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Tanisha Williams


Bucknell's Williams Plans #BlackBotanistsWeek2021, Wins Peter Raven Award for Plant Science Outreach

Five Bucknell students also will receive national plant sciences awards at this week’s Annual Botany Conference.

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

Student Story

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.

Hiram Smith

Faculty Story

Hiram Smith, Spanish

Professor Hiram Smith, Spanish, utilizes historical and social context to help his students gain a broader perspective on language and linguistics.



Jacob Feuerstein ’22 Named a 2021 Key Into Public Service Scholar

The Phi Beta Kappa Society program connects arts and sciences students with Phi Beta Kappa scholarship and public sector opportunities

Aries Contreras '22 stands in the Grove

Student Story

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.

Manya Saaraswat '19

Alumni Story

Manya Saaraswat ’19, Biology

Biology major and aspiring doctor Manya Saaraswat '19 uses the beauty pageant stage to advocate for equity in children's health care worldwide.

Nina Banks

Faculty Story

Nina Banks, Economics

Professor Nina Banks is rebuilding a long-overlooked historical body of work by early women economists.

Nina Banks


Banks Publishes Book on Sadie Alexander, First Black American to Earn Economics Ph.D.

The book documents the speeches and writings of the civil rights activist and will be released June 15 — the 100th anniversary of Alexander receiving her Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.

Portrait of professor Chris Ellis

Faculty Story

Christopher Ellis, Political Science

Professor Christopher Ellis, political science, emphasizes appreciation of different perspectives and mastery of quantitative data analysis in his teaching, which frequently incorporates the creation and conducting of surveys.

Portrait of Joel Wade

Faculty Story

Joel Wade, Psychology

Professor T. Joel Wade, psychology, who studies human attraction and romantic relationships, finds that his teaching and research facilitate each other, which deepens his students' understanding while advancing his scholarship.

Steve Holmes poses on the veranda outside the MacDonald Commons building.


Introducing Holmes Hall: A Commitment to the Power of Intersectional Learning at Bucknell

Nearing completion this summer, the new home for the Freeman College of Management and the Department of Art & Art History will be named for Bucknell Trustee Steve Holmes '79 and his wife, Bonnie Bencsko Holmes '79.

Student researchers pose at farm


Blueprinting the Manufacturing Boom: Economics Study Draws Pandemic Insights From Rural Pennsylvania

In a year that tested nearly every facet of U.S. infrastructure, Bucknell’s backyard served as a compelling case study for economics research exploring the revitalization of rural America post-pandemic.

Glen Tullman


Gift to Honor Bucknell Mentor Benefits Many

$6 million gift will enhance transformational learning experiences and advance Bucknell’s mission of engaging with the region.

Sarah Lower firefly lab


Bucknell’s Lower, Collins Awarded NSF Grant to Study ‘Dark’ Fireflies

The research will focus on chemical signal evolution in fireflies.

Douglas Collins

Faculty Story

Douglas Collins, Chemistry

Professor Douglas Collins' vast indoor air chemistry research seeks to isolate and analyze the abundant reactions between common household chemicals and home surfaces.

Rayven Sample '22 runs on Bucknell's track

Student Story

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.

Emily Martin

Faculty Story

Emily Martin, Music

Acclaimed classical vocalist Emily Martin, music, amplifies the work of underrepresented musicians in her Bucknell courses and beyond.

mass spectrometer


Bucknell, Susquehanna Earn NSF Award for State-of-the-art Mass Spectrometer

The $391,000 grant purchased equipment that will benefit advanced research at all Susquehanna Valley institutions.

Manuel Teshe '23 poses outside building

Student Story

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

Student Story

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.