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President's Award for Engagement with Students

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Richard Robinett has been selected to receive the President's Award for Engagement with Students.

Robinett is associate head, director of undergraduate studies, and director of graduate studies for the Department of Physics. Since assuming duties as director of undergraduate studies for the department in 1996, Robinett has taken responsibility for and played a central role in every aspect of the undergraduate program, including personally overseeing department interaction with prospective and declared physics majors and physics minors. Robinett's personal attention and encouragement has led to a large number of students pursuing major national and international scholarships and awards. Under Robinett's direction, Penn State physics majors have been awarded six Goldwater Scholarships, three National Science Foundation Scholarships, a Marshall Scholarship, and two National Institutes of Health-Cambridge Scholarships. Robinett also is responsible for the development of the physics first-year seminar and the Physics Undergraduate Teaching Handbook, and he has helped mentor many new faculty members in the physics department.