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.
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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.
Engaged Scholarship in Action
Student-built bridge provides access to education, health care in rural Panama
July 14, 2015
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Members of the Penn State student chapter of Bridges to Prosperity have returned home after constructing a pedestrian footbridge near the remote village of Tucuecito, Panama.
“Overall, the trip went really well,” said project manager Jacob Rausch, senior in civil engineering. “We really connected with the community, and I think I speak for everyone when I say that we all learned a lot and grew as individuals.”
The 10 students spent four weeks in Tucuecito, a poverty-stricken village roughly four hours southwest of Panama City, assembling the framework for the new bridge, which is 30 meters long and one meter wide.
National Park offers unique opportunities to students
July 9, 2015
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — On any given day Penn State student Cassidy Crawford is responsible for opening and closing a visitor center and all things in between at Jenny Lake — Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.
“I spend time behind the Jenny Lake Visitor Center desk answering questions about the trail system, wildflowers, wildlife, and geology,” Crawford said. “I also spend time developing programs and studying the ecology and natural history.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.