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October 10: Deadline to Apply for 'Costa Rica Neotropical Studies' Embedded Study Abroad Course

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Study Abroad

The application deadline for the Spring 2015 embedded study abroad course, Costa Rica: Neotropical Studies (GEOSC 299, or BIOL 499), is October 10, 2014. 

Travel to Costa Rica during Spring Break with your instructors and classmates to experience seeing the amazing biodiversity of Costa Rica! The trip includes visiting lowland forests, cloud forests and an active volcano.


Mathematician's Visit Leads to Academic Paper

The paper she began in May, during a residency in South Africa, first took shape a year earlier, in the Hammermill Building, where Papiya Bhattacharjee hosted three days of discussion about ordered algebraic structures.

Bhattacharjee, an assistant professor of mathematics at Penn State Behrend, is an expert in point-free topology. That’s the study of the properties that allow geometric figures to bend or stretch without breaking. It’s how computers are programmed to make decisions.

March 3: Speaker Series to Feature Derreck Kayongo, Founder of the Global Soap Project

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Derreck Kayongo

​With the Global Soap Project, Derreck Kayongo seeks to create social change. Since its creation in 2009, thousands of lives have been affected, and the project continues to grow each year.

Now, Kayongo is hoping to inspire others to follow in his footsteps.

Why Study Environmental Science?

Penn State Behrend’s location is a laboratory unto itself and a rich source of undergraduate research opportunities. Our campus arboretum is home to more than 200 species of native and exotic trees and a member of the American Public Gardens Association. 

Environmental Science

Environmental Science Lab PhotoThe B.S. in Environmental Science is the only undergraduate degree at Penn State that uses the studies of biology, chemistry, and geoscience to examine the human-earth interface. The program trains you to understand environmental processes, to analyze and solve environmental problems, and to communicate to other scientists and the public the impacts of using the planet’s energy and natural resources.

Todd Cook, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biology
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Arboretum at Penn State Behrend celebrates 10 years

Zachary Irwin was one of the speakers at the Tenth Anniversary Arboretum Celebration.Ten years ago, the Arboretum at Penn State Behrend gained its formal status as an arboretum from the American Public Gardens Association. But faculty members, staff members, and friends of the college in attendance at the Aug. 8 Tenth Anniversary Arboretum Celebration know that 10 years was merely a formality.

Penn State Behrend, UECDC Partner to Educate Students About Rain Gardens

Niyokindi Thiery was one of eleven students who is taking a class to learn about rain gardens at Penn State Behrend.It often takes years for people to figure out what to do for a living.

Niyokindi Thiery is off to a nice start.

“I want to be a scientist,” the 11-year-old Diehl Elementary School student said while closely observing a rain garden on the campus of Penn State Erie, The Behrend College.

June 26: 'Getting Started in Astronomy:' Open House Night in Astronomy

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Weather permitting, astronomical observing will follow in the college's Mehalso Observatory.Ever peer toward the stars on a clear summer night and ponder what you see?

Dr. Darren Williams and Jim Gavio want to help you answer that question.