A number of our student researchers have achieved significant undergraduate research outcomes worthy of recognition. Penn State Brandywine and several outside organizations have presented our students with honors for their outstanding research outcomes. In addition, the campus recognizes the efforts of faculty undergraduate research mentors in working with students as the students develop the content knowledge and skill sets appropriate to the process of undergraduate research in his/her discipline.
Independent research represents one of the highest achievements of undergraduate student learning. Completing serious, high-quality research requires critical thinking, analysis, and creativity. The two awards showcase the most rigorous and significant undergraduate research from a wide variety of academic fields originating at Penn State Brandywine. Moreover, the quality of the nominated research is a testimony to students' understanding and development in their field and faculty leadership through excellence. The presentation and publication of these competitive undergraduate research projects underscores the mutual benefit obtained from faculty and student collaboration.
- Student Undergraduate Research Award
Recognizing that undergraduate research exposes students to detailed involvement in their field, builds leadership, and promotes excellence, Penn State Brandywine annually recognizes outstanding student(s) for their undergraduate research completed over the past year and a half. The student research will have originated at Penn State Brandywine and under the faculty mentorship of a Penn State Brandywine faculty member.
- 2016 - Stamatina Mattie Mylonas, 2015 - Rebecca Slomowitz, 2014 - Megan Draper; 2013 - Eileen Fresta, Abbey Dufoe; 2012 - Sarah DeMartino, Annabella Gallagher; 2011 - Jacqueline Glace; 2010 - Sara Neville; 2009 - Lindley Jones
- Faculty Undergraduate Research Award
Recognizing that undergraduate research exposes students to detailed involvement in their field, builds leadership, and promotes excellence, Penn State Brandywine annually recognizes one outstanding faculty member their involvement with undergraduate research over the past year and a half.
- 2016 - Elizabeth Dudkin, 2015 - Phyllis Cole, 2014 - Dr. Julie Stanton; 2013 - Dr. Timothy Lawlor; 2012 - Dr. Cynthia Lightfoot; 2011 - Dr. John Tierney; 2010 - Dr. Michael De Rosa; 2009 - Dr. Laura Guertin
- Student Research Mini-Grants*
Undergraduate students may apply for funding from the Penn State Brandywine Undergraduate Research Committee to assist with covering the costs of research expenses.
*First funds to be distributed Jan 2015.
Students Recognized by Outside Organizations
2016 – Judy Smith, 2016 GeoCUR Award for Excellence in Student Research, from the Council on Undergraduate Research - Geoscience Division (Washington DC)
2015 – Kimberly Bowen, 2015 GeoCUR Award for Excellence in Student Research, from the Council on Undergraduate Research - Geoscience Division (Washington DC)
- 2014 - Jonathan Fridman, 2014 GeoCUR Award for Excellence in Student Research, from the Council on Undergraduate Research - Geoscience Division (Washington DC)
- 2013 - Labanya Mookerjee, the Eastern American Studies Association Francis Ryan Award, given to an undergraduate presenter with the top research paper
- 2013 - Abbey Dufoe, Award of Honorable Mention from the Council on Undergraduate Research for being high-quality research among the top 10% of the undergraduate submissions from across the country and across all disciplines to CUR's Poster on the Hill
- 2012 - Eileen Fresta, Pennsylvania Historical Association Outstanding Student Poster Award
- 2010 - Dana Gibson, Mid-Atlantic American Studies Association Roundtable Best Undergraduate Essay Award
- 2010 - Sara Neville, selected presenter for CUR's Posters on the Hill, one of only 60 undergraduate researchers from across the nation selected to present to Congressmen and Congressional staffers in the U.S. Capitol Building (Washington D.C.)