Undergraduate Student News

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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'The Investment' student startup TV show taping to take place virtually

May 27, 2020

For the past three years, WPSU, Penn State University Park’s local NPR and PBS affiliate station, and the Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program (PennTAP) have collaborated to host the statewide Inc.U undergraduate student startup competition.

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Mentorship program strengthens professional network for IST students

May 14, 2020

Sometimes, the greatest lessons come from someone who has lived them. That’s why the College of IST has revitalized its alumni mentorship program — to give students meaningful, real-world and professional guidance from alumni who have experience in the industry.

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Projects use technology to assist people with rare medical conditions

May 14, 2020

There are many health conditions that individuals experience — especially those that are rare or underrepresented — which could benefit from new technologies.

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IST student creates app to help underrepresented students find community

May 11, 2020

A College of Information Sciences and Technology student has created a way to help new students, particularly those who are underrepresented, discover community on campus at the touch of a button.

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Competing for views: IST student develops app for extreme sports athletes

April 28, 2020

Thaddeus Lorenz, senior in information science and technology, wasn’t always sure what his academic path would be. After starting at Penn State in the Division of Undergraduate Studies, he took some classes centered on one of his passions: coding.

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College of IST announces spring 2020 student marshals

April 22, 2020

The College of Information Sciences and Technology will honor two graduates as student marshals at spring 2020 commencement.

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Following footsteps on the IST path

April 21, 2020

Being apart from family is a tough part of college for many students, but Kelly and Kevin Costello are two Penn Staters who were able to spend two years in Happy Valley together — not only on the Penn State campus, but in the College of Information Sciences and Technology.

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Additional details announced on virtual commencement for the Class of 2020

April 16, 2020

At 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 9, Penn State will host its first virtual commencement. The ceremony will be livestreamed, and available internationally, at https://spring2020.commencement.psu.edu/.

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Penn State competes in Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition regional finals

April 15, 2020

Penn State’s Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition (CCDC) team reached new heights earlier this month when they participated in the regional finals of the Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition for the first time.

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Ten student teams compete for $25,000 prize pool in the Nittany AI Challenge

April 15, 2020

Ten student teams will be funded to use AI for Good to build and submit a minimum viable product in the Nittany AI Challenge for a chance to compete for a portion of a $25,000 prize pool.

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Penn State launches online version of its bachelor’s degree in cybersecurity

April 6, 2020

Penn State is expanding its online portfolio of information technology degrees with one focused on how to prevent and respond to cyber attacks at a time of the rapid growth in the cybersecurity industry.

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IST students gather information to help inform emergency management officials

April 1, 2020

A group of students in the College of Information Sciences and Technology are using their collective knowledge and skills to help inform Penn State emergency management officials during the evolving global coronavirus outbreak.

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Two IST undergraduate researchers present at iConference

March 23, 2020

Two undergraduate researchers from the College of Information Sciences and Technology were invited to present their work in Boras, Sweden, this week at iConference 2020 — a forum through which information scholars, researchers and professionals share their insights on critical information issues

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Penn State experts contribute to NATO counterterrorism training curriculum

March 23, 2020

A new international publication, which will be utilized as a framework for counterterrorism training in organizations around the world, has expert input from several Penn State faculty, students and alumni.

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Two College of IST students recognized among 'Top 50 Hackers'

March 22, 2020

Two College of Information Sciences and Technology students have been named to this year’s list of Top 50 Hackers by Major League Hacking.

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IST knowledge translates to creativity for student musician

March 16, 2020

Nicholas Arndt -- senior, information sciences and technology -- has always had an interest in technology and a passion for music. His experience at Penn State is giving him the opportunity to bring both of his interests together.

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Women across IST at Penn State are creating a 'culture of empowerment'

March 2, 2020

The Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology recently hosted a “Sit With Me” initiative, which was held as part of the global campaign powered by the National Center for Women & Information Technology to recognize and validate the important role women play in creating future

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Student’s Penn State experience fuels personal growth

February 28, 2020

Looking back on his Penn State journey, Jonathan Adrien said he is grateful for the opportunity to have evolved into an even better version of himself.

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Schreyer Honors scholar applies neural networks to better predict severe storms

February 27, 2020

As part of his honors thesis, a Penn State and Schreyer Honors student is researching data that could help increase preparation time for severe storm systems.

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Profit-prediction system may lower suicide rates among indebted Indian farmers

February 27, 2020

Researchers from the College of Information Sciences and Technology are taking steps to address the alarming rate of suicides among indebted farmers in India, by developing a deep-learning algorithm as the first step in a decision-support system that could predict future market values of crops.

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Bringing the IST community together in support of THON

February 18, 2020

Katt Shatinsky has been familiar with THON since she was young and remembers seeing students canning for money on her drives through Pennsylvania to visit family. But it wasn’t until her freshman year at Penn State that she realized how much she wanted to get involved.

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Program to introduce undergrad researchers to machine learning in cybersecurity

February 17, 2020

Undergraduate students interested in machine learning in cybersecurity research activities are invited to apply to a new Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Site program, to be hosted this summer at the College of Information Sciences and Technology.

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Twenty teams funded to develop 'AI for Good' in the Nittany AI Challenge

February 13, 2020

Twenty teams have been awarded $500 to pursue their ideas to use artificial intelligence for good in the 2020 Nittany AI Challenge to improve the world by providing solutions for problems within the areas of education, health, humanitarian challenges, sustainability and climate change.

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TEDxPSU curator and president gained leadership skills through IST

February 10, 2020

For Leah Miller, a junior studying data sciences in the Penn State College of Information Sciences and Technology, activities outside of the classroom are just as essential to the Penn State experience as education in her classes.

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Select IST students get hands-on experience with Penn State IT pros

January 30, 2020

As thousands of their classmates got a break from classes on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a handful of Penn State students went to work as the first group to take part in Penn State’s IT Career Exploration Program.

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Student who lost his leg in hunting accident has some doors close, others open

January 27, 2020

RJ Shirey, a sophomore in the College of Information Sciences and Technology, overcame life-changing trauma: a gunshot that led to the amputation of his right leg. Today, he uses his disability to benefit the lives of those around him.

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Enhancing a law enforcement career with a Penn State cybersecurity education

January 21, 2020

With a law enforcement career spanning more than 20 years and an established private investigations firm of his own, Ron Long could be considered an expert in the field of investigative work.

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Technology for cosmetics consumers

January 14, 2020

For their final project, students in the Foundations of Human-Centered Design and Development course in the College of Information Sciences and Technology had the opportunity to gain real-world industry perspective and feedback on the prototypes they spent the semester building.

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One family, one college, four different career paths

January 9, 2020

Many times, attending Penn State is a family tradition, but one family takes that tradition to a whole new level.

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Multi-college, online Digital Multimedia Design program sees first graduates

December 17, 2019

Penn State’s new Digital Multimedia Design program is seeing its first graduates this week. The interdisciplinary program is offered through Penn State World Campus by the College of Arts and Architecture, College of Communications, and College of Information Sciences and Technology.

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These Penn State grads feel confident about their future goals

December 16, 2019

Adalice Burgos and Aaron Spak balanced their jobs and families while working toward their degrees. They’ll share their stories of their educational journeys at an event for Penn State World Campus students this Friday.

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First-generation student celebrates success as IST student marshal

December 13, 2019

Since Joselyne Mera Vargas moved to the United States from Ecuador when she was 9 years old, she has developed valuable leadership and communication skills, discovered a passion for data science, and completed a summer internship at Harvard University.

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