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Students in the News
Our students are go-getters, committed to improving themselves and the world around them. Learn about some of their research, study abroad, internships, and other activities that are supplementing their education and preparing them for life after graduation.
Students, including two teams advised by Allen Kimel, associate teaching professor of materials science and engineering, displayed their capstone design projects at the College of Engineering's spring 2019 Capstone Design Project Showcase.
When Penn State student Ana Isabel de la Fuente Duran's fellowship led her to tackle materials science research problems at another university last summer, she stumbled upon an entirely different problem to solve.
Penn State student Kristina Salvatore spends much of her time thinking about weather events, including severe storms that impact people around the world. After hurricane season this year, Salvatore, a senior in the Department of Meteorology and Atmospheric Science, wondered what she could do to help those affected by these storms.
With the goal of preparing scholars from underrepresented groups to succeed in graduate and professional programs, Penn State, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) partnered to develop undergraduate programs aimed at increasing retention and academic performance of historically racially underrepresented undergraduates in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.
Shawn Murdzek is the spring 2019 College of Earth and Mineral Sciences student marshal, the top graduate overall, and Muhamad S. Hakimi is the college's engineering honor marshal, the top graduate from an engineering discipline.
On March 30, Penn State hosted the SME (Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration) Eastern Collegiate Mine Rescue contest. Teams from Penn State, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, West Virginia University, and the University of Kentucky competed throughout the morning in mock mine-hazard scenarios.