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Jan. 27 - EMSAGE Workshop

01/27/2020 - 10:30pm

Online Protégé and Practitioner Workshop via Zoom – January 27, 2020 5:30-7:00 pm

Students preparing applications can also work with Karen Marosi, Director of Student Engagement directly by contacting her at or stopping in during her office hours 10-11 am MWF and 3-4 pm T&R.   Applications are available at   

This fall we implemented some exciting changes to the EMSAGE program. EMSAGE stands for the EMS Academy of Global Experience, and it has been used to honor our graduates who achieved at least a 3.0 GPA as well as at least nine other measures of excellence across three areas: academics, experiential learning or global literacy, and service. Successful applicants receive the distinction of EMSAGE Laureates and you can see their names on the wall in the RFSC. Learn more at

We are building on the success of the EMSAGE program by creating a holistic and supportive EMSAGE community that will involve students at an earlier stage in their academic career and support them in working towards the Laureate distinction.  As result, we named 25 Laureates this fall along with 25 Practitioners and Proteges and are looking to continue to involve more students with this growing community of students.  EMSAGE participant gain mentoring in ways to make the most of their PSU experience and have the opportunity to participate in meetings and activities that holistically support student success.

 EMSAGE has three levels of student participants:

 EMSAGE Protégés:

  • Students in good standing who have completed at least 12 university credits (earned after high school) but have had limited experiences beyond the classroom
  • As a part of the application, students will need to submit an engagement plan detailing the activities they might engage in to work toward Laureate status
  • Protégés will receive mentoring from EMSAGE Practitioners and Laureates.

EMSAGE Practitioners:

  • Students in good standing with at least 24 Penn State credits who have met at least half of the requirements for Laureate status, including experiences beyond the classroom
  • If the applicant does not have a 3.0 cumulative GPA, it must be mathematically possible to reach a 3.0 with the remaining credits in their intended degree
  • As a part of the application, students will need to submit a one-page essay detailing at least five experiences (examples are given below in the EMSAGE Laureate Requirements section) that they have completed from across the areas of scholarship, experiential learning and global literacy, and service, along with an engagement plan for how they will complete the remainder of the EMSAGE Laureate requirements
  • Practitioners will serve as valuable resources for Protégés and will receive mentoring from the EMSAGE Laureates.

EMSAGE Laureates:

  • Students who are within 36 credits of completing their undergraduate degree and have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA will be able to apply to be an EMSAGE Laureate
  • As a part of the application, students will submit a two-page essay that tells the story of their experiences and how those experiences influenced their growth
  • Laureates will serve as mentors and role models for practitioners and protégés


Please let me know if you have any questions or if I can help you in any way!


Karen Marosi (814) 865-7482

EMSAGE Applications are due Feb. 2, 2020 by 11:55PM Eastern Time.