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 in Action at Penn State

This month we’re featuring the instructors and students of the Adventure Literature class series. These unique classes from the College of the Liberal Arts are not your average English classes. Students actually visit the locations that are the settings of the books they read in the class. They often combine humanities and kinesiology work that creates a memorable hands-on experience.

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Engaged Scholarship News

On the trail of research —
Penn State Berks professor unites community with the help of undergraduate research

January 28, 2016

READING, Pa. – The Schuylkill River Trail has a bit of a reputation in Reading.

Local residents see the one-mile stretch of the river and its accompanying trail that runs through their town as a place marred by poverty, pollution and crime, thanks in part to a homicide that happened on the trail several years ago.

But Laurie Grobman, a professor of English and women’s studies at Penn State Berks, (along with several colleagues, students and community partners) sees the trail as something the community desperately needs: the potential for a safe place for children and other members of the community to interact with nature.

This spring, Grobman is using digital technologies to spread positive stories about the trail to the people of Reading. She hopes the stories — which will be written and published by students in her spring 2016 English 472 course — will change people’s minds and raise awareness about cleaning up the trail.

“I’m hoping that publishing these stories digitally as an eBook will get more people reading these stories than if we published them traditionally,” said Grobman. “We’d love to get as many people from the community involved in cleaning up the trail as we can — it’s essential for turning the trail into a well-maintained recreational spot.”

Read the official story on Penn State News.

Abington IST student networks her way to success

January 14, 2016

ABINGTON, Pa. – When Amy Pertuset enrolled at Penn State Abington, she was fresh out of high school with a year’s worth of college courses and a respected technology program to her credit. Now, as she prepares to graduate, she reflects on the value of study abroad, an internship, and an active life on campus.

Amy, an information sciences and technology (IST) major, talked about the program’s absorbing academic component recently while her team restlessly waited to present a project to outside tech experts.

“The IST major is very immersive and applies new technologies so we are learning what is current in industry,” she said. “We work on team projects, which gives a great representation of what it’s like out in the world.”

Read the official story on Penn State News.

First Penn State students to study in Ankara develop deep cultural appreciation

January 8, 2016

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Ryan McCann and Luke Schramm had the chance to experience something that no other undergraduate Penn State student has experienced — studying for a semester at the prestigious Middle East Technical University (METU) in Ankara, Turkey.

From the moment the two petroleum and natural gas engineering (PNGE) students set foot in Turkey, the trip was filled with new sights and activities, as well as many interactions that helped the students feel at home.

“I was wearing a Penn State hat during our flight, and as soon as we got off the plane in Ankara, someone saw my hat and started talking to us. It turned out to be a Penn State grad. That made the trip easier at first,” said Schramm, who hails from Butler, Pennsylvania.

Read the official story on Penn State News.

Chemical engineering student applies research to op-ed article

December 11, 2015

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Chemical engineering student Natalie Morrissey’s outlook on running in her free time corresponds to how the sophomore handles her time at Penn State: Making it to the end goal is great, but it is important to enjoy the journey along the way.

Recently, the Pittsburgh native and Schreyer Honors student’s research under the guidance of Darrell Velegol, Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering, in the Physics of Community research lab, led to an opportunity to have her work published as an op-ed for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

“It was really exciting to see it published, but it was also really fun to write,” Morrissey said. “With this article and many other things I do, I enjoy not just the final result, but also having fun and learning a lot along the way.”

Read the official story on Penn State News.

Penn State students show off projects at sustainability expo

December 3, 2015

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The Penn State Sustainable Communities Collaborative held its Campus and Community Sustainability Expo on Thursday and packed the house.

More than 250 people attended the event held at the Land and Water Research Building on campus. State College Police Chief Tom King and State College Mayor Elizabeth Goreham were among the distinguished guests, along with a host of students and community members.

The event featured more than 34 student-led booths, with a wide range of social, political, economic and environmental infrastructure based ideas, all seeking to enhance the State College borough.

Read the official story on centredaily.com.

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