Student Stories

At Bucknell, you'll be surrounded by amazing, talented, creative people who share your curiosity and desire to make a positive difference in the world. Get to know some of them.

Mikayla performs an experiment in a lab

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Mikayla Horvath ’23, Chemistry

Mikayla Horvath '23 chose Bucknell, earned a Presidential Fellowship and began working with Professor Hasan Arslan, chemistry, before she even moved into her first-year residence hall.

Emily Scholfield walks on campus

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Emily Scholfield ’22, Biology and Philosophy

Presidential Fellow Emily Scholfield '22 is fusing critical thought and science to help others enhance their scientific literacy, at Bucknell and beyond.

Portrait of Jerra Holdip outdoors

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Jerra Holdip ’23, Political Science and Africana Studies

Jerra Holdip '23 didn't wait until college to start addressing disparities in law. Now at Bucknell, she's helping bridge equity gaps for pre-law students of color.

Sami Wurm ’22 stands at a computer in a digital recording lab

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Sami Wurm ’22, Computer Science and Music Composition

With support from a Presidential Fellowship, Sami Wurm '22 uses technology to further her passion for performance.

Ella sits on a bench on campus

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Ella Carlander ’22, Physics

Is sand a solid, liquid or gas? It's complicated. Ella Carlander '22, a physics major from Austin, Texas, is part of the team trying to chip away at the mysteries of granular media.

Student Cheyanne Stunger portrait

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Cheyanne Stunger ’22, Art & Art History and Political Science

Cheyanne Stunger '22 wasn't sure where an education in art would lead until she came to Bucknell, where she's pursuing her passion for the arts and forging her own path to success.

Portrait of Allure Cooper '23 leaning on wall

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Allure Cooper ’23, Arabic & Arab World Studies

From working in Bucknell's innovative labs to advancing humanities-focused projects, Allure Cooper '23 is taking every chance to make the most of her college experience.

Jasmine Minhas '22 smiles for the camera

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Jasmine Minhas ’22, French, Political Science and History

Jasmine Minhas '22 chose Bucknell because she wanted to continue her brand of activism in college, one summarized by her personal motto: "less talk and more action."

Portrait of Ryan Bremer '22 on Bucknell's campus

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Ryan Bremer ’22, Film/Media Studies and History

With a penchant for visual analysis, Ryan Bremer '22 is applying the skills he's honed in film and history courses to a hands-on historical maps project.

Portrait of student Nicole Reddig

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Nicole Reddig ’22, Education and Political Science

Nicole Reddig '22's curiosity led her to Bucknell, where the education and political science double-major is researching ways to improve teacher retention.

Portrait of student Jon Hayes in Herbarium

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Jonathan Hayes ’21, Biology

Pennsylvania native and lifetime outdoorsman Jonathan Hayes '21 is pouring his passion for wildlife into a plant genetics project with real-world impact.

Alana Fisher ’24 poses for the camera

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Alana Fisher ’24, Sociology

Alana Fisher '24 chose Bucknell because she wants to go beyond just studying racism, police brutality and anti-Semitism. She wants to do something about those pernicious problems.

Portrait of Jaden Lee

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Jaden Lee ’22, Mechanical Engineering

From designing innovative furniture to singing with the Bucknell Camerata, Jaden Lee follows where his curiosity leads.

Caitlin D'Abrosio outside Tesla's Silicon Valley headquarters

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Caitlin D’Ambrosio ’21, Chemical Engineering

From a first-year research experience to an internship with Tesla, Caitlin D’Ambrosio is taking a hands-on approach to exploring her future.

Emily Turner '22 outdoors

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Emily Turner ’22, Sociology

Turner is exploring sociology and public policy as a researcher on a collaborative project with Geisinger, a regional health care system in central Pennsylvania.

Graham Heckert next to a car, with a wheel in the foreground

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Graham Heckert ’23, Mechanical Engineering

A ride in an electric car changed Graham Heckert ’23's life. Now he's in the driver's seat.

Brandon Vessels '22 poses in front of runway

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Brandon Vessels ’22, Markets, Innovation & Design

Brandon Vessels '22 is transforming his love of fashion into learning opportunities inside and outside the classroom.

Katie Shives '24 holds orange and blue smoke bombs.

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Katie Shives ’24, Global Management

Dozens of factors led Katie Shives '24 to choose Bucknell out of the 15 schools on her list. But there was one piece of information she didn't have when making her decision: Katie had never visited campus.

Faith Trejo cheers at a basketball game.

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Faith Trejo ’21, Managing for Sustainability

The chance to maintain multiple interests — and not be forced to select one or two — is exactly why Faith Trejo '21 picked a college 2,000 miles from home. 

Abby Kapp stands and smiles

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Abby Kapp ’21, Economics

Beyond the 3-point arc and inside the economics classroom, Abby Kapp '21 has found the perfect rhythm.