Dean of Academic Life

Academic Life

Prestigious Awards Initiative

The Prestigious Awards Initiative seeks to assist undergraduates and recent graduates engage in a process of reflection upon their education, inside and outside the classroom, their values, and their life goals in order to enhance success in applying for opportunities that will enable them to realize their goals (e.g. nationally prestigious awards such as NFSs or Fulbrights, graduate or professional study).

Opportunities include significant student research and presentation, study abroad, and meaningful volunteer and service-learning work. The process acknowledges the different levels of readiness of students, from first year through postgraduate. Included are many opportunities to work with faculty awards advisors and the Dean, including an intensive mock application and interview program during the Junior year, whose reward is a $1000 Presidential Scholarship.   Since the inception of the Initiative, over 130 awards have been earned by Muhlenberg students and recent graduates.

Whether students receive an award or not, the process has helped all students get to know themselves better and present themselves better in future competitions and in postgraduate careers.

Close work with faculty who teach, advise, and inspire these students is central to success. I deeply appreciate the extraordinary efforts of dedicated faculty in this enterprise, as they continue to work closely with students as classroom instructors, independent study research advisors, and award advisors.

2013 - 2014

Barry M. Goldwater - The program awards up to $7,500 annually for a maximum of two years to students with a demonstrated commitment to a career in science or math, excluding medical school.  Joseph Keane, Chemistry, is the advisor to the Goldwater.

James Custer, Jr. ’15.  Honorable Mention.  James is majoring in Chemistry and pursuing a minor in Mathematics. He is a Dana Scholar.

Macauley Breault ’15.  Honorable Mention.  Macauley is majoring in Physical Science and Mathematics.  She is a Dana Scholar.

J. William Fulbright - The Fulbright is the flagship international exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.  There are teaching (ETA) Fulbrights and study Fulbrights.  The award subsidizes one year’s teaching or study abroad.  Chris Herrick, Political Science, is the advisor to the Fulbright.

Mallory Bernstein ’14.  Mallory majored in Chemistry and minored in Public Health.

James Madison - The program awards fellowships for master's degree level graduate study of the framing and history of the United States Constitution.  Lynda Yankaskas, History, is the current advisor to the Madison.  Daniel Wilson, History, assisted with the mock application during the student's Junior year.

Evan McLaughlin ’10.  Evan majored in History.  He won a President's Award for Outstanding Acheivement and Promise for Postgraduate in 2009.

Harry S. Truman - The Truman is a $30,000 scholarship for graduate study in preparation for a career in public service. Students are chosen because of outstanding leadership potential. Michele Moser Deegan, Political Science, is the advisor to the Truman.

Melanie Ferrara ’15.  Finalist.  Melanie is majoring in Philosophy/Political Thought and a self-designed major in Gender & Sexuality.  She is a Dana Scholar.

2012 - 2013

National Collegiate Honors Council Student of the Year – The award is given annually to one student from a 4-year college or university.  Recipients are selected by a committee of honors students from around the country.  Lora Taub-Pervizpour, Media & Communication, is the Director of the RJ Fellows Program.

Jacob Glass ’13.  Recipient.  Jake is a RJ Fellow and majoring in Environmental Science and International Studies.  Jake was a Truman, Udall, and David Brower Youth Award recipient in 2012.

J. William Fulbright - The Fulbright is the flagship international exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.  There are teaching (ETA) Fulbrights and study Fulbrights.  The award subsidizes one year’s teaching or study abroad.  Chris Herrick, Political Science, is the advisor to the Fulbright.

Gillian Irwin ’13.  Recipient.  Gillian is a Dana Scholar and majoring in Music and English.  She received a Muhlenberg Dean’s Summer Research Grant in 2012.

National Science Foundation - The NSF awards $30,000 per year, plus $10,500 cost-of-education allowance to students embarking on graduate study in the sciences.  Bruce Wightman, Biology, is the advisor to the NSF.

Amanda Meier ’13.  Honorable Mention.  Amanda is a Muhlenberg Scholar and majoring in Biology and Environmental Science.  She was a Goldwater Recipient in 2012 and an Honorable Mention in 2011.  Amanda was also an Udall Honorable Mention in 2012 and was awarded a Muhlenberg Dean’s Summer Research Grant in 2011. 

Emily Petchler ’09.  Recipient.  Emily was a Dana Scholar and majored in Biology and English.  She was awarded a Muhlenberg Dean’s Summer Research Grant in 2008. 

 St. Andrew’s Society - The regional award carries a $20,000 stipend for one year’s study in Scotland.  Donna Kish-Goodling and Susan Norling, Office of Global Education, are the advisors to the St. Andrew’s.

Martin (Monty) Lo Sasso’15.  Recipient.  Martin is majoring in Chemistry.  He will study in Glasgow next year.

 

2011 - 2012

David Brower Youth Award - This program, honoring environmental advocate David Brower and housed in the Earth Island Institute, awards a $3,000 cash prize, a professionally produced short film about the student's work, and a trip to an environmental conference in the San Francisco Bay area.

Jacob Glass ' 13.  Recipient.  An RJ Fellow, Jake is majoring in Environmental Science and International Studies. Jake was also a Truman and a Udall recipient (see below).

J. William Fulbright - The Fulbright is the flagship international exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. There are teaching (ETA) Fulbrights and study Fulbrights. The award subsidizes one year’s teaching or study abroad. Chris Herrick, Political Science, is the advisor to the Fulbright.

Thomas Bertorelli '10. Recipient, ETA, Poland. Thomas graduated with a Neuroscience and Music double major. He was a Fulbright Alternate in 2010. Thomas received a Muhlenberg Dean’s Summer Research Grant in 2009. He is attending the University of Chicago.

Melissa Bressler '12. Recipient, ETA, Thailand.  A Dana Scholar, Melissa is majoring in English and minoring in Business Administration

Amanda Gavin '12. Finalist, ETA, Vietnam.  A Dana Scholar, Amanda is majoring in Biology

Jennifer Melis '12. Recipient, ETA, Turkey.  Jennifer is an International Studies major and a Sustainability Studies minor.

Benjamin A. Gilman - The program awards a $5,000 scholarship for study abroad. Donna Kish-Goodling and Susan Norling, Global Education, are the advisors to the Gilman.

Sydney Yonak '13. Recipient. Sydney is an International Studies major, minoring in both Music and Russian Studies. She was also awarded a $3,000 Critical Language Supplement. Sydney is studying in Russia during Spring 2012.

Barry M. Goldwater – The program awards up to $7,500 annually for a maximum of two year to students with a demonstrated commitment to a career in science or math, excluding medical school. Joseph Keane, Chemistry, is the advisor to the Goldwater.

Nathan Crossette '13. Honorable Mention. A Dana Scholar, Nate is majoring in Physics and Mathematics.

Jaclyn Durkin '13. Honorable Mention. A Dana Scholar, Jaclyn is majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Mathematics. She is the recipient of a Muhlenberg Dean’s Summer Research Grant for Summer 2012.

Amanda Meier '13. Recipient. A Muhlenberg Scholar, Amanda is majoring in Biology and Environmental Science. She was a Goldwater Honorable Mention in 2011. Amanda was awarded a Muhlenberg Dean’s Summer Research Grant in 2011.

U. S. Navy Health Professions Scholarship Program - The HPSP pays for tuition, fees, expenses, books, equipment and a monthly stipend for up to four years of school.

Meredith Colwell '12. Recipient. A Dana Scholar, Meredith is majoring in biochemistry. She will attend the University of Maryland School of Dental Medicine on a Navy scholarship. Lori Provost, health Professions, is the advisor to the HPSP.

Kyle Keinath '10. Recipient. Kyle graduated with a major in Chemistry. He will attend Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine on a Navy scholarship.

National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) - The program awards a $7,500 grant for graduate study to students in the last year of athletic competition who have excelled academically and athletically.

Gerald 'Michael' Baer '12. Recipient.  A Muhlenberg Scholar, Michael majored in Biochemistry and minored in History.

National Science Foundation - The NSF awards $30,000 per year, plus $10,500 cost-of-education allowance to students embarking on graduate study in the sciences.  Bruce Wightman, Biology, is the advisor to the NSF.

Christopher Alvaro '10.  Honorable Mention.  A DANA Scholar, Chris graduated with a Biochemistry major.  He was an NSF Honorable Mention in 2011.  Chris is attending the University of California - Berkeley.

Christine Marie Gleave '11. Honorable Mention. Christine graduated with a Chemistry major and a Mathematics minor. She is attending Cornell University.

Jake Tompkins Herb '11. Recipient. Jake graduated with a Chemistry major. He was a Goldwater Recipient in 2010 and a Goldwater Honorable Mention in 2009. Jake is attending Princeton University.

Elia Wright '10. Honorable Mention. Elia graduated with a Biochemistry major. She is attending the University of Michigan.

St. Andrew’s Society - The regional award carries a $20,000 stipend for one year’s study in Scotland. Donna Kish-Goodling and Susan Norling, Global Education, are the advisors to the St. Andrew’s.

Hannah Oros '14. Recipient. A Muhlenberg Scholar, Hannah is a Media & Communication major and a Self-Designed major in Global Health. She will study in Glasgow next year.

Harry S. Truman - The Truman is a $30,000 scholarship for graduate study in preparation for a career in public service. Students are chosen because of outstanding leadership potential. Michele Moser Deegan, Political Science, is the advisor to the Truman.

Jacob Glass '13. Recipient. Jake was one of 50 recipients – one per state - this year. He is the second-ever Truman at the College.  He was also a Udall and a Brower Youth Award recipient.

Dean Carol Wilson, Jacob Glass

Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall - The Udall awards up to $5,000 to students who demonstrate potential for significant contributions in a career related to improving or preserving the environment. Chris Borick, Political Science, is the advisor to the Udall.

Jacob Glass '13. Recipient. Jake was also a Truman and a Brower Youth Award recipient (see above).

Amanda Meier '13. Honorable Mention. Amanda was also a Goldwater recipient (see above).