Graduate students recognized for outstanding achievements

April 04, 2011

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. The 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 are: Douglas F. Call, environmental engineering; Brendaly E. Drayton, adult education; William H. Enck, computer science and engineering; Robert G. Franklin, psychology; Neelendra K. Joshi, entomology; Sandeep Kumar, mechanical engineering; Jennie S. Lavine, biology; Carolyn E. Lubner, chemistry; Kevin E. Mueller, ecology; Ersula J. Ore, English; Ryan M. Patton, art education; Nathan M. Sorber, higher education; and Edward Wilson-Ewing, physics.

Each student received a $5,000 award and was recognized at the Graduate School Alumni Society's Spring Social and Recognition Program held on March 26. Funds for these awards were made possible by a gift from the Penn State Alumni Association. For more information about the award, visit

Last Updated April 12, 2011