  • Most Promising Freshman in Mathematics Award: Emme Baldwin
  • Outstanding Freshman in Chemistry/American Chemical Society Award: Keri Saulino

Nursing Program Awards

  • Academic Excellence in Nursing: Alicia Rensel
  • Excellence in Professional Nursing and Caring: Yana Melnik


College-Wide Awards

President Walker Award

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

  • Chase Anderson
  • Kristen Anderson
  • Isaac Andrulonis
  • Mitchell Barker
  • Dylan Bellomy
  • Bader Biltagi
  • Clare Bishop
  • Madison Bush
  • Susan Copus
  • Jennifer Corklin
  • Nicole Croushore
  • Samantha Darrell
  • Alec Dennis
  • Boyan Du
  • Landon English
  • Alan Everett
  • Michaela Florence
  • Jacob Gajewski
  • Julian Gregory Gavino
  • Joseph George
  • Julian Giles
  • Brandon Glueck
  • Alexander Graeca
  • Molly Harrison
  • Jonah Higley
  • Trinity Ives
  • Jacob Kessler
  • Hannah Khamis
  • Matthew Kowalsky
  • Angelina Krasinski
  • Megan Krulisky
  • Jonathon Laier
  • Robert Martin
  • Vanessa McGhee
  • Trevor McLeigh
  • Grace Mumo
  • Zishan Munir
  • Tyler Murdick
  • Amy Newcomer
  • Kunyu Pan
  • Trinity Prestash
  • Keri Saulino
  • Jake Sciorilli
  • Brandon Seymour
  • Ellen Shade
  • Steven Sinka
  • Timothy Stainbrook
  • Alden Tutic
  • Shuqing Wei

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.

  • Timothy Fair
  • Alexander Jackson
  • Miranda Johns
  • Maria Jones
  • Brady Lim
  • Mitchel Magraw
  • Noah Pfeffer
  • Tony Pham
  • Skylar Swartz

Evan Pugh Scholars

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.


  • Joshua Fardo
  • Yanjun Jiang
  • Mary Murphy


  • Hannah Gampe
  • Catlin Lowes
  • Andria Rhodes
  • Zachary Vandervort

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 honors and recognizes a Schreyer Honors College undergraduate student who has completed or is making significant progress toward completion of an outstanding honors thesis.

  • Alicia Rensel
  • Jakob Loedding

Irvin H. Kochel Award

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.

  • Cameron Canonaco

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.

  • Briona Bargerstock

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.

  • Jennifer Gustafson

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.

  • Joshua Fardo

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 his or her first year of study.

  • Michaela Florence

Council of Fellows Undergraduate Research Award

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

  • Sydney Davis
  • Francesca Giardina