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Undergraduate Programs

Engaged Scholarship

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! 

When you learn, teach, when you get, give.
Dr. Mayo Angelou
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Become a Learning Assistant

Learning Assistants (LAs) are peers that serve to facilitate collaborative active learning exercises both in class and during out-of-class problem solving sessions.  Learning Assistants work as a team with the faculty to help solidify student learning. 

Become a Teaching Assistant

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.  

Learn More About Becoming a Learning Assistant Learn More About Becoming a Teaching Assistant


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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.


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Learn about how you can get involved in Science-U





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Research in Faculty Labs

Learn more about the opportunities to do research both in or outside of the BMB department on our research opportunities page.


Student Affiars

Student Organizations


Get involved with a student club and meet others with similar interests to your own, learn key leadership and networking skills, and apply the knowledge learned in the classroom to benefit your community. 

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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. 

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Funding Your Experience



Expand your experience beyond the classroom!