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.

Some like it cold

Scientists at Penn State go to the ends of the Earth to find out what makes glaciers tick.

Materials science graduate student tackles safer batteries in trip to Japan

Preeya Kuray dreams of one day creating a better biocompatible battery to be used in medical devices inserted into the human body. For now, she'd settle for making your phone a little more safe.

Enrique Perez - Why I Give Back

Penn State geosciences alumnus Enrique Perez received tremendous financial support and advice throughout his life, which paved the way for career success. Now, he's giving back in many ways to provide similar opportunities to other students. 

Snapshot Day brings Pennsylvania water quality into focus

Volunteers collected water samples in October as part of the annual Snapshot Day, a event organized by Penn State researchers and Trout Unlimited to help us better understand baseline water quality in Pennsylvania.

Sloan Scholar says funding will open doors in materials science field

Roger Walker, doctoral candidate in materials science and engineering, was recently named a Sloan Scholar, and said the funding will allow him to expand his research and networking opportunities in the field.

Graduate student recognized as environmental education game-changer

Geography graduate student Elham Nasr Azadani was selected by the North American Association for Environmental Education as one of their "EE 30 Under 30" for 2017.

Field conference helps write the book on Pennsylvania geology

The 82nd annual Field Conference of Pennsylvania Geologists was held in October at Penn State. Professional geologists from across the state traveled to learn about the latest geology research happening in the state.

Cultivating the connections between people and their environment

 Geography graduate student Megan Baumann has been spending the last few summers in Nicaragua learning from farmers how they manage their land and crops. As the recipient of a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, she hopes to continue her research in this area.

How a Penn State partnership reshaped science education

The Earth and Space Science Partnership (ESSP) is a program funded by the National Science Foundation designed to help Pennsylvania science teachers build upon their understanding and teaching of big ideas in Earth and space science. The $9 million initiative was aimed at reshaping the teaching and learning of Earth and space science in Pennsylvania.

Penn State hosts 15 new NSF graduate researchers

 The Graduate School at Penn State is pleased to host 15 new National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) award recipients for the 2017-18 academic year.