Savanah Jackson is a 2nd year graduate student at the School of International Affairs. She is studying race and development. Prior to Penn State Savanah Studied at Georgetown College in Kentucky and studied Political science and Philosophy. She is currently President of the Black Student Association at the school of International Affairs, Faculty Senator for the graduate school, and the Graduate Assistant of outreach and diversity at Career Service. Her hobbies include singing and dancing. She is committed to helping uplift the black community at Penn State and beyond!
Why do I love Penn State: I love Penn State because It has helped me grow into the person I want to become once I graduate. Penn State has provided me with professional and personal qualities that I will take out into the world to excel. I was able to find a community who cares about my welfare mentally and academically!
Favorite Creamery Flavor: Grilled Stickies is the best!
Alexander Vera is a fifth-year Ph.D. candidate in the Materials Science and Engineering department, out of the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences. Before Penn State, Alex studied at the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science at Columbia University, where he received a B.S. in Applied Physics. His current research, funded by the Center for Nanoscale Science (MRSEC), is focused on the synthesis of air-stable, two-dimensional metals for quantum and optoelectronic applications.
At Penn State, Alex has served as Lab Safety Officer and coordinator for an annual Safety Olympics competition aimed at promoting laboratory safety culture at Penn State. He also is a student member of the EMS Diversity Council and EMS Mental Health Initiative, syncretic groups tasked with increasing graduate student well-being. Through this, he leads the EMS Wide Engagement Network/Mentorship Program with a goal to support the collegiate graduate student community in EMS. He has served as the treasurer for the Black Graduate Student Association and has had the opportunity to participate as student representative for the Office of Graduate Educational Equity Programs, where he has focused on increasing retention of underrepresented graduate students at PSU. He is a SLOAN scholar, and has been awarded the 2020 Departmental Safety Award, 2021 Stephanie Danette Preston Service Award, and 2022 Jay M. and Katherine Definis Award for Outstanding Student Leadership.
Why I love Penn State: Penn State is one of the largest yet most supportive communities I have known, and that support is both here at University Park and beyond. I’ve even met a Penn State alum hiking in the middle of the Smoky Mountains, of all places! This community has given me so many opportunities to meet amazing people, who have encouraged me to grow as a person. I am elated to call Penn State my home with so many others!
Favorite Creamery Flavor: Grilled Stickies
Spring Nominations will open 8 a.m. All Nominations will need to be submitted online. Only one nomination is needed to receive an application. Nomination tables will be set up in the HUB on April 27th (Legacy Celebration). Nominations will close on August 31st at 5:00 pm, and no late submissions will be accepted.