Enhancing Access to Opportunities Beyond the Classroom

When your organization partners with Duquesne, our students know you are committed to the next generation of civic-minded leaders. The influence of corporate engagement extends beyond our students' on-campus experience and into their lives as they pursue advanced degrees or enter the workforce. 

In 2021, the PPG Foundation generously sponsored participation of several Duquesne students in its Undergraduate Research Symposium. In this annual program, student researchers, science faculty, and area professionals interact and share undergraduate research. While the symposium takes place on one day, the months of work leading up to the event creates a lasting, meaningful impact for Duquesne students. 

Hervinah Celestin

Hervinah Celestin
Major: Forensic Science & Law
Expected graduation year: 2022
Hometown: Lebanon, PA

"Working in the Undergraduate Research Program showed me how life after graduation would be in a different way than regular classes did. The independence allowed me to figure out my own work ethic and enabled me to work in a way that best suited me."

"As a (PPG) Community Engagement Scholar, we worked on modules that would benefit young kids in the Pittsburgh area. It inspired me and the others I worked with to continue our work with the partners to create change. If there were more programs like this, more areas and students would mutually benefit from it."

Grace Gernatt

Grace Gernatt
Major: Biology
Expected graduation year: 2023
Hometown: Buffalo, NY

"The undergraduate research program allowed me to develop my personal understanding, not only about STEM, but about compassion, equity, and empathy toward others."

"A mutual learning environment developed between both my mentor and I in which we became peers in a way, where we could both offer ideas and learn about our research together."

"The undergraduate research program allows students to gain experiences they otherwise may not have had during their education. These opportunities are critical to personal and academic development, and allow students to foster their interests in more ways than just their degree."

Jordan Pater

Jordan Pater
Major: Biology
Expected graduation year: 2023
Hometown: West Newton, PA

"The faculty that I worked with were very wise, keeping me motivated and building my confidence in the research I was fortunate to complete."

"I would especially like to thank the PPG Community Engaged Scholars program for their support of my research. I picked up many community-engaged techniques, including participatory learning strategies that I will carry with me throughout my academic and professional careers."

Looking for ways to connect with dynamic Duquesne students? Contact us for a personalized engagement plan.