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Susquehanna University Assistantships are marquee awards given to a select few students each year. As an assistantship student, an indivudual has the opportuntity to work with a faculty or staff mentor for four years at Susquehanna. 

Consideration is given to students who apply and submit all required documents for an admission decision by Dec. 1. Minimum qualifications for a scholarship are a 3.5 cumulative high school grade point average calculated on college prep courses and a composite ACT score of 30 or a combined 1350 on the critical reading and math sections of the SAT, or equivalent measures as determined by Susquehanna’s scholarship committee. Strong consideration is given to candidates who demonstrate leadership ability and extensive community service participation. An interview with a member of the university community is highly recommended. 


Current Projects

Shayna Freed ’11
Study Abroad Program Assistant

Melissa Hartley ’11
Recycling Program Assistant

Ryan Rickrode ’11
Communications Assistant

Sarah Andrews ’12
Writers Institute Assistant

Tiffany Becker ’12
Centralia Mine Fire Assistantship

Ian Doherty ’12
Student Assistant to the Chaplain

Thomas Heffers ’12
Data Visualilzation and Learning Research Assistant

Hannah Leavens ’12
Ecology Research Assistant

Kara Brammer ’13
Saturday Science Program

Matt Brown ’13
Assistantship in the Center for Academic Achievement

Sara Kern ’13
Medical Humanities Initiative Student Assistantship

Robert Penaherrera ’13
Assistantship in the Center for Civic Engagement

Nick Roman ’14
Dept. of English: Event Planning, Publicity/Public Relations

Rizwan Khan ’14
Biology: Animal Behavior Research Assistant - Context and Function of Silk Dragline Deposition in Wolf Spiders

Olivia Umpierre ’14
Peer Educator Student Assistantship

Megan McDermott ’14
Advancement Communications Assistantship

Katelyn Ondek ’14
Biology: Determining the Effects of Intrauterine Growth Restriction on Reproduction


Assistantship Profiles

Sara Luley ’08 Baublitz

International Studies    

Sara_Luley '08 BaublitzAfter graduating from Susquehanna, I spent a year in Washington, D.C., as a member of Lutheran Volunteer Corps (LVC). I worked as an adult literacy instructor at a school called Academy of Hope, helping DC students prepare for their GED exam.  LVC focus their year on living simply and working­­ towards social justice.

 In August 2009 I moved to Philadelphia to enroll in the Master of Arts in Public Leadership program at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia on a full scholarship from the ELCA's Fund for Leaders. This is a joint program between the seminary and the Fox School of Business at Temple University and prepares students for leadership at the intersection of faith and public life. Currently I am engaged in fieldwork with the President's Office at Lutheran World Relief in Baltimore. My expected graduation is May 2011.  

The Assistantship program at SU gave me a huge boost as I entered life after college. My association with Chaplain Mark Radecke connected me with numerous people and programs in my field, including alumni of Lutheran Volunteer Corps and the admissions staff of my current school. My work as Student Assistant to the Chaplain also gave me realistic work experience that helped prepare me for my work in LVC and my current graduate program. 

Sean Capkin ’06

Elementary Education, Spanish

After graduating from SU, I moved to Honduras for a year and, using my degrees in elementary education and Spanish, taught second grade at Cofradia Bilingual School, a school for about 300 students in the beautiful, but impoverished town of Cofradia. I absolutely loved my time there and became so close with so many of the families that I continue to go back each summer and run the summer school program for CBS. During the regular school year, for the last three years, I have worked for Penn Delco School District, just outside of Philadelphia, teaching third-, fourth- and fifth-grade Spanish.

The Assistantship program helped me in a lot of different ways. Looking back on it now, the expectations and responsibilities that I had in my Assistantship working under Chris Markle with the Alumni Parent Admissions Network really served as a microcosm for the types of expectations and responsibilities that I've had as a teacher.

From an organizational standpoint, helping to run a huge volunteer organization for SU, and the scheduling, phone calls, newsletters and time management that was necessary to run APAN prepared me for those same responsibilities in the work place. Whether I'm working in my classroom here in the states or running summer school in Honduras, I'm confident in my ability to handle that work because I've had so much experience with it.

The other great thing about my Assistantship with APAN was that it really helped me develop the interpersonal communication skills that are necessary to make significant, lasting connections throughout the world. Working with so many different alumni and parents of SU students around the country, I learned how to develop relationships through personal meetings, emails and phone calls that placed a value not on what I had to say, but on the other person and his or her perspective. As a teacher this is an invaluable tool for relating to students or understanding where a parent is coming from.

Brian Gilbert ’10

Political Science  

Brian_GilbertAfter graduating from Susquehanna in May 2010, I have been getting ready to move to Washington, D.C. for employment with the government. The assistantship program has certainly helped me prepare for my line of work.  

The program gives students a unique opportunity to work one-on-one with faculty.  My work with Dr. Michele DeMary taught me what it means to conduct academic research and how to prepare for presentations at conferences. The research we conducted also made me a more well-rounded individual, as the research was particularly foreign ground for me.  Regardless of my experience in the field, Dr. DeMary trusted me to help with her research to the best of my ability, and I know that will make me a more valuable researcher in the future. 


Deanna L. Snyder ’09


Deanna_SnyderSince graduating from SU in 2009, I'm in a Ph.D. program at Georgia Institute of Technology, seeking a degree in analytical chemistry.

I worked all four years of my college career on an assistantship with chemistry professor Dr. Swarna Basu, and sometimes with Dr. Wade Johnson, also of the chemistry department. My assistantship allowed me to perform undergraduate research, which enabled me to be a competitive candidate for prestigious research internships during summers. My extensive research background was a key factor in my acceptance to some of the best Ph.D. programs in the country for chemistry. Without it, I wouldn't be where I am today working toward my career goals.



Thomas Sutcliffe ’06


After Susquehanna, I went to law school at Boston University. I graduated in May 2009, and now I am a law clerk for the Honorable Karen Nelson Moore on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. In November 2010, I will be going to work for a law firm in Boston.  

The assistantship, which lasted all four years, helped in a number of ways. Much of my work involved helping run Susquehanna’s prelaw program, so naturally working with Dr. Michele DeMary, a political science professor and coordinator of the legal studies program, provided a good opportunity both to gauge my interest in the law and decide if it was a career if I wanted to pursue. And of course, once I was sure that I did want to go to law school, having had an assistantship made it a lot easier to navigate the application process.

The assistantship helped me to develop the ability to research and analyze information, something which is really critical in the legal profession. In many ways, the job I have now is very similar to an assistantship. I search through various legal sources, try to answer difficult questions, and then synthesize what I have uncovered in such a way that it will be helpful to the judge for whom I work. I think that having worked for Dr. DeMary makes me better at performing those tasks.

I would say the most valuable part of the assistantship is that it simply gives you an outlet for your curiosity. The best part of the program is that you work side-by-side with someone who is very intelligent and you get to pepper him or her with questions to your heart’s content. I remember there were numerous instances when some thought would come to mind or I would have some question that was bugging me, and I would just walk into Dr. DeMary’s office and we would talk about it. Conversations like that do a lot to sharpen the mind and improve one’s analytical skills, and that is valuable no matter what profession you go into.

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