Weitzner receives Astronaut Scholarship Foundation Award

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Stephen Weitzner, a Schreyer Honors College student majoring in materials science and engineering, has been honored with a Astronaut Scholarship Foundation Award.

The Astronaut Scholarship Foundation was established in 1984 to ensure that the United States would maintain its leadership in science and technology by supporting promising college students in science and engineering. The foundation's scholarship candidates must be nominated by faculty members and must be in an engineering, science or mathematics field. Scholarship nominees are those students who have shown initiative, creativity and excellence in their chosen field. 

In 2008, James Adair, professor of materials science and engineering, met Weitzner, then a high school student involved in research at the Fox Chase Cancer Center. Upon immediate engagement with the student, Adair offered, and Weitzner accepted, the opportunity to join Penn State's Department of Materials Science and Engineering. Early in his Penn State academic career, Weitzner began working with Adair's research group. 

In 2011, Weitzner was accepted in the International Internship in Materials program, where he traveled to the Technical University of Darmstadt, Germany, to conduct research with Karsten Albe, professor of materials science. Impressed with Weitzner's work, Albe invited him to return to Germany during the following summer as an undergraduate research technician to continue work with Albe's research group.

Both Weitzner's academic scholarship and research-intensive history demonstrated his nomination for and receipt of the Astronaut Scholarship Foundation Award. 

Last Updated January 10, 2014