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The Engaged Scholarship Initiative

At Penn State, engaged scholarship is defined as out-of-classroom academic experiences that complement in-classroom learning. Members of the University community are working on ways to elevate the role of engaged scholarship in undergraduate education and to create more opportunities for students to have such experiences.

We invite you to learn more by exploring this site, attending an event, talking to your peers and colleagues, connecting with College and campus resources, and contacting us. We also invite you to contribute to this site by sharing examples, additional resources, and more. Please contact us with your contributions, questions, or suggestions.

VIDEO: Engaged Scholarship around Penn State


Upcoming Engaged Scholarship Events

16th Annual Conference of the Engagement Scholarship Consortium

Engaged Scholarship: Advancing Rigor, Elevating Impact

Join us in September for the 16th Annual Engagement Scholarship Consortium Conference. This year, Penn State will host students, faculty, staff, and administrators from institutions throughout the United States and the world to further the engaged scholarship discussion.

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Engaged Scholarship in Action

Bridging the rift between classroom and online learning

June 15, 2015

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The group of engineering students is getting rowdy.

Gathered in the Design Analysis Technology Advancement (DATA) Laboratory at Penn State University Park, they joke and laugh as they prepare their virtual reality demo, teasing and poking fun at each other. A nearby microwave sports a sign reading, “For Food Only,” hinting at the type of mischief the room has seen.

But the students are definitely serious about their studies. When it comes to the project — funded by a Center for Online Innovation in Learning (COIL) Research Initiation Grant (RIG) — they’re working on with assistant professor of engineering design and industrial engineering Conrad Tucker, they’re all business.

Read the official story on Penn State News.


Student Stories: Water world: Fisheries major interns at aquarium

June 9, 2015

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Back in high school, Taylor Marino volunteered at the Pittsburgh Zoo with the hope that one day she would score a dream internship at the zoo’s aquarium. In spring 2015, the Wildlife and Fisheries Science major made that dream a reality when she was offered a Saltwater Aquarium internship at the zoo.

Read the official story on Penn State News.


Penn State World Campus student completes her studies while traveling the world

June 8, 2015

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Exploring the Swiss Alps, working with American diplomats around the world and living in a rural village in West Africa are just a few of the adventures Hannah Hernandez has experienced while she has been a Penn State World Campus student.

The 22-year-old native of Tucson, Arizona, has worked abroad and pursued her degree through World Campus since she was 19. She is majoring in letters, arts, and sciences with a concentration in international security and plans to graduate in fall 2015.

Read the official story on Penn State News.


Student Stories: Sold on Snakes — Environmental major interns at ecology center

June 4, 2015

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Delainey Loedding found herself in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, last summer with her hands full — of snakes. She interned with the Urban Ecology Center, a small nonprofit organization dedicated to connecting community members to nature through habitat restoration, environmental education and citizen science.

Loedding, a December 2014 graduate in Environmental Resource Management, spent her evenings setting traps for small mammals throughout the center’s acreage. Each morning, she took community volunteers onto the property to survey the number of small mammals that turned up in the traps, recording data such as their sex and weight.

Read the official story on Penn State News.


Penn State students partner with Centre Daily Times to cover NASCAR race

June 2, 2015

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A “non-traditional classroom” might not get any more non-traditional, or loud, than Pocono Raceway — the 2.5-mile, triangle-shaped super speedway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania.

Four Penn State students working as part of a partnership with the Centre Daily Times this weekend might have little time to slow down or hear the noise, though. The quartet, structured as a student-driven news bureau through the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism at Penn State, will be providing coverage of the June 7 NASCAR race and related activities at the speedway.

The engaged scholarship opportunity provides an unrivaled experience for students in the College of Communications whose work will be available to Centre Daily Times readers online and in print.

Read the official story on Penn State News.


Student films set to air across Pennsylvania

May 28, 2015

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — A group of 19 student-produced films, a variety of productions that originally screened during the annual Blue and White Film Festival, will air twice on PCN-TV, reaching viewers across the state of Pennsylvania.

The films, a mix of documentary, experimental and narrative style, will air at 7 p.m. Friday, May 29, and again at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 31. All of the films were produced during the 2014-15 academic year at Penn State, and were initially featured at the festival sponsored by the Student Film Organization.

Read the official story on Penn State News.


Sands Bethlehem casino internship leads to big wins for students

May 28, 2015

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — As a second-year student majoring in hospitality management, Greg Butto, who gravitated toward casino management courses, had a unique opportunity to work on the casino floor at Sands Bethlehem.

As it turns out, Butto’s experience became the model for a new internship program between the Penn State School of Hospitality Management and Sands Bethlehem.

Read the official story on Penn State News.


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