The award was presented by the Edinboro University Veterans Success Center in recognition of Gerhauser’s service to country, superior academic work, personal and professional achievement, and success in the face of challenges that can confront student veterans. She received a cash grant and personalized plaque, and her name will be displayed in the Veterans Success Center.
Gerhauser graduated with highest honors from Edinboro University with a Bachelor of Art in Sociology, with a minor in Psychology. She plans to return to the University in the fall to pursue a Master of Art in Communication Studies.
Before coming to Edinboro, she served honorably in the U.S. Navy for four years as an AEGIS Spy Radar Tactician, including two years on Sea Service and deployments to the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Aden aboard the destroyer USS Gettysburg, which was leading anti-piracy efforts as the flagship for the United Nations’ Combined Task Force 151.
While pursuing her undergraduate degree, Gerhauser was a peer tutor, an active member of the Robert C. Weber Honors Program, and a leader in the Sociology Club, Alpha Kappa Delta Honor Society, and the Sociology Undergraduate Research Group (SURG). Her research project, “Framing Arab-Americans and Muslims in U.S. Media,” was selected through a rigorous, peer-reviewed statewide competition to be published this fall in the academic journal Sociological Viewpoints.
Gerhauser resides in Waterford with her husband, Ryan, and their two children, Aurora, 2, and Connor, 2 months.
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