New Kensington expo highlights student research and career opportunities

Students at Penn State New Kensington will present their research in a public forum at the 12th annual Research and Creative Exposition on Tuesday, April 8, in the campus Athletics Center. Also, in conjunction with the expo, the campus hosts the sixth annual Career Day from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.

The exposition provides students, under the guidance of a faculty adviser, with the opportunity to conduct research, draw conclusions and present their information in a public setting. Last year, 86 students researched 55 projects that were exhibited in a poster format or delivered orally from 1 to 3 p.m.

The poster category is designed to convey the project's significance to scholars in the field and potential significance to the general public. The student's written research is translated into a poster and presented in public. Participants are judged on content, display and oral defense of their project.

The oral presentation category is designed to take written research and present it in an engaging 10-minute presentation. Presenters are judged on written materials, topic significance, objectives, methods, responsible knowledge, invention, preparation and delivery.

For more information on the research expo, contact Tracie Brockhoff, demonstration and equipment specialist for biology and chemistry, at 724-334-6742 or

About Career Day
"Sha na na na, sha na na na na...Get a job,
Every morning about this time, She get me out of my bed, A-crying...Get a job.
After breakfast, every day, She throws the want ads right my way, And never fails to say...Get a job
Sha na na na, sha na na na na, Sha na na na, sha na na na na..."

Written and recorded by The Silhouettes (Earl Beal, Raymond Edwards, Richard Lewis, William Horton), 1957
Career Day complements the expo by creating new opportunities for the students and faculty to build stronger contacts with local industries through sharing of career information while also highlighting the campus' many research and creative activities. Students and graduates can learn about career paths in their majors, and make connections for internship and job opportunities. The event is open to current Penn State students and recent graduates, and admission is free.

For more information on Career Day, contact Jim Shields, career services coordinator, at 724-334-6065 or

For the video of the song by the original Silhouettes, visit


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Last Updated March 19, 2014