Research and Creative Exposition, Career Day set for April 12 at New Kensington

April 06, 2016

UPPER BURRELL, Pa. — From the effects of political campaign advertising, to the benefits of 3D mammography, to the future of genetic engineering, students at Penn State New Kensington explored a variety of issues during the fall and spring semesters. The results of their research will be unveiled publicly at the 12th annual Research and Creative Exposition from 1 to 3 p.m., Tuesday, April 12, in the campus Athletics Center.

Students will display their research as posters at the innovative event. 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. This year, 57 students researched 37 projects under the direction of 14 faculty members.

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

Career Day
In conjunction with the expo, Penn State New Kensington will host the sixth annual Career Day from noon to 3 p.m., in the Athletics Center. 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' numerous research and creative activities.

Representatives from more than 30 companies will discuss career options, internships and job opportunities for current students and recent graduates. Organizations attending Career Day represent a variety of fields, including business, engineering, science, information technology, psychology, marketing, administration of justice, communications, finance, accounting, social services and human services. The campus faculty is encouraged to attend, as companies will focus on career paths within their organizations that relate to academic disciplines.

"The combination of the Career Day with the Research and Creative Expo creates a major annual event for the campus while giving students significant opportunities to present their best work to local professionals and employers," said Jim Shields, career services coordinator at the campus. "At the same time, it's another chance to showcase Penn State New Kensington as a vital resource for local communities and businesses."

Career Day is more than just a job and internship fair. The goals for the event are three-fold: career information-sharing with students; networking among students, faculty and local businesses; and recruitment for internships and jobs. A directory with more information about opportunities with each employer will be available before the event to help students prepare for their interactions with the representatives.

The free event is open to Penn State students and recent graduates. For more information, contact Jim Shields, career services coordinator, at 724-334-6095 or

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Last Updated April 06, 2016