Seniors

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Abigail Baker Economics (BS)
Political Science (BA)
Leadership Academy (UCT)

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Leadership

UPUA Representative at Large Vice Chair of Academic Affairs Committee Delegate of the College of Agricultural Sciences

Service

THON Donor and Alumni Relations Committee work with youth at State College Presbyterian Curch

Scholarships

Elks National Foundation Scholar Wings Over America Scholar Northrop Grumman Scholar Thanks USA Scholar

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John Barczynski Computer Science (BS)

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Leadership

President, PSU Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) 2017 CodePSU Board of Directors 2016, 2017 THON Technology Captain 2017, 2018 Treasurer PSU ACM 2016 Webmaster PSU Math Club 2015-2017 Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America

Service

THON Technology Captain William T. Hornaday Silver Medal for Environmental Service (Boy Scouts of America)

Awards

Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honor Society Eta Kappa Nu Honor Society Dean's List (All semesters) First Place CodePSU Intermediate Division (Spring 2015)

Scholarships

National Merit Scholarship, Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Scholarship, North Allegheny National Honor Society Scholarship, National Eagle Scout Association Scholarship, Penn State Leonhard Engineering Scholarship, Emmit J. Doerr Memorial Scout Scholarship 2014 Application, Franklin Park,

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Sarah Bastian Teach Engl Secnd Lan (MA)
Chinese (BA)
Leadership Academy (UCT)

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Leadership

Bible discussion leader, The Navigators; Co-founder, Student-Owned Learning; Peer Mentor; The Undergraduate Speaking Center; 

Service

Volunteer, Pregnancy Resource Clinic; ESL Tutor 

Scholarships

Susan Welch Dean's Chair Liberal Arts; McKeon Paterno Fellows Program Liberal Arts Undergraduate; Academic Excellence Scholarship 

Internships

Research: Conducted classroom observation and student interviews at a Chinese university to explore the questions, "What goals do first year English translation majors at a first-tier university in Midwestern China have for their English speaking skills in their speech class?" and "How do these goals relate to their investment in the English speech classroom?"

Languages

English, Mandarin Chinese

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Parker Cahn Finance (BS)
Leadership Academy (UCT)
Economics (BS)

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Leadership

President, Nittany Consulting Group; Former Executive Board Member, Sapphire Leadership Academic Program; Teaching Assistant, Penn State Economics Department; 2016 Dancer, Penn State Dance MaraTHON; New Student Orientation Ambassador, Smeal College of Business; Student Representative, Fred Brand Jr. Excellence in Teaching Award Selection Committee

Service

THON

Scholarships

Brian T. Geffert and Irene N. Lane Scholarship; Berquist Trustee Scholarship

Internships

Strategy & Operations Summer Scholar, Deloitte Consulting; Market Research and Consulting Intern, University Professional and Continuing Education Association; Digital Marketing Intern, Level Interactive

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Zachary Cohen Finance (BS)

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Leadership

Vice President of Community and Culture, Alpha Kappa Psi; Director of Outreach, Schreyer Consulting Group; Former Schreyer Honors College Representative, University Park Undergraduate Association; Former Sapphire Leadership and Academic Program Symposium Chair; Former SHO Time Team Leader and Mentor; Former Teaching Assistant for Leadership Lessons 

Service

Board Member for House of Care; Former Philanthropic Chair for Alpha Kappa Psi

Awards

1st Place Penn State Team Deloitte Consulting Case Competition, 1st Place Penn State Team Ethics in the Workplace Case Competition, Selected Speaker at 2015 Penn State Capital Day; Dean's List 5/5 semesters

Scholarships

Schreyer Honors College Academic Excellence Scholarship; Warrington Rotary Club Community Service Scholarship; Central Bucks South Administrators' Award Scholarship 

Internships

Financial Management Program Intern for GE Energy Connections and Power; Enterprise Supply Chain Finance Co-Op for Johnson and Johnson; Summer Intern for SilverLine Global, Inc.; Summer Intern for District Office of U.S. Congressman

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Candice Crutchfield Criminology (BA)
Leadership Academy (UCT)
Comm Arts & Sciences (BA)

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Leadership

FBI's Future Agents in Training Program, Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity Professional Development Chair, Black Student Union, Social Justice Advocates, Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society, The Underground CoFounder

Service

Albania Mission Trips, Woodbridge Community Outreach, Wreathes Across America, MLK National Day of Service Team Leader, Army Ten Miler Volunteer and Participant

Awards

Superior Academic Achievement Award, All In at Penn State Award

Scholarships

Bunton Waller Fellowship, Armed Forces Communication and Electronics Association (AFCEA) Scholarship, Defense Commissary Agency Scholarship, The Rocks Scholarship, Achiever's Scholarship 

Internships

Schreyer Honors College Communications & Marketing Intern, Department of Justice Intern

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Alejandro Cuevas Villalba Security & Rsk Analy (BS)
Leadership Academy (UCT)

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Madison Day Biobehavioral Health (BS)
Leadership Academy (UCT)

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Leadership

Leads on and off the lacrosse field as a student-athlete with a 4.0GPA, Member of Penn State Athletic Director’s Leadership Institute, Member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Board (SAAB), Member of Penn State Christian Athletes

Service

Went with Penn State on a Global Medical Brigade to Honduras to bring medical care and medicine to underprivileged communities, Participate in Friends of Jaclyn, where our lacrosse team adopts a family effected by pediatric cancer, Served as a Camp Coach for Penn State’s summer and winter lacrosse camps, Volunteer through my work to do Meals on Wheels, where we deliver meals to elderly and handicap individuals

Awards

The Evan Pugh Junior Scholar Award (top 0.5% academic class with cumulative 4.0 GPA), Penn State Presidential Freshman Award (Undergraduate freshman who earned cumulative GPA of 4.00), Big Ten Distinguished Scholar (having GPA of 3.7 or higher), Academic Honor Squad (team with cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher), Academic All-Big Ten (having cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher in BIG10 conference), Dean’s List: Fall & Spring 2014-2015, Fall & Spring 2015-2016, Fall & Spring 2016-2017, Fall & Spring 2017-2018

Scholarships

Athletic Scholarship to play lacrosse for Penn State’s D1 Women’s Lacrosse team, Metro Washington D.C. Chapter of the Penn State Alumni Association Scholarship

Internships

Shadowed Physician Assistant Adam Norfolk at Hershey Medical Center Orthopedic Surgery in State College, PA, Interned with Dr. Rosemary Verghese and Emily Miller PA-C at Mid-Atlantic Skin Dermatology in Waldorf, MD, Shadowed a physical therapist, speech pathologist and occupational therapist at Charles Regional Medical Center’s Rehabilitation & Physical Therapy Department in LaPlata, MD, Work at The Center for Life Enrichment in Hollywood, MD over the summer to take care of disabled individuals and teach them daily living tasks Shadowed Dr. Debra Spatz in Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery in Prince Frederick, MD Shadowed Physician Assistants at MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital’s Emergency Department/

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Erika Exton Comm Sci & Disorders (BS)
Mathematics (UMNR)
Spanish (UMNR)
Letters,Arts,Science (BA)
Leadership Academy (UCT)

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Leadership

Executive Chair, Family Relations Chair, Springfield FTK; Teaching Assistant, Leadership JumpStart; Orientation Leader, SHO Time

Awards

President's Freshman award, President Sparks award, Evan Pugh Senior award

Scholarships

Schreyer Academic Excellence Scholarship, Communication Disorders Award, Francis A. and Ruth C. Wodock Scholarship

Internships

Partnerships in International Research and Education grant to the Netherlands in 2016

Languages

English, Spanish

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Brenna Fisher Criminology (BA)
Military Studies (UMNR)
Leadership Academy (UCT)
Sociology (BA)

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Leadership

Army ROTC, President of her THON organization, A-7, President of the Penn State Criminology Club, and a member of Penn State College Republicans. Member of Phi Kappi Phi, Phi Eta Sigma, and Phi Beta Kappa Honors Societies.

Service

Thon, MLK day of service, fresh start, started theater program for underprivileged kids

Scholarships

Service and Leadership Scholarship, Schreyer Scholarship

Internships

She has interned with the State College Police Department, Fleming Law Offices, and the Chicago State's Attorneys office. During her time at Penn State, she has traveled to Australia, Peru, and Russia.

Languages

English, Spanish, Russian

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Rachel Fleischer Music (BM)
Political Science (BA)
Leadership Academy (UCT)

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Leadership

Member of the Schreyer Honors College, Paterno Fellows Scholar, Co-founder and Vice President of Student-Owned Learning Organization, President of the Penn State Flute Club, Member of the Penn State Symphonic Band, Member of the Penn State Flute Choir, Representative in the International Education of Students Council, Representative in the University Park Undergraduate Association

Awards

Dean's List (2014-present)

Internships

Study abroad participant in Buenos Aires, Argentina , Political Science Department Certificate of Superior Academic Achievement, Winner of the Collegiate Flute Choir Competition at the National Flute Convention, Honorable Mention in the Penn State Symphonic Wind Ensemble Concerto Competition Scholarships: School of Music Scholarship, Penn State Education Abroad Scholarship, Presidential Leadership Academy Grant, Schreyer International Study Grant, Paterno Fellows Education Abroad Grant, Hum Fishburn Memorial Scholarship Internships: Intern for the Washington D.C. Office of Congresswoman Dina Titus, Research Assistant for the Political Science Department, Intern for the District Office of Congresswoman Dina Titus, Dialogue Assistant for Sociology 119, Teaching Assistant for Sociology 119

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Alayna Kennedy Engineering Science (BS)
Leadership Academy (UCT)

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Leadership

member, Leadership Jump-start; member, Women in Engineering Program; Freshman Representative, Springfield FTK; Academic Chair, Shaping the Future Summit

Service

THON; Local Food Lovers; A Woman's Place (domestic violence center); Haitian Medical Mission

Awards

Princeton Book Award, Commended National Merit Scholar, AP Scholar, First Academic Honors, Lafferty Young Writers Award

Scholarships

Braddock Scholar, Renaissance Scholar, Schumacher Honors Scholarship, Society of Distinguished Alumni Trust Scholar

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Kelsey Kretzer Advt/Publ Relations (BA)
Business & Lib Arts (UMNR)
Digtal Med Trnd & Analy (UMNR)
Glbl & Int'L Studies (UMNR)
Leadership Academy (UCT)
Integrative Arts (BA)

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Leadership

Vice President of Lion Scouts Tour Guides

Service

PSU Chicago Alumni Chapter Scholarship

Awards

Freshman President's Award

Internships

Consumer Behavior Research for senior thesis, Strategic Communications Research with Lunar Lion Internships - Executive Practices, Analytics, and Digital Marketing at Grenzebach Glier and Associates; Strategic Communications at Lunar Lion

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Caleb Kwok Finance (BS)
Leadership Academy (UCT)

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Leadership

Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity President - Schreyer Consulting Director of Finance - Empower Orphans

Awards

President's freshman award, president sparks award, Evan pugh scholar award, provost award scholarship

Internships

Goldman Sachs - GSAM US Institutional Sales Summer Analyst Goldman Sachs - Finance Division Summer Analyst

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Hanna Leonard International Poltcs (BA)
Leadership Academy (UCT)
Comm Arts & Sciences (BA)

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Leadership

Homecoming Chair for Phi Sigma Pi Honors Fraternity, Tutor for the Speaking Center in the College of Liberal Arts, 2016 Airbands Chair and 2015 Fundraising Chair for Operations THON committees

Service

Volunteer at National Greyhound Adoption

Awards

Schreyer Honors College, Paterno Fellow

Scholarships

John D. Martz Award for Outstanding Performance in the Department of Political Science

Internships

Research: Whether or not the Supreme Court justices and courts re-use rhetoric in conservative/liberal decisions throughout history) Local Campaign Intern with Marc Alfarano for 2017 District Judge

Languages

English, Spanish

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Alexander Mccollom Finance (BS)
German (UMNR)
Supply Chain & Ist (UMNR)
Leadership Academy (UCT)

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Leadership

member, Lunar Lion; member, Penn State Men's Glee Club; member, International Business Association; member, College Republicans; Treasurer, Tri-M Chapter 5315.

Service

Relay for Life; THON; Aevidum

Languages

English, German

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Marta Millar Internationl Affairs (MIA)
History (BA)
Leadership Academy (UCT)
International Poltcs (BA)
German (BA)

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Leadership

Program Assistant at the International Student Management Office, National Defense University; Research Assistant, Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures; Conference Services Coordinator, Global Classrooms International High School Model United Nations; Vice President for Strategic Planning (2017-2018), President (2016-2017), Penn State United Nations Campus Advocates; Pennsylvania High School United Nations Conference Secretary-General, Penn State International Affairs and Debate Association; rank leader and spirit leader, State College Area High School Marching Band

Service

UNA-USA Adopt-A-Future Campaign, ESLTutor for the Pennsylvania Literacy Corps, THON, First Year Scholars Day of Service, Tri-M Music Honor Society fundraising events

Scholarships

George S. Wykoff Scholarship, Allan P. and Sidney A. Le Chard Trustee Scholarship, Class of 1922 Memorial Scholarship, Arnold Addison Renaissance Scholarship, Paterno Fellow, Schreyer Scholar

Languages

Marta speaks English, French and German

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Indigo Murray Comm Arts & Sciences (UMNR)
Philosophy (BA)
Rhetoric (UMNR)
Leadership Academy (UCT)
Smeal Business Cert (UCT)

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Leadership

Teaching Assistant for Bi Sci 003, Penn State D.C. Social Justice Fellowship Participant (I was a teacher for two weeks in a DC public high school and I'm not sure how to word that correctly for this section)

Service

Penn State SCOPE 5K, Penn State CentrePeace Event

Awards

Deans List Fall '14 - Spring '17, College of Liberal Arts Superior Academic Achievement Award Spring '15 - Spring '17

Scholarships

Bunton-Waller Fellowship, Smeal College of Business S.T.A.R.T Diversity Essay Contest Scholarship

Internships

Research Assistant with Community Narratives Project

Languages

English, Spanish

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Stella Murray Architecture (MS)
Architecture (BARCH)
International Arts (UMNR)
Glbl & Int'L Studies (UMNR)
Italian (BA)
Leadership Academy (UCT)
Architecture (MS)
Architecture (BARCH)
International Arts (UMNR)
Glbl & Int'L Studies (UMNR)
Italian (BA)
Leadership Academy (UCT)

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Leadership

Schreyer for Women Administrative Chair (2017), Penn State's Second Year Architecture Students Class Representative (2015-2016) and First Year Architecture Students Alternative Class Representative (2014-2015); Service: 13th Annual Traditional American Indian Powwow Photographer (2017),

Service

Grace Lutheran Church Projection-Mapping Volunteer (2017);

Scholarships

Academic Excellence Award (2014- ), FIS Scholarship Program Award (2014- ), Josephine J. Rhea Scholarship (2016);

Languages

Stella speaks English and Italian

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Sumit Pareek Chemical Engineering (BS)
Leadership Academy (UCT)

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Leadership

Student-Owned Learning CoFounder, The Underground Writer, Schreyer Honors College Orientation Mentor

Service

Einstein Healthcare Network Volunteer, Lower Bucks Hospital Volunteer

Awards

Schreyer Honors College, International Society of Urban Health Member

Scholarships

Provost Award, James Bricker Award for Early Excellence in Science and Engineering

Internships

Research - Dr. Obonyo Research Group, Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship, Dr. Logan Research Group Leadership Internships - Stryker Medical Devices, Air Liquide, India Currents Magazine

Languages

English, Hindi

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Brent Rice Corp Innov & Entrep (BS)
Leadership Academy (UCT)
Political Science (BA)

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Leadership

Speaker of the Assembly- University Park Undergraduate Association (UPUA), University Park Student Fee Board Appointee Service Penn State IFC/PanHellenic Dance MaraTHON 2017 Finance Captain- Problem Checks

Internships

Penn State Explore Law (Summer 2016) Venture for America (Summer 2017)

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Matthew Root Economics (UMNR)
Finance (BS)
Leadership Academy (UCT)

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Leadership

Recruitment Committee, Interfraternity Council; Assistant Rush Chairman, Acacia Fraternity; Assistant Social Chairman, Acacia Fraternity

Service

THON (Acacia and Gamma Phi Beta); Best Buddies

Awards

President's Award for Academic Excellence; National Qualifier in Economics, Future Business Leaders of America; Governor's SAT Excellence Award; Haverford Township PTA Scholarship

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Adam Rutter Finance (BS)
Leadership Academy (UCT)
Real Est Anlysis & Dev (UCT)

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Leadership

THON-Finance comittee member; AFROTC- Arnold Air Society member, Wing IT Officer, Scabbard and Blade inductee

Service

THON, food drive for a local food bank

Awards

AFROTC- American Legion Scholastic excellence award, Cadet of the Month (February); Boys Scouts of America- Eagle Scout

Scholarships

AFROTC Scholarship

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Alexander Shockley Hospitality Mangment (BS)
Leadership Academy (UCT)

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Leadership

Freshmen Representative, University Park Undergraduate Association; member, School of Hospitality Management THON; UPUA Representative, PSU Welcome Week Committee; Vice Chair, UPUA Facilities Committee; member, PSU Facilities Advisory Committee; Student Supervisor, Penn State South Food District; Senior Class President, Snow Hill Student Government; Student Representative, Worcester County Board of Education; Student Page, Maryland General Assembly

Service

THON; Appalachia Service Project; Sexual Violence Awareness Week

Awards

Deans List; President's Freshman Award

Scholarships

Snow Hill High School Athletic Boosters Scholarship; Agnes V. Roberts Academic Scholarship; Salisbury Sunrise Rotary Tri-County Athletic Scholarship; Hancock Family Millennium Prize Scholarship; Elks Maryland, Delaware, and District of Columbia Association Scholarship; 2014 Elks National Most Valuable Student Scholarship; Eastern Star Scholarship; Carson Scholars Scholarship; Snow Hill Rotary Club Scholarship; Ocean City Quota Club Scholarship; Pocomoke City Elks Scholarship; Jesse Klump Memorial Scholarship; Mr. and Mrs. Paul S. Hagan Scholarship; College of Health and Human Development Smith Scholarship; Academic Excellence Scholarship; Class of 1939 Alumni Memorial Scholarship; Goldstein Honors Scholarship

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Tessa Sontheimer Comm, Envir & Devlop (BS)
Leadership Academy (UCT)
Glbl & Intrntl Studs (BS)

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Leadership

Research Associate, Center for Economic and Community Development, Venture Developer, Humanitarian Engineering and Social Entrepreneurship, Vice President, Schreyer for Women

Service

Alternative Fundraising Chair, Apollo for THON Outdoor Educator, Shaver's Creek Outdoor School

Awards

Rock Ethics Institute Thesis and Research Award, 2017 Grand Challenge Scholars Program, 2017

Internships

Community Outreach and Raft Guide, Nantahala Outdoor Center, Urban Policy Intern, The German Marshall Fund

Languages

English, Spanish

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Rhea Sullivan Biochem & Molec Biol (BS)
Leadership Academy (UCT)

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Leadership

Residence Assistant (RA); Secretary of the PSU Undergraduate Research Society

Awards

Honors and Awards: 2016 Summer Erickson Discovery Grant, Goldwater Scholarship Nominee, Penn State SURF Award, WISER Research Grant from NASA Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium

Internships

Research: Spent 4 years as an undergraduate researcher in a human genomics lab at University Park studying the genetics of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  Internships: Spent two summers at Hershey Medical Center as an intern in a pharmacology lab studying protein-protein interactions of Wntless. 

Languages

Rhea speaks English, Greek and Spanish

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Madison Taylor Biology (BS)
Global Health (UMNR)
Leadership Academy (UCT)

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Leadership

President of Schreyer for Women, Leader for Overland Summers, Teaching Assistant for Leadership JumpStart, Penn State Triathlon Team, Resident at the Co.Space

Service

Volunteer at Hekima Place Home for Girls in Kiserian, Kenya. Volunteer at Point Prevention Pittsburgh, THON though Apollo FTK

Awards

Student Engagement Network Grant, Parkin Fellowship (Kenya), 

Scholarships

Academic Excellence Scholarship, Eberly College of Science Global Experiences Scholarship

Internships

Research - Symbiosis Ecology and Evolution Lab at Penn State, Global Health Fieldwork in Tanzania  Internships - Community Outreach Intern at the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy 

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Isabella Teti Political Science (BA)
Leadership Academy (UCT)
Women's Studies (BA)

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Leadership

Recruitment Chair (Spring 2015)/Service Coordinator (Fall 2015), ServeState Penn State; member, Social Justice Advocates; member, American Association of University Women; member, Red Cross; member, Oriana Singers; viola section leader, High School Orchestras; member, LGBTA; student body representative, High School Government; member, Girl Scouts

Service

THON; Relay for Life; Student Red Cross Blood Drives; Community Cafe; Meals on Wheels; Clothing Drives; Arboretum Restoration; Building a Garden at Old Oaks Age Home; (etc.)

Awards

Designated an AP Scholar with Distinction Award from the College Board’s Advanced Placement Program; Graduated in Top Ten Percent of Graduating Class

Scholarships

4-year Paterno Fellows Scholarship from PSU’s College of Liberal Arts; Awarded scholarship to attend United Nations Social Good Summit as a student journalist, September 2014

Languages

English, German, Arabic

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Fredrick Zheng Economics (UMNR)
Finance (BS)
Leadership Academy (UCT)

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Leadership

Nittany Lion Fund: Treasurer, Director of Economic Analysis, Director of Portfolio Analytics, Lead Materials Fund Manager Alpha Kappa Psi Business Fraternity: Inductee Educator, Social Chair, Professional Chair, Career Planning Chair, Pledge Class President Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity: Education Committee Wall Street Boot Camp: Graduate State College Area High School: 4x Class President, 4x Varsity Swimmer, Varsity Co-Captain

Internships

Nittany Lion Fund Summer Analyst (Freshman), Bank of America Merrill Lynch Sales and Trading Summer Analyst (Sophomore, Junior)