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A collection of stories about some of the students enrolled in the Eberly College of Science.


Brendan Mullan Selected as a 2013 National Geographic Emerging Explorer
Brendan Mullan Selected as a 2013 National Geographic Emerging Explorer 15 May 2013Brendan Mullan, an astrobiologist, science educator, and a recent Ph.D. graduate from Penn State, joins a roboticist, a glaciologist, a planetary geologist, an artist and an entrepreneur as one of 17 visionary, young trailblazers from around the world who have been selected as this year’s National Geographic Emerging Explorers.
2013 Myriant Corporation Scholarship Winners Announced
2013 Myriant Corporation Scholarship Winners Announced 08 May 2013The Eberly College of Science is pleased to announce the winners of the 2013 Myriant Corporation Scholarship for Excellence in Bio-Energy and Energy Sustainability. The Myriant Scholarship recognizes outstanding undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing careers in bioenergy and/or energy sustainability, and is generously sponsored by the Myriant Corporation of Quincy, Massachusetts.
College marshal composes both musical compositions, chemical equations
College marshal composes both musical compositions, chemical equations 06 May 2013What happens when a student has strong interests in two vastly different fields of study? How does the student choose a path? Josh Laughner decided not to choose and successfully pursued degrees in both chemistry and music.
Rachel Chang to Represent Penn State's Eberly College of Science as Student Marshal at Spring Commencement 2013
Rachel Chang to Represent Penn State's Eberly College of Science as Student Marshal at Spring Commencement 2013 05 April 2013Rachel W. Chang of Haverford, Pennsylvania, will be honored as the student marshal for the Eberly College of Science during Penn State University's spring commencement ceremonies on Saturday, 4 May 2013 on the University Park campus. Chang's faculty escort for the commencement exercises will be Aimin Liu, an associate professor of biology.
Penn State Open Online Course "Infects" Learners, Causing a "Virtual Pandemic"
Penn State Open Online Course "Infects" Learners, Causing a "Virtual Pandemic" 14 March 2013A new "virtual epidemic apocalypse" game is one of the innovative components of a free massive open online course (MOOC) titled "Epidemics: the Dynamics of Infectious Diseases," that will be launched by Penn State University's Eberly College of Science on 15 October 2013. "As you are taking this science course, a virtual epidemic is unfolding, with the potential of infecting hundreds of thousands of people. Can we stop it and, if so, how?" said Marcel Salathe, the assistant professor of biology and of computer science and engineering who leads the team of eight Penn State faculty members who will teach the eight-week course.
Undergraduate Astronomer Helps the World To See "Invisible" Light from Star Clusters
Undergraduate Astronomer Helps the World To See "Invisible" Light from Star Clusters 29 January 2013Ever since Blair Porterfield attended astronomy camp as a middle-school student, she knew she wanted to become an astronomer. Now, as a Penn State senior majoring in Astronomy and Astrophysics, Porterfield is a member of NASA's Swift satellite team, studying the light emitted by star clusters.
By the Numbers: Junior analyzes statistics to improve team
By the Numbers: Junior analyzes statistics to improve team 20 December 201210 Questions with Derek Gerberich. Written by Julia Kern, a college relations intern with Schreyer Honors College.
Scientist hopes to target disease treatment by studying gene regulation
Scientist hopes to target disease treatment by studying gene regulation 20 December 201210 Questions with Distinguished Honors Faculty Member Song Tan. Written by Julia Kern, a college relations intern with the Schreyer Honors College.
Richard Villanti to Represent Penn State's Eberly College of Science as Student Marshal at Fall Commencement 2012
Richard Villanti to Represent Penn State's Eberly College of Science as Student Marshal at Fall Commencement 2012 14 November 2012Richard Villanti of Sayre, Pennsylvania will be honored as the student marshal for the Eberly College of Science during Penn State University's fall commencement ceremonies on 22 December, 2012, at the University Park campus. Villanti's faculty escort for the commencement exercises will be Diane Henderson, a professor of mathematics.
Penn State Math Student Receives $3,000 Scholarship from AMS
Penn State Math Student Receives $3,000 Scholarship from AMS 07 November 2012Benjamin Levi Heebner, a junior majoring in actuarial mathematics and minoring in economics and statistics, has been awarded a $3000 Trjitzinsky Scholarship from the American Mathematical Society (AMS). Heebner was selected for the scholarship based on his outstanding academic record.
Saryet Kucukemiroglu to Represent Penn State's Eberly College of Science as Student Marshal at Summer Commencement 2012
Saryet Kucukemiroglu to Represent Penn State's Eberly College of Science as Student Marshal at Summer Commencement 2012 24 July 2012Saryet Kucukemiroglu of York, Pennsylvania will be honored as the student marshal for the Eberly College of Science during Penn State University's summer commencement ceremonies on Saturday, August 11, at the University Park campus. Saryet's faculty escort for the commencement exercises will be Durland O. Shumway of the Department of Statistics.
Spring 2012 Commencement Photos Now Online
Spring 2012 Commencement Photos Now Online 30 May 2012Congratulations to all of the spring 2012 Penn State Science graduates! Photos from the commencement ceremony, held on Saturday, May 5, at the Bryce Jordan Center, are now online.
Astronomy Graduate Student Wins National FameLab Astrobiology Competition
Astronomy Graduate Student Wins National FameLab Astrobiology Competition 02 May 2012Brendan Mullan, a fifth-year graduate student in the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, recently won NASA's National FameLab Astrobiology competition. The event, dubbed a national science communication extravaganza, welcomed young scientists from across the country to compete to be named the best science communicator.
Hostetler and Stella to Represent Penn State's Eberly College of Science as Student Marshals at Spring Commencement 2012
Hostetler and Stella to Represent Penn State's Eberly College of Science as Student Marshals at Spring Commencement 2012 04 April 2012Zachary Hostetler of Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, and Jennifer Stella of Boalsburg, Pennsylvania, will be honored as the student marshals for the Eberly College of Science during Penn State's spring commencement ceremonies on 5 May, 2012 at the University Park campus. Hostetler's faculty escort will be Song Tan, a professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Stella's faculty escort will be Loida Escote Carlson, an assistant professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
3rd Annual Alumni Mentoring Program Workshop Success for Students and Alumni
29 February 2012There was a loud buzz of conversation as the third annual Eberly College of Science Alumni Mentoring dinner got underway as the new student protégés met their alumni mentors for the first time, while a few pairs reunited from previous years. The event, which was held at the Nittany Lion Inn on February 11, boasted 70 participants, making this the best-attended year to date. The program, which now has over 70 pairs of mentors and protégés, has spread through the college to incorporate participants from biology, life science, pre-medicine, biochemistry and molecular biology, forensic science, chemistry, physics, and math.
Groh Awarded CERN Undergraduate Research Fellowship
Groh Awarded CERN Undergraduate Research Fellowship 16 January 2012John Groh, a physics and math double major and Schreyer Honors College scholar, has recently been awarded a prestigious CERN undergraduate research fellowship for this summer. CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, is one of the world’s largest and most respected centers for scientific research.
Michael DiRaimo Jr. to Represent Penn State's Eberly College of Science as Student Marshal at Fall Commencement 2011
Michael DiRaimo Jr. to Represent Penn State's Eberly College of Science as Student Marshal at Fall Commencement 2011 30 November 2011Michael DiRaimo Jr., of State College, Pennsylvania, will be honored as the student marshal for the Eberly College of Science during Penn State University's fall commencement ceremonies on Saturday, 17 December 2011 on the University Park campus. DiRaimo's faculty escort for the commencement exercises will be Thomas Mallouk, the DuPont Professor of Materials Chemistry and Physics and Evan Pugh Professor of Chemistry.
Student’s Research Aims to Wash Away Childhood Disease
Student’s Research Aims to Wash Away Childhood Disease 25 October 2011In the United States, washing one’s hands is an ordinary, everyday habit. But after a visit to Uganda in the summer of 2009, Schreyer Honors College Scholar Ce Zhang learned that hand washing could mean the difference between life and death. Startled by the lack of hand washing facilities in the Ugandan village he visited, Ce, a senior majoring in biology in the Eberly College of Science, came up with the “Tippy Tap,” a device designed to increase hand washing among children.
Rene Garcia Named 2011 Homecoming King
Rene Garcia Named 2011 Homecoming King 21 October 2011Rene Garcia, a senior forensic science major from Herndon, Virginia, was named the 2011 Penn State homecoming king during the Homecoming pep rally on October 14. Paige Rothaus, a senior advertising student, was named homecoming queen.
Keegan McCoy Receives USRA Education Award
Keegan McCoy Receives USRA Education Award 17 October 2011Keegan McCoy, a Schreyer Honors College student in the Integrated Undergraduate/Graduate (IUG) Program, through which he will earn a B.S. in Electrical Engineering, a B.S. in Astronomy & Astrophysics, and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering in May 2012, was recently awarded the USRA Education Award. The USRA Scholarship Program provides college scholarships to students who have shown a career interest in the physical sciences or engineering with an emphasis on space research or space science education.

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