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Jennifer Keefer placing a pin in a global map with an international student identifying where he is from

The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology embraces diversity and inclusion in our classrooms, research laboratories, and hallways. The diverse backgrounds of our students and faculty provide unique perspectives and enhance the learning experience for all. This makes Penn State and BMB a great place to study.   Learn something new about BMB and our students – both past and present – through their shared thoughts and stories.


The Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department is proud to be called home to some of the most outstanding undergraduate students in higher education.  Our students display a high level of dedication in not only furthering their education, but also in their involvement in the local, national, and world-wide community and their desire to be on the frontlines of scientific discovery.  

The #WeAreUndergradsofBMB Campaign recognizes our outstanding undergraduate students and celebrates their efforts in bettering themselves, their communities, and truly representing what it means when we say We Are Penn State!

Learn more about our outstanding undergraduate students


Learn how our students took advantage of their Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships (SURF)

Many students spend their summers as an undergraduate taking time away from the studies and either working a summer job or enjoying the opportunity to spend time with family and friends.  Not these students! 

The #What'dYouDoThisSummer? Campaign highlights how the recipients of Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships spent the summer conducting research, and furthering their future goals of benefiting society through scientific discovery.

Learn more about our SURF recipients and their outstanding research

Meet our Goldwater Scholars

The scholarship, named for statesman Barry Goldwater and provided by the Barry M. Goldwater Foundation, is among the most competitive honors in the country for undergraduates in the STEM fields. Each year, 300 students across the U.S. are awarded $7,500 each through the scholarship program.

The BMB Department is proud to have several students who have been named among the nation's elite, Goldwater Scholars.

Learn more about our exceptional Goldwater Scholars

Cuyler Luck receives poster session award

Share Your Story

If you are a current or past student and have a story that you would like to share, contact us.