Undergraduate Student Spotlight

The symbol of our best: Penn State Nittany Lion mascot revealed

August 26, 2020

For three years, Class of 2020 graduate Zach Sowa lived a double life: He was a College of Information Sciences and Technology student and the face of Penn State — the Nittany Lion mascot. How did he balance his time and manage to keep one of the University's best-kept secrets?

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Student startup accelerates advancements of augmented reality

August 18, 2020

Two Penn State students have co-founded Xora, a platform aimed at allowing more people to create augmented reality experiences by making them easier to develop, and one of seven startups selected to participate in this year's Summer Founders Program.

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Candice Sheaffer named College of IST student marshal for summer commencement

August 7, 2020

The College of Information Sciences and Technology has named Candice Sheaffer as student marshal for the University’s summer 2020 commencement. Sheaffer will earn her degree in security and risk analysis, information and cyber security option, through Penn State World Campus.

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Associate dean for undergraduate and graduate studies hired in College of IST

August 4, 2020

Jeffrey Bardzell has been named associate dean for undergraduate and graduate studies in the College of Information Sciences and Technology, effective Aug. 1.

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IST alumnus, student partner for virtual pet-adoption-internship experience

July 30, 2020

When College of Information Sciences and Technology alumnus Kurt Heslop needed to update the website for an Oregon-based animal shelter, for which he serves on the board, he sought out a Penn State student to help complete the task.

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Building an image classifier to aid in disaster response

July 28, 2020

This spring, students in the data sciences capstone course at the College of Information Sciences and Technology worked with a team of MIT Lincoln Laboratory Beaver Works researchers to make real-world contributions toward improving image classifiers for disaster response.

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Alumnus-driven startup aids IST students seeking internship experiences

July 20, 2020

When the novel coronavirus pandemic struck, and many College of Information Sciences and Technology students faced challenges in securing summer internships due to public health guidelines, an IST alumnus rose to the occasion to help students get the experience they needed.

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IST student awarded Erickson Discovery Grant to further Tumblr research

July 1, 2020

Courtney Smith, a rising Penn State junior studying security and risk analysis, recently received a 2020 Erickson Discovery Grant to further her research on parasocial relationships between 18- to 25-year-old Tumblr bloggers and celebrities.

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Hacker bootcamp: Alumnus creates cybersecurity experience for IST students

June 29, 2020

With students in the College of Information Sciences and Technology having offers rescinded from their internship placements, one alumnus launched an eight-week virtual hacker bootcamp to give a group of students professional experiences this summer.

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A federal internship in the remote workplace

June 18, 2020

This summer, as many students acclimate to virtual internship experiences due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, one Penn State World Campus student has just successfully completed an eight-month remote internship with the federal government.

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A leader from the start: First-year IST student heads new student organization

June 12, 2020

Lauren Pearl never imagined she would become so involved with the newest major at the College of Information Sciences and Technology during the first semester of her first year at Penn State, let alone be elected president of a club for its students.

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College of IST launches new degree in enterprise technology integration

June 4, 2020

A new bachelor of science degree in enterprise technology integration degree offered by Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology will launch this fall to help prepare professionals to solve organizational problems through technology systems solutions.

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Camilla Beaderman selected for Foreign Affairs Information Technology Fellowship

June 2, 2020

Camilla Beaderman, a rising junior studying Cybersecurity Analytics and Operations in the College of Information Sciences and Technology, is one of 15 students nationwide to be selected for the Foreign Affairs Information Technology Fellowship program, sponsored by the U.S.

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Bringing information security professionals to the virtual classroom

May 27, 2020

Early this spring semester, Joanne Peca led several organic in-class conversations in her Information Security Management course for graduating seniors about to head into their professional lives.

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Well prepared: TLT fellowship equips IST professor for shift to remote learning

May 27, 2020

When Penn State swiftly transitioned to a remote learning environment this spring due to COVID-19, College of Information Sciences and Technology teaching professor Ed Glantz was more than prepared.

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