Student Success

Penn State to recognize class of 2020 with virtual commencement ceremony

In response to the growing coronavirus pandemic, orders from the state government and recommendations from global public health organizations, Penn State will hold its spring 2020 commencement ceremony via livestream on May 9. The virtual ceremony will recognize all Penn State undergraduate students and all graduate students in the Penn State Graduate School.

Pitch competition offers $30,000 in funding for student entrepreneurs

The Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program (PennTAP) at Penn State is looking for undergraduate entrepreneurs from any Penn State campus to compete in the 2020 Inc.U Competition. Six finalist teams will earn a spot on “The Investment,” a production of WPSU-TV, giving them a chance to pitch their company for a share of $30,000 in funding. The 2020 Inc.U Competition submission deadline is Feb. 7.

Students provide therapeutic hands-on support to local senior citizens

Helping seniors stay healthy in order to live full, productive lives is just one commonality between Penn State Shenango’s Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Program and LIFE (Living Independence For the Elderly)-Northwestern Pennsylvania (LIFE-NWPA). This fall, LIFE-NWPA and the OTA faculty and students at the Shenango campus began collaborating on what has become a beneficial partnership for both entities.

Student startups shine at Invent Penn State conference

The Student Startup Showcase featured Penn State student startups which had participated in the Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program’s (PennTAP) Inc.U Competition or Invent Penn State’s Summer Founders program. Each of the student companies received $2,000 to help move their startups forward.

2019 Invent Penn State Venture & IP Conference Overview

The commitment to the ingenious power of partnership was on full display at the convening of the 2019 Invent Penn State Venture & IP Conference, Oct. 3 and 4, at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center. The event featured 85 startup companies, 90 investors and advisers and 30 sponsors, which all collaborated over the two-day event to propel entrepreneurship and innovation.