Engaged Scholarship

Penn State Outreach and Online Education is proud to offer a variety of meaningful engaged scholarship opportunities for students. Here are just a few examples of the out-of-classroom experiences we have developed in order to support the important mission of engaged scholarship.

  • Penn State Public Media connects people through the power of film, video, and interactive stories. Their work features a wide range of topics and formats designed to inspire, inform, and compel. Students work with Penn State Public Media in a variety of interesting ways: television production, television and website writing/research, web design and development, video and online course production, social media marketing, radio news, and marketing and project development.
  • Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center offers a mix of educational and recreational opportunities for the entire community — raptor center, Discovery Room with reptiles and amphibians, hands-on exhibits, bookstore, hiking trails, festivals, summer camps, bird walks, and educational and team-building programming. Student engaged scholarship activities are abundant at Shaver’s Creek. AURORA First-Year Student Orientation offers three unique programs: ORION Wilderness Experience, URSA Urban Service Experience, and VEGA West Coast Wilderness Experience. Through partnerships with many academic colleges across Penn State, Shaver’s Creek also offers credit courses in environmental interpretation, outdoor/adventure education, and leadership, teaching more than 1,200 undergraduates annually. Those students go on to lead recreational and educational programs for more than 10,000 visitors each year. Opportunities are also available specifically for graduate students.
  • The Penn State Center: Engaging Pittsburgh, an initiative of Penn State Outreach and Online Education, facilitates community-focused learning, student involvement, and solution-oriented research to help enrich the lives of urban citizens, improve the quality of communities, and enhance the success of businesses in the Greater Pittsburgh area. Program areas include community revitalization, energy, land use, storm water management, and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). In 2011, the Pittsburgh Studio, in partnership with The Penn State Center: Engaging Pittsburgh, was northeast regional winner of the Outreach Scholarship W.K. Kellogg Foundation Engagement Award by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) and the National Outreach Scholarship Conference.
  • The Penn State Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and the Pennsylvania Technical Assistance Program (PennTAP) both offer tailored services to help Pennsylvania business succeed. Students participate in real-world problem-solving for business clients and gain valuable experience in delivering professional presentations in credit- and noncredit-bearing courses. Students are also active in the student entrepreneurship activities of these two organizations, including consultations, research, and the renowned Global Entrepreneurship Week, which takes place each November.

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