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.

Jasmine Jones '25 stands on campus on a brick walkway with green grass on both sides of it, with her hands on her hips and smiling.

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Jasmine Jones '25, Management & Organizations

Jasmine Jones '25 began her educational journey at a community college before transferring to Bucknell, where she has flourished academically and found a sense of belonging.

Sarah Downey works on her laptop in front of a large window.

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Sarah Downey '25, Italian Studies and Political Science

Writing reveals connections between the humanities and the social sciences for Sarah Downey '25.

Deborah Gonkpah '26 poses against a backdrop of cherry blossoms

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Deborah Gonkpah '26, International Relations

Deborah Gonkpah '26 used a $10,000 Davis Projects for Peace grant to improve public health in her home country.

Meghan Catherwood '25 wears a bright, multi-colored tie-dyed lab coat and blue gloves while smiling and holding a pipette in a lab on campus.

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Meghan Catherwood '25, Biology and Spanish

Student-athlete Meghan Catherwood '25 has made a splash in competitive diving while also contributing to impactful biology research at Bucknell.

Nick Sperduto '24 wears a navy blazer and tan pants and smiles while standing in front of columns on campus.

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Nick Sperduto '24, Economics

At Bucknell, Nick Sperduto '24 has seized opportunities to uncover new interests and venture beyond his comfort zone.

Caitlin Yant '24 stands and smiles in the Moriatry Investment Center in Holmes Hall with a stock ticker behind her.

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Caitlin Yant '24, Accounting & Financial Management

From conducting undergraduate research to doing audits in the real world, Caitlin Yant '24 has identified an enthusiasm for accounting.

Ben Fink tosses an apple in his right hand at Civil War Cider.

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Ben Fink '24, Environmental Studies

Ben Fink '24 is leveraging the expertise he developed while studying abroad in Australia to help a local business create a new sustainable beverage.

Jacquelyn Awigena-Cook '05 looks on as Brianna Bolorin '24 holds lab equipment in a lab.

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Brianna Bolorin '24, Cell Biology/Biochemistry

Brianna Bolorin '24 is gaining valuable hands-on lab experience while conducting research that has the potential to advance biomedical therapies.

Iona Pitkin '25 looks at a plastic plate with 3D zig-zag design.

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Iona Pitkin '25, Civil Engineering

Iona Pitkin '25 is bridging the gap between art and construction through a unique engineering project.

Caiden Covell '25 bends the spine of his robot

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Caiden Covell '25, Mechanical Engineering

Student engineer and Presidential Fellow Caiden Covell '25 is excelling in hands-on research at Bucknell and beyond.

Mikey Brandt wears a black Tshirt with a LEFT Clothing logo printed across his chest. He is in a Makerspace with a graffiti-style wall design behind him.

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Mikey Brandt '26, Markets, Innovation & Design

Student entrepreneur Mikey Brandt '26 wanted a smaller college environment that could help him achieve his business goals.

Abigail Kates '24 stands with her hands on her hips and smiles, cherry blossoms are in the background

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Abigail Kates '24, Markets, Innovation and Design

Student-athlete Abigail Kates '24 brings energy and ambition to her academic pursuits and extracurricular activities.

Reid Fournier stands on a stage, a red stage curtain is in the background.

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Reid Fournier '24, Theatre and Political Science

Whether he's playing the lead role, directing a production or singing tenor in a vocal ensemble, Reid Fournier '24 thrives on a busy extracurricular schedule centered on the arts.   

Portrait of student Matt McMullen outside in The Grove

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Matt McMullen '24, Geography

A valuable research internship prompted Matt McMullen '24 to explore a new interest — and possible future — in urban planning and landscape architecture.

Twity Gitonga poses in a denim shirt and black pants Malesardi Quadrangle.

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Twity Gitonga '24, Computer Science & Engineering

Twity Gitonga '24, a Fremont Scholar and international student from Kenya, has made herself a new home on campus and in Lewisburg.

Elle Chrampanis sits on a chair and plays the cello while sitting outside under a tree with golden leaves that hang from the branches and also sit on the ground around her..

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Elle Chrampanis '24, Music and Psychology

Elle Chrampanis '24 is drawn to children's psychology and education and is intrigued by what happens when music is incorporated into both of these worlds.

Henry Martin '25 analyzes data on a computer in the lab

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Henry Martin '25, Psychology and Spanish

Building upon his yearslong interest in psychology, Henry Martin '25 is seeking to unlock insights into human behavior by studying the mammals that most closely resemble us.

Vivian Kuang sits at a grand piano in a black suit.

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Vivian Kuang '25, Management

Vivian Kuang '25 has found belonging at Bucknell through her participation in campus government, music programs, diversity networks and athletics. She is building her community through a willingness to lean into all that Bucknell offers.

Kit Jackson stands ankle deep in the Susquehanna River

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Kit Jackson '24, Computer Science & Engineering

Kit Jackson '24's technical skills and problem-solving mindset have advanced an aquatic interdisciplinary project on campus — while earning him tuition coverage and a job opportunity from the Department of Defense.

Portrait of Grace Hauer '24

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Grace Hauer '24, Biology

At Bucknell, self-proclaimed "people person" Grace Hauer '24 is furthering her ambition of becoming a doctor while helping other female students prepare for their careers.