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McKenna at research fair

McKenna at research fair

James McKenna, a psychology major, is shown presenting his research project, “Predicting drug abstinence in recovering opioid addicts: Social support, mental health, and 12-step program attendance” at this year's Undergraduate Research Fair. The project took third place in the Arts and Humanities category at Penn State’s Eastern Regional Undergraduate Research Symposium earlier this year.

Byman and Kremp

Erickson grants fund PSWS student research that is now having an impact on health care, the opioid epidemic and the environment

Last spring, Penn State awarded a record-breaking 83 Erickson Discovery Grants to undergraduate students engaged in original research projects after receiving another record-breaking 219 applicants for those grants. 

Student researcher Brian Escobar with his project at the Undergraduate Research Fair

HDFS student research

PSWS student Brian Escobar's research project, "The Effect of Grit on College Students’ Academic Self-Efficacy and Performance: The Role of Gender" took first place in the Social Science category at the 2017 Undergraduate Research Fair at Penn State Worthington Scranton. His faculty adviser was Dr. Raymond Petren, assistant professor of HDFS. Research is an important component for students in the major and prepares them for both their future career fields, as well as graduate school.


Jessie Wang

Dr. Jessie Wang

Dr. Jessie Wang, assistant professor of management at Penn State Worthington Scranton, is this year's recipient of the Dr. Richard and Sally Matthews Award for Scholarly Activity.

PSWS student Kailey Gearhart

Kailey Gearhart

Kailey Gearhart, a student at Penn State Worthington Scranton who plans to major in nursing, recently presented her research on celiac disase at the Northeast Regional Honors Conference in Pittsburgh.

Kalei Kowalchik at the PSWS 2017 Undergraduate Research Fair

Kalei Kowalchik

Kalei Kowalchik, a sophomore nursing student at Penn State Worthington Scranton, has received a Student Engagement Network (SEN) grant to conduct home health and hospice research this summer. Here, she is shown with an earlier research project that she presented at the campus' 2017 Undergraduate Research Fair.

archaeological find

Archaeological find

A diver surfaces with an archeological find just off shore from the anchialine cave where PSWS Associate Biology Professor Renee Bishop-Pierce was conducting her research several years ago. Ancient Romans used the anchialine caves in the Kornati Islands as sources of fresh water. Their broken pottery was simply discarded at the sites.