Research and Sponsored Programs

Undergraduate Research Spotlight
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Undergraduate Research Spotlight
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Penn State Altoona’s online research magazine, Research & Teaching at Penn State Altoona, highlights the research, teaching, scholarship, and creative activity of the college’s faculty, students, staff, and alumni in a range of disciplines from arts and humanities, business and engineering, education, human development, and social sciences, and mathematics and natural sciences.

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The Research and Sponsored Program Office at Penn State Altoona was created to support the faculty of the college in their pursuit of external funding for research, teaching, and service. Toward this end, the office:

  • presents workshops for faculty and staff on proposal writing, identifying sources of external support, and other topics relevant to the acquisition of external support;
  • maintains a close working relationship with the Office of Sponsored Programs at University Park;
  • assists faculty in proposal writing and formulation of budgets; and
  • can act as an intermediary between faculty on this campus and faculty, institutes, centers, departments, and colleges on other campuses of the university.

Penn State Altoona's Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities Fair is scheduled for Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 9 a.m. Don't miss it!

Research in the News

Mahan receives award to continue study on vegetation management practices on rights-of way
8.27.2015 Carolyn Mahan, professor of biology and environmental studies, has received an external award from sponsor Asplundh Tree Expert Company to continue work on the Pennsylvania State Game Lands 33 (SGL33)...

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Contact Information

Darin Zimmerman

Darin T. Zimmerman, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Research
Professor of Physics
W110 Smith Building

Nancy Vogel

Nancy A. Vogel, B.A.
Administrative Assistant
W110 Smith Building

Kimberly Salyards

Kimberly A. Salyards, B.S.N., M.S.
Part-time Proposal and Grant Specialist
C128C Smith Building

Research Advisory Committee

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Conducting Research at Penn State Altoona

All research at Penn State (whether funded or not) is subject to review by the Office of Research Protections (ORP). Applications for ORP approval of research involving human participants, animal subjects, biohazardous materials, or radioisotopes should be submitted at the same time as grant applications as no funding can be obligated without those approvals.

The university has introduced a new electronic Proposal Internal Approval Form (ePIAF) to be used when submitted proposals for external funding. Two weeks prior to a proposal submission deadline, submit this form to Darin Zimmerman, associate dean for research at Use the subject line "ePIAF."

This office will assist faculty and staff in completing these forms and obtaining the required approvals.

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