Research and Outreach

October 7: “Yeah! Yeah! Yeah!: The Evolving Artistry of the Beatles”

Behrend Section: 
Research and Outreach

Kenneth WomackThe Penn State Humanities Laureate loves pop culture, yeah yeah yeah.

Kenneth Womack, a prolific writer on movies and music (and even the Sheetz convenience store chain), will share his Beatles scholarship on Monday, Oct. 7, at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College.

September 17: “Brain Activity, Thinking, and Symptoms in Schizophrenia”

Behrend Section: 
Research and Outreach

Brain imagePhysical changes to the schizophrenic brain will be the topic of the next Colloquium Series in Psychological Sciences and Human Behavior at Penn State Behrend.

Silver Coating Kills Bacteria on Campus Door Handles

Can a door handle keep you healthy?

That depends on what’s on it. Most are teeming with bacteria: staph, E. coli, Enterococcus and sometimes even Salmonella. That stuff can make you sick.

Doors in the Reed, Prischak, Burke and Junker buildings on campus are now coated with something different: Agion silver, an antimicrobial compound that doctors put on catheters and heart valves. Moisture – in this case, the sweat and oils on a person’s hand – activates the silver ions, which bind to the bacteria’s cell walls. The cells die, and the surface is cleaner.

Undergraduate Student Research Deadlines

Listed below are the Undergraduate Student Research Deadlines. You may also view the research deadlines in PDF format.

Penn State Behrend students may also request funding support for conference travel.


2013 Undergraduate Research and Creative Accomplishment Conference Winners

The twenty-second annual conference, held on April 13, 2013, included 139 presentations, 226 students, and 106 faculty members.

Students either presented their research and creative accomplishments in the form of oral presentations or as poster displays.  The quality and sophistication of the student work increases every year.  Unless noted, students are from Penn State Behrend.

Awards were given to the following students:


Undergraduate Research and Creative Accomplishment Conference


Penn State Behrend will host its signature undergraduate research event, the 24th Annual Undergraduate Student Research and Creative Accomplishment Conference, on Saturday, April 11, beginning at 8 a.m.

Undergraduate Student Research Award Recipients

2013-2014    Nicholas Friedl, Jerry Casbohm (Chemistry)

2011-2012    Lauren Kolb (Political Science)

2010-2011   James Pander (Chemistry)

2009-2010   Christine Giuliano (Political Science), James Hodge (Psychology)

2008-2009   Jessica Schubert (Psychology), Chelsea Fenush (Psychology)

2007-2008   Alicia Klinvex (Computer Science), Christopher Suprock (Mechanical Engineering)

2006-2007   Kala Wolfe (Biology)