Penn State University Libraries offers a number of awards, scholarships, and internship opportunities to undergraduates and assistantships for graduate students. Our awards recognize outstanding research or scholarly work. Our scholarships are awarded based on a number of factors including merit, financial need, interest in librarianship, and your major. Our internships and graduate assistantships are paid positions that allow undergraduate and graduate students apply their disciplinary background to library-related projects.
- University Libraries Undergraduate Research Award: To recognize student research that showcases outstanding information literacy skills.
- Robert F. Guentter, Jr. Outstanding Undergraduate Thesis Award: To find the best thesis submitted by an undergraduate
- Phi Beta Kappa Honors Thesis Prize: To award a Schreyer Scholar Honors thesis completed in a discipline included within Phi Beta Kappa that makes a significant contirubtion to the field.
Judy Chicago Art Education Award: To acknowledge a project based on primary research incorporating any of the three archives that are collaborating in the development of the Judy Chicago Portal. This award is presented annually by Through the Flower is open to scholars, artists, and educators.
- Whiting Indigenous Knowledge Student Research Award: To support a graduate or undergraduate student who will pursue a research project that focuses on aspects of indigenous knowledge.
- Linda Stein Upstander Award in honor of Joyce and Diane Froot: To inspire publishable research that promotes upstander actions for justice, based on archival research with the Linda Stein Art Education Collection.
These scholarships provide financial assistance to undergraduate students in a variety of disciplines, including liberal arts, information technology, and those with an interest in library science. Scholarships are also available for need-based students.
Internships and Graduate Assistantships
Juniors and seniors in good academic standing many apply for a variety of paid internships throughout the University Libraries. Graduate students from a variety of disciplines may apply for library-centered assistantships located at the University Park Libraries.