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. 

Altoona students take home top award at regional criminal justice conference

Penn State Altoona students Tyler Frye, Rachel Kosaka and Alicia Williams won the David Orrick Undergraduate Student Paper Competition at the annual meeting of the Northeastern Association of Criminal Justice Sciences.

History alumna creates fund to support undergraduate research in the humanities

Penn State history alumna Liz Covart and her husband, Tim Wilde, have established a fund to support undergraduate research in the Humanities Institute at Penn State.

University Libraries Research Awards honor 86 students from 20 campuses

Penn State University Libraries presented its fifth annual Undergraduate Research Award: Excellence in Information Literacy honors at the end of the spring 2022 semester to 86 students at 20 undergraduate Penn State campuses.