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Students conducting research in an international research kitchen.

Marked by globally renowned research faculty, extraordinary mentorship opportunities, and international collaborations with other universities, Penn State’s School of Hospitality Management (SHM) maintains state-of-the-art testing facilities that include a research kitchen, sensory testing space, and a retail dining outlet that serves the community.

Researchers in SHM have developed broad expertise in a wide range of disciplines that push the boundaries of knowledge in our field, including corporate social responsibility, diversity and inclusion, destination and digital marketing, customer emotions, public policy issues in tourism and recreation — and so much more.

Both undergraduate and graduate students can work with faculty both inside and outside of our labs to gain experience interacting with participants, using research-related equipment and processes, collecting data, conducting data analyses, and presenting and publishing their findings.

Want to learn more about specific projects of interest? Explore our list of faculty and research specialties.