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2011 grad gives back to Penn State through major gift


Weeks after receiving his master's degree in geosciences from Penn State, Hiroshi Hamasaki decided to thank Hiroshi Ohmoto, his adviser and professor of geochemistry, with a $100,000 gift to establish the Geosciences Research Fund in Honor of Hiroshi Ohmoto in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences.

Hamasaki, a native of Japan, said the gift reflects his appreciation for the support and mentoring he experienced during his three years of study with Ohmoto. It also speaks to what Hamasaki described as the strengths of Penn State -- the sense of community among students, dedication of faculty and world-class research.

"Penn State changed my life -- I learned not just academics but also gained a broader perspective,ā€ said Hamasaki, who graduated in December 2011. ā€œIā€™m proud to be a Penn State alumnus, and the easiest way to show my appreciation was with this donation.ā€ (click here for entire story)

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