Total undergraduate applications for summer/fall 2020 are 103,692; first-year baccalaureate applications are up 0.1% from 2019. International applications are down 10.5% and paid accepts are up 3.1%. Out-of-State applications are up 5.0% and paid accepts are up 8.7%. PA applications are down 3.4% and paid accepts are also down 4.1%.
Penn State is making SAT/ACT score submissions optional for prospective students applying for summer or fall 2021 admission. Students will indicate via a question on the application whether they want test scores used in the evaluation of their application for admission. Test scores will still be required for admission to certain programs.
After extensive research, Penn State will purchase body-worn cameras for all police officers at 22 campuses within University Police and Public Safety (UPPS), with the goal of equipping officers with the cameras within the next year.
Penn State has made a $10M commitment to scholarships that will support diversity across the institution in the new Educational Equity Matching Program. The funds will primarily be used to match new scholarships, created by Penn State alumni and friends with gifts of $25,000 or more, that enhance our ability to recruit and retain students whose gender, race, ethnic, cultural, and/or national background contribute to the diversity of the student body.
WPSU Penn State, through the support of the New York Life Foundation, has awarded 27 grants, totally nearly $110,000 to public media stations and non-profit organizations throughout the country to help raise grief awareness as part of its multi-platform Speaking Grief Project.
Shah Rafayat Chowdhury, a 2018 graduate of Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences, has received the Diana Award, one of the highest accolades a young person can achieve for social action or humanitarian effort. Chowdhury, of Bangladesh, was recognized for making a difference in communities across Bangladesh through his youth-led social enterprise Footsteps Bangladesh.
Penn State Law in University Park has announced that Professor Shoba Sivaprasad Wadhia will serve as associate dean for diversity, equity and inclusion, effective July 1.
Kelly A. Wolgast, assistant dean for outreach and professional development and associate teaching professor in the College of Nursing, has been appointed director of Penn State’s new COVID-19 Operations Control Center. The control center will be activated in the fall as a central hub to manage and respond to key components — including data management and reporting, testing and contact tracing, supply chain and procurement, and more — for a return to on-campus learning, working and living across every Penn State campus.
Research and Awards
Penn State will receive more than $10 million from the U.S. Department of Energy as an Energy Frontier Research Center Award.
Etya Amsalem, assistant professor of entomology, received a grant of more than $1 million from the National Science Foundation to study the mechanisms that induce sterility in the bumble bee.
The Agbogbloshie Makerspace Platform, which was founded by Penn State Stuckeman School faculty members DK Osseo-Asare and Yasmine Abbas, has been awarded the Smart Cities Urban Innovation Award for Citizen Engagement in the Le Monde 2020 World Urban Innovation Challenge.
Led by Paul Morgan, professor and director of the Social Science Research Institute’s Center for Educational Disparities, researchers are examining how students with or at-risk for disabilities can be better helped as they attend U.S. schools, through two new projects totaling nearly $1.2 million being funded by the National Center for Special Education Research, U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences.
Penn State was awarded 10 grants through the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development Manufacturing PA initiative to spur new technologies and processes in the manufacturing sector.
Rising senior Ava Self is a 2020 recipient of the competitive Astronaut Scholarship, which rewards students for their work in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
David Radice, assistant professor of physics and of astronomy and astrophysics, has been selected to receive funding from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Early Career Research Program in support of his work studying extreme astrophysical events, such as the collision of neutron stars.
Susan J. Loeb, College of Nursing and College of Medicine professor, received grant funding from the National Institutes of Health/National Institute on Aging to support the second phase of her team’s research on "E-training of Inmate Peer Caregivers for Enhancing Geriatric and End-of-life Care in Prisons."
Ashkan Negahban, assistant professor of engineering management at Penn State Great Valley, received a three-year, $831,276 grant from the NSF for his research on immersive simulation-based learning. The work, which began as part of Penn State’s Strategic Plan Seed Grants on transforming education, spans multiple campuses.
A team of Penn State and U.S. Food and Drug Administration researchers have received a four-year, $2.49M grant from the NIH to understand why certain blood clots that cause strokes cannot be removed. Keefe B. Manning, associate dean of the Schreyer Honors College and professor of biomedical engineering is co-primary investigator of the study.
A team of researchers including Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics Jason Wright has been awarded a grant from NASA to look for detectable signs of technology used by past or present extraterrestrial civilizations. This marks the first time NASA has awarded an external grant to look for “technosignatures” other than radio signals.