Valerie Schrader, associate professor of communication arts and sciences at Penn State Schuylkill, and two of her undergraduate research students — Sophia Bates and Courtney Weikel — earned top paper honors at the National Communication Association fall conference.
Four Penn State students, including Altoona campus student Jazzmine McCauley, presented their undergraduate research at the Annual Meeting for the American Society of Criminology in November.
Erin Horack, a first-year biotechnology major at Penn State Berks, recently won two first place awards for her research studying the spotted lanternfly. She was named a 2021 Regeneron Science Talent Search Scholar and she also took first place honors at the National FFA Agriscience competition for her research.
Students from all academic fields and Penn State campuses are encouraged to apply for a 2022 Erickson Discovery Grant to fund student-initiated projects next summer. Grants provide $3,500 toward living expenses and project costs. Student projects of all kinds are welcome: the arts, engineering, humanities, sciences and social sciences.
When Penn State Altoona student Tyler Frye collaborated on a research project with other Penn State researchers, it didn’t just lead to a paper being published in the American Journal of Criminal Justice — it was also the springboard toward a career he never envisioned for himself.
On Oct. 7, the Penn State Eberly College of Science hosted the fall 2021 Undergraduate Research Poster Exhibition as part of its new Diversity in STEM Corporate Partners Program and in conjunction with the college’s celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. Organized and run by Emily Bell, coordinator of undergraduate research for the Eberly college’s Office of Science Engagement, the exhibition featured approximately 40 student participants, from whom 10 winners were chosen in three categories, and was adjudicated by 20 Penn State faculty, postdoctoral scholars, graduate students, and staff.
A daylong symposium on Oct. 15, “Rethinking Undergraduate Research in the Humanities,” will kick off an initiative that seeks to increase undergraduate students' engagement in humanities research at Penn State.
Twenty-six Penn State undergraduates will present their research alongside hundreds of others across the world at the virtual 2021 International Conference of Undergraduate Research in September.
Faculty members who wish to include undergraduates in their research or provide mentorship to undergraduate researchers are encouraged to communicate their availability though a recently expanded database.
Researchers from several disciplines across Penn State are spearheading an NSF-funded program for underrepresented U.S. undergraduate students to research extreme weather events and climate change in Peru.