The Earth and Mineral Sciences Academy for Global Experience, or EMSAGE, was formed in 2009 as a vehicle to foster our students’ global competence and to promote a spirit of integrity, service, and leadership. By comprehensively embracing these principles, students will develop into leaders in their chosen discipline, while possessing the breadth and maturity to extend their knowledge to the improvement of society as a whole.
All undergraduate students, enrolled in an EMS major, in good academic standing are Academicians in EMSAGE.
Academicians may achieve Laureate status through notable achievement in Scholarship, Experiential Learning and Global Literacy, and Service.
Students striving for Laureate status pursue activities and accomplishments that demonstrate breadth and depth in the areas of global awareness, professional and civic service, and leadership. Thus, Laureate graduates have compiled a resume that will provide a substantial competitive edge in the global economy upon graduation.
EMSAGE Laureates are formally recognized, are awarded a crystal Laureate memento and certificate, and are enshrined on the EMSAGE Laureate roster in the Ryan Family Student Center.
Students seeking elevation to Laureate status must apply in their graduation semester (or spring, if they are summer graduates).
Laureate status is reserved for those students who have demonstrated a substantially higher level of achievement than the majority of students at Penn State in Scholarship, Experiential Learning and Global Literacy, and Service.
Undergraduate students aspiring to Laureate status are encouraged to actively plan their academic and professional development. They should set goals that are consistent with their interests, and develop a plan to achieve them! Students should seek input from their faculty mentors and advisors. Applicants should keep a portfolio of their activities and accomplishments.
The selection process is rigorous. Although your GPA is important (at least a 3.0 GPA), your essay tells your story and is crucial to presenting a convincing argument for why you are an EMSAGE Laureate. Use this narrative to link your accomplishments in a cohesive fashion. Make sure to edit and proofread your creative, organized and well-supported essay if you want your application to demonstrate that you are a "cut above."
In addition to your GPA and essay, you need to demonstrate significant accomplishment in three areas: Scholarship, Experiential Learning and Global Literacy and Service. Examples of achievement in each of these three areas may include, but are not limited to the following:
Please note that achieving Laureate status will require accomplishments in a minimum of nine activities that demonstrate balance across each of these categories.
Students wishing to be considered for Laureate status must complete the online application: EMSAGE APPLICATION FORM
The selection committee will inform all applicants of their status no later than four weeks prior to commencement.