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.

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 '23

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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 '22 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.

Manuel Teshe '23 poses outside building

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Manuel Teshe ’23, Political Science

Between conquering challenging classes and planning for a future law career, political science major Manuel Teshe '23 helps immigrants in his home state petition for legal status in the U.S.

Lam Ngo ’22 stands by a tributary of the Susquehanna River in Lewisburg in winter

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Lam Ngo ’22, Civil Engineering and Economics

On two coasts and three continents, Lam Ngo '22 is exploring her future by being there — and finding support from Bucknell each step of the way.

Bethany Fitch '23

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Bethany Fitch ’23, Theatre and Environmental Studies

Entwining her passions for environmental studies and theatre, Bethany Fitch '23 is sparking community conversations about climate change through a storytelling project on the ferocity of floods.

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.