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Graduate School Alumni Society Early Career Award

The Graduate School Alumni Society (GSAS) Early Career Award recognizes Penn State alumni who have demonstrated exceptional success in their chosen field within the first ten years after obtaining their graduate degree. This can be demonstrated in a number of ways. Examples include, but are not limited to, demonstrated leadership, substantive contributions in one's field, or national/international recognition for one's contributions.


2021 Early Career Award Recipient

Previous Early Career Award Recipients






  • Maria Emelianenko, Ph.D. '05, Mathematics
  • Bret D. Lehmer, Ph.D. '07, Astronomy and Astrophysics


  • Sindura B. Ganapathi, Ph.D. '10, Pharmacology
  • Yuebing Zheng, Ph.D. '10, Engineering Science and Mechanics


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