Standout Seniors ’23: Meet Amanda Mullen (Environmental Science)

Penn State Behrend’s Class of 2023 is ready to make its mark on the world!  We’re proud of our students and all that they have learned and accomplished here at Behrend. Over the next several weeks, we’ll introduce you to a few of our remarkable seniors who have overcome challenges, pioneered new technologies, participated in important research projects, and made their mark at Penn State Behrend.

Today, we’d like you to meet Amanda Mullen.

Amanda Mullen

Major: Environmental Science

Minor: Biology

Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

On choosing her major: From a young age, I knew I wanted to work outside. In high school, I took honors and AP environmental science courses and instantly knew it was the field for me. I love the interdisciplinary nature of this field and the variety of things you can do with the degree.

Her proudest accomplishment:  Winning first place in the student poster category for a display about my research work that I presented at the national Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (SETAC) conference in Pittsburgh in the fall of 2022.

Campus involvement: I am the Vice President of the National Society of Leadership and Success and a mentor to five sophomore science and engineering majors through the STEM Leaders Program, and I am a Science Ambassador.

Awards: Environmental Science Excellence in Academics and Research Award, Council of Fellows Undergraduate Student Research Award.

What you might be surprised to learn about her:  I was a member of the pep band for many semesters. I played percussion in high school and continued playing in my time at Behrend. I also love to paint.

Advice for first-year students: Everything is going to be OK! A bad grade or a low test score do not define you. Try your hardest in your classes and activities but remember also to have fun and get out of your comfort zone.

After graduation, Amanda plans to attend graduate school at George Mason University and earn a master’s degree in Earth System Science.

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