SIA Student, Alumni, and Faculty Award Winners

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Professional Masters Excellence Award
LaMarr Kopp International Achievement Award
Ardeth and Norman Frisbey International Student Awards
Spirit of Internalization Award
Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship Award
Penn State Distinguished Alumni Award
Penn State Alumni Achievement Award
Boren Fellowships
Critical Language Scholarships


GRADUATE SCHOOL AWARDS

Professional Masters Excellence Award

The Professional Master’s Excellence Award recognizes individual student excellence in a professional master's degree program under the Graduate School, in any discipline, based upon the student’s academic record in the graduate program and the quality and impact of the student’s culminating experience, including creative works, performance, and projects conducted in a professional setting.

Adam VanGorder '22

Megan Soetaert '22

Isabella Salazar Jimenez '20

Jerry (Trey) Fields '19

Madeleine Carot '18

Mohammad Sarhan '18

Jason Isgrigg '17

Shuofei Zhao '17


GLOBAL PROGRAMS AWARDS

LaMarr Kopp International Achievement Award

The annual award, named in honor of Penn State’s late deputy vice president for international programs, recognizes a Penn State faculty, staff, or student who has contributed significantly to the advancement of the international mission of the University. Honorees demonstrate international achievement above and beyond the scope of their normal duties, particularly in international education, improving relations among people from different regions of the world, and their commitment to meeting the needs of Penn State community members from other countries.

Elizabeth Ransom
2022

Karen Coker
2017

Sophia McClennen
2016

Ahmed Banya
2011


Ardeth and Norman Frisbey International Student Awards

This award honors and recognizes outstanding contributions to international understanding by graduate/undergraduate international students (holding non-immigrant status) enrolled in full-time resident instruction or its equivalent.

Miaoquiang Dai
2019

Jinghao Lu
2011


Spirit of Internationalization Award

These annual awards honor women from Penn State and the local community who embody the "Spirit of Internationalization" through academic achievements, artistic excellence, volunteerism in international organizations or dedication to advancing the status of women.

Ayona Riley
2017

Daniela Robledo Vallejos
2016

Rachel Sayre
2011

Sally (Mouakkad) Wallace
2011


Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship Award

These awards assist undergraduate and graduate students in achieving competency in selected foreign languages and conducting research in related international and area studies.

Brian Smith
Arabic
Academic Year 2021-2022

Leorah McGinnis
Mandarin
Academic Year 2021-2022

Adam Van Gorder
Portuguese
Academic Year 2021-2022

Neema Esfandi
Arabic
Academic Year 2020-2021

Hayley Ream
Russian
Academic Year 2020-2021

Caroline Pimentel
Portuguese
Academic Year 2020-2021

Erick Jenkins
Korean
Academic Year 2019-2020

Jennifer Cockerill
Arabic
Spring 2019
Academic Year 2019-2020

Emily Yocom
Japanese
Spring 2019
Academic Year 2017-2018

Brittany Feichtel
Arabic
Spring 2019

Jennifer Gibbs
Arabic
Summer 2016
Academic Year 2016-2017

Nathan Lawrence
Arabic
Academic Year 2016-2017

Tiffany Louk
Chinese
Academic Year 2016-2017

Kathryn Moore
Arabic
Academic Year 2015-2016

Joe DiVirgilio
Arabic
Summer 2015


ALUMNI ASSOCIATION AWARDS

Penn State Distinguished Alumni Award

This award is the highest honor bestowed by Penn State upon extraordinary alumna or alumnus. It acknowledges the outstanding accomplishments of alumni whose "personal lives, professional achievements, and community service exemplify the objectives of their alma mater."

Mary Beth Long
2016


Penn State Alumni Achievement Award

The Alumni Achievement Award recognizes Penn State alumni that are 35 years of age or younger for their remarkable professional accomplishments. This award shows the ability that Penn State alumni thrive in their professional careers at an early age.

Brianna Smith
2021

Robert Mukahlera
2021

Shadi Ghrayeb
2019

Rachel Sayre
2016


EXTERNAL AWARDS

Boren Fellowships

Boren Fellowships fund research and language study proposals by U.S. graduate students in world regions critical to U.S. interests. Fellowship programs require in-country study of 6-12 months.

Cierra Powell
2022-2023
Class of 2023
Studying Spanish in Argentina in Fall 2022

Omwattie Nerahoo
2021-2022
Class of 2022
Turkish
Studying in the Flagship Program of the University of Wisconsin

Heidi Foon
2018-2019
Class of 2019
French and Wolof
Studied and Interned in Senegal

Jacob Pester
2014-2015
Class of 2015
Studied at the University of Jordan


Critical Language Scholarship (CLS)

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a summer study abroad opportunity for American college and university students to learn languages essential to America’s engagement with the world.

Hayley Ream
Class of 2021
Virtual Language Program Summer 2020