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Juniata Graduate Studying Communication Receives Fellowship

(Posted June 3, 2013)

Bryan Aungst, a 2013 graduate from Millerstown, Pa., received the Johnson & Johnson Corporate Social Responsibility Fellowship at Janssen Pharmaceuticals.

HUNTINGDON, Pa. -- Bryan Aungst, a senior from Millerstown, Pa. at Juniata College studying health communication, has received the Johnson & Johnson Corporate Social Responsibility Fellowship at Janssen Pharmaceuticals, which will pay two years tuition, plus a $12,000 stipend as Aungst earns a master's degree at Rutgers University, in New Brunswick, N.J.

Aungst, the son of Christine Stroup, of Millerstown, Pa., and Gene Aungst, of East Berlin, Pa., also will work at Janssen Pharmaceuticals, in Titusville, N.J., during summer and holiday breaks. Aunsgt is a 2009 graduate of Greenwood High School and graduated from Juniata on May 18.

Aungst has been active in research during his career at Juniata. This year he completed his honors thesis: "Lost in a Woman's World: Changing Perceptions of Male Nurses" this year and presented his research paper at the 2013 National Conference on Undergraduate Research at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. He also presented at Juniata's Liberal Arts Symposium in 2013.

"Juniata gave me the vocabulary and organizational support to discuss and truly understand communication," Aungst says. "Juniata does a great job of preparing students for the real world, including that students are relentlessly encouraged to pursue internships and opportunities to gain tangible, beneficial work experience. On top of that, Juniata offers a great deal of work opportunities on campus, helping to constantly shape the professional preparation of its students."

He also has served in internships related to health communications, including a summer 2011 internship at Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy in Newport, Pa. and a fall 2012 internship in management and development at The Village at Morrison's Cove in Martinsburg, Pa.

"Juniata does a great job of preparing students for the real world, including that students are relentlessly encouraged to pursue internships and opportunities to gain tangible, beneficial work experience."
Bryan Aungst, 2013 Juniata graduate

Aungst has been extraordinarily active on campus. He received the Second Place Prize in the Bailey Oratorical Contest, a public speaking competition, in 2010 and 2011. He also served as co-president of Lambda Pi Eta, the honor society for communication in 2012-2013, and was co-president of the Communication and Media Club. He also was the vice president of the Raquetball Club.

He received the Carroll C. Arnold Award for Communication at the May 7 Juniata Convocation ceremony and is a member of the Juniata College Honor Society.

Contact John Wall at wallj@juniata.edu or (814) 641-3132 for more information.