The Value of Undergraduate Research
Research--in addition to teaching and public service--is a primary mission of the University. A strong research program strengthens both undergraduate and graduate education by building the body of knowledge and experience on which both are based. At Penn State Mont Alto, freshman to seniors have the opportunity to participate in exciting undergraduate research project such as the following.
The number of engineering students enrolled at Penn State Mont Alto has surged and that’s not surprising given the fantastic student-research opportunities afforded them here. Recently, three Penn State Mont Alto students and their professor joined nearly 100 university instructors and students from 21 states to see their experiments rise to the sky with the successful launch of a NASA suborbital sounding rocket at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.
NASA’s two-stage Terrier-Orion rocket carried the experiments to an altitude of 73 miles. Penn State Mont Alto’s team worked with Dr. Siegfried Herzog on the project together for two years. The students have moved on to the University Park campus to complete their degrees though there is little doubt these future scientists and engineers have gained invaluable first-hand knowledge from one of the many exceptional research opportunities available to students right here at Mont Alto.
A group of Penn State Mont Alto students are producing a full-length motion picture with an expected release date of Fall 2011. The Mont Alto Film Project is a practicum in filmmaking offered over four semesters (two academic years); it is in its second year. The film, described as a mystery with traces of horror, is a low-budget, independent production led entirely by Mont Alto students and their faculty advisor, Dr. Kevin Boon.
Titled Two Days Back and described as mystery with traces of horror, the Mont Alto Film Project has released a trailer for the film availabe to view by clicking here.
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