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The Eberly College of Science
Science Achievement Graduate Fellowship
Fellowship namesake scientist inspiring the fellowship names for each department.

The Penn State Eberly College of Science has selected seven graduate students as Science Achievement Graduate Fellows for 2019–2020. These scholarships are awarded each year to outstanding graduate students seeking a doctoral degree in each of the college’s seven departments who are interested in the advancement of women in the sciences and related fields. The scholarships were established in 2018 to recognize students who have a record of significant professional achievements in their field and who are role models for other students in the college. Each scholarship is named in honor of an outstanding woman scientist or mathematician who not only made groundbreaking discoveries but also blazed the trial for others who have followed in their footsteps. Fellows in the program will host two distinguished lectures each year in the college, in honor of the women for whom the scholarships are named.

Recipients of the 2019-2020 scholarships are:

The Science Achievement Graduate Scholarship in Astronomy

Phoebe Sandhaus.

Phoebe Sandhaus, graduate student in astronomy and astrophysics, is interested in exoplanets and hopes to get involved in science outreach and teaching. About Phoebe...

The Science Achievement Graduate Scholarship in Biology

Trinity Conn.

Trinity Conn is a graduate student in the biology student and is broadly interested in the various adaptive mechanisms reef-building corals have to adapt to the changing climate, and how we can leverage natural adaptive variation to assist in restoration efforts. More about Trinity...

The Science Achievement Graduate Scholarship in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Holly Kleinschmidt.

Holly Kleinschmidt, a graduate student in the Biochemistry, Microbiology, and Molecular Biology (BMMB) Ph.D. program, studies the elements that impact pioneer transcription factor binding in mammalian cell lines in Dr. Lu Bai’s lab. More about Holly...

The Science Achievement Graduate Scholarship in Chemistry

Nushrat Hoque.

Nushrat Hoque, graduate student in chemistry, is interested in the field of biochemistry, where she hopes to study proteins. She has co-authored a scientific paper from her previous research in RNA binding to hetero-nuclear organometallic complexes. About Nushrat...

The Science Achievement Graduate Fellowship in Mathematics

Hannah Rocio Santa Cruz.

Hannah Rocio Santa Cruz, graduate student in mathematics, is interested in Algebraic and Topological problems. At Penn State, she hopes to do research with applications to Neuroscience. More about Hannah...

The Science Achievement Graduate Scholarship in Physics

Unnati Akhouri.

Unnati Akhouri, Graduate student in physics, is interested in uncovering the fundamental underpinnings of our universe. Learn more about Unnati...

The Science Achievement Graduate Scholarship in Statistics

Samantha Roth.

Samantha Roth. My research interests include environmental statistics, spatio-temporal statistics, computational statistics, statistical ecology, and applications to epidemiology. About Samantha...