Office of the Associate Dean for Graduate Education and Research

The Office of the Associate Dean for Graduate Education and Research (ADGER) comprises two teams, one focusing on providing research administration support and one focused on providing graduate student support. 

Research Services

Our research services team can assist faculty and students who are applying for research funding with a number of services, including:

  • Where to find funding
  • How to prepare proposals
  • How to calculate a research budget
  • How to make sure you follow common agency guidelines

Graduate Education

Our graduate education team is dedicated to ensuring that top-notch graduate students have the opportunity to pursue a world-class education in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences. Our team assists with a range of services, including:

  • Graduate applications and admission
  • College-level funding, as well as identifying other common funding mechanisms for graduate study
  • Identifying opportunities for graduate students to get involved in the broader Penn State community through events such as the Graduate Exhibition

ADGER staff

Diane Ault

Staff Assistant

Brandy Bower

Proposal and Award Generalist

Nadine Briskar

Proposal and Award Generalist

Kristin Cox

Proposal and Award Generalist

Frank Driscoll

Facilities Manager

Tamara Fetterolf

Proposal and Award Generalist

John Hellmann

Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Education and Research

Jennifer Lear

Director Research Administration

Karen Royer

Administrative Support Coordinator

Christine Woods

Proposal and Award Generalist