School of Science

350 Middle- and High-School Students Attend Science Olympiad

More than 350 middle- and high-school students attended the Science Olympiad at Penn State Behrend on Tuesday, March 10.Shyler Abbey’s science project – a knot of K’NEX rods, switches and fishing line – was built to ring a buzzer, which Shyler, a senior at Seneca High School, had set near the bottom of a cardboard box.

Students Celebrate Pi Day Early

To celebrate Pi Day early, members of Penn State Behrend's Math Club handed out pies on Friday, March 6.Pi Day — a day to celebrate one of the most well-known principles in mathematics — may fall during spring break, but the Penn State Behrend Math Club still found a way to celebrate it.

January 29: Astronomy Open House to Highlight Orion

Behrend Section: 
School of Science
Yahn Planetarium
Research and Outreach

A test flight for Orion took place on Dec. 5.What might the future of space exploration look like? Thanks to NASA’s Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle, the answer to that question might be clearer than ever.

Orion, the next vehicle that will take astronauts into space, will be the topic of discussion when Open House Night in Astronomy returns to Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, on Thursday, Jan. 29.

December 18: Fall 2015 Commencement Details for Candidates, Guests

Behrend Section: 
School of Science
Academic Programs
School of Humanities
School of Engineering
Student Life
Student Services
School of Business
Academic Services
College Registrar

Penn State Behrend Commencement

Friday, December 18, 2015

6:00 p.m., Penn State Behrend, Junker Center

(Candidates for graduation should report by 5:30 p.m.)

No tickets are necessary.

The commencement speaker will be Penn State alumnus Daniel S. Mead '75, '77, former CEO of Verizon Wireless

Information for Graduates


Penn State Behrend Funds $41K in Spring Research

Penn State Behrend is funding more than $41,000 in undergraduate research this spring. Sixty-two students will participate in the studies, working directly with faculty mentors.

Students in the Black School of Business will study the effectiveness of product placement in massively multiplayer online role-playing games, such as “Splinter Cell” and “Rainbow Six: Lockdown.”

History students will assess the treatment of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans and compare it to the experience of those who served in Vietnam.

Alumna Uses Residency Elective to Work in Health and Wellness Center

Dr. Meaghan Johnson, a Behrend alumna, has chosen to use one of her residency electives to work in the Health and Wellness Center at the college.

Dr. Meaghan Johnson remembers college as a time for change and growth. It’s one of the reasons she says she enjoys working with people of that age group so much.

Talia Finotti

Administrative Support Assistant
Office Location: 
P-1 Prischak Building
(814) 898 6150

Yahn Planetarium at Penn State Behrend Now Open

The Yahn Planetarium at Penn State Behrend, a 55-seat astronomy theater, opens Thursday, Nov. 6, after more than a year of renovations and improvements. The facility, housed in the School of Science at Penn State Erie, The Behrend College, expands the original mission of the planetarium, a fixture in Erie since 1959.

The Erie County Historical Society closed the planetarium in 2013 to focus on other holdings. Penn State Behrend took ownership of the equipment, which complements the college’s outreach programs, including the popular Open House Nights in Astronomy.

Donald McKinstry, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Biology (Emeritus)