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Mitchell Earns Undergraduate Program Leadership Award

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Robert Mitchell, professor of biology at Penn State University Park, will receive the 2004 Undergraduate Program Leadership Award. The award was established to recognize faculty members who have demonstrated exemplary leadership that has transformed or revitalized an existing undergraduate degree program.

Mitchell has been professor-in-charge of the premedicine and general science majors in the Eberly College of Science, as well as the University’s chief health professions advisor, since 1980. He is also director and advisor for the six-year, Penn State-Jefferson Medical College premedicine-medicine program, which accepts about 30 students each year to begin their studies at the University Park campus and finish at the medical school in Philadelphia with both their B.S. and M.D. degrees. In addition, he directs the Penn State component of the special early-assured admit program with the College of Medicine at Hershey.

Penn State generally enrolls about 450 premedicine and 275 science students at the University Park campus per year.

Recent enhancements of these undergraduate programs, led by Mitchell, include the creation of a new first-year seminar and a physician shadowing program for premedicine students; a peer mentoring program for premedicine and science freshmen; a postbaccalaureate premed program for college graduates who need science prerequisite courses for health profession careers; a minor in science; a five-year B.S./MBA program for science/business studies in cooperation with the Smeal College of Business; and four-year science major programs at the Penn State Abington, Altoona, Berks/Lehigh Valley and York campuses.

Mitchell earned his B.S. in biology from Denison University in 1964, his M.S. in zoology from Ohio University in 1966, and his Ph.D. in physiology from Penn State in 1969. He joined the Penn State faculty in 1969.



Gary Cramer
Department of Public Information
865-7517, gwc104@psu.edu

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