ERIE, Pa. — Penn State Behrend recognized 110 students for outstanding academic achievement at the college’s annual Honors and Awards Convocation, which was presented virtually for the first time in its 71-year history.
Each of the college’s four academic schools — the Black School of Business, the School of Engineering, the School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and the School of Science — honored students in each academic program and presented several endowed and professional-society awards. Students were also recognized by the Learning Resource Center for outstanding achievement in writing and peer tutoring, as well as by the Division of Undergraduate Studies and Behrend’s Nursing Program.
Several college-wide awards were also presented:
- The Archie K. Loss Undergraduate Thesis Award, which recognizes a Schreyer Honors College student with an exceptional honors thesis, was presented to English graduate Anabella Lassiter.
- The Irvin H. Kochel Award, which recognizes a student for outstanding involvement that contributes to the college community, was presented to sophomore nursing major Brianna Scanga.
- The T. Reed Ferguson Award, which recognizes a junior-year student who demonstrates academic and leadership promise, was presented to mathematics and secondary mathematics education major Jacob Pelloni.
- The Eric A. and Josephine S. Walker Award, which recognizes a student for outstanding scholarship and service to the college, was presented to junior mathematics and secondary mathematics education major Angela Dale.
- The Outstanding First-Year Student Award was presented to Brooke Johnston. The award recognizes a first-year student who demonstrates outstanding promise.
- The Thomas H. Turnbull Award, which recognizes outstanding service to the college, was presented to biology graduate Kara Dobson.
- Dobson was also the recipient of the Council of Fellows Undergraduate Research Award, which is presented to a student who has demonstrated excellence in research.
First-year and second-year students who earned a 4.0 were also recognized, as were Evan Pugh Scholars, whose grade-point average places them in the top 0.5 percent of their class.