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Bucknell Honors Outstanding Faculty

Six faculty members from across Bucknell's three colleges were recognized for excellence in teaching.

Portrait of Judy Grisel


Bucknell Study Identifies Initial Rewarding Effects of Alcohol on Abuse Risk

The study is the first to be able to experimentally assess the impact the first encounter with alcohol has on putting individuals at risk for abuse.

Sarah Downey works on her laptop in front of a large window.

Student Story

Sarah Downey '25, Italian Studies and Political Science

Writing reveals connections between the humanities and the social sciences for Sarah Downey '25.

Jaylen Amaker wears a navy blue pinstripe suit with a white shirt and gray tie and glasses and smiles.

Alumni Story

Jaylen Amaker '15, Political Science and Economics

Jaylen Amaker '15 broadens his horizons by always seeking to learn from those around him.

Nick Sperduto '24 wears a navy blazer and tan pants and smiles while standing in front of columns on campus.

Student Story

Nick Sperduto '24, Economics

At Bucknell, Nick Sperduto '24 has seized opportunities to uncover new interests and venture beyond his comfort zone.

Deborah Gonkpah '26 poses against a backdrop of cherry blossoms

Student Story

Deborah Gonkpah '26, International Relations

Deborah Gonkpah '26 used a $10,000 Davis Projects for Peace grant to improve public health in her home country.

Bucknell News


Bucknell Recognizes Outstanding Faculty

Six faculty members from across Bucknell's three colleges are honored with awards for their dedication to teaching and scholarship.

Chris Magee


Bucknell Study: Crowds Have an Impact on Soccer Action on Field

Bucknell husband and wife economics professors publish study finding goals, yellow cards and penalty kicks increase the more fans are in the stadium.

Portrait of student Matt McMullen outside in The Grove

Student Story

Matt McMullen '24, Geography

A valuable research internship prompted Matt McMullen '24 to explore a new interest — and possible future — in urban planning and landscape architecture.

Faculty Story

Matías Vernengo, Economics

Professor Matías Vernengo helps students understand modern-day global challenges through the lens of economics.

Nina Banks

Faculty Story

Nina Banks, Economics

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


Bucknell Poll: Most Americans Believe Economy to Be Worse Than Reports Indicate

The national survey found more than half of respondents believed official statistics underestimated inflation and unemployment rates.


Bucknell Students Examine Environmental Impacts of Coal Mining in Shamokin, Pa.

Through the lens of an environmentally damaged creek, a Bucknell environmental ethnography course explored the deep connections between the environment and people of a coal region community.

Gabby Diaz' dances folklorico among blossoming cherry trees

Student Story

Gabby Diaz '25, Education and Political Science

It didn't take Gabby Diaz '25 long to find belonging at Bucknell. She started making connections right away through the Latine Alliance for Community and Opportunity for Students, one of Bucknell's 200 student clubs.

Philip Onffroy stands outside the entrance to Dana Engineering Building


Bucknellians Awarded Record Seven NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Grants

The five-year fellowship includes three years of financial support including an annual stipend of $34,000 and a cost of education allowance of $12,000 to the institution.

Henry Martin '25 analyzes data on a computer in the lab

Student Story

Henry Martin '25, Psychology and Spanish

Building upon his yearslong interest in psychology, Henry Martin '25 is seeking to unlock insights into human behavior by studying the mammals that most closely resemble us.

Portraits of Professors Nathan Ryan, Darakhshan Mir and Vanessa Massaro


Google Award Fuels Bucknell Study on Prison Decision-making

Bucknell researchers will use the $60,000 award to compare data about 280,000 individuals incarcerated in Pennsylvania over the last 30 years with the realities the imprisoned describe.

Portraits of faculty Nathan Ryan, Lara Dick, and Zhiqun Zhu


Bucknell University Named Top Producer of Fulbright U.S. Scholars

Bucknell is one of only four baccalaureate institutions to receive three prestigious ‘scholar’ awards. Bucknell’s scholars are currently pursuing their research in alignment with the Fulbright mission of enhancing mutual understanding in Cyprus, Costa Rica, and Australia.

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With GIS, Bucknell Geography Students Learn to Convey Complex Stories Through Visually Rich Maps

At Bucknell, geography students learn GIS skills as undergrads, using real-world data to create maps that convey information in a new way and uncover storylines others might have missed.

Jasmine Mena


Bucknell Study: College Counseling Website LGBTQ+ ‘Friendliness’ Relates to State’s Hate Crime, Nondiscrimination Protections

The study analyzing more than 212 college counseling center websites was published in the Journal of College Counseling.