Penn State offers many opportunities for undergraduate students to participate in research and creative endeavors. Working with faculty mentors, undergraduates engage in active learning in the laboratory, library, studio, and field. Through these experiences, students share in the excitement of discovery, develop important skills, and explore career choices. They get to know faculty members and connect with a disciplinary community. Many students publish, perform, exhibit, or present their work, sharing it with audiences beyond Penn State.
The office is led by Dr. Alan Rieck, Ph.D., associate vice president and associate dean for Undergraduate Education.
Dr. Rieck joined Penn State’s Office of Undergraduate Education in 2016 from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, where he served as the chair of the Department of Music and Theatre Arts and professor of choral music and music education. He holds a doctorate in curriculum and instruction (music education), as well as master of music and bachelor of music degrees in music education, all from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As assistant vice president and assistant dean for Undergraduate Education, Rieck leads undergraduate research initiatives offered through the Office of Undergraduate Education, including the Student Engagement Network and the University’s annual Undergraduate Exhibition.