Meridith L Bartley


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2017 Climate and Diversity Award

In January I was awarded one of the Eberly College of Science Climate and Diversity awards for my work and service in both my department and college. The Science Journal has released the article on this award online and may be found here.

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Bartley, graduate student in statistics, was nominated by David Hunter, professor and department head of statistics. Bartley has organized countless events—from board game nights to journal clubs to yoga in the conference room—that stimulate positive energy and collegiality among graduate students in the statistics department. One such event, a weekly workshop, allows students to learn from their peers, who take turns presenting on useful topics. She also began an interactive reading and research website for graduate students that facilitates the transition from coursework to research.

“Many of the events or activities that Meridith has started have become woven into the standard way things happen now, and it seems likely that many of her unique contributions will outlast her time at Penn State,” said Hunter.

Bartley served as the first president of the Statistics Graduate Student Association, as an assembly delegate of the Graduate and Professional Student Association, and as a member of the department and college Climate & Diversity Committees. Through her dedication to producing a positive, inclusive, and productive environment, Bartley has encouraged others to become active participants in university, college, and department forums.

“Her skill at engendering a sense of students’ collective ownership of their academic environment is an intangible quality that provides a powerful example to the other students,” said Hunter.

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