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The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology embraces diversity and inclusion in our classrooms, research laboratories, and hallways. The diverse backgrounds of our students and faculty provide unique perspectives and enhance the learning experience for all. This makes Penn State and BMB a great place to study.   Learn something new about BMB and our students – both past and present – through their shared thoughts and stories.

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Meet Alexis Davison, 2019 - 20 Beckman Scholar

"It is an honor to have been selected to be a Beckman Scholar and become a member of such an organization where the promotalexis davidsonion of discovery for the benefit of humanity remains at its core."  

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Meet Taylor Yount, 2019 - 20 Beckman Scholar
Taylor Yount
"The Beckman community has inspired me to push the boundaries of science and innovation, and I am incredibly proud and excited to be a part of it."

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Elizabeth McFadden, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Major, Class of 2020
Elizabeth McFadden

"The phage discovery course opened my eyes to the world of research and gave me an opportunity to explore and develop my ideas in a way that most undergraduate students never get."

Hailee Wingard, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Major, Class of 2021

Hailee Wingard"Growing up just outside of State College, I was an avid goer of the Science-U Program.  This year I was able to give back by working as a mentor and lab coordinator at Science-U.   It really came full circle for me and is a great way to get young kids interested in the world of science."

Mollie Sweeney, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Major, Class of 2018

Mollie Sweeney"By being an LA, you get the unique opportunity to work with professors, your peer LA's, and your peers who are taking the class. Working with professors and other LA's on developing and implementing active learning exercises in the classroom was an invaluable teaching experience, and gave me a lot of insight into what it's like to teach effectively. It's not all teaching recitations either - I got to facilitate experimental demonstrations in class and even ran a Twitter page for one of my courses. Best of all, LAing for fundamental classes such as basic cell and molecular biology or introductory chemistry gives you an opportunity to re-teach yourself the most important concepts that form the basis of upper-level coursework. Ultimately you end up learning a lot about your own learning style in the process of gaining teaching skills."

Emily Snell, Microbiology Major, Class of 2019
Emily Snell

“Being among the top 50 research universities, I knew that I could pursue my interests in biochemistry while being among world-class faculty.”

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Stephanie Poly, a BMB student and Undergraduate Researcher, takes part in poster exhibition:
Stephanie Poly

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Jarrett Venezia, Microbiology Major, Class of 2016

Jarrett VeneziaResearch completely changed my post-college plans."

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Cuyler Luck receives poster session award
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