Student Success

Anabella Lassiter (left), Anny Lin (center), and Marissa Litzenberg (right).

Anabella Lassiter (left), Anny Lin (center), and Marissa Litzenberg (right).

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Penn State Behrend students succeed in and out of the classroom. Here are just some of the many students who recorded remarkable accomplishments and achievements this academic year.

Student researchers awarded for excellence in information literacy

The libraries across Penn State have a common goal: to ensure students have the information literacy skills they need to enter a scholarly conversation and create new knowledge. To support this goal, each spring, the libraries reward students with undergraduate research awards for outstanding work. The awards recognize research that showcases exemplary information literacy skills.

The librarians in Penn State Behrend’s John M. Lilley Library chose three student winners, two of whom graduated in May:

Anabella Lassiter ’20, an English graduate, won first place and $300 for her research work with Dr. Amy Carney, associate professor of history. “The Men Behind the Swastika: German POWs in Northwestern Pennsylvania,” focused on German prisoners of war in North East, Pennsylvania. Lassiter was also the recipient of the college’s Archie K. Loss Undergraduate Thesis Award.

Anny Lin, a sophomore Nursing major, received $100 for her research work “Optimizing Sexual Identity Development Among Asian American Adolescents,” undertaken with Dr. Charisse Nixon, professor of psychology.

Marissa Litzenberg ’20, who graduated with dual degrees in History and Political Science, won $100 for her research work “Richard Strauss’s Role in the Aryanization and Censorship of Music in Nazi Germany” with Carney.