September 11, 2017
Inside Scoop: Resources to Help You Explore

Get familiar with tools you can use and things you could do to connect your interests to possible majors at Penn State. Check out Exploration Resources

Important Dates:
  • September 11 (Mon): IST Pro Expo
  • September 12-14 (Tues-Thurs): Fall Career Days
  • October 13-15 (Fri-Sun): Parents and Families Weekend (University Park)
Have You Seen MajorQuest?

This awesome tool lets you select your interests and find majors that relate to them. Below each major in your results will be links to important details about the major to help you learn more and prepare for a conversation with your adviser. So go forth and explore MajorQuest!  

Who Is Your Academic Adviser?

In LionPATH, go to your Student Center and click the "Academics" tab. The bottom box has the name and contact information for your assigned adviser.  You can also read more about your adviser at Division of Undergraduate Studies Staff

IST Pro Expo

The IST Pro Expo takes place today in the Westgate (former IST) Building. Bring your PSU ID card to the registration table located near the Extreme Events Lab, room E214.

Plan to attend if interested in learning about professional fields relevant to IST and SRA majors! Prepare by learning more about the companies attending this fall's fair and be sure to check out the career opportunities they offer. Make good use of tips at How to Navigate the Career Fair resources page and Quick Tips to Prepare for the Career Fair.

College Corner - Engineering

Want the opportunity to make a face-to-face connection with a representative from each of the colleges at University Park while asking questions and finding out about the majors, minors, and special programs your college has to offer? Come to the College Corner, held every Wednesday from 1-4 p.m. in the Grange Building Lobby. Each week, a different college will have a representative present to answer general questions and provide information about their college. Note that this time is not expected to be for individual advising, but is intended for general information gathering.

Here is the schedule for the remainder of the fall semester. If a college does not appear, their date has already taken place:

September 13 - Engineering
September 20 - Bellisario College of Communications
September 27 - Smeal College of Business
October 4 - Education
October 11 - Liberal Arts
October 18 - Information Sciences & Technology (IST)
October 25 - Earth and Mineral Sciences (EMS)
November 1 - Health and Human Development
November 8 - Eberly College of Science/Pre-Health
November 15 - Agricultural Sciences

Early Progress Reports

Last week, course instructors were asked to provide students feedback on their engagement in their courses. If your participation is not meeting expectations, your instructor may send you an email, which is also recorded as a flag in your Starfish dashboard. If you receive a warning flag, reach out to your instructor or adviser for help identifying the changes you can make to increase your academic success. If you are engaging well, your instructor might also send you some positive feedback.

Washington D.C. Internship Program

Are you interested in a comprehensive internship experience in Washington, DC? Do you want to network with successful alumni? Do you want to live, work and explore in the nation's capital? The Stanley E. Degler Washington Program will host informational sessions regarding applications for the summer/fall 2018 internship program in D.C. Informational sessions will be held:

Tuesday, Sept. 12 at 6:30 p.m. in 362 Willard Building
Wednesday, Sept. 13 at 6:30 p.m. in 113 Carnegie Building

The program is housed in the Donald P. Bellisario College of Communications, but is open to students from all colleges and all majors. They will discuss internship options, housing, the application process and answer any questions you have about the program.

Student Engagement Network Internship Program

The Student Engagement Network (SEN) is seeking interns to help with the development of Penn State’s newest engagement initiative that allows students to explore, grow, and take action—both within and outside their academic major. Interns must be full-time or part-time students at Penn State’s University Park campus, be in good academic and conduct standing with the University, and be engaged both inside and outside the classroom. Additionally, interns must possess strong communication and presentation skills and understand the impact of meaningful engagement experiences. Learn more:

Volunteer to Help at Career Days

A great way for first- and second-year students to check out Fall Career Days on September 12-14 is to volunteer behind the scenes for a couple of hours. You get to wear an official t-shirt and observe and meet company representatives as you help them set up their booths during morning shifts or help to check in students during the afternoon. To learn more, go to Volunteering. Contact Sherry Rice at for details.

Study Smarter, Not Harder

Did you think you were ready for a test but didn’t do as well as you expected? Are you wondering if you should study more or somehow better for the next one? Go to the Study Smarter, Not Harder workshop on Thursday, September 21, 6:30 p.m. in 102 Thomas Building, University Park. Professors from the departments of Psychology and Chemistry will talk about ways you can process information, academic resources you can use on campus and online, and study skills you can practice. 

Be a DUS Peer Mentor

If you’re looking for a great way to gain leadership experience next summer, check-out the DUS Peer Mentor position. The DUS Peer Mentor team will play an important role in helping to promote a positive awareness of the exploratory educational experience and well-informed decision making before entering colleges/majors. To learn more about the role, visit or apply via the PSU jobs website at

If you have any questions, direct them to Courtney Karmelita at

Join Lion Scouts or SMART

Undergraduate Admissions is now accepting applications for Lion Scouts and the Student Minority Advisory and Recruitment Team (SMART), two student organizations that conduct campus tours and other activities for prospective students. The application deadlines for both is Friday, September 22 at 11:59 p.m.

Pre-Law Information Sessions

Students thinking about going to law school should sign up for an information session before scheduling an individual appointment with the pre-law adviser. Two kinds of sessions are available throughout the semester: “Pre-Law Orientation” and “Applying to Law School.” See details, dates/times, and registration instructions at Pre-Law Information Sessions. Note: These sessions fill quickly.

Engineering Majors Nights

Learn about engineering majors at University Park during information sessions throughout the semester. Go to those that interest you, hear from students and faculty, find out about what you'd study in the major and what kinds of career opportunities there are, and tour the facilities. First majors up are:

Architectural Engineering
Wednesday, September 20, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
107 Engineering Unit B

Chemical Engineering
Thursday, September 21, 6:00–7:00 p.m.
216 Thomas Building

Visit the DUS calendar for a listing of all upcoming majors nights.

Additional Resources:

Academic Advising Portal
Advising questions? Need academic information? Find answers in the Academic Advising Portal or contact your DUS adviser.

Explore Majors
Making decisions? Use Exploration Resources to help you make informed choices.

Start with the LionPATH launch page to access your Student Center as well as find links to critical resources.

Advising Appointments
Want to contact your academic adviser? Follow instructions at Make an Appointment.

Penn State Events
For a list of workshops, seminars, information sessions, career and major fairs, and more, visit the Events Calendar at Penn State.