Thirteen Students Receive Alumni Association Dissertation Awards

April 12, 2012

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Thirteen graduate students received the Penn State Alumni Association Dissertation Awards this spring in recognition of their outstanding achievement in scholarship and professional accomplishments. These awards provide funding to full-time doctoral students who have passed their comprehensive exams and have received approval of their dissertation topics, or to master of fine arts students in their final year.

Award recipients and their programs of study are: Ashkar A. Ali, electrical engineering; Ahmed Alkhateeb, cell and molecular biology; Joseph Beeney, psychology; Sang-Ik Terry Cho, acoustics; Ahsley DaSilva, physics; Jennifer Rachel Dutch, American studies; Muhammad Faryad, engineering science and mechanics; Tyler Loam Grove, chemistry; Zhenfeng Liu, biochemistry, microbiology, molecular biology; Stephen M. Merino, sociology; Elina L. Niño, entomology; David Pérez II, higher education; and Jason L. Strandquist, history.

Each student received a $5,000 award and was recognized at the Graduate School Alumni Society's Spring Social and Recognition Program. Funds for these awards were made possible by a gift from the Penn State Alumni Association.

More information about the award is available at online.

Last Updated April 12, 2012