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Leaders on Campus Honors Community

When you join the Schreyer Honors College, you join a community of students who are committed to making the most of their undergraduate experiences. To support this commitment, we offer a range of opportunities for leadership and civic and social engagement — all in the service of developing an honors community that goes far beyond stellar academics.

Housing ResLife
Schreyer Scholars chatting during Founders Day

A Place to Call Home Honors Housing

At the Schreyer Honors College, honors housing is far more than just a room in a residence hall. In Atherton and Simmons, the two honors housing residence halls, you'll find Scholars discussing class projects, holding meetings for student organizations, or simply socializing. Both of our residence halls hold a prime campus location, near classrooms and recreational facilities, steps away from the HUB, and just across the street from downtown State College.

Atherton Hall

Classic, elegant, and stately, Atherton is the quintessential residence hall.

  • 292 rooms
  • 10 suites
Scholars sitting in front of Atherton Hall
Scholars relaxing in their room in Atherton Hall
Schreyer Honors College sign in the Atherton Hall courtyard
Scholars talking in their room in Atherton Hall
  • 9 Study Lounges
  • Grandfather Clock Lounge & Event Space
  • Zombie Lounge (24-hour quiet study lounge)
  • Rec Room with Ping-Pong, Pool, Air Hockey, Foosball
  • Laundry Room
  • TV Lounge
  • 2 Soundproof Music Practice Rooms
  • 24/7 Computer Lab & Collaboration Space

Simmons Hall

Atherton's more relaxed, less formal alter ego.

A wide view of Simmons Hall from Shortlidge Road
Scholars posing together in their room in Simmons Hall
Simmons Hall sign on the front of the building
3 Scholars joking around in their Simmons Hall room
  • 2 Study Lounges
  • 2 TV Lounges
  • Piano Lounge
  • Small and Large Conference Rooms
  • Laundry Room
  • Music Practice Room

Top Tips

You must select honors housing in your first year in order to be guaranteed space for subsequent years.

About 70% of the students living in Atherton and Simmons are Schreyer Scholars.

Scholars living in honors housing may choose to room with someone who is not a Scholar.

Many of the programs sponsored by the Honors College take place in Atherton or Simmons.

Community Builders Scholar Assistants

Scholar Assistants are upperclass Scholars living in the honors residence halls who are here to foster a sense of community among our students. They can help you identify academic advising resources, answer questions about your class schedule, and, most importantly, make you aware of a wide range of benefits afforded to Scholars. They also help to organize diverse out-of-classroom activities, fun and relaxing social programs, and interactive panel discussions with faculty and Scholar alumni.

Atherton Hall

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Ayush Arora Industrial Engineering / Economics Chandigarh, India

Hello Schreyer Scholars! I’m Ayush Arora, I am from Chandigarh which is in Northern India, and I am a rising sophomore. I am majoring in Industrial Engineering, and Economics, and it is my utmost pleasure to serve as one of the Scholar Assistants.

Over the course of my first year at Penn State, I was able to explore my interests and hone my skills through the vast opportunities offered by Schreyer and Penn State. I am actively engaged with the Schreyer Student Council and Schreyer Consulting, which have helped me form valuable connections within the community. I am also an active member of the professional business fraternity Phi Beta Lambda, with an association to Future Business Leaders of America, where I intend to be on the executive board for Fall of 2022. Additionally, in my free time, I love to read, interact with people, and explore nearby cafes.

I have had tremendous growth by being a part of the Schreyer community, by exploring the vast resources it has, and relying on the mentors it has provided me. As an assistant, I aspire to give back to the community, whilst continuing my own growth trajectory, by building new connections, but also being a listening ear to all kinds of anecdotes and plights and explore the wide array of resources that Schreyer offers. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me at ava6439@psu.edu.

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Purva Gupta Biomedical Engineering Allentown, PA

Hello! My name is Purva Gupta, and I am incredibly excited to serve as a Scholar Assistant this year! I am a second-year student from Allentown, PA majoring in Biomedical Engineering.

My first year at Penn State, I joined clubs and took part in activities to further cultivate my professional and personal interests — as well as delve into the Schreyer community. On campus, I've been on the Scholar Ambassador team, part of a research lab in the Biomedical Engineering department and have facilitated workshops with the Gender Equity Center. I currently serve as the Advocacy Chair of Days for Girls at Penn State, a student organization speaking out for menstrual equity as well.

As Scholar Assistant, I want to help you make the most out of your Schreyer experience. If you'd like to meet to discuss classes, clubs, or anything at all, please reach out to me at purva@psu.edu. I look forward to meeting you all!

Simmons Hall

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Giselle Concepcion Political Science Rutherford, NJ

Hi Scholars! I'm Giselle Concepcion, a second-year student studying Political Science from Rutherford, New Jersey.

During my first year at Penn State, I have been a member of the first-year council, an At-Large Representative in UPUA student government, the External President of the League of Women Voters at Penn State, a Fellow for the Pennsylvania State League of Women Voters, and a Member of the Student Advisory Board on Student Poverty. Next year I will be involved with the Presidential Leadership Academy, the health and wellness advisory board, the Student Advisory Board on Student Poverty, and the Chair of the Committee on Governmental Affairs for UPUA. This summer, I will participate in the D.C Social Justice Program and be a LEAP mentor for Schreyer. These experiences have helped me grow and have truly shaped my time at Penn State.

As a Scholar Assistant, I hope to cultivate an inclusive community. Schreyer has given me many tools and resources to succeed inside and outside the classroom, which I hope to share. Please reach out to me at gac5494@psu.edu if you ever want to discuss your academics, clubs, career development, or anything else!

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Leigh Stern Finance New York, NY

Hello Schreyer Scholars! My name is Leigh Stern, and I am delighted to be one of your Scholar Assistants this year! I am a sophomore from New York City majoring in Finance and minoring in Statistics and English.

During my first year at Penn State, I became a Program Development intern in the Schreyer Career Development Office and joined the Nittany Lion Consulting Group as an Associate Consultant. In the realm of more lighthearted organizations, I also became part of the Swing Dance Club and can sometimes be found practicing to Frank Sinatra songs in my room.

I am passionate about exploring all the resources the Schreyer Honors College and Penn State have to offer and I am here to help you all do the same. I have met so many incredible mentors since I became a student here and have learned a lot from their advice and guidance. As a Scholar Assistant, I hope to help you all cultivate those relationships as well. Please reach out if you are ever in need of advice, would like to talk more about clubs, involvement, majors, career development, productivity tactics, or any other questions or concerns you may have! My email is lgs5244@psu.edu and I am always available. I am looking forward to meeting you all and to having a fantastic year!

Sharing Their Experiences Scholar Ambassadors

A team of Scholars who serve as ambassadors for the Honors College, Scholar Ambassadors represent the College at special events for alumni and donors, provide tours of campus and honors housing, develop and lead philanthropic campaigns, meet with visiting families, and share their experiences as Schreyer Scholars.

Executive Team

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Viviana Davila Philanthropy Director Nutritional Sciences (BS) Psychology (BS) vid5085@psu.edu

Hello everyone! I am part of the Class of 2023, and I am double majoring in Nutrition & Dietetics and Psychology (Neuroscience option) with a minor in Spanish. I became a Scholar Ambassador during my Sophomore year, and I have absolutely loved it! Other clubs I am part of are the Health and Human Development (HHD) Ambassadors, the Student Nutrition Association, and the Yoga Club. I currently work at the Children’s Eating Behavior Laboratory where we study how eating behaviors develop in children, and how it can lead to obesity later on in life. My hobbies outside of school are weightlifting, hiking, drinking coffee, watching movies, traveling, and listening to music. Please feel free to ask any questions regarding the Schreyer Honors College and life at Penn State!

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Quinn Deitrick Special Events Co-Chair/Interim Recruitment Director Mech Engr - Univ Park (BS) qvd5047@psu.edu

Hi! I am a third-year scholar from Williamsport, Pennsylvania, the same hometown as Mr. Bill Schreyer. I am majoring in Mechanical Engineering. In addition to being a Scholar Ambassador, I am a member of the Theme Park Engineering Group, Robotics Club, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers. I also am a part of WorkLink here at Penn State, which prepares students with intellectual disabilities for college life and work. This goes hand in hand with the undergraduate research I am conducting. I am trying to find different ways to create haptic feedback systems to assist individuals with disabilities in completing various tasks. In my free time, I like to exercise, explore new places, watch films, and write movie reviews for my local newspaper. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. I am always happy to help!

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Claire Tse Special Events Co-Chair Biochem & Molec Biol (BS) cut92@psu.edu

Hello! I am a second-year Scholar majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and minoring in Microbiology. At Penn State, I am involved in Remote Area Medical, which is a club that organizes clinic trips to provide free medical care to underserved areas in America. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, painting, and hanging out with friends. If you have any questions about my Schreyer experience, feel free to reach out to me by email! 

Ambassadors

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Catherine Clancy Political Science (BA) cpc5654@psu.edu

I am a third-year scholar majoring in Political Science and minoring in Natural Science, and I'm from just outside of Scranton, PA. Aside from being a Scholar Ambassador, I am on the executive board for the Panhellenic Council which governs the 20 Panhellenic sororities at Penn State. I’m also currently working on my political science honors thesis focusing on the 2020 election! When I'm not doing schoolwork, I like to spend time grabbing coffee with friends, watching West Wing and How I Met Your Mother, or cheering on Penn State Football! Please feel free to reach out with any questions!

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Lauren Colvin Advt/Publ Relations (BA) luc557@psu.edu

Hi everyone! I’m a second-year scholar from Erie, PA, majoring in Public Relations with a minor in Sociology and the SMEAL Business Certificate. On campus, I’m involved in recruitment for both Schreyer and the College of Communications, I am the current administrator for Schreyer for Women and am part of Campus Band. In my free time I love to spend time with my friends and family, see a play or musical, and listen to podcast's while my dog and I take our evening walk. If you have any questions or just want to talk, please reach out! I’d love to hear from you.

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Vanessa Dib Mech Engr - Univ Park (BS) vcd5039@psu.edu

Vanessa is a second-year Scholar majoring in Mechanical Engineering in the Schreyer Honors College and minoring in Engineering Leadership Development. She is from Lebanon and has lived most of her life in Nigeria. She is on the exec board of the student chapter of a national organization called Remote Area Medical (RAM) as Fundraising Coordinator. She is also part of a research lab that conducts research on the interactions between engineering team members. She enjoys listening to music, playing basketball, badminton and golf, reading novels, as well as learning about different cultures and traveling in her free time.

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Julia Faust Biochem & Molec Biol (BS) jef5543@psu.edu

I am a fourth year Scholar from Pittsburgh, PA majoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and minoring in Economics. At Penn State, I am a Resident Assistant in Atherton Hall, as well as an active member of ServeState, a student-run philanthropy organization dedicated to serving the surrounding State College community. Additionally, I am involved in Remote Area Medical and have gone on several clinic trips with the organization to underserved areas of America and provided free medical care to the people in those communities. I am in the process of writing my Honors Thesis as a part of the Hafenstein Lab, performing cryo-EM reconstructions of poliovirus with various antibody fragments attached. In my free time, I enjoy flower arranging, going on long bike rides, and testing out new coffee places. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me!

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Julia Feldman Advt/Publ Relations (BA) jvf5552@psu.edu

Hi! I am a third-year scholar majoring in Public Relations, minoring in Digital Media Trends and Analytics, and working toward the Smeal College Business Fundamentals Certificate. I am from Ashburn, Virginia. In addition to being a Scholar Ambassador, I have served on multiple Rules and Regulations Committees for THON, am in Sigma Sigma Sigma sorority, and am an associate for Happy Valley Communications. In my free time, I enjoy hanging out with friends, going to the gym, watching Penn State football, and watching baseball (go Mets!). If you have any questions or just want to talk, please reach out!

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Carlos Gatlin Inestroza Electrical Engr (BS) cmg6632@psu.edu

I am a second-year student from San Pedro Sula, Honduras, majoring in Electrical Engineering and minoring in Energy Engineering, and Entrepreneurship and Innovation. I am part of the Engineering Undergraduate Council, Presidential Leadership Academy, Engineers Without Borders, and I am proud to become a Scholar Ambassador this year! Besides this, I love playing sports, especially basketball, drinking coffee, and hanging out with friends. Don't be afraid to reach to me at cmg6632@psu.edu.

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Purva Gupta Biomedical Engneerng (BS) pfg5160@psu.edu

Hello! I'm a first-year Scholar majoring in Biomedical and Mechanical Engineering. I work in an Ultrasound research laboratory studying photoacoustic imaging and am on the Advocacy Team for Days for Girls, a menstrual equity club. Outside of being a Scholar Ambassador, I volunteer as an EMT, enjoy handicrafts like origami and embroidering, love tinkering and designing websites, and reading about activism (specifically about empowering females in STEM and for diversity).

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Katrina Herrera Psychology (BS) kch5313@psu.edu

Hi! I'm a third-year Scholar majoring in Psychology (Neuroscience track) and minoring in Spanish. After college, I hope to attend medical school and obtain a dual degree in Public Health or Literature/Humanities. At Penn State, I'm the Communications Chair for Music Service Club and the Media Outreach Director for Remote Area Medical, and additionally involved in the Multicultural Association of Schreyer Scholars and undergraduate research in the Development, Risk, and Resilience Lab. I'm a big bookworm and love all things Mexican food, live music, singing, and traveling. Feel free to reach out with any questions! 

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Jacqueline Kiszka Meteo & Atmosph Scnce (BS) jmk7074@psu.edu

Hi there! I’m a first-year student from York, PA majoring in Meteorology and pursuing a minor in Marine Science. In addition to being a Scholar Ambassador, I am also a member of the Pride of the Lions Pep Band, the Storm Chase Team, and the Student Council and THON Organizations in the College of Earth & Mineral Sciences. Additionally, I am excited to begin undergraduate research in the Spring of 2022 as an intern in the Land-Atmosphere Interaction Lab. In my free time, I enjoy reading, listening to music, being outdoors, and spending time with my friends and family. Feel free to reach out to me with any questions you might have--I'm happy to help!

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Elizabeth Knapp Biology (BS) egk5135@psu.edu

Hello! I am a third-year student majoring in biology. In addition to being involved in the Schreyer Honors College as a Scholar Ambassador, I am a member of the Schreyer for Women organization, and an active member of ServeState, participating in service events in the State College community. Having a passion for biology and more specifically the forensic sector of the science, I am involved in the Forensics Club and have had the opportunity to conduct research under the supervision of Dr. Reena Roy. The research topic focuses on determining STR profiles using leeches. In my free time, I enjoy reading, exercising, meditating, traveling, and taking leisurely strolls around our beautiful campus.   

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Julia Li Landscape Arch (BLA) jsl5612@psu.edu

Hi! I am a second-year student majoring in Landscape Architecture and minoring in Meteorology. In my professional career, I hope to create climate-resilient landscape designs that are strongly informed by meteorological data. In addition to being a Scholar Ambassador, I am the Editor for the Penn State chapter of Circle K International, a service organization. As well, I am an EcoReps student sustainability ambassador. Growing up, I swam competitively, so naturally Club Swim was the first club I joined here, and I love my team. In my free time, I enjoy relaxing with my friends, hiking, drinking smoothies, singing off-key, and bullet journaling. Please don’t hesitate to email me with any questions!

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Evan Mancini Science (PMAJ) etm5204@psu.edu

Hi!!! I am a second-year student from Lansdale, PA majoring in Biology, with a neuroscience focus. Along with my commitment to being a Scholar Ambassador, I am also an On-Site Coordinator for the Student Red Cross Club, a member of the AED Medical Honors Society Diversity in Healthcare Task Force, and the goalie for the Penn State’s Men’s Club Water Polo Team. I am currently working in a neuroscience research lab, where we are investigating the electrophysiology of potassium ion channels in neuron cells. In my free time, I love to kayak, golf, workout, listen to music, and spend time with my friends and family!

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Katherine Marakovits Industrial Engr (BS) kmm7872@psu.edu

Hi everyone! I am a first-year student majoring in Industrial Engineering and pursuing a minor in Economics. Along with my involvement as a Schreyer Scholar Ambassador, I am also an Impact Scholar for the College of Engineering and a member of No Refund Theatre (NRT) and the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). In my free time, I love reading, traveling, hiking, and trying new flavors at the Penn State Creamery. This summer, I plan to study abroad in Europe and serve as a Supply Chain Intern for Clark Associates. I love meeting new people and sharing my Schreyer experience, so feel free to reach out and connect with any questions!

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Benjamin Martin Chemical Engineering (BS) bam6163@psu.edu

I am a fourth-year Scholar majoring in Chemical Engineering with minors in Biomedical Engineering and Spanish. I am from Gibsonia, PA, roughly half an hour north of Pittsburgh. In addition to being a Scholar Ambassador, I am involved with Lion Scouts, a campus-wide tour guide organization, and the International Affairs and Debate Association. Also, I am currently working as a Research Assistant for both the Dussias Brain Tracking Lab and the Center for Lignocellulose Structure and Formation. Aside from classes and extracurriculars, I enjoy listening to music and spending time with friends.

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Maryn McConkey Environmntl Sys Engr (BS) mrm6631@psu.edu

Hi everyone! My name is Maryn and I am a third year studying Environmental Engineering with a minor in Spanish. I am from Boston, Massachussetts but I love the Big 10 college experience that Penn State provides. Here on campus I am the Director of Community Engagement for Schreyer for Women, and you can usually find me studying in the Social Sciences library at Paterno or hanging on HUB lawn whenever it's sunny! Feel free to reach out with any questions, I'm always scrolling through my email :) 

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Erica Mi Informatics (MS) Info Sciences & Tech (BS) Telecommunications (BA) exm866@psu.edu

Hi all! I am a third-year scholar from State College, PA double majoring in Information Science and Technology (Integration and Application) and Telecommunications. On campus, I work as an undergraduate researcher studying BIPOC opportunities for research-seeking students, a learning assistant for IST Special Topics courses, and am the Director of the IST Diplomats. In my free time, I love kayaking, digital arts, and restaurant hopping. Feel free to reach out with any questions!

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Isabella Munoz Biochem & Molec Biol (BS) ijm5227@psu.edu

Hi! I am a second-year scholar majoring in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry and minoring in Microbiology. I am from Allentown, PA. In addition to being a Scholar Ambassador, I am a Learning Assistant for MATH 140B and the VP of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for Alpha Phi. I am heavily involved in THON while serving as a THON committee chair and a Sub-chair for the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee in AED Health Preprofessional Honor Society. In my free time, I love picking up a new book to read, attending Penn State sporting events, and traveling with my family or friends! Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions! 

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Hailey Onweller Computer Science (BS) hso5021@psu.edu

Hi! I am a first-year scholar from Northwestern New Jersey, with the intended major of computer science and minor in global security. I am super excited to be a Scholar Ambassador! Outside of Scholar Ambassadors I am involved as a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion chair for my THON hospitality committee, a technology chair for the Association of Women in Computing at Penn State (AWC) and an undergraduate research assistant in a location privacy lab. I am also a member of the Millennium Scholars Program. Outside of these activities, I love to read the news, get coffee, watch Netflix and hang out with friends. Please feel free to reach out to me at hso5021@psu.edu, I would love to talk and help!

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Hannah Peacock Biological Engr (BS) hbp5146@psu.edu

“Hi! I am a second-year Scholar majoring in Biological Engineering with a focus on natural resource engineering. My hometown is Memphis, Tennessee, but my family currently lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In addition to being involved with Scholar Ambassadors, I am an intern at the Student Farm at Penn State, a member of the Student Farm Club executive board, and the Director of Food Justice for the University Park Undergraduate Association’s Department of Sustainability. Additionally, I am work as an undergraduate researcher in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering’s BioEco Lab. In my free time, I love spending time outdoors, weaving, and baking. Please do not hesitate to contact me – I would love to hear from you if you have any questions or just want to get to know each other!”

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Juntae Rocker Asian Studies (BA) jbr5676@psu.edu

Hey everyone! I am a second-year Scholar from Bucks County, Pennsylvania - which is around 45 minutes from Philadelphia. I intend to double major in Asian Studies and Korean, with minors in Spanish and Digital Media Trends and Analytics. Here at Penn State, I've been devoting most of my time as a dance performer in the Korean Pop Music and Dance Club. This upcoming fall, however, I will be returning as a mentor for BLUEprint, a diverse peer mentoring program for first year and transfer students. Off campus, I serve as the American Vice Chair for the 14th Korea-America Student Conference, an academic and cultural conference focused on US-Korea diplomatic and regional issues. In my free time, I enjoy spending time with friends, playing video games, and pretty much procrastinating my dance routines. If you have any questions about the Schreyer Honors College or Penn State or just want to talk, please feel free to reach out!

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Helena Rudolph Biomedical Engneerng (BS) hkr5116@psu.edu

I am a Sophomore from Parkton, MD majoring in Biomedical Engineering and pursuing a Smeal Business Certification. I am a member of the Penn State Filipino Association which allows me to connect and share my culture with others in a fun and supportive environment. I am also a member of the sorority, Alpha Phi, which participates in raising money for Penn State's THON as well as the Alpha Phi Foundation for the advancement and empowerment of women’s lives. In my free time, I enjoy playing the ukulele, painting, and having fun with my friends. Please feel free to reach out to me at hkr5116@psu.edu. I am happy to help!

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Arantza Ruiz Aguirre Biomedical Engneerng (BS) azr5799@psu.edu

Hi everyone! I am a third-year Scholar studying Biomedical Engineering and pursuing a minor in French and Francophone Studies. I am from Mexico City and my current hometown is Fort Collins, CO. On campus, I am involved with the Penn State Biomedical Engineering Society, for which I am the Secretary and my role is to maintain effective communication for the organization. I am also an active member of Phi Sigma Rho sorority, THON, and the Women in Engineering Program (WEP). In my free time I like to read, watch good movies, crochet, bake, and spend time with family and friends. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions!

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Julia Saganowich Marketing (BS) jes6567@psu.edu

I am a third-year from Cary, North Carolina pursuing a major in Marketing and two minors in Digital Media Trends & Analytics and Communications Arts & Sciences. Although I'm an out-of-state student, I come from a big Penn State Family! On campus, I am a member of the Sapphire Leadership Program with the Smeal College of Business and a Web Writer for VALLEY Magazine, Penn State's only student-run life and style publication. In high school, I really enjoyed writing business plans for DECA competitions, so I hope to participate in some case competitions this coming year! Outside of class, I love to write, exercise, sing, and drink coffee with friends. If you have any questions about Penn State, the Schreyer Honors College or Smeal College of Business, please feel free to email me!

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Michael Saylor Physics (BS) mfs6011@psu.edu

I’m Michael and I’m a 4th year student majoring in physics and minoring in nanotechnology and mathematics. One of the things I love most about Penn State is the ability and support to go out of your comfort zone to grow as an individual. In my free time I love to learn new things, hike, and volunteer at a local food bank.

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Casey Sennett Anthropology (MA) Anthropology (BA) Jewish Studies (BA) History (BA) Middle East Studies (BA) cms7542@psu.edu

I am a fifth-year IUG (Integrated Undergraduate-Graduate) student pursing a master's degree in Anthropology and bachelor's degrees in Anthropology, History, Jewish Studies, and Middle Eastern Studies. I am also minoring in Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies and Global and International Studies and pursuing certificates in Museum Studies and Holocaust and Genocide Studies. I am from Philipsburg, PA, which is located about 30 minutes west of State College. In addition to serving as a Scholar Ambassador, I am a member of the Paterno Fellows Student Advisory Board and an ambassador for the College of the Liberal Arts. I also work as a mentor in the Undergraduate Speaking Center and as a research assistant for a Jewish Studies and History professor. In my free time, I enjoy traveling, reading, running, and spending time with my friends and family. If you have any questions or want to hear more about my Penn State story, please feel free to email me!

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Grace Sibley Mech Engr - Univ Park (BS) gcs5167@psu.edu

Hello! I am a third-year scholar from Leesburg, VA (about an hour outside of Washington, DC) majoring in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Psychology. In addition to being a part of the Scholar Ambassador team, I am the Vice President of Schreyer Student Council, a Logistics Officer for Penn State’s ASME chapter, a Public Speaking Mentor at the Speaking Center, and an active member of Phi Beta Lambda, a co-ed Professional Business Fraternity. I'm also involved in undergraduate research in the THRED Lab studying the relationship between communication and prototyping in engineering design. In my free time, I enjoy listening to music, trying new foods and restaurants, and watching Penn State football. Please don't hesitate to reach out to me with any questions you have about Schreyer!

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Anika Sinha Economics (BS) Psychology (BS) aps6517@psu.edu

Hi everyone! I am a second-year Scholar from Pittsburgh, PA majoring in Economics and Psychology with a minor in Business. Outside of the honors college, I am the vice president of Epsilon Sigma Alpha, a service organization here on campus, which is committed to raising money for St. Jude, our primary philanthropy, and Penn State THON. Along the lines of philanthropy, I am also a THON volunteer, and I am serving as a Dancer Relations Committee Member this year! Additionally, I am the Public Relations Chair for my business fraternity, Alpha Kappa Psi, where I get to showcase all the amazing things our brothers are doing through social media. In my free time, I love to listen to music, hang out with my friends, and watch movies! Do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have any questions!

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Kira Smith Liberal Arts (PMAJ) kxs5250@psu.edu

I am a first-year scholar majoring in Psychology and Criminology. I am also pursuing a minor in German. I am from Erie, Pennsylvania. Here on campus, I am involved with Penn State Mock Trial and PSN-TV. In my free time, I enjoy painting and getting coffee with my friends. Please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions! I would be delighted to share my experiences with you!

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Emily Snow Biomedical Engneerng (BS) egs5198@psu.edu

Hi there! I am a third-year scholar from Gadsden, Alabama. I am majoring in Biomedical Engineering on the premedical track with a minor in Nutrition. I am also heavily involved in the Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship (HESE) program and have been working on a social venture called Nyansapo which aims to introduce technology into external education programs for primary school students falling behind in Kenya. Apart from my role as a Scholar Ambassador, I work in a Tissue Engineering research laboratory studying stem cell differentiation, am involved in THON, and am a SHO Time Mentor! When I’m not studying for school, I am usually binging Netflix, singing, dancing, making videos, embroidering things, skiing, and cooking. I am also going to be studying abroad in Milan, Italy during the Spring 2022 semester, and I cannot wait! Feel free to reach out about anything!

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Octavia Szkutnik Earth Science & Plcy (BS) oas5135@psu.edu

Hey everyone! My name is Octavia, and I am a second-year student majoring in Earth Science and Policy on the Climate Change path, with intended minors in Sustainability Leadership and Climate and Environmental Change. I will always be a Long Islander at heart, but I love being here at Penn State! On campus, I serve as a sustainability ambassador through EcoReps and conduct research with the Pro Environmental Action Lab. I’m also in Phi Alpha Delta, a pre-law society, as I’m looking to go to law school and specialize in Environmental Law. In my free time, I love traveling, hiking, and exploring the outdoors no matter the weather! Please email me if you have any questions about sustainability on campus or any hiking trail recommendations!

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Kristian Tegge Vet & Biomedical Sc (BS) kat5769@psu.edu

Hi, I am a first-year student from Bergen County, New Jersey majoring in Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences. I am a member of the Pre-vet club. My career goal is to go onto vet school and become a veterinarian. I volunteer to teach civics for the BSA Northern New Jersey Council. I love the outdoors, animals and rhetoric so don’t hesitate to reach out if you want to talk.

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Joyce Yin Chemical Engineering (BS) jmy5380@psu.edu

Hello Scholars! I am a third-year Schreyer Scholar majoring in Chemical Engineering. I am currently on co-op where I am a Research & Development Engineer at Burt's Bees in Durham, NC. On campus, I am an undergraduate researcher in the Mechanical Engineering Department where I work on optimizing high silicon lithium-ion batteries. Outside of classes and lab, I am in an Asian-interest Sorority, Sigma Omicron Pi. Additionally, I am the treasurer for Omega Chi Epsilon, the Chemical Engineering Honors Society. Some of my hobbies include running, lifting, playing tennis, and drinking coffee. Feel free to reach out to me with any questions!

Schreyer Scholar Siddhi Deshpande

Schreyer offers so many unique experiences and for me, a pre-med student, it was touring Weill Cornell Medicine. It made me feel like no matter what I wanted to do — no matter what my ambitions were — Schreyer found a way to make them possible by giving me the support and foundation and outlet to pursue them.

Siddhi Deshpande '22 Neurobiology

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