Gaines receives Intercollege Graduate Student Outreach Achievement Award

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Katie P. Gaines, a doctoral candidate in ecology in the College of Agricultural Sciences, has been awarded the 2015 Intercollege Graduate Student Outreach Achievement Award for her dedication to teaching and mentoring K-12 students.

“During graduate school, I have sought out opportunities to interact with young people. I have participated in the endeavors, not only to augment my research experience and further my career while in graduate school, but also because I enjoy working with K-12 students,” Gaines said. “My goal has been to share my enthusiasm for scientific research, act as a positive role model for future scientists, and promote the understanding of science for better decision-making.”

Gaines’ outreach experiences include being a fellow for Penn State’s CarbonEARTH (Carbon Educators and Researchers Together for Humanity), a program that provides middle school science instruction and curriculum development at middle schools in Philipsburg and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Gaines said these opportunities have allowed her to hone her skills in science communication and teaching while gaining a valuable perspective on life and work.

A nominator said Gaines’ outreach shows her “exceptional passion to communicate science to children and young adults under a variety of venues. As indicated by her teacher and numerous undergraduates, Gaines is a gifted communicator who reaches people of all ages.”

The Intercollege Graduate Student Outreach Achievement Award is co-sponsored by the office of the Dean of the Undergraduate School and the office of the Vice President for Outreach. It recognizes the outstanding achievements of degree candidates in any of the Intercollege Graduate Degree programs that relate to bringing student scholarship to the community in an effort to benefit society.

Last Updated March 24, 2015