Undergraduate Student News

Peer-led learning: IST course enriches academic experience

Peer-led learning: IST course enriches academic experience

May 10, 2022

After positive experiences as learning assistants in the Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology, Erica Mi and Carrigan Morabito knew

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Penn State student-developed app aims to redefine Black motherhood

Penn State student-developed app aims to redefine Black motherhood

May 2, 2022

A group of Penn State students is working to support a global initiative to redefine Black motherhood. Blending interdisciplinary expertise from across the University, the students are building a mobile health application designed to support the mental and physical health of Black moms.

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College of IST announces spring 2022 student marshals

College of IST announces spring 2022 student marshals

April 29, 2022

The Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology will honor Schreyer Honors Scholar Kaitlyn Bridge as student marshal and Charles Hickey as the ROTC student marshal at spring 2022 commencement, which will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 7, in the Pegula Ice Arena.

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Penn State Smeal team wins 2022 KPMG Ideation Challenge

Penn State Smeal team wins 2022 KPMG Ideation Challenge

April 27, 2022

A team of four Penn State Smeal College of Business students and another team member from the College of Information Sciences and Technology partnered to win the 2022 KPMG Ideation Challenge.

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Online marketplace for tenants wins top prize in IdeaMakers Challenge

Online marketplace for tenants wins top prize in IdeaMakers Challenge

April 27, 2022

A digital solution to problems faced by both tenants and property owners was the winning idea in the 2022 Bardusch Family IdeaMakers Challenge, held April 6 during Penn State Startup Week and hosted by the College of Information Sciences and Technology.

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Women in IST’s Wiki edit-a-thon aim to narrow the platform’s gender gap

Women in IST’s Wiki edit-a-thon aim to narrow the platform’s gender gap

April 26, 2022

A group of eight students in the College of Information Sciences and Technology recently set out to narrow this gender gap on the world’s fifth most popular website by hosting a Wiki edit-a-thon to increase visibility for one of the college’s most prominent female faculty members.

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Alumni Achievement Award recipient Noel Claudio inspires IST students

Alumni Achievement Award recipient Noel Claudio inspires IST students

April 22, 2022

Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology graduate Noel Claudio was one of 11 prominent young Penn State alumni recognized at the Alumni Achievement Awards Ceremony on March 18.

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IST student blends tech and creative skills to help build platform for dancers

IST student blends tech and creative skills to help build platform for dancers

April 5, 2022

Fourth-year cybersecurity analytics and operations student Eugene Ryoo is drawing on the technical and soft skills he's gained in the Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology to make a positive change in a niche domain: the professional ballet industry.

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Westin Scholar Award strengthens security skills for IST, Schreyer student

Westin Scholar Award strengthens security skills for IST, Schreyer student

March 29, 2022

Kathryn Frankenberg’s exemplary dedication and interest in the world of data privacy is highlighted throughout her experiences both inside and outside of the classroom at the College of Information Sciences and Technology. She recently was selected as a Westin Scholar.

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6 Penn State student startups set to compete for $30,000 in Inc.U Competition

6 Penn State student startups set to compete for $30,000 in Inc.U Competition

February 17, 2022

Six Penn State student startup teams have been selected as finalists in the Invent Penn State Inc.U Competition and are set to compete for $30,000 in funding on “The Investment,” a WPSU Shark Tank-like television production that will be livestreamed during Penn State Startup Week powered by PNC.<

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NASA scholarship puts IST student on path to fulfill childhood dream

NASA scholarship puts IST student on path to fulfill childhood dream

February 16, 2022

For Rajiv Thummala, a third year Schreyer Honor’s Scholar studying cybersecurity analytics and operations in the College of Information Sciences and Technology, his Penn State education, further supported by a recent NASA Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium scho

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Twenty teams compete for $50,000 prize pool in the 2022 Nittany AI Challenge

Twenty teams compete for $50,000 prize pool in the 2022 Nittany AI Challenge

February 8, 2022

Twenty student teams using AI for good in the fields of health, environment, education and humanitarianism will compete for a pool of $50,000 by creating solutions to real-world problems during the 2022 Nittany AI Challenge.

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Students propose human-centered tech solutions in capstone course

Students propose human-centered tech solutions in capstone course

February 3, 2022

In the first-ever capstone course for the human-centered design and development program, two teams of students put the skills they’ve learned at IST to the test through a semester-long project.

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Nandita Suresh honored as College of IST student marshal

Nandita Suresh honored as College of IST student marshal

December 8, 2021

The Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology will honor Nandita Suresh as student marshal at fall 2021 commencement, which will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 18, in the Bryce Jordan Center. “Being a student marshal is in one word, unbelievable,” she said.

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IST Blue Band Silk Squad leader blends academic drive with performance passion

IST Blue Band Silk Squad leader blends academic drive with performance passion

November 19, 2021

After a year off the field during the pandemic, College of Information Sciences and Technology third-year student Jenna Fitzpatrick is happy to be back performing at Beaver Stadium.

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Penn State team wins Big Ten Augmented Intelligence Bowl

Penn State team wins Big Ten Augmented Intelligence Bowl

November 18, 2021

An interdisciplinary team from Penn State took home first prize in the Big Ten Augmented Intelligence Bowl, where academic teams from around the Big Ten Conference square off to determine how artificial intelligence can create the biggest bang in reducing health disparities.

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College of Information Sciences and Technology honors Military Appreciation Week

College of Information Sciences and Technology honors Military Appreciation Week

November 18, 2021

During Penn State Military Appreciation Week, and every day, the College of Information Sciences and Technology recognizes and honors the members of the College of Information Sciences and Technology and larger Penn State community who have served or are currently serving in the military, includi

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Dual degrees shape military career, lead to accolades for IST World Campus grad

Dual degrees shape military career, lead to accolades for IST World Campus grad

November 15, 2021

Recent Penn State World Campus graduate Navy Hospital Corpsman Second Class Bryan Hill was beyond appreciative that he was able to participate virtually in his August commencement ceremony from his home in North Carolina.

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Active-duty Marine makes Penn State a stepping stone on military career path

Active-duty Marine makes Penn State a stepping stone on military career path

November 11, 2021

The path to Penn State was less than traditional for Gunnery Sergeant Charles Hickey. An active-duty Marine, Hickey enlisted in the military shortly after graduating from high school in 2008, and completed two deployments in Afghanistan in 2010 and 2011.

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IST student's research involves tracking elephant movement

November 4, 2021

Gregory Glatzer, a junior majoring in applied data science, spent his summer helping to evaluate how technology could be used to track elephant movement in national parks in Africa to help prevent poaching. “The research that I did has opened my eyes to the many amazing applications of data

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IST background helps Homecoming tech director deliver an engaging celebration

IST background helps Homecoming tech director deliver an engaging celebration

October 19, 2021

Penn State students, families, faculty and alumni are all familiar with the parade, weeklong spirit events, and spectacular football game that exemplify Penn State pride during Homecoming Week.

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IST intern collaborates on software engineering design at Rockwell Automation

IST intern collaborates on software engineering design at Rockwell Automation

October 8, 2021

To graduate, students in the College of Information Sciences and Technology are required to complete an internship within their field.

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IST, Schreyer student co-founds blueStart festival to inspire entrepreneurs

October 7, 2021

Driven by an entrepreneurial spirit, College of Information Sciences and Technology senior Hayden Long wants to inspire other Penn State students to learn from like-minded self-starters and receive support for their innovative ideas.

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IST intern updates military wargame for National Strategic Research Institute

IST intern updates military wargame for National Strategic Research Institute

September 21, 2021

Not many college students have the opportunity to directly impact national security.

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IST intern conducts analytical research, informs public for U.S. Air Force

IST intern conducts analytical research, informs public for U.S. Air Force

September 2, 2021

Given the security around many military and government organizations, students and graduates of the College of Information Sciences and Technology's security and risk analysis program often can't share much about the work they do.

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Honor code established at College of IST

Honor code established at College of IST

August 20, 2021

The College of Information Sciences and Technology, in collaboration with IST student government, announced the launch of the IST Honor Code.

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IST intern provides end-user IT support for USDA Agricultural Research Service

IST intern provides end-user IT support for USDA Agricultural Research Service

August 20, 2021

Thanks to established capabilities with IT from personal experiences, previous internships, and things learned in the classroom at the Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology, rising senior Bailey Rumford landed a summer internship providing end-user IT support at the Agricultur

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Penn State Berks takes first place in the Anthem AI hackathon

Penn State Berks takes first place in the Anthem AI hackathon

August 19, 2021

The Penn State Berks Data Lions team recently took first place in the Anthem AI ‘Substance Use Disorder and Whole Health of the Person’ Hackathon, a competition to identify risk factors related to substance use, and conditions indicative of underlying substance abuse.

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Counting pandemic behaviors to inform public health decisions

Counting pandemic behaviors to inform public health decisions

August 10, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought many significant changes to people's lives, but one of the most visible signals of this has been the proliferation of masks and other face-coverings in public spaces.

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IST intern analyzes data to help inform operations at Bank of America

IST intern analyzes data to help inform operations at Bank of America

August 10, 2021

After starting a company whose proceeds benefited Venezuelans living in poverty and working in a number of startups in various industries, College of Information Sciences and Technology student Izaak Lustgarten landed a summer position with Bank of America as a global quantitative analytics inter

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IST intern coordinates network infrastructure installation at U.S. hospitals

IST intern coordinates network infrastructure installation at U.S. hospitals

August 5, 2021

Like many interns over the past 16 months, Penn State senior Katie Byrd expected her internship with Universal Health Services Inc. to be entirely virtual.

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Alayna Spriggle selected as IST college marshal for summer commencement

Alayna Spriggle selected as IST college marshal for summer commencement

July 28, 2021

The College of Information Sciences and Technology will honor Alayna Spriggle as student marshal for its summer 2021 commencement, which will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 14, at the Bryce Jordan Center.

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Intern interprets big data and builds entrepreneurial skills

Intern interprets big data and builds entrepreneurial skills

July 27, 2021

Shubham Mishra, a rising sophomore studying data sciences in the College of Information Sciences and Technology, believed that if he was hardworking and willing to find an internship, he could be hired even though he had only just completed his first year at Penn State.

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IST instructor keeps students engaged remotely with interpretive discussions

IST instructor keeps students engaged remotely with interpretive discussions

July 14, 2021

How does modern digital technology shape our world and our perceptions? That is a question investigated by students in an emerging issues and technologies course this spring in the College of Information Sciences and Technology.

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Busy student's patience leads to another valuable opportunity

Busy student's patience leads to another valuable opportunity

July 8, 2021

Erica Mi, a rising junior at Penn State, is working for IBM this summer as part of a project management internship — the latest endeavor she’s exploring during an ambitious college career.

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IST intern leverages computer vision to inform PepsiCo manufacturing operations

IST intern leverages computer vision to inform PepsiCo manufacturing operations

July 7, 2021

When Nia Anderson started thinking of career paths as she nears graduation, she saw herself as a business analyst.

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Student creates software solutions to help users be more efficient

June 30, 2021

Penn State senior Jason Nucciarone is using the skills he gained through the human centered design and development program at the College of Information Sciences and Technology to make technology more efficient for users.

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Inclusive social network created by alumna to empower young women leaders

Inclusive social network created by alumna to empower young women leaders

May 19, 2021

Penn State alumna Jayme Anne Goldberg is the founder of Consequential Flowers, a social media network designed to help female students and young professionals develop impactful leadership skills.

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2021 Guentter Outstanding Undergraduate Thesis Award finalists, winner named

May 14, 2021

Penn State University Libraries and the Schreyer Honors College recognized the 10th annual finalist presentations and winner of the recently endowed Robert F. Guentter Jr. Outstanding Undergraduate Thesis Award on May 6, immediately following the three finalists’ remote presentations.

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AI-powered software to improve public health outcomes in underserved communities

May 12, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has been a struggle for many students. But for Kareem Jelks, the pandemic has fueled his passion to help others, especially those in underserved communities.

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Erin Flannery to represent College of IST as student marshal

Erin Flannery to represent College of IST as student marshal

April 20, 2021

For College of Information Sciences and Technology student marshal Erin Flannery, Penn State gave her the opportunity to explore a number of diverse degree pathways and research activities.

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Shortened internship leads to rewarding gig archiving pandemic perspectives

Shortened internship leads to rewarding gig archiving pandemic perspectives

April 15, 2021

Like many college students across the country, Nick Alico saw his summer internship cut short last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Subscription database for dancers pitch wins 2021 IdeaMakers Challenge

April 2, 2021

The winning idea in the 2021 IdeaMakers Challenge, as part of Penn State Startup Week sponsored by PNC, was a digital subscription service to a database that helps dancers find hundreds of programs, schools and jobs to develop their skills.

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IST Alumni Identity Talks spark dialogue on diversity between students, alumni

IST Alumni Identity Talks spark dialogue on diversity between students, alumni

March 11, 2021

“Be intentional.” “Remember your why.” “Be clear on who you are.” “You’re not alone.” Those were a few of the main takeaways shared by panelists with students during the first IST Alumni Identity Talks event, hosted virtually by the College of Information Sciences and Technology last month.

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Penn State IST course teaches theory behind COVID-19 public health guidelines

Penn State IST course teaches theory behind COVID-19 public health guidelines

March 8, 2021

Wash your hands. Stay six feet apart. Wear a mask. These are the messages that have been conveyed by public health officials for the past year to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus.

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Student organization IST Diplomats celebrate 10 years

Student organization IST Diplomats celebrate 10 years

February 26, 2021

Ten years ago, the IST Diplomats student organization was founded to serve as ambassadors for the College of Information Sciences and Technology, to represent its academic programs, career solutions and student engagement opportunities.

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Penn State IT staff inspires a future generation of professionals

Penn State IT staff inspires a future generation of professionals

February 22, 2021

Eight information technology professionals representing various domains at Penn State recently came together to educate College of Information Sciences and Technology students about their professions during the college’s IT Career Panel.

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The tech that drives THON

The tech that drives THON

February 16, 2021

THON 2021 will be held primarily virtually for the first-time in its nearly 50-year history — making the committee that plans and manages technology for THON more essential than ever.

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Information sciences and technology senior fulfills dream of working at Apple

February 10, 2021

As a lifelong consumer of Apple products, College of Information Sciences and Technology student Logan Pratt also developed a dream of one day working for the company.

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Summer program to offer research experience on machine learning in cybersecurity

Summer program to offer research experience on machine learning in cybersecurity

February 5, 2021

Undergraduate students interested in research surrounding the topic of machine learning in cybersecurity are invited to apply for the 2021 NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates Site Program, funded by the National Science Foundation.

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