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.

Sarah Haber stands outside on Bucknell's campus

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Sarah Haber ’22, French and Comparative & Digital Humanities

For Sarah Haber '22, the comparative & digital humanities major has given her unrivaled access to professors, immersive interactive experiences and a marketable set of skills that will impress future employers.

Paris Gallagher '23

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Paris Gallagher ’23, Religious Studies and Political Science

The deeper Paris Gallagher '23 digs into her religious studies major, the more connections she finds to diverse disciplines across Bucknell's College of Arts & Sciences.

Colleen Hull stands outside in winter.

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Colleen Hull ’22, Spanish and Managing for Sustainability

Colleen Hull '22's experience in both of her majors — Spanish and managing for sustainability — has been defined by a closeness with fellow students and professors that goes far deeper than classwork.

Lucille Ketterer '23 in Rooke greenhouse

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Lucille Ketterer ’23, Environmental Engineering

Lucille Ketterer '23 is exploring modern techniques in sustainable agriculture through a self-designed aquaponics project in Bucknell's rooftop greenhouse.

Portrait of student Hannah Sieg sitting on a bench

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Hannah Sieg ’24, Business Analytics

Hannah Sieg '24 likes seeing results from her work. Her major in business analytics gives her ample opportunities to create them.

Ryan Iwata '22 experiments with sludge

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Ryan Iwata ’22, Environmental Engineering

Ryan Iwata '22 maintains ties to his Southern California roots through wastewater treatment research for the Orange County Sanitation District.

Ian Herdt plays a guitar in front of a musical keyboard and computer

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Ian Herdt ’22, Computer Science

Ian Herdt '22, a computer science major from Mount Airy, Md., is designing software that will use artificial intelligence to write snippets of music, potentially helping songwriters overcome writer's block.

Abdullah Nabi in a mechanical engineering lab with research equipment

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Abdullah Nabi ’23, Mechanical Engineering

In his mechanical engineering lab, Abdullah Nabi ’23 has found a home on the cusp of the unexplored.

Quentin Andrews sits on a bench on Bucknell's campus.

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Quentin Andrews ’24, Economics and English

Quentin Andrews '24, an economics and English double-major from Washington, D.C., is analyzing the trove of plays, documentaries and texts that emerged from Black Arts Movement of the '60s and '70s.

Cindy Cortez stands inside a hallway.

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Cindy Cortez ’24, Civil Engineering

Cindy Cortez '24, a civil engineering major from Guatemala, learns what it takes to make a sustainable building while sharing her findings with high school students.

Brooke Ewer stands outside on a playground.

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Brooke Ewer ’24, Biomedical Engineering

Brooke Ewer '24, a biomedical engineering major from Stanhope, N.J., is examining how building playgrounds on different types of surfaces can contribute to or help minimize injuries.

Boati Motau '25 competes in the Olympics with the South African women's water polo team

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Boati Motau ’25, Biology

After representing South Africa in the Tokyo Olympics, seasoned water polo player Boati Motau '25 brings her winning skills — and pre-med ambitions — to Bucknell.

Photo of Kelly Toomey '23 pitching

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Kelly Toomey ’23, Finance

Since joining the Bison softball team as a transfer player, finance major Kelly Toomey '23 has discovered a supportive community of teammates, coaches and cheerleaders — both on and off the field.

Paul Danenberg preparing food at Community Harvest in Milton

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Paul Danenberg ’23, Finance

As one of the first participants in the Community Engagement Scholarship Program, Paul Danenberg '23 is making a difference for youth in Bucknell's local community.

Gabe Gross leans on a railing on Malesardi Quad outside Marts Hall.

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Gabe Gross ’23, Markets, Innovation & Design

By stepping outside his comfort zone and getting involved, Gabe Gross '23 is discovering the difference he can make in his community while building experience for a career in sports management.

Joe Roffer '22 stands outside

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Joe Roffer ’22, Electrical Engineering

While Joe Roffer '22 transferred to Bucknell for its top-tier academics, he also quickly found a network of fellow students who are interested in supporting each other's mental health.

Aries Contreras '22 stands in the Grove

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Aries Contreras ’22, Psychology

Aries Contreras '22, a Bucknell Community College Scholar and psychology major from Whitehall, Pa., has won a Beinecke Scholarship to support her goal of earning a Ph.D. in social psychology.

David Berry stands outside with his musical Tesla coil

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David Berry ’24, Computer Engineering

As lifelong tinkerer and experimental musician David Berry's technological talents grew, so did his need for more sophisticated equipment and education. That's where Bucknell comes in.

Rayven Sample '24 runs on Bucknell's track

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Rayven Sample ’24, Psychology and Education

As a member of Bucknell's track team, Rayven Sample '24 spends hours training to go faster. And as a psychology and education double-major, he also spends hours pondering the inner workings of athletes' minds.

Wutt Kyi '22 poses against indoor railing

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Wutt Kyi ’22, Biomedical Engineering

As an international student, Kyi wanted to foster connections with faculty and fellow students throughout her college journey. The diverse communities she's found at Bucknell support and motivate her in every endeavor, both inside and outside the classroom.