Today is the deadline for students to apply to graduate in May 2018.

Today is the deadline for students to apply to graduate in May 2018. Students can do this in LionPath. If they miss this deadline they need to file an intent to graduate by contacting the registrar in person.

Applying for Graduation

Students can apply for graduation through LionPATH.

Note: Refer to the Intent to Graduate-Activation Period of the University’s Academic Calendar to determine the dates when you may be eligible to apply for graduation.

Navigating to the My Academics Page

The Link for applying for graduation is located on the My Academics page. There are many ways to navigate to specific areas within LionPATH including using the hamburger menu, page tabs, and quick links. For the purpose of this document, navigation will be described using the hamburger menu. For information on navigating the LionPATH user interface, refer to the Getting Started with LionPATH tutorial.

1.   Click the Hamburger icon.

2.   Click the Academics drop-down menu.

3.   Click the Academic Records drop-down menu.

4.   Select the My Academics link.

Applying for Graduation

Your current programs are listed on the Submit an Application for Graduation page.  To be eligible to apply for graduation, you must be active in your current academic program.  You cannot apply for graduation if you are currently in a pre-major or a non-degree program. 

Note: If you are an undergraduate student in concurrent majors, you must apply for graduation in each major separately.  If you meet the requirements of one major and wish to graduate only in that major, you must remove your concurrent major before applying to graduate.

1.   Click the Apply for Graduation link on the My Academics page.

2.   On the Submit an Application for Graduation page, click the Apply for Graduation link to the right of the program/major for which you are applying.  Note: If the Apply for Graduation link is not visible for your program, you are not currently eligible to apply for graduation. Undergraduate students who believe they should be able to apply should contact their academic college to determine next steps. Graduate students who believe they should be able to apply should contact the responsible department for their major (academic plan) to determine next steps.

3.   Select the Expected Graduation Term from the drop-down list.

4.   Click the Continue button. Note: If it is prior to the published graduation application start date or past the deadline, the Expected Graduation Term list will be blank.  If you have missed the application time period: Undergraduate students who believe they should be able to apply should contact their academic college to determine next steps. Graduate students who believe they should be able to apply should contact the responsible department for their major (academic plan) to determine next steps.

5.   Click the Submit Application button. Note: If you need to change the program or graduation term, use the buttons provided.


A confirmation message is displayed indicating that you have successfully applied for graduation.


Nittany AI Challenge Resources

1.    The Nittany AI Challenge overview page on the EdTech Network website

2.    The Nittany AI Challenge Canvas space, which contains all challenge info and submission details  — you need to login your PSU Canvas to access them with the submission form. 

3.    The Nittany AI Challenge Slack Channel where you can post questions, discuss ideas, seek team members, etc.

4.    The 2-minute Nittany AI Challenge rundown video on Youtube

5.  A longer-form, 40 minute overview of the Nittany AI Challenge that includes a full walkthrough of the process, criteria, and challenges.


Best wishes and good luck as you assemble your ideas and prepare to submit your proposal(s) by January 29th!

Now Enrolling: Peru, Spring & Summer Break | Water Resource Management

Enrolling for upcoming Water Resource Management & Sustainable Practices program in Cusco, Peru this spring and summer! 
A ] link to a PDF flier here with more information about this sustainability-focused educational opportunity.

Now Enrolling: Spring & Summer Break in Peru with The GREEN Program

Short-term, experiential education for our world’s most pressing issues in sustainable development, The GREEN Program is actively enrolling for their #Peru program: Water Resource Management & Sustainable Practices. Join them this March for their upcoming Spring Break session, or a Summer adventure this May or August. 

Now Enrolling:
Spring | March 11-19
Summer | May 13-22 & August 8-17

For more information and how you can get involved, please visit:

Join @theGREENprogram this spring & summer break in #Peru to dive into Water Resource Management & Sustainable Practices in 2018. For more information:

Opportunities Abound: The Nittany AI Challenge!

Time: Thursday January 18th 6:00pm-7:00pm

Location: Burke 001 at Penn State Behrend

Stream Live Online: ZOOM Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: Or iPhone one-tap (US Toll):  +16468769923,177723950#  or +16699006833,177723950#

We are pleased to invite you to a seminar to learn about the opportunities and explore how to apply AI technologies to challenges in higher education.

Over the past year the EdTech Network has developed a series of programs to improve the student experience by engaging in AI and related technologies to address challenges in higher education. The Opportunities Abound seminar looks to explore the opportunities available to expand and grow work toward a shared vision. We’ll explore the programs and provide next steps for getting engaged!

Please join us for a chance to engage and learn more about the opportunities to explore solutions to improve the student experience!

Pizza and drinks will be available.

Dr. Meng Su, Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering, Penn State Erie, The Behrend College

Dr. Larry Ragan, , Principal Community Aggregator, Penn State EdTech Network

Brad Zdenek, Innovation Strategist – EdTech Network

Opportunities Abound Agenda

6:00pm  Welcome (Drs. Meng Su/Larry Ragan)

6:10pm  Overview of the Nittany AI Challenge (Brad Zdenek)

6:20pm  Review of Successful Nittany Watson Experience (Dr. Meng Su and students)

6:40pm  Open Discussion of How to Succeed at the NAIC!

7:00pm  Adjourn


See this link about the project description:

The Third annual Behrend Local Hack Day

Please see the message from Aiden Chiavatti, President of Behrend ACM for the local Hackathon!

Hello all,

This weekend we will be hosting our third annual Behrend Local Hack Day.  It will begin on Saturday December 2nd at 9:00am in Burke 001, and will run for 12 hours, ending at 9:00pm. For anyone interested in attending (Behrend students/faculty only), be sure to sign up at This is a great opportunity for students to work on whatever interests them, without the pressure of a large hackathon. We encourage all programming students to attend, whether you are a seasoned hacker looking to make something amazing, or if you simply want to hang out and work on homework together.

We will be serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as handing out some swag (stickers, pens, domains etc). You can find a schedule for the event in the link above. We also have a message from one of our sponsors:

The .tech squad is offering a FREE .tech domain and the chance to win the .tech Category Prize – $150 Amazon Voucher! Cool, eh? Find out how –
See you on Saturday,
Aiden Chiavatti
President of Behrend ACM

Our Students Rock in the HackPSU!

On November 4th, over 60+ Behrend students competed against nearly 600 students in HackPSU Fall 2017. This is the highest Behrend turnout we have seen in recent years, with over 4 times as many participants as last year!
The Behrend students showed off their technical prowess with many interesting and original projects, with four groups winning a total of five prizes:
(* denotes non-Behrend teammates)
Project: Krypt
Challenges Won: 3rd place overall HackPSU Fall 2017
Team Members:
Nick Brougher
*Keegan Harris
*Kyle Spencer
*Rachel Cooper
Project: EZ-park
Challenges Won: Winner of GM Challenge, 3rd place Blackboard Challenge
Team Members:
Brandon Bench
Hozaifa Abdalla
Daniel Lopez
Fernando Carrillo
Dustin Reimold
Project: DynAdvisor
Challenges Won: 1st place Winner of IBM Watson Challenge
Team Members:
Jacob Davis
Ali Malik
Alakh Naik
Austin Higgins
Project: TradeOff
Challenges Won: Winner of BNY Mellon Challenge
Team Members:
Conrad Weiser
Ryan Seipp
Dan Kovalevich
*Matt Kerner
Click the links above to see more info about each project. You can also browse other projects which were not winners, as there were a lot of interesting ideas this weekend!
Thank you for everyone’s support of this event, and hopefully we will all be back to compete again in the Spring!
Aiden Chiavatti
President of Behrend ACM
P.S. Special thanks  goes to following:
The EdTech Network at University Park connected us with a NYC based AI company IPSoft to have sponsored us coach bus for the trip.
Tom Rossi, CSSE faculty member went with students to this event.
Behrend ACM student chapter president Aiden Chiavatti helped to organize our students for this competition.
Dr. Su

Apply for the PSGC Undergraduate Scholarship Program

The Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium (PSGC) is seeking outstanding undergraduate students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) fields to apply for the PSGC Undergraduate Scholarship Program. This competitive scholarship of $4,000 will be awarded for the 2018-19 academic year to full-time rising juniors or seniors attending an accredited Pennsylvania college or university.

The application can be found here, as well as more information about our scholarship program and eligibility. The application will open November 1, 2017 and the deadline is February 1, 2018.

Academic Advising Notes for Computer Science and Software Engineering

Computer Science Program

  1. Computing Elective course lists (need 9 credits):
    — Any 312-400 level CMPSC course not already required for the major
    — Any CMPEN, or SWENG courses.
  2. Supporting and Related Areas (need 6 credits):
    — Any 300 and 400-level courses in CMPSC (including CMPSC 494 – Research, CMPSC 495 – Internship, and/or CMPSC 496 – Independent Study),
    — Any 300 and 400-level courses in GAME, MIS, MATH, STAT, BIOL, CHEM, PHYS, ACCTG, ECON, FIN, PSYCH, and ROTC.
  • Academic Recommended Plan for computer science at Behrend:
  • Annotated program curriculum for degree audit:
    CMPBD_Degree_ Audit.
  • Academic Recommended Plan for transferred to University Park:
  • Notes:
    (1) Computer Science students need to take CMPSC221 not SWENG311.
    (2) Computer Science students have to take CMPSC431 as the requirement course
    (3) Computer Science students do not take CMPSC471 which is not offered at Behrend. Instead, CMPSC421 is required by all computer science majors.

Software Engineering Program:

  1. Primary Technical Electives (need 6 credits)
    — Any 300-400 level EE course
    — Any 300-400 level CMPEN course not already required for the major
    — Any 400 level CMPSC course not already required for the major
    — Any 300-400 level SWENG course not already required for the major
    — GAME 450, GAME 480 GAME
  2. Secondary Technical Electives (need 3 credits)
    — SWENG 395+495 Internship
    — MIS 430,  MIS 435 , MIS 445,  MIS 470,  MGMT 409,  PSYCH 444,  ECON 481,  ECON 485,
    — MATH 455,  MATH 456
    — ENTR 430
  • Academic Recommended Plan for software engineering:
  • Annotated program curriculum for degree audit
  • Notes:
    (1). Software Engineering can take either MIS 336 or CMPSC431 as the major required course at this moment. If a student takes MIS 336 first and then CMPSC431, the latter one is considered as the computing or technical elective.
    (2). CMPEN270 = CMPEN271 + CMPEN275
    (3). Software Engineering students need to take SWENG311, not CMPSC221.

Student research opportunity

Dr. Faisal Aqlan, assistant professor of industrial engineering, is looking for a student researcher to join his research project. This is a paid student research position starting January 2018, and could continue in the summer. The student would be responsible for developing video games and simulations for the manufacturing systems that include machines, products, people, etc.  If you are interested and would like to be considered for the position, email your résumé to:

Dr. Faisal Aqlan ( fua11 @ )

Applicants will be considered until the end of this week.