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It shall consist of one Graduate Faculty representative from each academic college and school of the University that offers graduate programs. The Director of Graduate Fellowships and Awards Administration is an ex officio member of this committee.


It shall consider policies on awards; examine and judge applications for Graduate School fellowships; and make recommendations to the Dean of the Graduate School for awards.

2020-2021 Membership

  • Ramaswamy Anantheswaran, Professor of Food Science, College of Agricultural Sciences
  • Andrew Carleton, Professor of Geography, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences - Chair
  • Lydia Didia, Assistant Professor of Accounting, Penn State Harrisburg
  • Lorah Dorn, Professor of Nursing and Pediatrics, College of Nursing
  • Robert Edwards, Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of English and Comparative Literature, College of the Liberal Arts
  • Duncan Fong, Professor of Marketing, Smeal College of Business
  • Aaron Knochel, Associate Professor of Art Education, College of Arts and Architecture
  • Carleen Maitland, Associate Professor of Information Sciences and Technology, College of Information Sciences and Technology
  • Guhaprasanna Manogharan, Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering
  • Andrea McCloskey, Associate Professor of Education, College of Education
  • Bo Ouyang, Assistant Professor of Accounting, Penn State Great Valley
  • Mark Owens, Assistant Professor of Economics, Penn State Erie
  • Patrick Parsons, Professor of Communications, Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications
  • Anirban Paul, Assistant Professor of Neural and Behavioral Sciences, College of Medicine
  • Michael Robb, Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders, College of Health and Human Development
  • Emily Weinert, Associate Professor of Biochemistry, Eberly College of Science
  • George Young, Professor of Meteorology, College of Earth and Mineral Sciences
  • Kenneth Davis, Chair of Graduate Council, Ex Officio
  • Jessica Hoffman, Director, Office of Graduate Fellowships and Awards Administration, Ex Officio