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Student Engagement Opportunities

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IST DiplomatsEngaged scholarship is a growing initiative at IST. In the broadest sense, you can define it as out-of-the-classroom experiences (think research, study abroad, and internships) that complement what you're learning in class. It can also involve service work, partnering with civic organizations and using your knowledge to address pressing issues in society. These experiences can provide a broader perspective that you'll take with you into your career long after graduation.

Student Life

Student LifeThe more you learn about the College of IST, the more you’ll realize there is no “typical” student. Our students have widely varying backgrounds and interests. What unites College of  IST students is a common interest in technology, math, problem solving, and working with other people.

Student Organizations

Clubs and OrganizationsHow do you make the most of your time at IST? Ask any student, and you’ll likely get the same response: Get involved! The number of student organizations in IST keeps growing; it’s a great way to keep the learning going outside the classroom, connect with other students, and even network with potential employers.

Centers and Labs

The College's research centers, labs, and groups include national and international scholars which cover a broad spectrum of research areas, including human-computer interaction, the information society, information assurance, and cyber security.


David Rusenko Entrepreneur-in-Residence ScholarshipThe College of Information Sciences and Technology at Penn State is able to offer a number of scholarships to our students made possible through the generosity of alumni, corporate partners, and friends.

Education Abroad

Penn State offers a variety of international opportunities for students to expand their perspectives, enhance their educational experiences, and become more competitive in the global economy, all while making progress toward their degree. While a student can study abroad with any program offered by Penn State, the College of IST offers study abroad programs that align with the college's majors. All of the college’s sponsored programs are matched to IST's curriculum, and they are sometimes led by faculty from the college.

Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate ResearchUndergraduate students are encouraged to participate in the exciting research going on in the College of IST. Research experience is a great resume builder and an excellent way to extend learning outside of the classroom.