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Penn State Graduate School alumni and graduate student selected for prestigious new fellowship

Three Graduate School alumni and a current graduate student have been named William Penn Fellows by Governor Tom Wolf. The William Penn Fellowship, a two-year program focused on making Pennsylvania a better place to live, was established by Governor Wolf in summer 2016. Over 250 individuals with master’s-level and other advanced degrees applied to the program, which was then narrowed to 23 finalists before selecting the final ten fellows.

Below is the list of the Graduate School student and alumni selected as William Penn Fellows from the Governor’s Office, along with brief biographical information:

  • Adam Walters
    Adam completed his M.P.A. in Public Administration with a certificate in Policy Analysis and Evaluation at Penn State Harrisburg in 2016. He is currently a project administrator with Downtown Inc., working to improve the overall economic health of the City of York through enhancements in public space and safety. He also does grant writing, relationship building and administrative support. As an intern with Downtown Inc., he surveyed the city’s business district to gather GPS, image, and other data.
  • Jordan Lewis
    Jordan is a postdoctoral research scientist in the department of psychiatry at the Penn State College of Medicine, where she earned her Ph.D. in Neuroscience. She recently studied the relationship between obesity, sleep apnea, and cardiometabolic disorders in adults and adolescents. Jordan is also a science communicator who appears in national and international publications. She has authored over 130 articles, contributed to several books and spoken to students and researchers about how and why scientists should communicate with the public.
  • Megan Litz
    Megan is currently working toward her M.P.H. in Public Health at the Penn State College of Medicine. In 2016, she participated in the university’s Global Health Scholars Program at Taipei Medical University. As an intern with the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Megan developed a statewide profile of hepatitis C and public information about the disease, and coordinated seminars across the state. Her professional experience also includes work as a lab technician and community health volunteer.
  • Alison Hendricks
    After earning her Ph.D. in German, with a dual title in Language Science at Penn State, Allison started as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of South Carolina, where she conducted research and lead projects related to language and literacy development in children with hearing loss and language impairment. While pursuing her degrees, Alison taught courses in German, linguistics and speech-language Pathology and audiology. She also has articles published in peer-reviewed journals, spoken at academic conferences and earned multiple awards in her field.

The fellowship program seeks individuals who are passionate about public service and interested in addressing the challenges facing Pennsylvania. Fellows will work closely on a variety of Governor Wolf’s priorities, including Jobs that Pay, Schools that Teach, and Government that Works. 

Fellows will present the results of their work to the Governor at the end of the two year Fellowship period. 

More information about the William Penn Fellowship is available at pennfellowship.pa.gov.  
 

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