Undergraduate Student Spotlight

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


HackPSU top prize goes to interdisciplinary team for collaboration software

December 9, 2019

Students from across the state traveled to University Park on Nov. 2 for HackPSU, a 24-hour hackathon in which students compete for prizes by developing ideas that use software to solve real-life problems.


Students address health needs in cross-college engaged scholarship competition

November 20, 2019

As part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, undergraduate students from the College of Nursing, the College of Information Sciences and Technology, and the Department of Biobehavioral Health in the College of Health and Human Development participated in the annual mHealth Challenge.


PA National Guard hosts cyber Wi-Fi hacking event at Penn State

November 18, 2019

On Oct. 30, the Pennsylvania National Guard’s Army/Air Joint Cyber Team held a Cyber Wi-Fighter Hacking Challenge at Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology.


IST student finds creative outlet as a cappella group president

October 30, 2019

College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) senior Henry Pearce has found a way to balance his passion for music with his interest and skills in technology, serving as president of campus a capella group Coda Conduct as well as a diplomat in the College of IST.


Record-setting regional finish leads to spot in national cyber competition

October 28, 2019

Six students from Penn State celebrated a second-place finish in the northeast regional competition of the Collegiate Penetration Testing Competition — the best finish by a Penn State team in the school’s history — and secured a spot in the upcoming national competition to be held in New York.


Dancing like data scientists

October 22, 2019

According to the National Center for Women in Information Technology, just 26% of computing and mathematical jobs are held by women. The College of Information Sciences and Technology, and a group of its current students, are working to increase those numbers.


IST student strengthens critical skills through Presidential Leadership Academy

October 18, 2019

Like most first-year students, Tiffany Bass came to Penn State with the goal of advancing skills that would be useful in her future career, while not knowing exactly the path she wanted to take.


Students empowered at annual Grace Hopper Celebration for Women in Computing

October 14, 2019

Sixteen students from the College of Information Sciences and Technology were among the more-than 25,000 individuals and 400 companies that came together at this year’s largest gathering of women technologists in the world, the annual Grace Hopper Celebration for Women in Computing.


Double time: Fraternal twins enroll in two separate degree programs at IST

October 8, 2019

When Harrison and Jarrod Keating, fraternal twin brothers from Verona, New Jersey, were searching for colleges during their senior year of high school, they spent a long time trying to make the best decision.


Celebrating diversity in tech: IST students attend annual Tapia conference

October 3, 2019

In September, 11 students from the College of Information Sciences and Technology attended the ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing in San Diego, a four-day conference to acknowledge and promote diversity and inclusion in computing.