Stories

Learn how engagement has transformed the lives of students.

A Research Proposal for Organ Donation

Kiernan Riley Over the summer I wrote an Institutional Review Board (IRB) research proposal for a study focused on educating a student population on organ donation. This included calling local schools, meeting with professors on Penn State Worthington Campus, writing...

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Preparing for Graduate-level Education

Rabith Shaikh I conducted an independent research this summer. I tried to answer the divisions in Lebanese society. To further understand Lebanon, I went over the writings of acclaimed scholars on Lebanon. My adviser suggested Samir Khalaf, Ussama Makdisi, Itamar...

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Tackling HIV on a Global Scale

Kaiyi Wu I stayed in China for five weeks, where I wrapped up the research progress made in the spring 2017 semester and did some reading into cooperating socioeconomic covariates into our current model in predict prevalence of HIV. In addition, I interviewed some HIV...

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Welcoming New Experiences and Challenges

Emma Price This past summer, I stayed at Penn State and worked on my honors thesis in a plant biology lab. I used click chemistry to work towards visualizing the most recently deposited cell wall matrix. This is a part of biology I haven’t had much experience with as...

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Aspiring to Be a Software Developer

Giselle Redila During this summer I worked on my personal laptop and on the desktop computer located in the Penn State lab affiliated with my research adviser. I utilized Twitter data provided by the Department of Geography and visualized it in the Unity Engine. I...

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Interning in the Oil & Gas Industry

Matthew Deskevich A week after I applied for the grant, I was offered a civil engineering internship. This opportunity was much more relevant to my education and experiences than the Weed Science research position I currently had, so I chose to pursue the engineering...

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Blazing a Trail for Women in STEM

Rhea Elena Sullivan I was a camp counselor and a science teacher at a one-week STEM immersion program at Camp Catanese. I found that I shared many values with Camp Catanese; they believe that everyone should have equal access to opportunity and education. The camp and...

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Igniting My Passion for Math

Karen Haar Over the summer, I worked under the tutelage of Associate Professor Dr. Carina Curto. I originally met with her to ask about her neuroscience research. Dr. Curto happened to be writing a book chapter for an undergraduate textbook in biological math and...

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What It Means to Be a Foreigner

Alexander Gonçalves I went to São Paulo and Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, for a language program and independent research. For the first six weeks I received Portuguese tutelage and explored the cultural scene of the city. Presently, I’m in Rio, working with musicologists...

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Unlocking New Doors and Opportunities

Nicole Price This summer I stayed in State College and worked in a cardiovascular research lab under Dr. Keefe Manning. In this lab, my project focused on finding the trapping efficiency of inferior vena cava filters through tests with varied materials and ultimately...

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Growing as a Global Citizen

Miranda Sill My summer program took place in London, where I had the privilege to study, work, and research—all while learning more about the city itself and growing as a global citizen. My course studied theatre in London and therefore class included our viewing of...

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Working in a Virus Research Lab

Miranda Sill As a participant in the DAAD RISE Summer Internship, I was conducting research in Dresden, Germany, at a clinic affiliated with the Technische Universität Dresden. The Carl Gustav Clinic where I worked housed a large research group focused on cellular...

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Exploring New Opportunities in Agriculture

Lauren Fillebrown For ten weeks, I have had the great opportunity to work as part of the farm staff at Weavers Way Farms in Northwest Philadelphia which was funded through Penn State Extension. My overall experience at Weavers Way Farms was positive. I highly enjoyed...

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The Realm of International Research

Emily Seiger I traveled to Dhaka, Bangladesh, to work with a team in the Maternal and Childhood Malnutrition department of the International Center for Diarrheal Disease Research (ICDDR). As a research student of Dr. Laura Murray-Kolb (a professor in the Department of...

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Paving the Path to Medical School

Michael Yi I continued my research with Dr. Meredith in State College, continuing progress on my project. I also continued volunteering at MSLC with my mentee, Richard, meeting with him weekly, along with volunteering at PAWS weekly. This experience was important to...

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Improving the World We Live In

Evan McStay I decided that I wanted to build an application for farmers to use to identify plant diseases that are plaguing their harvest. I decided that for the first iteration of this application that I wanted to stay local and focus on the vegetation around Beaver...

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Extending Beyond My Comfort Zone

Alejandro Cuevas  For my engagement experience, I studied abroad in Seoul, South Korea. I spent seven weeks studying Korean Studies at Yonsei University. I was enrolled in an extra program called CIEE, and this program helped to branch the students out to the various...

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Pursuit for Advanced Learning

Alejandro Cuevas  I worked as a researcher at the Distributed and Decentralized Systems (DeDiS) lab at the Swiss Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) under the direction of Dr. Bryan Ford. The experience took place between June 15 and August 15, 2017. I had the...

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Conducting Thesis Research Abroad

Seamus Wagner I went to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. I was conducting thesis research into national identity and electoral conflict in Kawe constituency in Dar es Salaam. I developed a survey and assembled a research team to administer the survey within all ten wards...

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Working for a Greater Cause

Katie Jordan This summer, I was an intern in U.S. House of Representative’s Mike Kelly’s office in Washington, D.C. Mr. Kelly serves the third district of Pennsylvania, which covers north of Pittsburgh to Erie and the Ohio Border. As an intern, I was responsible for...

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