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Penn State’s first architecture doctoral student earns degree with honors

Stephen Mainzer, who successfully defended his dissertation on March 1, becoming the first doctoral student in the Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture to graduate with a Ph.D. in Architecture. A member of the first cohort in 2014, his degree will be a dual-title degree, combining architecture (with a focus in landscape architecture) and Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and the Environment (HDNRE).

Mainzer was recently one of 13 graduate students who received the Penn State Alumni Association Dissertation Award, Distinguished Doctoral Scholar Medal, in recognition of outstanding professional accomplishment and achievement in scholarly research. 

“Graduating with the program's first Ph.D. is an immense honor,” said Mainzer. “I hope that I have demonstrated to my colleagues and future students the benefits of taking a strong design foundation — developed during my bachelor and master's work at Penn State — across disciplinary boundaries.” 

For the story at Penn State News, see: http://bit.ly/firstPhD

 Stephen Mainzer, far left, teaching during a review.