Director's Message

Martin Kociolek, Ph.D.

Martin Kociolek, Ph.D.

Credit: Penn State Behrend

New directions and new possibilities are everywhere in the School of Science.

New partners such as Magee-Womens Research Institute (MWRI) in Erie will open new avenues for research, kickstart new academic programs, and provide funding for new equipment, facilities, and faculty positions. Ongoing collaboration with the University’s College of Agriculture have led to a new shared faculty position with the Lake Erie Regional Grape Research and Extension Center, expanding research opportunities for students and faculty.

New funding from the National Science Foundation to establish the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship and STEM Leaders programs will provide financial support for students and will also serve to educate and train future math teachers and science leaders.

The recent expansion of our nursing facilities will further strengthen our already successful undergraduate program. Renovations to Wintergreen Gorge will provide renewed opportunities for the community to take advantage of the wonderful natural resources of our campus. Lastly, the addition of a college sustainability coordinator will take preservation and sustainability to a new level not only for Penn State Behrend but the Erie area as well.

These new directions and other great happenings are sure to make for an exciting year in the School of Science. I hope you enjoy reading more about a few of these happenings

Martin Kociolek Ph.D.