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Penn State Beaver provides a multitude of enriching experiences for students in all areas of study, in the classroom and beyond. Here are just a few opportunities we offer:

 

Nico Bellissimo, who studied abroad in Ireland, pictured in from of the Colosseum in Rome.

Travel Abroad

Professors take small groups of students on trips abroad during Penn State Beaver's annual Spring Break. Some past destinations have included Italy, Greece, Spain, Turkey, Germany, Singapore, and Trinidad and Tobago.

Dr. Kay Wijekumar, associate professor of information sciences and technology (IST), has taken IST students to Valencia, Spain to attend the International Technology, Education, and Development Conference. Her students have also given presentations there.

Dr. Talha Harcar, associate professor of business and a native of Turkey, has taken students to Istanbul to explore the inner workings of international businesses. Students have also attended lectures on international business at the University of Istanbul.

Penn State also offers a Study Abroad program that enables students to study in a foreign country for one or two semesters. Beaver campus students have studied in London, Limerick, and Shanghai.

 
Kay Wijekumar

Get Involved in Research

Dr. Kay Wijekumar, associate professor of information sciences and technology (IST), and researchers from Penn State’s College of Education, have received more than $30 million in grants from public and private sources to design Intelligent Tutor, a unique computer program that helps children learn to read by teaching them to focus on text organization.

Other research opportunities are available in each four-year major offered at Beaver. The campus hosts an annual Undergraduate Research Fair to showcase research conducted by students. Faculty mentors work with students to help them throughout the process of researching their chosen topic. Prizes are awarded for the best research presented orally and through posters and demonstrations. Many Beaver award-winners have also competed in the University-wide Annual Research Fair at Penn State University Park.

 
women's basketball

Join a Competitive Team

Penn State Beaver offers men's and women's soccer, men's and women's basketball, baseball, volleyball, softball, and wrestling.

The teams compete in the Penn State University Athletic Conference (PSUAC) and the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA).

In 2010, the women’s basketball, men’s baseball, and men’s basketball teams each won first place in the PSUAC Championships, and the softball team placed second. 

Beaver also offers inline hockey as a club sport. The team's inaugural season was in 2009.

 

Stay Connected Wherever You Go

Penn State Beaver provides students, faculty, and staff with a completely wireless work environment, indoors and out. No matter where you are on campus, Beaver helps you stay connected.

The PSUTXT message system is free and allows students, faculty, and staff to receive text message updates about campus delays, cancellations, or other events that affect daily life on campus. Penn State Live, available as a website and an app on the iPhone or a smart phone, allows you to stay on top of all the latest campus news.

 

Get Involved on Campus

It’s easy to get involved in campus activities. A variety of clubs and organizations are designed to appeal to a wide range of students from diverse backgrounds.

Student Lion Ambassadors work in conjunction with Admissions Office staff members to recruit new students by providing tours of the campus, talking about their campus experiences to prospective students, and attending admissions events.

The Student Government Association (SGA) is the voice of the campus students. One of SGA's many programs and activities is the annual Beaverfest week held at the end of spring semester. Beaverfest is a celebration of the end of the academic year as well as campus pride and often includes bonfires, picnics on the lawn, movie nights, murder mystery parties, and other events.

For more information about any of these programs, please contact the Admissions Office, 724-773-3800, or Robin Schreck, coordinator of student activities and residence life, 724-773-3947.

 
Bridget sorts through food during MLK day.

Give Back to the Community

Penn State Beaver offers an annual day of service on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in January. This one-day community service project allows students to give back to the local community by volunteering with a variety of local and regional organizations, including the Center for Hope, the Salvation Army, Habitat for Humanity, and Goodwill.

Student projects have ranged from sorting and distributing food and clothing donations to painting, gardening, and cleaning.

Penn State’s annual Dance Marathon (THON), which is held to benefit pediatric cancer patients, has a strong presence on campus. Students raise money every year to support THON through fundraising and hosting campus events.

In addition, Beaver students can give back to the younger members of the community by volunteering with the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Beaver County mentoring program or by participating in many other campus-sponsored projects held throughout the year.