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


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.
Robinson Named 2011 Co-op Student of the Year
Robinson Named 2011 Co-op Student of the Year 12 October 2011Zachary Robinson of Mechanicsburg, PA, has been selected as the recipient of the 2011 Co-op Student of the Year Award, sponsored by the Eberly College of Science. This award is given annually to a participant in the Eberly College of Science Cooperative Education Program in recognition of the student’s academic achievements and contributions to employers, the University, the community, and the field of cooperative education.
Garcia Named to 2011 Homecoming Court
Garcia Named to 2011 Homecoming Court 04 October 2011Rene Garcia, a senior forensic science major from Herndon, Virginia, was selected to be part of the 2011 Penn State homecoming court. Homecoming is set for October 14-15, 2011. This year's theme is "Forever Lions Endless Pride."
Third Annual Penn State REU Symposium Featured Undergraduate Summer Research
Third Annual Penn State REU Symposium Featured Undergraduate Summer Research 05 August 2011The third annual Penn State Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Symposium was held on Thursday, August 4, which served as the conclusion of the students’ ten-week research experience. Penn State also offered a Research Experience for Teachers (RET) in parallel with the 10-week REU program.
Carly Comer to Represent Penn State's Eberly College of Science as Student Marshal at Summer Commencement 2011
Carly Comer to Represent Penn State's Eberly College of Science as Student Marshal at Summer Commencement 2011 25 July 2011Carly Diana Comer of Abington, Pennsylvania will be honored as the student marshal for the Eberly College of Science during Penn State's summer commencement ceremonies on Saturday, 13 August 2011, at the University Park campus. Comer's faculty escort for the commencement exercises will be Stephen Schaeffer of the Department of Biology.
Research in Arabian Peninsula Will Help Scientists Understand Coral Diversity and Adaptation to Climate Change
Research in Arabian Peninsula Will Help Scientists Understand Coral Diversity and Adaptation to Climate Change 10 June 2011Todd LaJeunesse, an assistant professor of biology at Penn State, and Drew Wham, a graduate student in LaJeunesse’s lab, recently traveled to Saudi Arabia for two weeks to conduct research with collaborators from King Abdulla University of Science and Technology (KAUST). KAUST is an international, graduate-level research university situated on the Red Sea. The research is part of a world-wide project to describe the biodiversity and ecology of symbiotic algae that live in reef-building corals.
Phagehunter Lab Has Undergraduates Searching for Tuberculosis Cure
Phagehunter Lab Has Undergraduates Searching for Tuberculosis Cure 08 June 2011This spring, the Eberly College of Science introduced a new biology lab course, BIO 220W: Biology Populations and Communities, which gives undergraduates the opportunity to do pioneering, real-world research. The course, funded by a grant from Howard Hughes Medical Institute, is part of a multi-university effort to bring true research into the undergraduate classroom.
Graduating Senior Studies the Shadows of Galaxies
Graduating Senior Studies the Shadows of Galaxies 05 May 2011Most of the universe is empty space -- galaxies lie few and far between. Moreover, distant galaxies are difficult, if not impossible, to observe by their meager light. So, what if astronomers studied not the light of the galaxies themselves, but also their shadows?
Daniel Matasic Receives CEIA 2010 Co-op Student of the Year Award
Daniel Matasic Receives CEIA 2010 Co-op Student of the Year Award 04 May 2011Daniel Matasic, of West Chester, Pennsylvania, received the 2010 Cooperative Education and Internship Association (CEIA) Co-op Student of the Year award. This national award recognizes students’ academic achievements and contributions to their co-op employers, the University, the community, and the field of cooperative education. The CEIA presented this award to Dan at their national conference in San Antonio, Texas in April 2011.
Is there a doctor in the orchestra? Pre-med Scholar performs horn recital for honors thesis
22 April 2011As a member of Penn State’s symphonic band, philharmonic orchestra, and horn ensemble, Kalila has plenty of opportunities to experience the diverse personalities of the horn. She especially loves playing and listening to songs from the German Romantic Period.

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