There are many opportunities for students to take the knowledge that they learn in their classes and apply it elsewhere. These opportunities, known as engaged scholarship opportunities, are also a great way to develop other skills needed to be successful in the professional world. Check out some of the engaged scholarship opportunities that our students regularly participate in. If you have an idea for or participate in a unique engaged scholarship experience, we would love to hear more about it!
Learning Assistants (LAs) are peers that serve to facilitate collaborative active learning exercises both in class and during out-of-class problem solving sessions. LAs work as a team with the faculty to help solidify student learning.
Serving as a Teaching Assistant is an excellent way to use the knowledge you have already gained in your classes to get others excited about science and to help teach them foundational scientific principles and techniques.
Become a Science - U Mentor
The Office of Science Outreach hosts camps for elementary, middle, and high school students each summer. Past themes have included Forensic based who-done-it mysteries, Biotechnology mini summer school, physics of toy making, robotics, ecology, and many more. Current Penn State students can apply to be a Science U mentor, where they will can learn how to teach others about the excitement of scientific discovery, along with other essential skills such as leadership and problem solving.
Learn more about the opportunities to do research both in or outside of the BMB department on our research opportunities page.
Get involved in a club, meet others with similar interests, learn leadership and networking skills, and apply what you've learned in class to benefit your community.
Alumni Mentor Program
Mentors serve as guides to students, answering questions, giving advice, and helping them to learn more about their field of interest and about themselves.