Three students received the Peter T. Luckie Undergraduate Research Award as part of the 2014 Undergraduate Research Exhibition. Gregory Babunovic, Eberly College of Science, received the award for excellence in research in Health and Life Sciences for Synthesis and Characterization of a Novel Class of Trans-Translation Inhibitors. Kenya Crawford, College of Health and Human Development, received the award for excellence in research in behavioral and social science for Childhood Family Experiences as Predictors of Romantic Competence in Adolescence. Kelsey Czyzyk, College of Engineering, received the award for excellence in research in engineering and physical science for Water Savings in Low-Cost Greenhouses. These students were joined by more than 240 entries from undergraduate students from all Penn State campuses.
The Peter T. Luckie Award is sponsored by the Penn State Chapter of Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society. The award was started in 2008 to honor Peter Luckie, Professor Emeritus in mineral processing. He served as the Phi Kappa Phi chapter president for 10 years. The award is presented to top juniors at the Undergraduate Research Exhibition. Sharon Miller, senior research associate at the EMS Energy Institute, is the current chapter president.