Alan Rieck

The office is led by Dr. Alan Rieck, Ph.D., associate vice president and associate dean for Undergraduate Education.

Dr. Rieck joined Penn State’s Office of Undergraduate Education in 2016 from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where he served as the chair of the Department of Music and Theatre Arts and professor of choral music and music education. He holds a doctorate in curriculum and instruction (music education), as well as master of music and bachelor of music degrees in music education, all from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As assistant vice president and assistant dean for Undergraduate Education, Rieck leads undergraduate research initiatives offered through the Office of Undergraduate Education, including the University’s annual Undergraduate Exhibition and leadership for the Student Engagement Network.

On behalf of Undergraduate Education, the University Fellowships Office and the University Libraries support students interested in learning about undergraduate research and creative activity by offering information sessions, workshops, and advising appointments.

Phone: 814-863-1864

Hailley Fargo

Hailley Fargo is the Student Engagement Librarian. In this position, Hailley works with stakeholders across campus, collaborates with her colleagues in libraries across the Commonwealth to create an aligned approach to student engagement, and helps to coordinate a program of library support for undergraduate research. The Libraries supports undergraduate research in a variety of ways, including workshops to build foundational skills and awarding students the Libraries' Undergraduate Research Award: Excellence in Information Literacy across the Commonwealth during research exhibitions. Hailley holds a Masters of Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign and received her BA in English from Coe College, in Cedar Rapids, IA.

Phone: 814-865-1850

Lara LaDage

Dr. LaDage joined Penn State Altoona as an assistant professor of Biology in the Fall of 2013. Her research focuses on the relationship between naturally-selected behaviors and the underlying neural architecture that support those behaviors. LaDage has mentored over 30 Penn State undergraduates in her research laboratory and strongly believes that undergraduate research is a high-impact educational practice that contributes to academic success. As the Undergraduate Research Faculty Fellow, LaDage intends to understand the undergraduate research models at the Penn State campuses, streamline access to undergraduate research information for students and mentors across Penn State, track student participation in undergraduate research, and assess learning gains from participating in an undergraduate research experience.