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IST Diplomats are members of the student ambassador program for the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST) at Penn State's University Park campus. Their distinct backgrounds and diverse set of Penn State experiences are an integral component of the college’s student engagement strategy. 

Diplomats work closely with staff, alumni, employers, and prospective undergraduate students. They represent the college’s many academic programs, career resources, and student engagement opportunities. Each Diplomat has a unique story to share of their Penn State journey that may be heard in one of the many roles the position takes on. You can find Diplomats facilitating student panels, meeting personally with prospective students, providing support at a number of different in-person events, connecting with employers, engaging with alumni and donors, and guiding guests on tours around the college.

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Becoming an IST Diplomat

Diplomats are selected by the College of IST after being nominated by faculty, staff, or students. Selected students complete the Diplomat training series the semester following their nomination. This eight-week training includes lessons on leadership styles, interpersonal communication, professional development, college services, and more. 

Nominations for the Spring 2020 Diplomat class closed on Friday, October 25, 2019. You may read more about joining the Diplomats or contact

2019-2020 Diplomats:

  • Akbar Almukhamet
  • Patrick Bachman
  • Suhyeok Bang
  • Alexandra "Allie" Bardusch
  • Drew Bennison
  • Kaitlyn Bridge
  • Abigail Crilley
  • David Cruz
  • Suraj Dalsania
  • Kaitlyn Davis
  • Cassidy DiPaola
  • Steve Elser
  • Zoe Evans
  • Noelle Fajt
  • Maria George
  • Benjamin Giles
  • Miranda Grier-Spratley
  • Grant Hart
  • Sarah Hochberg
  • Cydney Howard
  • Swarali Korgaonkar
  • Brendon Luu
  • Andrew Martin
  • Austen Maurer
  • Aubrey McElrath
  • Leah Miller
  • Julianna Murphy
  • Andrew Pacheco
  • Sean Parsons
  • Pooja Patel
  • Henry Pearce
  • Matthew Peterson
  • Brett Randby
  • RJ Rivera
  • Lamar Russ
  • Andrew Santacecilia
  • Jonathan Santana
  • Cara Schwartz
  • Rylee Smith
  • Grant Stives
  • Bobby Stoffa
  • Nathan Tack
  • Mizzah Tocmo
  • Austin Tucker
  • Lauren Vozel
  • Macklin Yarris