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Apply for the Women's Leadership Initiative
Open to students who will be juniors during the 2020-21 academic year.
Information sessions:
Wednesday, January 22, 6:00 p.m., Living Center, 110 Henderson Building
Thursday, January 23, 6:00 p.m., Living Center, 110 Henderson Building

New Health Professional Fraternity

Phi Epsilon Kappa (PEK) is a professional fraternity open to students pursuing careers in health. The organization aims to provide students with opportunities for professional development and service hours, while providing lasting friendships with students on similar career paths. Attend an information session:

  • Tuesday, January 21, 8-9 p.m., 62 Willard
  • Wednesday, January 22, 7-8 p.m., 62 Willard
  • Thursday, January 23, 8-9 p.m., 62 Willard.

E-mail with any additional questions.

Spring 2020 Involvement Fair

Monday, January 13 and Tuesday, January 14
11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Alumni Hall, HUB

HHD Student Organizations that want to participate must register.

Apply for the Presidential Leadership Academy

Deadline: February 14, 2020

The Presidential Leadership Academy is for those who want to think critically about important issues. Those who want to make the tough decisions. Those who want to make a difference in the world and lead by example. Those like you — Penn Staters who want to become the leaders of tomorrow.

Nittany AI Challenge

Join the Nittany AI Challenge! This year's theme is "AI for good" and one of the competition categories is "Health." HHD students are invited to join Challenge teams as subject matter experts or project managers. Prior experience with AI or coding is not required; the only thing needed to enter the first round of the competition is a team and an idea. Two upcoming events can help with both:

  • IDEATION WORKSHOPS: January 18, 12-4 p.m., 110 Business Bldg.: fine tune your ideas for the Challenge and meet other students interested in participating
  • TEAM FORMATION MIXER: January 22, 11 Sparks. Students can meet other people interested in competing and find teammates to do so.

Apply to be part of HealthWorks for 2020-21

Deadline: February 28

Health Promotion and Wellness, a unit of Penn State Student Affairs, is currently accepting applications for HealthWorks, a peer outreach and education program designed to advocate health among students at University Park. The HealthWorks program offers student volunteers two unique opportunities to share and promote health information on campus. These opportunities include: one-on-one wellness services for students and outreach activities and educational workshops.

Apply to be a LEAP Mentor

Serve as a mentor to incoming first-year students participating in the Learning Edge Academic Program (LEAP). LEAP Mentors are responsible for helping to lead their peers through enriching academic and social activities and helping first-year students have a successful transition to Penn State. Apply by February 14.
Information sessions:
January 20, 7:30 p.m., 134 HUB-Robeson Center
February 14, 2020, 7 p.m., 104 Thomas

Men Against Violence

The Gender Equity Center is seeking students interested in their peer education group, Men Against Violence (MAV). MAV serves the Penn State community by offering programming on: sexual assault and bystander intervention, consent, healthy/toxic relationships, body image (including eating disorders and body positivity), and more! If you have any questions, please contact Shannon DeHoff. Apply here.

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.

Community Service Opportunities

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

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.