Stories

Learn how engagement has transformed the lives of students.

Advancing Solar Energy Conversion

Jacob Miscio We went to Roatan Honduras from August 10–13, 2017, to evaluate sites to build a solar array that will power a well. We used tools and engineering instruments to record our observations and decide which sites were desirable and which were not. We also...

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Facing Weaknesses Head On

Jonathan Westlake Over the summer, I worked in State College and travelled to Houston. I mostly served as a business development liaison for a startup. I worked to improve our device’s application and breadth, while also gaining key connections and developing new...

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Testing My Russian Language Skills

Kylie Doran I went to Astana, Kazakhstan, to study Russian language at Nazarbayev University. This experience was extremely important to me as a foreign language major to have real-world practice with native Russian speakers. It was also extremely helpful to gain a...

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Helping Those with Disabilities

Courtney Jasiulevicius This summer, I worked in the lab of Dr. Blair Evans, a professor of sport psychology in the Department of Kinesiology at University Park. I developed an independent study surrounding parental experiences in youth disability sport. Throughout the...

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Creating My First Robot

Veronica Gruning During my time at the Applied Research Laboratory (ARL) West I and II at Penn State University, I worked on a ROS node that adapted a previously written code from MATLAB into Python. This code allows the robot to identify the terrain it is traversing,...

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Exploring the Study of Biomaterials

Kevin Godzik I worked under Professor Ozbolat in his 3D bioprinting laboratory at the Millennium Science Complex in University Park, Pennsylvania. In particular, I focused on developing, processing, and optimizing a bio-ink for bone regeneration purposes.  Material...

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The Hidden Beauty within Nursing

Kaléi Kowalchik  My engagement experience occurred under the guidance of Michael Evans Ph.D., M.S.Ed., RN, ACNS, CMSRN, CNE, Assistant Chief Academic Officer and Assistant Clinical Professor of Nursing at Penn State Worthington Scranton, during his shifts with...

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Building a Global Perspective

Taylor Yount I traveled to India and visited the cities of New Delhi, Amritsar, Shimla, Chandigarh, and Jaipur. The trip lasted a month and I spent my time visiting local universities and speaking with undergraduate students of all different fields. I visited many...

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Helping Clients Recover Every Day

Holly Masters My internship was completed at an outpatient facility named Specialty Orthopaedics Rehabilitation in Hermitage, Pennsylvania. I worked from 7:30-4:00 p.m. for 8 weeks in the Occupational Therapy department. I was under the supervision of an Occupational...

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