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.

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.

Portrait of Emily Bayuk on campus

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Emily Bayuk '21, Electrical Engineering

Growing up, Emily Bayuk '21 was fascinated with the way electricity whizzes around a circuit at lightning speed. She's helping new generations of girls discover that magic with a book series for young learners.

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.

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.