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.

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, 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.

Jordan Isaacs '23 uses ground-penetrating radar machine

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Jordan Isaacs '23, Geology and Biology

Geology and biology double-major Jordan Isaacs '23 is using advanced techniques and technology to see what lies beneath the earth's surface — without digging up any dirt.

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.

Jack Casturo '24 works in electrical enginering lab

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Jack Casturo '24, Electrical Engineering

From building a functional slot machine from the ground up to attending the Solar Decathlon in Dubai, Jack Casturo '24 is gaining the education of a lifetime as an electrical engineer at Bucknell.

Portrait of Natalia Mancero '24

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Natalia Mancero '24, Accounting

Natalia Mancero '24 has a foot in the door at her dream company thanks to an internship at PricewaterhouseCoopers, one of the "Big Four" accounting firms.

Gabby Diaz' dances folklorico among blossoming cherry trees

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Gabby Diaz '25, Education and Political Science

It didn't take Gabby Diaz '25 long to find belonging at Bucknell. She started making connections right away through the Latine Alliance for Community and Opportunity for Students, one of Bucknell's 200 student clubs.

A student stands inside a building with a high-tech ticker behind her, displaying current stock prices.

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Emma Shaffer ’23, Markets, Innovation & Design

Emma Shaffer '23, a markets, innovation & design major from Cincinnati, Ohio, has become an expert at balancing her busy schedule as a Bucknell student-athlete.

A student stands outside a building on Bucknell's campus

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Flora Beleznay ’25, Biophysics

For as long as she can remember, Flora Beleznay '25 has been fascinated by biophysics, which at its heart is a study of the universe.

Marion Duval '25 runs tests in the lab

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Marion Duval ’25, Cell Biology/Biochemistry

At Bucknell, Marion Duval '25 is taking on one of the world's most threatening biological challenges, antibiotic resistance, through her lab research.

A student stands outside in the fall on Bucknell's campus

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Riley DeBaecke ’23, Managing for Sustainability and Literary Studies

Riley DeBaecke '23 selected the managing for sustainability major because she knows that businesses have the power — and the responsibility — to do better for the planet and all its living things.

Georgia Corbett '24 dances with Bucknell Dance Company

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Georgia Corbett ’24, Mathematics

Bucknell's flexible liberal arts approach has given Georgia Corbett '24 the chance to nurture her lifelong passion for dance while pursuing hands-on mathematics research.

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.

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.

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.