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The Center for Scholar Development partners with offices within the Pennoni Honors College and across the university to identify and support high-achieving students by offering a range of workshops, activities, and individual advising focused on scholarly and professional development; raising campus-wide awareness of available opportunities; and helping students create successful fellowships applications.

Located within the Pennoni Honors College, Center for Scholar Development coordinates three sets of programming: Aspire Scholars, Fellowships, and Undergraduate Scholarly Enrichment

Location and Hours

Center for Scholar Development
Disque Hall, Suite 109
32 S. 32nd Street
Monday-Friday, 9 AM - 5 PM

Advising Appointments


Center for Scholar Development Team


Leah H. Gates

Leah Gates comes to the Center for Scholar Development from School of International Service at American University, where she will soon complete her PhD. She served in AU's Office of Merit Awards as a graduate fellow, working primarily with undergraduates interested in public service, social justice, and life sciences. When not at CSD, she is enjoying getting to know Philadelphia, mostly via food--restaurant recommendations  are welcome! She can also often be found at the park with her foster dogs, or maybe just enjoying the sun with a good book.

Kelly WeissbergerKelly Weissberger, MA
Associate Director

Kelly holds a Master's in English literature from the University of Virginia and Bachelor's degrees in English and history from the College of William and Mary. Kelly brings several years of experience with teaching and tutoring writing at the college level. She has previously worked in study abroad, community engagement, and fellowships advising at the Virginia Commonwealth University and West Chester University, and coordinated a long-running international service-learning program for the College of William and Mary. As a former Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) grantee and instructor in Bosnia, she is familiar with the benefits and challenges of international engagement and excited to help applicants explore international opportunities and navigate the application process. Kelly focuses on advising students applying for international and global affairs programs, as well as strengthening our partnerships with international and academic partners across campus.

MarthaMeiersMartha Meiers, MS
Program Manager

Martha holds a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts in ceramics from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University and a Master's in arts administration from Drexel University. Before coming to Drexel, Martha held positions in the Admissions office at the University of the Sciences, advising prospective students on academic programs and opportunities and helping them navigate the college application process. Martha brings experience and enthusiasm for communicating with students and departments throughout the university, as well as a strong interest in student advancement and achievement. As Program Manager for the Center for Scholar Development, Martha manages the Aspire Scholars program, undergraduate personal and professional development workshops, as well as provides administrative and communications support for the Center.

Cara Fantini
Program Coordinator

Cara Fantini holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Relations from Cheyney University and is in the process of completing a Master’s in higher education at Temple University. Cara previously worked in social services and assisted individuals in locating community resources. She also has experience working with students in residence life and housing. Cara hopes to bring these experiences together to assist students at the Center for Scholar Development. When she’s not at Drexel, Cara can be found hanging out with her cats and watching Netflix. She also enjoys cooking, painting and spending time with her family.