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Immunology and Infectious Disease

Alex Barna performs with Essence of Joy, one of seven faculty-conducted choral ensembles in the Penn State School of Music. Organized in November, 1991 by Anthony Leach, the choir performs sacred and secular music from the African/African American choral traditions.

Alex Barna, a junior from Aliquippa, Pennsylvania, has discovered an opportunity to distinguish himself from other pre-med students in the College of Agricultural Sciences' immunology and infectious disease major.

As a freshman, Erica Mellinger -- shown here hamming it up with her research poster -- applied for the Hershey Summer Internship Program for 2013. Once accepted, she was placed in the lab of a graduate professor of microbiology and immunology to work on herpes virus research.

Sometimes a life-changing experience opens a student's eyes to what type of career she wants to pursue. For junior Erica Mellinger, that experience was the season of her father's sickness -- a time when he had to be treated in a hospital by research scientists.

Alyssa Patt spent a summer examining pathogens and bacteria found in all kinds of places. As a public health intern, she worked in the Division of Microbiology at the Pennsylvania Department of Health

For the average person, ignorance is bliss. But for Alyssa Patt, not knowing was not an option during her internship with the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

As part of the fieldwork component of his Global Health minor, Jason Bankert spent some of last year in South Africa -- an experience that changed his life. ...

From on-campus blood drives to THON -- Penn State's famous dance marathon -- Penn Staters definitely do not lack philanthropic initiative, and Sarah Peterson is a good example. Last summer, the Immunology and Infectious Disease major in the College of Agricultural Sciences travelled to Heredia, Costa Rica, and volunteered to teach special-needs ...