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April 5, 2018

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Eight freshmen in the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) recently traveled to San Francisco as part of the college’s annual Alternative Spring Break program. The weeklong trip provided an opportunity for students early in their IST careers to explore different companies in the tech industry and gain exposure to corporate culture in various professional settings.

January 17, 2018

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This past fall, the Nittany Data Labs made its official debut as a student organization in the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) at Penn State. But even in its brief tenure, the group is visualizing a big impact across the University.

“We’re the startup of clubs,” said Sean Parsons, a sophomore majoring in security and risk analysis and the director of finance for the organization. “We have momentum, riding the wave of data sciences.”

December 7, 2017

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 Noah Unger, the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) student marshal for the Fall 2017 semester, is not only graduating Summa Cum Laude but also has earned the admiration and respect of an esteemed faculty member.

“He’s phenomenal,” said Ed Glantz, IST assistant teaching professor. “He is very self-motivated and he just embraces problems and runs with them.”

November 28, 2017

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On a typical day, you can find Michael Khorosh and Emir Myrzabekov consulting with clients, leading meetings, and strategizing marketing outreach campaigns. It's a regular day for seasoned professionals, but when they clock out, they return to their lives as undergraduate students in the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST).

At their internship at SURGE Business Development located just off the University Park campus, they’re taking on a variety of independent projects to support client goals while gaining valuable real-world experience.

November 14, 2017

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“The next Bill Gates won’t look like him!” declared Melinda Gates, co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

It was a powerful moment for College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) students Angela DeMarco and Kim Saira Sarte, who were among the crowd listening to the presentation. To them, and the six other IST students in attendance, it was a clear message the next technology magnate could – and should – be female.

November 13, 2017

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The term “tutoring” often has a negative connotation — students, especially at the college level, can be embarrassed to seek academic help because of what their fellow classmates might think. Penn State students Amanda Mahon and Aaron Stricker, co-coordinators of the Peer Tutoring Program in the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), want to change that perception.

The program provides one-on-one coaching to help students practice and reinforce concepts in the IST curriculum. Tutors work closely with faculty to understand what is being taught and assigned in their classes, and then work directly with students to clarify concepts. They’re also working to serve a broader range of student needs.

November 2, 2017

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Obstacles never stopped Jackie Sanchez from pursuing her goals — they only provided her with more opportunities to be a leader.

Sanchez, a junior in the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) majoring in security and risk analysis with a focus in cybersecurity, was recently awarded the David S. Suarez Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship, named for a 1999 College of Engineering alumnus who died during the World Trade Center attack on Sept. 11, 2001, provides recognition and financial assistance to eligible juniors. Two students receive the award annually based on outstanding character references.

October 19, 2017

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When she returned to the University Park campus this fall as a sophomore, Emma Dodoo had already completed a full college career’s worth of experiences. Now, as a member of the Millennium Scholars Program, a student leader and a seasoned researcher, she is looking forward to taking on even more.

August 22, 2017

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At the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST), innovation and engaged scholarship are two pillars that drive the college’s growth. Two crucial elements that support these ideals are the Dean’s Excellence Fund and the College of IST Future Fund, which offer unrestricted financial resources to address IST’s most pressing needs and create opportunities for students.

August 11, 2017

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For Penn State undergraduate student Yuya Ong, data sciences isn’t just his major — it’s a way of thinking about life.

“[I’m able to] understand and conceptualize the link between how humans develop an understanding of the world around them,” he said. “Data science is the generator that will leverage all of that from now and into the future.”