Student Success Stories
Penn State student Celine Colbert spent last summer in the West assisting with research that may help to prevent severe wildfires.
Most college students originally enrolled in their studies following high school graduation, but Penn State food science major Steve Bookbinder took a different path.
Innovation is key when dealing with issues such as poverty, food security and conservation, according to Dana James, a recent graduate of the College of Agricultural Sciences.
For freshman Shelby Hahn, competing at the National FFA Convention in Milk Quality and Products was the culmination of a journey that has included everything from working as a milk hand to a being a veterinary assistant.
Abe DeHart's experiences in India the past two summers may be put to good use in the future. DeHart graduates from Penn State with honors this weekend and will be enrolling in Penn State's MBA program. At some point, he hopes to apply what he's learned in working with farmers in a developing country.
As an economic intern for the U.S. State Department at the American Embassy in Rome, Penn State senior Eleanor Polley attended conferences and conducted research.
Kate Ortbal, a senior in Penn State's Schreyer Honors College, found a way to focus her studies and her honors thesis on social entrepreneurship.
To junior Rob Ritson, African wildlife was the stuff of books and documentaries, not college experience. But a semester in Tanzania turned the exotic ecosystem into a place where he could bring his education from the classroom to the field.
Getting up before dawn never appealed to Penn State senior Elyse McMahon, but last summer it was exactly what she wanted to be doing. From June to August, her days began early with trapping and handling endangered Utah prairie dogs for data collection.
Not many students get to go to Craigieburn Forest Park or Mount Cook, but as Penn State senior Sara Mueller learned, Lincoln University in New Zealand is one school that builds field trips such as these into each semester.