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Undergraduate Research at Penn State Altoona

Undergraduate research opportunities are available all across Penn State Altoona. Several students share their experiences with research and explain the benefits of getting involved.

Radio microphone and Distant Voices Near book cover

Connecting Over the Airwaves

For Shaheed Nick Mohammed, doing research for his latest book was “like diving into an old movie.”
Lacey Wallace and Sierra Satterfield

The Question of Concealed Carry on Campus

Faculty member Lacey Wallace and student intern Sierra Satterfield delve into students' feelings about college campus gun policies

Exploring wetlands with Environmental Studies 100

Students in Environmental Studies 100 spent several hours identifying plants, trees, and non-native invasive vegetation during a class field trip to local mitigated wetlands.

Alexis Puz displays her internship ID in front of the Fairfax County Sherrif's Office

Alexis Puz: Internship Spotlight

Alexis Puz shares her internship experience at the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office.

History 160 students take on the battlefields of Gettysburg

Students in the Battle of Gettysburg in History Memory course took to the battlefields, becoming tour guides for their classmates. The project combined research, collaboration, and a hands-on experience of the grounds at Gettysburg.

Kirk Kelleher standing outside Wheeling Nailers arena

Internships help land student Wheeling Nailers job

A pair of internships with hockey teams led Kirk Kelleher to a full time job with the Wheeling Nailers.
Andrew Matzik at work in one of Penn State Altoona's EMET labs

Preparing now for future defense

Andrew Matzik's internship at Northrop Grumman helped prepare him to one day develop national security systems to defend our country.
Dr. Gabriel Karns, visiting assistant professor at Ohio State University, and writer and naturalist Marcia Bonta watch Elanor Bonta collect a bee.

Maintaining the Right-of-Way in the Right Way

Faculty, staff, and students partner with energy and vegetation-management representatives to measure the impact of right-of-ways on local wildlife.

Research Spotlight: John Leri, '16

John Leri, a 2016 graduate with a degree in psychology and minors in criminal justice and biology, is currently pursuing his Ph.D. Through his undergraduate research experience at Penn State Altoona, Leri discovered what makes our college unique.

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