Criminal justice student wins sociology research competition

Criminal justice major Rachel Kosaka took home top prize in the undergraduate student poster competition at the Pennsylvania Sociological Society’s annual meeting held Nov. 4-5.

Erickson Discovery Grant application now open for summer 2023

Penn State undergraduates from all academic fields and campuses can apply for an Erickson Discovery Grant to fund student-initiated projects during summer 2023. 

Commonwealth Campus collaboration leads to first publication for Altoona student

Jazzmine McCauley recently published an article in “International Journal for Students as Partners,” an interdisciplinary journal devoted to scholarly research on students, faculty, and staff working in partnership to enhance learning and teaching in higher education.

Sawfish fossils suggest teeth likely evolved from body scales in ancient fish

Scientists have long debated the origins of teeth. Did they evolve from body scales that migrated into the mouths of ancient vertebrates and became adapted for eating — an idea known as the "outside-in" hypothesis? Or did they evolve independent of scales, originating deep within the oral cavity and ultimately mounting onto the jaws — known as the "inside-out" hypothesis? A new study by scientists at Penn State provides evidence for the "outside-in" hypothesis.

Senior Ellie Kim earns Astronaut Scholarship

Penn State senior Ellie Kim has received a 2022 Astronaut Scholarship, which provides $15,000 toward education for careers in engineering, math or natural or applied sciences research. Kim, of State College, Pennsylvania, is a Schreyer Scholar majoring in general music (piano) and biochemistry and molecular biology.

Stuckeman School student explores landscape democracy during independent study

Devon Guyer's love for his hometown of Philadelphia, coupled with his exposure to a landscape architecture firm that focuses on representational landscapes and community-engaged design, inspired him to further explore the effect designers can have on a community by the decisions they make in the design process.

Altoona criminal justice student co-authors article about substance-abuse issues

Payton Perry, a senior majoring in criminal justice at Penn State Altoona, co-authored an article, “First Responders’ Views of Naloxone: Does Stigma Matter?”, which appeared in a medical journal covering substance-abuse issues.

Penn State Equine Research Team explores New York horse industry during trip

The Penn State Equine Research Team in the College of Agricultural Sciences recently traveled to upstate New York to present research at Cornell University while also gaining knowledge about the New York horse industry.


Ten Penn Staters earn Fulbright U.S. Student awards for 2022-23 academic year

Penn State students and alumni will travel to all corners of the globe for the 2022–23 school year through the Fulbright U.S. Student Program. 

From Scranton to University Park, chemistry major makes his mark on RNA research

Chemistry major Matthew Herne began his Penn State tenure at Scranton, which provided a solid foundation before he transferred to Penn State University Park. Now, he now conducts RNA research in the Bevilacqua lab.