A group of Penn State Scranton business students spent the winter months preparing free tax returns for local families and individuals through the United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties' Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. The group included, from left: Samantha Evanina, Vidal Baez, Deep Patel, Nick Ksiazek, Lecturer in Accounting and VITA Director Angela Bassani, George Houck and Khushi Patel.
Eight senior Penn State Scranton accounting and finance students participated in the United Way of Lackawanna and Wayne Counties’ annual Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, preparing about 2,250 free tax returns for low-income families and individuals throughout the region.
Penn State Scranton's annual Undergraduate Research Fair and Exhibition will still take place this year, albeit in a different format than usual. This year's event will be held virtually, using technology to showcase students' work and accomplishments.
Participants at last year's Undergraduate Research Fair and Exhibition pose for a photo next to their project poster during the judgement portion of the event. This year, Penn State Scranton will hold is research fair virtually -- giving students an opportunity to still showcase their projects under current stay-at-home restrictions due to COVID-19.
Tutoring and writing assistance sessions at Penn State Scranton are typically held in the Hawk Student Success Center in the Study Learning Center. But with state-at-home orders recently enacted across the state, the Learning Center and Writing Center on campus have had to make their services virtual, using technology to get students the services they need.
After the sudden announcement that classes would be delivered remotely, due to restrictions put in place by state officials in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the campus' tutoring and writing centers met the challenge head on, getting virtual tutoring and academic assistance in place for students in need of these services.
Penn State Scranton students and faculty recently worked with the Lockheed Martin plant in Archbald to gain access to its Instron 3369, a specialized machine that can continuously exert force on a given object. From left are: students Jordan Symonies and Matthew Moran; Dr. Asif ud-Doula, associate professor of physics; Dr. Agnes Kim, associate professor of physics; Dr. Meg Hatch, associate professor of biology; and Lockheed mechanical engineer Matthew Parmenteri. The team used the Instron 3369, which they used to calculate the bending strength and stiffness of turkey bones, is in the background.
This year's Penn State Scranton Undergraduate Research Fair will take place Tuesday, April 7. Project entries for the fair can be submitted starting Feb. 24 through March 17. The poster submission deadline is April 1.