Duquesne University Student Receives P.E.O. Scholar Award
Duquesne University student Sara McClelland is one of 100 doctoral students in the U. S. and Canada selected to receive a $15,000 Scholar Award from the P.E.O. Sisterhood.
A Ph.D. student in biological sciences at Duquesne, McClelland has won several awards for her research, including the Raymond B. Huey Best Poster prize from the Society for Comparative and Integrative Biology. She has also received grants from the Society of Wetland Scientists and the American Society of Icthyologists and Herpetologists, among others. She was also recently selected as a recipient of the University’s Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Teaching, and serves on the executive board of the Graduate and Professional Student Council.
A native of Richeyville, Pa., McClelland earned her undergraduate degree in biology from Wheeling Jesuit University before receiving her M.Sc. degree in marine biology from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She currently conducts research at Duquesne in the laboratory of Dr. Sarah Woodley.
The P.E.O. Scholar Awards were established in 1991 to provide substantial merit-based awards for women of the U.S. and Canada who are pursuing doctoral-level degrees at an accredited college or university. Scholar Awards recipients are a select group of women chosen for their high level of academic achievement and their potential for having a positive impact on society. The P.E.O. Sisterhood is a philanthropic educational organization dedicated to supporting higher education for women.
Founded in 1878, Duquesne is consistently ranked among the nation's top Catholic universities for its award-winning faculty and horizon-expanding education. A campus of nearly 9,500 graduate and undergraduate students, Duquesne prepares students by having them work alongside faculty to discover and reach their goals. The University's academic programs, community service, and commitment to equity and opportunity in the Pittsburgh region have earned national acclaim.
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