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Colleen Hull stands outside in winter.

Student Story

Colleen Hull ’22, Spanish and Managing for Sustainability

Colleen Hull '22's experience in both of her majors — Spanish and managing for sustainability — has been defined by a closeness with fellow students and professors that goes far deeper than classwork.

Ian Herdt plays a guitar in front of a musical keyboard and computer

Student Story

Ian Herdt ’22, Computer Science

Ian Herdt '22, a computer science major from Mount Airy, Md., is designing software that will use artificial intelligence to write snippets of music, potentially helping songwriters overcome writer's block.

Chanzé Ahsan '22


Peace-building Grant Funds Bucknellian’s Homegrown Economic Development Program

With the help of a $10,000 grant from Davis Projects for Peace, Chanzé Ashsan '22 developed an entrepreneurial training program to combat economic insecurity in her home country of Pakistan.

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.

Portrait of Angelica Crisi '01

Alumni Story

Angelica Crisi ’01, Sociology

Angelica Crisi '01 uses the lessons she learned in Bucknell sociology courses and the corner office to help businesses enhance diversity, equity and inclusion.

Quentin Andrews sits on a bench on Bucknell's campus.

Student Story

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.

View of Holmes Hall atrium


Organization and Creativity: Bucknell Opens Holmes Hall

The new building, named to honor commitments from Steve '79 and Bonnie Bencsko Holmes '79, offers modern, technology-rich spaces for the Freeman College of Management and Department of Art & Art History.

Portrait of professor Jiajia Dong


Bucknell Awarded NSF Grant to Study Faculty Gender, Race, Ethnicity Barriers

The $271,000 award will fund a two-year self-assessment to identify systemic inequities and advancement barriers among faculty.

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.