READING, PA – Adelle Schade, dean of pre-college and summer programs and founder of the Science Research Institute at Albright College, has been named the recipient of the Whitaker Center’s Women in STEM Game Changer Award. The 2022 Women in STEM Awards Program will be held at the Whitaker Center in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania on Wednesday, September 21 at 5 p.m.

The Whitaker Center recognizes women in central Pennsylvania who have made an impact in science, technology, engineering, and math through the 2022 Women of Impact: Celebrating Women in STEM awards program. The Game Changer Award is given to a woman who has made an impact in her STEM field with a focus on inspiring others in the community.

Drawing lessons from a 25-year career in education and holding degrees in Health and Physical Education (BS), Biological Education (M.Ed.), Microbiology (MS), Adelle Schade uses a unique student-focused model for K-12 students through the Albright College Institute for Scientific Research. Powerful K-12 and higher education collaboration enables students in the City of Reading and Berks County to create, innovate, explore and invent through learning experiences authentic and hands-on with leaders and faculty, as well as Albright undergraduates who serve as mentors.

Its Total Experience Learning (TEL) model is designed to provide opportunities for authentic learning through experiences while improving and refining research skills, literacy, communication skills and entrepreneurial thinking.

“The TEL philosophy is rooted in providing one-on-one support to students for the development of creative, inventive and innovative solutions related to current industry needs,” Schade said. “Through this development, students gain skills in resilience, professionalism and networking.”

A nonprofit center for the arts, education, entertainment, and cultural enrichment, the Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts is located in the heart of bustling downtown Harrisburg. It is home to the Sunoco Performance Theater, the Harsco Science Center and the Select Medical Digital Cinema. Visit for a complete list of educational programs, special events, shows and more.

Named one of the top national colleges by the Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education, Albright College (founded in 1856) is home to a diverse community of learners who cultivate integrity, curiosity, connection, and resilience. Through learning experiences that engage a student’s creative and innovative abilities across all disciplines, inside and outside the classroom, an education at Albright College ensures that every student learns to ‘engage in the world, understand the world and is ready to have an impact on a rapidly changing world. Located in Reading, Pennsylvania, Albright serves undergraduates, adult learners, and graduate students.