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What is Health and Human Development?

Diverse fields of study that share one
common goal: enriching the lives of others.

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What students do

Undergraduate research assistants in Penn State’s College of Health and Human Development participate in hands-on, real-world research with world-class faculty. Students collect survey information, work in research labs, conduct data analysis, and more. Some students develop their own research projects and present their findings at regional or national conferences.

Undergraduate research is a fantastic opportunity to learn new things, apply course work, build your resume, and possibly help to build a better world.

Rachel Bretter - Student Research
Student Research Spotlight
Rachel Brettler gained real-world experience through her role in the multiyear Child Health Study

She worked alongside experts to uncover the implications of child maltreatment as it relates to a child’s health and development. 

President Barron talking with several students in a group at a reception.

The Undergraduate Research Ambassadors Program and the Spark Program bring select first- and second-year undergraduates together to develop competitive applications for research and fellowship opportunities.