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City Semester Pittsburgh
City Semester Pittsburgh
Apply for City Semester Pittsburgh
Spend a semester living and learning in the Pittsburgh region through City Semester Pittsburgh. Earn credits through an internship with a prominent community partner, an engaging course in urban sustainability, and online courses to fulfill major requirements. The program is open to Penn State undergraduate students in all majors at sophomore standing or above.

Be a Family Ambassador

Apply by November 11

Want to volunteer, gain teamwork skills, and build your resume? The Parents Program is seeking passionate student leaders for its Family Ambassador Program. Family Ambassadors serve as liaisons between the Parents Program office and Penn State parents and families, assist in routine office tasks, and are crucial in the execution of Parents & Families Weekend, Fall Arrival, and other events. Visit the Family Ambassador Program website for info.

Apply for the Global Careers Institute

Apply by November 15

Global Programs and Career Services are excited to announce the inaugural Penn State Global Careers Institute - a professional development program designed to help Penn State’s international and domestic (undergraduate and graduate students) prepare for career success in the global marketplace. The Institute conference will be held on February 28-29, 2020 at the Penn Stater Conference Center at University Park campus. Featured speakers include prominent Penn State alumni from a wide range of business and industry around the world. Students will have the opportunity to network with alumni and expert presenters throughout the weekend event. Registration Fee: $20. For more information about Penn State’s Global Careers Institute, contact Jennifer Theiss.

Apply to be a Lion Ambassador

Students interested in being a Lion Ambassador can apply by December 13.

Soles4Souls Shoe Drive

Soles4Souls at Penn State is hosting a campus-wide shoe drive until November 21. Shoes of any size and style can be dropped off at the HUB, the Hintz Family Alumni Center, Pollock Commons, Findlay Commons, or Waring Commons. Shoes will be shipped to developing countries where, for a small loan, community members can start a business selling shoes.

Learn about undergraduate research

November 7, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Mann Assembly, Paterno Library.

Looking to get started with undergraduate research? Learn how to identify projects and mentors at Penn State and navigate your options. Participation in person and via Zoom.

Center for Gender and Sexual Diversity Discussion Groups

These groups are Closed Groups (you must identify with the group topic to attend). Discussion groups are only open to enrolled Penn State students. Groups do not meet on official University holidays.

  • Aces (asexual and aromantic): Wednesdays 1:00 - 2:00 p.m.
  • Beyond the Binary (gender identity) Wednesdays 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
  • BiLions (bisexual, pansexual, fluid) Tuesdays 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.
  • Color Me Queer (students of color) Thursdays 4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Involved in the ENTI minor?

In Spring 2020, Dr. Jeanette Miller in Smeal will be offering an embedded course with a spring break travel component to Bogota, Colombia for entrepreneurship students. If this is something that you would be interested in taking, please reach out to Dr. Jeanette Miller.

Cancer Research Day

Saturday, November 9, 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Berg Auditorium, Huck Life Sciences Building

Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to attend the Penn State Cancer Institute's 2nd Annual Cancer Research Day to collaborate with peers and learn more about research careers. Register in advance.

Community Service Opportunities

Looking for community service opportunities in Centre County? Check out the Volunteer Site.

Join the 2020 OTeam

Deadline: December 2

Penn State is seeking diverse, dedicated, enthusiastic, resourceful, and motivated students to join our 2020 Orientation Team (OTeam). New Student Orientation (NSO) begins the transition to Penn State and the OTeam makes the difference for new students and their families. Members of the OTeam will serve as group facilitators, resource persons, role models, and ambassadors for Penn State during NSO.

Upcoming information sessions:
November 7, 8:00-8:45 p.m., 217 Thomas
November 12, 6:30-7:15 p.m., 217 Thomas
November 15, 3:00-3:45 p.m., 134 HUB
November 17, 7:00-7:45 p.m., 217 Thomas

Are you involved in research?

Abstracts due December 6

Did you know there's a national conference where you can share your work with faculty across the country? The National Conference on Undergraduate Research is an annual gathering of student scholars and welcomes presenters from all institutions of higher learning and from all corners of the academic curriculum. Learn more and submit an abstract for NCUR 2020. There's also an opportunity in their Posters on the Hill event to share your research with members of Congress and their staff (applications due Nov. 5):

Pitch Exploration Lab

You’re invited! A new research group called the Pitch Exploration Lab will begin meeting this semester. This space is intended for undergraduates or graduates from any major on campus to explore music/brain/psychology topics but we especially welcome research questions related to pitch processing and psycho-motor activity. Students from Biology, Acoustics, Psychology, Neuroscience and all other majors are welcome, as well as students with any background coursework or experience in statistics. Please contact the lab director, Bryan Nichols at for more information.

Apply for the Stand Up Awards

Nominations due January 27, 2020

The Rock Ethics Institute is now accepting nominations for its 2020 Stand Up Awards, which recognize Penn State undergraduate students who have demonstrated ethical leadership by "standing up" for a cause, idea or belief. Any faculty, staff, student or community member may nominate any Penn State undergraduate student in any major from any campus for a Stand Up Award, provided the student has been enrolled full time at the University for at least one semester during the 2019-20 academic year.

Each 2020 award winner will receive a $1,000 cash prize and be honored during the Stand Up Awards ceremony at the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center the morning of Sunday, April 19, 2020.

View additional information about the Stand Up Awards, including profiles of previous honorees. For additional information on this year’s awards, contact Ben Jones.

Get funding for summer research

Erickson Discovery Grants of $3500 each are awarded to undergraduate students in support of student engagement in original research, scholarship and creative work taking place during summer 2020 under the supervision of a faculty member. Applications are accepted until January 20, 2020.

The College of Health and Human Development will be offering Summer Research Grants for undergraduates to complete research under the direction of a faculty mentor for summer 2020. Apply by February 7, 2020.

Donate a Thanksgiving Basket

Is your department or student organization interested in helping others? The Council of Lionhearts, a student organization at Penn State, is hosting their annual Thanksgiving Basket Drive. Last year, the Penn State and Centre County Community provided Thanksgiving meals to 400 families in need through the event. Completed baskets should be delivered to the HUB Flex Theater, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., on Nov. 18 and 19. See this news for items that can be included in each basket. Interested participants may RSVP.

Global Entrepreneurship Week

November 10-14

Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) includes daily presentations, panels, workshops, and networking opportunities geared specifically to entrepreneurs, local startups, innovators, and anyone interested in thinking outside the box. Check out the GEW schedule.
GEW kicks off on November 2 with HackPSU, an event where nearly 1000 students from across the nation create change by developing technology to solve real-world problems, working with industry leaders, and collaborating with peers for 24 hours of creation, innovation, and fun. All are welcome to join. The event offers free food, swag, prizes, and much more for your enjoyment! Register for the event.

Speak at State of State

Nominate by November 11

Nominations for student speakers for the 2020 State of State Conference are open. State of State is an organization committed to facilitating a dialogue within the university community about important Penn State-related issues. This dialogue culminates in an annual conference in the Spring which brings together students, faculty, alumni, and community members to speak about a number of Penn State and State College-related issues ranging from student life to mental health. The Spring Conference will take place on March 22, 2020. If you are a passionate student who could speak about an issue that affects Penn State, or know a student who could do the same, please fill out the nomination form.