We are proud of the students, faculty, and staff at all State System universities, and together we celebrate everyone’s hard work and achievements this summer. 

Success Highlights​

Seven Bloomsburg University students took part in a new and unique summer internship program with the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections (PA DOC) Bureau of Investigations and Intelligence (BII) and the Office of Policy and Legislative Affairs. The idea for the internship program came from PA's Secretary of Corrections, John Wetzel '98, also a member of BU's Council of Trustees.

A research project supported by California University of Pennsylvania's Center for Undergraduate Research aims to make future scientists better communicators. Using a timely topic—COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy—five undergraduate biology majors at Cal U are joining two graduate students from Duquesne University for the 10-week project. The researchers are conducting an analysis of outreach in the Greater Pittsburgh area to understand what is being done to encourage vaccinations.

Cheyney University and Oboseke University of Excellence (OUE) in the West African nation of Ghana have reached agreement on a collaboration that will allow Cheyney to share its expertise, especially in aquaculture and aquaponics, and permit both schools to establish a student exchange program.

Clarion University’s TRIO Talent Search has been awarded a five-year grant through the U.S. Department of Education. The Talent Search program, first funded by the Department of Education in 1990, identifies and assists individuals who most often are from backgrounds in which they are the first generation to pursue higher education and who have the potential to succeed. 

Lauryn Antoine didn’t become interested in politics until high school when, she said, “It kind of happened progressively—I fell into it.” The more she learned about feminism and critical race theory, the more her interest grew. Politics became her career path. Antoine graduated from East Stroudsburg University in May 2020 with a degree in political science and started her job as a legislative assistant with the Pennsylvania House Democrats in June 2021. 

With a teacher shortage looming nationwide, Edinboro University recently launched Boro Teach, an innovative dual-enrollment program for Erie School District (ESD) students interested in careers in teaching. The first cohort of six Erie High School students began the program in July.

Indiana University of Pennsylvania's Department of Anthropology has been selected by the Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine Inc. through the Department of Defense POW-MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) to conduct a field study in Germany at the site of a 1944 crash of a World War II airplane. Nine undergraduate students and two graduate students from IUP joined three students from other universities and a linguist in the field school.

Kutztown University's Dr. Khori Newlander, assistant professor of anthropology, received a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant for $245,515 to support a three-year archaeological study that explores the effects of industrialization in 19th-century Pennsylvania. The NSF grant will support 36 undergraduate and six graduate students as they conduct digs and artifact analysis involving two 19th-century industrial communities: Stoddartsville and Joanna Furnace.

Lock Haven University cross country and track & field standout Laurel Moyer has landed another major award and this time it comes in the form of a prestigious academic honor. Moyer was named to the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference's (PSAC) 2020-21 Spring/Winter Top-12 List. The recipients are chosen by the league's athletic communication professionals and this year, the league's awards committee chose to recognize student-athletes who excel in the classroom and in athletic competition for both the winter and spring semesters.

When the grueling schedule of a collegiate baseball season comes to an end, athletes either head home to train or join a summer ball team. However, for standout Mansfield University baseball junior Assaf Lowengart, the 2021 summer would be different. Lowengart, native of Timorium, Israel, headed home to represent his country in the 2021 Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.

Millersville University students Laurel Blanchard and Cameron Gonteski, both seniors, recently received scholarships from the American Meteorological Society. The AMS awards scholarships based on academic excellence. Both students give credit to Millersville University and their professors for preparing them for the scholarship application and for the future.

Shippensburg University students Bruce Washington and Lauren Bryant gained valuable leadership skills this summer at The Sweetest Place On Earth® as interns with Hersheypark’s Leadership Development Program. The 13-week program gives aspiring young professionals a chance to work at Hersheypark and take part in weekly leadership training sessions.

In the last year, Kayle Marsh has gone from counting pills as a pharmacy technician to conducting research that people with Alzheimer's disease are counting on to treat this common cause of dementia. Marsh, a Slippery Rock University senior chemistry major, still works at a local pharmacy a few hours per week, but this summer she worked full time in the biochemistry lab at SRU as part of a grant-funded, faculty-student research project.

West Chester University graduate biology student Tytisha Harris is disappointed to have missed the Discovery Channel’s annual “Shark Week” programs the week of July 11, but she experienced her own version of shark week working with sharks in the University of Miami (FL) field school. She earned a scholarship to attend the field school, where she lived and worked on a boat while tagging and studying sharks and rays on a team with other students.