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.

Geography students use virtual reality to recreate Mayan ruins
04/24/2018

Ancient Mayan civilization in Central America, which collapsed around 1,000 years ago, is being brought to life in a new Penn State project. Two doctoral students in geography, Jiawei Huang and Arif Masrur, have recreated the Mayan ruins of Cahal Pech, in Belize, using virtual reality.


Ask a Scientist, visual displays, educational trails set for Earth Day event
04/19/2018

The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS), in keeping with its roots, is rolling out the green carpet for those interested in celebrating the planet with various Earth Day events this Sunday, April 22. 


WE ARE for Science takes advocacy message to Washington, D.C.
04/12/2018

Members of the science advocacy group WE ARE for Science have organized a bus trip to the March for Science in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, April 14.


Earth and mineral sciences grad students lauded at annual research exhibition
04/06/2018

Batteries, earthquakes, Earth science modeling, water flow and natural gas leakage -- these are the research topics of the five graduate students in the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences who received honors in Penn State's 33rd annual Research Exhibition.


Annual Minerals Junior Education Day set for April 7
04/02/2018

Students can learn about minerals, crystals, gems, fossils and Earth sciences at the annual Minerals Junior Education Day. The educational program, co-sponsored by Penn State's College of Earth and Minerals Sciences' Museum and Art Gallery, is designed to encourage the interest of students in grades one through eight in the Earth sciences.


Wider coverage of satellite data better detects magma supply to volcanoes
03/28/2018

Using satellite imaging, Penn State researchers for the first time identified a major magma supply into a reservoir extending almost 2 miles from the crater of a volcano in Nicaragua.


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.