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.

Caitlin D'Abrosio outside Tesla's Silicon Valley headquarters

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Caitlin D’Ambrosio ’21, Chemical Engineering

From a first-year research experience to an internship with Tesla, Caitlin D’Ambrosio is taking a hands-on approach to exploring her future.

Emily Turner '22 outdoors

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Emily Turner ’22, Sociology

Turner is exploring sociology and public policy as a researcher on a collaborative project with Geisinger, a regional health care system in central Pennsylvania.

Graham Heckert next to a car, with a wheel in the foreground

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Graham Heckert ’23, Mechanical Engineering

A ride in an electric car changed Graham Heckert ’23's life. Now he's in the driver's seat.

Brandon Vessels '22 poses in front of runway

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Brandon Vessels '22, Markets, Innovation & Design

Brandon Vessels '22 is transforming his love of fashion into learning opportunities inside and outside the classroom.

Katie Shives '24 holds orange and blue smoke bombs.

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Katie Shives ’24, Global Management

Dozens of factors led Katie Shives '24 to choose Bucknell out of the 15 schools on her list. But there was one piece of information she didn't have when making her decision: Katie had never visited campus.

Faith Trejo cheers at a basketball game.

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Faith Trejo ’21, Managing for Sustainability

The chance to maintain multiple interests — and not be forced to select one or two — is exactly why Faith Trejo '21 picked a college 2,000 miles from home. 

Abby Kapp stands and smiles

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Abby Kapp ’21, Economics

Beyond the 3-point arc and inside the economics classroom, Abby Kapp '21 has found the perfect rhythm.

Mackenzie Gross talks after the play

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Mackenzie Gross ’21, Theatre and Comparative Humanities

Mackenzie Gross '21 uses the power of live theatre to challenge audiences to rethink their preconceptions about the prison system.

Giuliana reading a book

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Giuliana Ferrara ’22, Italian Studies and International Relations

Giuliana Ferrara '22 is channeling her passion for global education into on-campus leadership and research.

Macy Albaitis smiles at camera

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Macy Albaitis ’22, Animal Behavior

Macy Albaitis '22 is discovering the hidden complexities of animal behavior.

Helen Fish

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Helen Fish ’21, Finance and Economics

Helen Fish '21 is carving out a space for women in the finance industry.

Carly Masonheimer near a hooded workstation in a chemistry lab

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Carly Masonheimer ’21, Chemistry

Carly Masonheimer '21 is pursuing her passion for science with support from Bucknell research programs.

Portrait of student James Cobbinah

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James Cobbinah ’20, Accounting & Financial Management

James Cobbinah '20, an accounting & financial management major from Ghana, hopes to blend his interests in finance and charity as an entrepreneur in the airline industry.

Yili Wang

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Yili Wang ’21, Applied Mathematical Sciences and Computer Science

Yili Wang '21 sees connections between the passions for music and mathematics that she's pursuing at Bucknell.

Nate Freed

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Nate Freed ’21, English and East Asian Studies

Nate Freed ’21 is aiming for a career in publishing — and gaining hands-on experience as an editorial intern at the Bucknell University Press.

Jenna Marek

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Jenna Marek ’21, Studio Art

Student-athlete Jenna Marek '21 unleashes her competitive fire on the soccer field, her creativity in the art studio and her passion for helping others in her pre-health classes.

Portrait of student Evan Filion

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Evan Filion ’20, Environmental Geosciences

Evan Filion '20 says his environmental geosciences major blends an engineering mindset with real-world observations.

Portrait of student Connor Grigg

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Connor Grigg ’20, Mechanical Engineering

Along with seeking a mechanical engineering degree, Connor Grigg '20 had a personal goal in mind when he came to Bucknell. He wanted to become a stronger leader.

Portrait of student Effiem Obasi

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Effiem Obasi ’20, Psychology

Psychology major Effiem Obasi '20 came to Bucknell and honed her passion for change into the clear goal of bringing health care and health education to underserved populations.

Portrait of student Craig Silverman

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Craig Silverman ’20, Interdisciplinary Studies in Economics and Mathematics

Craig Silverman '20 says Bucknell's small classes give him the opportunity to build a rapport with professors within and outside of his major — interdisciplinary studies in mathematics and economics.