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Fall 2017 Student Marshal

Andrew Doberstein.

17 October 2018


Andrew Doberstein of Horsham, Pennsylvania, was honored as the student marshal for the Eberly College of Science during Penn State’s fall commencement ceremonies on Saturday, December 16, 2017, on the University Park campus. Doberstein’s faculty escort for the commencement exercises was Stephen Van Hook, lecturer in physics at Penn State.

Doberstein graduated with a 3.99 grade-point average and a bachelor’s degree in biology. He was a Schreyer Scholar in Penn State’s Schreyer Honors College and a member of the Dean’s List for every semester at Penn State. His honors and awards at Penn State include the Evan Pugh Scholar Award in 2017; the R. Metz, Jr., Betty and Dennis Lynn Headings Scholarship in 2017; the Edward C. Hammond Jr. Memorial Scholarship in Biology in 2016; and the President’s Freshman Award in 2015. He also received an Award of Excellence from the Federal Employee Education & Assistance Fund in 2017.

“I was incredibly humbled to find out that I had been selected to represent the Eberly College of Science as the student marshal,” said Doberstein. “I have dreamed of being a Penn Stater my entire life, and for my hard work to have been recognized by the university that I love so dearly is an absolute honor. I am thrilled to represent the college that played such a large role in facilitating my intellectual and personal development.”

While at Penn State, Doberstein conducted research in the laboratory of Timothy Ryan, associate professor of anthropology. For his honors thesis, Doberstein studied the effects of age and tooth loss on the structure and biomechanics of the human mandible, or jawbone. His results may provide insights into how dental professionals provide care to preserve jaw structure and quality of life in the aging population. After graduation, Doberstein will attend dental school.

In addition to his academic achievements, Doberstein was the founder and president of the Current Events Club, secretary of the Pre-Dental Society, a learning assistant for an introductory physics course, and a volunteer at the Suzanne Pholand Paterno Catholic Student Faith Center.

“Once I started at Penn State, I realized that success is measured by more than GPA,” said Doberstein. “The multitude of opportunities that Penn State provides outside of the classroom, combined with the support that it offers its students, have had a huge impact on the person I am today. Penn State not only prepared me academically but has exposed me to many different cultures and perspectives. This has allowed me to grow as an individual and be better prepared to work in the diverse world that we live in.”

Doberstein, a graduate of Hatboro-Horsham High School in Horsham, Pennsylvania, was accompanied at commencement by his father, Tom Doberstein ’81; his mother, Rosemary Doberstein ’81; his sisters Joan Doberstein and Lauren Doberstein ’16; and his brother Thomas Doberstein ‘17.