Graduate Students News & Announcements

Our graduate students are integral to the research we conduct, and they also are dedicated to making a difference in communities. Learn more about their research, outreach efforts, and other projects below.

EMS graduate programs among nation’s best in recent U.S. News rankings
03/27/2018

In the most recent U.S. News & World Report rankings of graduate schools, Penn State's College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS) has highly ranked programs in the both the engineering and sciences categories.


41 graduate students earn awards at 33rd annual Graduate Exhibition
03/27/2018

Forty-one graduate students received awards for their research and creative scholarship in the 33rd annual Graduate Exhibition, held March 23 and 25 on Penn State's University Park campus. A complete list of winners is available below.


Researchers create tool to better geographic projections in atmospheric modeling
03/16/2018

Open-source code developed by a Penn State graduate could improve weather forecasting and a range of other research endeavors that rely on pairing atmospheric models with satellite imagery.


Graduate student's hurricane research driven by desire to help home
03/13/2018

It had been five days since Hurricane Maria made landfall with Puerto Rico, and Kelly Nunez Ocasio still hadn't heard from her father. Ocasio grew up on the island and weathered powerful storms before. Now a graduate student at Penn State studying how hurricanes form, all she could do was wait.


The fine-tuning of two-dimensional materials
02/28/2018

 A new understanding of why synthetic 2-D materials often perform orders of magnitude worse than predicted was reached by teams of researchers led by Penn State. They searched for ways to improve these materials' performance in future electronics, photonics, and memory storage applications.


Geospatial intelligence students boost careers with online program
02/28/2018

The online Master of Geographic Information Systems (MGIS) program is opening doors for students.


Augmented reality app reveals campus monument's history as teaching tool
02/23/2018

Augmented reality is reviving the educational focus of the oldest monument on Penn State's University Park campus. Known as the Obelisk, the nearly 33-foot-tall, 53.4-ton stone structure was originally constructed in 1896 to showcase regional rocks and minerals. Its 281 stones, procured from sites around Pennsylvania and neighboring states, are stacked by geologic time period, from youngest at the top to oldest at the base.


Researchers team up to tackle state’s acid mine drainage problem
02/21/2018

As Penn State researchers stood on the banks of Scalp Level Run, an acid mine drainage-polluted stream in Cambria County, a scientific question formed: How is nature removing toxic metals from the drainage at a rate faster than any other tested waters in the state, under pH conditions deemed too low to do so?


Fellowship allows meteorology graduate student to advocate for diversity
02/20/2018

In the middle of a Category 1 hurricane in Cape Verde, off the coast of Africa, Aara'L Yarber discovered her passion for meteorology. Coming from Los Angeles, California, she had never experienced a hurricane before.


Graduate student leverages geography, coding skills to land Google internship
02/19/2018

When geography doctoral student Xi Liu saw an opportunity to work for Google on a project that involved geographical data analysis -- on a project related to his dissertation research -- he wasted no time in applying.