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  • Ecologist and associate professor of geography, Erica Smithwick does research in the forests of South Africa.

    Women in Science

    Erica Smithwick, ecologist and associate professor of geography, is among four women profiled who inspire students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math.

  • A local Panamanian man helps a Penn State student to construct a bridge.

    Bridges to Prosperity

    VIDEO: Penn State students build a pedestrian bridge in a remote village to improve lives.

  • Three women wear yellow pollinator hats and pink dresses.

    Be the Bee

    What made these women strap on bee bonnets and venture into the world of another species? An undergraduate research project examines the sting of undervalued gender-related labor.

  • Chad Hanna, an assistant professor of physics at Penn State makes rippling waves seem to appear in a photograph of himself

    Making waves in spacetime

    Faculty member Chad Hanna is part of a team of scientists doing groundbreaking research in a new era of discovery in gravitational-wave astronomy.

  • Neha Gupta, winner of the children's peace prize and founder of Empower Orphans, talks with a committee member.

    The First Ripple

    Penn State Science student Neha Gupta won the 2014 International Children's Peace Prize for the work of her charity, Empower Orphans. Her work and dedication are proof positive that one person can make a lasting impact.