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Diversity Resources For
Current Undergraduate Students
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At the Eberly College of Science, we are committed to the success of our diverse student population. Explore the variety of resources we offer from personalized academic advising to curricular and co-curricular programming.

Advising

Science Advising Center

In addition to your general faculty advisor, Eberly students on the pre-health track should visit the Science Advising Center for additional resources.

Learn More About Pre-Health Advising

 

Office of Science Engagement

The Office of Science Engagement works with students, employers, faculty and staff toward helping students connect with learning opportunities outside the classroom, including research, education abroad, and career opportunities.

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Student Organizations

At the Eberly College of Science, our focus is to support your journey toward academic success in an environment that also strengthens the overlap between what goes on in resident instruction and what takes place outside of the classroom. We encourage undergraduate students to explore our diversity-focused organizations, find friends with similar experiences, advocate for issues you care about, or discover an exciting extracurricular.

 

Get involved on campus

The purpose of First Gen Advocates is to promote awareness, advocacy, and mentorship in order to further support first generation college students at The Pennsylvania State University. A first-generation college student is any student that is first in their family to go to college, will be the first to finish college, or has a parent(s) that only finished an associate degree(s).

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MANRRS fosters and promotes the agricultural sciences and related fields in a positive manner among multicultural groups. Its members initiate and participate in activities and programs that will ensure ethnic minority involvement in agricultural sciences and careers.

Learn More About MANRRS

MAPS is a national organization affiliated with the Student National Medical Association. With numerous chapters across America, the purpose of the organization is to increase the number of underrepresented students entering and completing a health professional education.

Learn More About MAPS

NOBCChE strives to build a framework for successful diverse global leaders in STEM that will help advance their professional endeavors by adding value to their academic, development, leadership, and philanthropic ventures throughout the life-cycle of their careers.

Learn More About NOBCChE

oSTEM is a non-profit student organization geared toward influencing the academic and professional progress and development growth of LGBTQ+ students and youth in the field of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. oSTEM focuses its efforts on educating, increasing and retaining acceptance, tolerance and enrollment in such professions.

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SACNAS is an inclusive organization dedicated to fostering the success of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans, from college students to professionals, in attaining advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in STEM.

Learn More About SACNAS

TaMIA provides a safe space for underrepresented or marginalized groups to talk about issues of equity and inclusion in astronomy with the community at-large. TaMIA’s main goal is to support those who have felt pushback in life based on who they are, where they come from, what they believe in, or how they look, sound, speak, hear, think, move, feel, or understand the world.

Learn More About TaMIA

 

Undergraduate Research Experiences

PA Space Grant Consortium Research Internship

The WISER/MURE/FURP program offers first-year students across a variety of STEM disciplines a two-semester (spring and fall semesters of one calendar year) faculty mentored internship in a research laboratory at Penn State University Park. During the internship experience, students have the opportunity to collaborate with a research team, learn the language of research, and conduct experiments. Mentored by a faculty member, students are engaged in research activities that may include attending lab meetings, collecting and analyzing data, and working on high-tech instrumentation and software.

WISER: Women in Science and Engineering Research is open to all first-year students but focuses on supporting outstanding women interested in pursuing research on campus.

MURE: Minority Undergraduate Research Experience is available to underrepresented students of color (African-American, Hispanic, Native American, Pacific Islander) who are in their first-year, sophomore, or junior years.

FURP: First-year Undergraduate Research Program is available to all first-year students; those with economic hardship are encouraged to apply. 

Learn More about WISER/MURP/FURP

 

McNair Scholars Program

The McNair Scholars Program, administered by the Office of Graduate Educational Equity, helps prepare students for doctoral study through the involvement in research and scholarly activities. By assisting in the academic and professional development of undergraduates, the program sponsors and supports student experiences that lay the foundation for a successful graduate school experience, such as fostering mentoring relationships, promoting undergraduate research, assisting with GRE preparation, and encouraging students to attend and present at conferences. 

Learn More about the McNair Scholars Program

 

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We offer one-on-one meetings to help you learn about all the ways our office can offer you guidance and support during your time at Eberly. Appointments can be scheduled using Starfish.