The Syrian refugee crisis was just beginning in 2012 when, on a whim, Lydia Williams she picked up a book called “The Syrian Rebellion” by Fouad Ajami. It changed her life. Now a senior political science major at Penn State Harrisburg, Williams traveled to Turkey this year to study the plight of the refugees through the Turkish Heritage Organization Summer Research Program.
Penn State University Libraries awarded its Undergraduate Research Award: Excellence in Information Literacy to students at nearly all undergraduate Penn State campuses in April, honoring 97 undergraduate students as well as eight graduate students participating in their respective campus-wide research exhibition events.
Penn State Harrisburg student and Schreyer Honors Scholar Lydia Williams spent three weeks in Turkey, researching the development of the nation's policies concerning the education of Syrian refugee children.
Eighty-three students from across Penn State’s campuses will each be awarded a $3,500 Erickson Discovery Grant for summer 2017 through the Office of Undergraduate Education. The students will use the funds to immerse themselves in original research, scholarship, and creative work under the direct supervision of a faculty member.