Lock Haven University students now have numerous opportunities to fund the research and internship experiences that serve as a vital component of their education. In 2016, Lock Haven Univeristy received a donation that supports undergraduate research and internships in both science and business with up to $45,000 in available funding. In addition, the Bechdel Family Internship Stipend Scholarship awards two students who have secured an unpaid or low paid internship in the sciences with $2,000 each per summer.
The SOAR (Summer Opportunity Award for Research) Scholars Stipend provides five $5,000 awards annually to support full-time summer research (laboratory or clinical) to students in STEM-HP majors (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Computer Science, or Health Professions).
Four similar awards of $5,000 each are available to students majoring in business management or accounting through The Haven Business Internship Program to support paid internships. The highly competitive awards are designed to help students gain a valuable “real-world” perspective on what they learn in the classroom.
Each of the awards is designed to support students embarking on summer research or professional experiences. In each case, the students must have already secured a university-approved research, clinical, internship, or professional experience. Selection of awardees is based on the student’s academic profile, presentation of academic merits of the experience, faculty recommendation, and, in some cases, financial need. According to Lock Haven University’s Dean for the College of Natural, Behavioral, and Health Sciences, Dr. Scott Carnicom, “The University is pleased to use this donation to provide students with support of summer research and internships. We plan to continue the program every summer for at least five years.”
The following students have earned scholarships for the summer of 2017:
SOAR Scholars Stipend:
Derek Grove, Physics. Derek, from Lock Haven, is conducting nanotechnology research on campus to help improve zinc tungstate scintillators—important components in advanced microscopy.
Holly Enders, Health Science. Holly, from Jersey Shore, is completing clinical observations and research at the Cornerstone Family Practice Center in Williamsport this summer.
Eric Shufflebottom, Biology. Eric, from Pequea, is conducting field research with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and also shadowing at the Willow Run Veterinary Clinic.
Charly Bloom, Biology. Charly, from Lock Haven, is conducting field research at Tiadaghton State Forest in Waterville.
Courtney Capper, Biology. Courtney, from Jim Thorpe, PA, is conducting field research on frogs in Scotia Barrens.
Haven Business Internship Program:
Sarah Pixley, Business Administration. Sarah, from Philadelphia, is interning at the Covenant House in Philadelphia PA. Her duties include scheduling and attending administrative meetings, marketing to potential donors, supervising and recruiting volunteers and coordinating various programs of residents.
Emily Corey, Business Administration. Emily, from Williamsport, is interning at Penn Strategies in Williamsport PA, where she assists in community planning, developing funding opportunities, and developing branding strategies for clients.
Bechdel Family Internship Stipend Scholarship:
Lauren Butler, Nursing. Lauren, from Frenchville, PA, is simultaneously completing an internship at Penn-Highlands while also assisting with research under the mentorship of LHU Nursing Professor Dr. Darlene Ardary.
Charly Bloom, Biology. Charly, from Lock Haven, is completing an internship at Tiadaghton State Forest.
Lock Haven University is a member of Pennsylvania’s State System, the largest provider of higher education in the Commonwealth. Its 14 universities offer more than 2,300 degree and certificate programs in more than 530 academic areas of study. Nearly 520,000 system alumni live and work in Pennsylvania.
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