Biology major Lia Gerboc is one of two Schreyer Scholars to be selected as recipients of Schreyer Honors College’s Future Leaders Scholarship for the 2023-24 academic year. Awarded annually since 2018, the Future Leaders Scholarship was established by the Scholar Alumni Society Board. It recognizes Schreyer Scholars who demonstrate outstanding leadership in the Honors College, Penn State and/or their local community.
Gerboc is a third-year scholar majoring in biology and works in the lab of Thomas Gould, Jean Phillips Shibley Professor of Biobehavioral Health, as an undergraduate researcher studying the effects of nicotine on adolescent mice. Outside of the classroom, she serves as co-executive director of the Honors College’s orientation program, SHO TIME, and as a THON 2024 OPPerations Sustainability Outreach Captain.
In her role with THON, Gerboc educates the event’s volunteers on sustainability best practices and runs TREE, which stands for THON's Recycling and Environmental Effort. The TREE team collects aluminum cans that are recycled and credited toward THON’s overall donation total.
For SHO TIME Gerboc and her co-executive director work closely with Honors College staff to plan and execute the orientation event that helps position roughly 300 new scholars for success at University Park.
"I am deeply grateful and honored to receive the Future Leaders Scholarship,” Gerboc said. “It is great motivation for me to keep working on my goal of leaving a lasting impact on Penn State while inspiring and leading others along the way.”