Saturday, May 18th, 2024

#8: MU Students Share Their Success

Many students had a lot to celebrate this year. Our #8 story features a few notable success stories.

Between conferences, competitions, individual and team awards and more, many Millersville students found a lot of success this year. Coming in at #8, we’re recognizing students and clubs who had a lot to celebrate.

‘Ville Robotics

At the 2023 Intelligent Ground Vehicle Competition held in Rochester, Michigan, ‘Ville Robotics scored big. Their autonomous robot, named A.Li.E.N. 4.0, won 1st to Qualify, 2nd Place Performance, and 2nd Place Overall in the AutoNav Class. They also won 3rd Place in the Grand Award, which combines the results of both AutoNav and Self-Drive class competitions.

The robotics team was also selected as one of just 13 teams in the nation to compete in the TiM$10K challenge. The competition is organized by SICK, one of the most prominent companies for sensor-based applications and sensor intelligence.

Undergraduate Research Conference

In April, students representing an array of different majors traveled to the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire to present their undergraduate research. The National Conference of Undergraduate Research is held annually to showcase undergraduate innovation, scholarships and creativity.

While at the conference, students not only presented their research to hundreds of other student researchers, but they also met peers and faculty in their field of research, learned about research in different fields, learned about graduate schools and employment opportunities and developed their presentation skills.

Student Receives NSF Award

Annisa Saengdara, Millersville University junior environmental and spatial sciences student, was one of 10 students awarded the National Science Foundation Research for Undergraduates award in Interdisciplinary Problem Solving. She looked at human-dominated wetlands during the 10-week program at the Rochester Institute of Technology. 

Print/Packaging Awards

Millersville University graphics and packaging technology students Sydney Hargrove, Reagan Steinberg, Kaylena Travitz and Ben Troyano won awards in two different competitions.

Hargrove and Steinberg were awarded for their submissions in the Neographics sponsored by the Print and Graphic Communications Association. Hargrove’s screen-printed T-shirt “Posterization” earned a Franklin Award for Excellence in the Student/College category, and Steinberg’s Digital “Variable Data Postcard” earned a Franklin Award for Excellence and the Best of Category in the Student/College category.

Travitz and Troyano’s “Ville Hardware” design was selected by the Association of Independent Corrugated Converter’s Student Packaging Design Competition committee as the second-place winner in the structure category.

Student appointed to State Board of Education

Breanna Chernich, wearing a green floral dress and white sneakers, stands in front of a wooden barn door
Breanna Chernich

Brenna Chernich is serving a two-year term on the State Board of Education’s Council of Higher Education. The dual early childhood education and special education major with a minor in integrative STEM education methods was approved by the State Board of Education to serve as an advisory member on the council.


MU’s National Electronic Media Association chapter won big at the Broadcast Education Association conference this year, bringing various awards back to campus:

  • The Motivated Chapter Award
  • Chapter of the Year
  • NEMA Student of the Year: Nicole Dalton, sophomore media arts production major,
  • NEMA Professional of the Year: Stacey Irwin was recognized as the NEMA Professional of the Year.
  • Honorable Mentions for the Video Entertainment and/or Music Program: Two MUTV productions received honorable mentions, including the Plugged In production and the “Cookie Butter Catastrophe” episode from The Trend MU.


Meteorology students from across the nation signed up to participate in the WxChallenge contest, and this year several Millersville University students placed high in the competition.

WxChallenge is a collegiate-focused meteorological forecasting competition. Forecasters predict the daily high and low temperatures, maximum sustained wind speed and cumulative liquid precipitation amount for select locations across the United States. The competition runs for 10 weeks in the fall semester and 10 weeks in the spring semester.

The ASSP stands behind a large banner, with the ASSP logo featured prominently
Millersville University’s American Society of Safety Professionals student chapter.

Safety Chapter

Millersville University’s American Society of Safety Professionals student chapter once again received national recognition. The chapter placed third out of 12 schools in the national 2022 – 2023 Outstanding Student Section of the Year Award competition. After winning first place last year, this makes it the second year in a row that the student chapter has been nationally recognized for its outstanding student efforts.

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