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The Eberly College of Science

Science Achievement Graduate Fellowship


The Penn State Eberly College of Science has selected seven graduate students as Science Achievement Graduate Fellows for 2020–2021. 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 2020-2021 scholarships are:

Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin Science Achievement Graduate Scholarship in Astronomy

Sofia Sheikh.

Sofia Sheikh is a 4th year PhD Candidate in the Penn State Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, doing a dual-PhD in Astrobiology. Learn about Sofia...

Barbara McClintock Science Achievement Graduate Scholarship in Biology

Stephanie Szarmach.

Stephanie Szarmach, graduate student in biology, is interested in molecular ecology and population genomics and plans to study evolutionary responses to environmental change. More about Stephanie...

Rosalind E. Franklin Science Achievement Graduate Scholarship in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Erin Reilly.

Erin Reilly, a graduate student in the Biochemistry, Microbiology, and Molecular Biology program, is interested in understanding the symbiosis of microorganisms and the human body. About Erin...

Marie Sklodowska Curie Science Achievement Graduate Scholarship in Chemistry

Heidi Busse.

Heidi Busse, a graduate student in chemistry, is interested in atmospheric chemistry and has a passion for science outreach and education. Heidi earned her bachelor's degree in chemistry at the University of California San Diego. About Heidi...

Maryam Mirzakhani Science Achievement Graduate Scholarship in Mathematics

Margaret Brown.

Margaret Brown, graduate student in mathematics, is interested in studying dynamical systems. Previous research projects include problems in mathematical billiards and modeling disease transmission. More about Margaret...

Mildred Dresselhaus Science Achievement Graduate Scholarship in Physics

James Kennington.

James Kennington, graduate student in physics, is interested in quantum gravity and mathematical physics. He hopes to apply his computational experience from industry to numerical approaches within quantum gravity and cosmology. About James...

Janet L. Norwood Science Achievement Graduate Scholarship in Statistics

Susan Lloyd

Susan Lloyd, a graduate student in statistics, is interested in the field of statistics education and how to communicate statistical concepts in an effective manner at the undergraduate level. About Susan...