Elizabeth and George Gardner Fellowship In Political Science
The Elizabeth and George Gardner Fellowship in Political Science will provide support for students in the following ways:
- Scholarships for students who qualify for the Penn State Altoona Majors Scholarship. Qualifying students in Political Science with a 3.0 gpa are eligible to receive the Elizabeth and George Gardner Fellowship with an additional scholarship of $1,000. Qualifying students in Political Science with a gpa of 3.5 are eligible to receive the Elizabeth and George Gardner Distinguished Fellowship with an additional scholarship of $1,500.
- The Elizabeth and George Gardner Senior Award will be given to a Senior Political Science major who has done the most to promote civic leadership and awareness over the course of their college career. Active participation and leadership in student organizations, outreach efforts in the community, and the accrual of a strong academic record will be the primary criteria.
- The Elizabeth and George Gardner Prize for the Best Essay on the Meaning of Citizenship, Ethics and/or Leadership by a student enrolled in an upper-division course in Political Science.
- Stipends for approved semester-long internships in Altoona, Harrisburg, and Washington DC. Qualifying students will receive stipends of $1,000 - $2,000.
- Undergraduate research awards for students engaged in research with a faculty member in Political Science, or engaged in independent research overseen by a faculty member in Political Science. Awards will be in addition to College Undergraduate Research support, and will range from $500 to $1,000 per semester, including summer.
The Gardner Fellowship in Political Science will provide support for students and the Political Science program in the following ways:
- Spring Break in Washington DC. The Gardner Fellowship will provide support for students participating in PL SC 177, a 1 credit course based in Washington DC over spring break, which will include lectures, meetings with government officials, and cultural events.
- Practitioner-in-Residence. The Gardner Fellowship will provide for a small honorarium to be given to practitioners-in-residence on the Penn State Altoona campus, who contribute to Political Science classes, as well as provide other opportunities for student to interact with practitioners.
- Guest Speakers. The Political Science program will bring in 1 or 2 guest speakers each semester to provide a public lecture on a topic of interest, attend classes as appropriate, and meet with interested students.
- Conference Travel Support. The Gardner Fellowship will provide support for students and faculty who are presenting papers or posters at regional and national conferences. The fellowship, along with college and university funds, will cover the costs of travel and registration for students presenting papers at regional and national conferences.
Dr. Daniel DiLeo
Associate Professor of Political Science
Arts and Humanities
Office: 129B Smith Building