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Awards are contingent upon the availability of funds and the number of applications received. Students are strongly encouraged to seek additional funding sources, including matching funds from their campus, college, department, and/or external sources. Efforts to obtain additional funding will be viewed positively by the review committee. The grant application and review process has been designed to create a fair and equal opportunity for students to receive funding. Any funding requests outside the established application and review process will not be considered.


Students must be currently enrolled as undergraduate students at Penn State. Students applying for summer funding must be enrolled in summer courses or registered for the following fall. Students must also be in good academic and disciplinary standing with the University.


Students will be required to provide a breakdown of their budget. Additionally, students must identify a supervisor, mentor, or advisor for the purposes of the application and obtain permission to provide the name and contact information of that individual. All supervisors/mentors/advisors of awarded applicants will be notified by the Student Engagement Network.

Award Cycles

Application & Award Timeline: Cycle 1 (fall + spring)

Applications for experiences taking place in fall 2019/spring 2020 (~August 2019 – May 2020)

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Application & Award Timeline: Cycle 2 (spring)

Applications for experiences taking place in spring 2020 (~January 2020 – May 2020)

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Application & Award Timeline: Cycle 3 (summer)

Applications for experiences taking place in summer 2020 (~May 2020 – August 2020)

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  • TBD – Application Deadline
  • TBD – Award Decision Notification
  • TBA – Grant Awardee Information Sessions

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Student Stories

Researching Brook Trout in Pennsylvania

My summer engagement experience was a research study that examined the way that brook trout in Pennsylvania adapt to climate change. Our study took place in Loyalsock Creek, located in northern Pennsylvania, as well as in a bioinformatics lab located on the University...

Reinvigorating My Passion

I went to Iceland with the GREEN Program in June of 2018. The focus of the trip was Sustainability and Renewable Energy. We studied both in class at Reykjavik University (taking courses with area experts in Geothermal Energy, Hydropower, and Energy Policy), and in the...

Tackling HIV on a Global Scale

I stayed in China for five weeks, where I wrapped up the research progress made in the spring 2017 semester and did some reading into cooperating socioeconomic covariates into our current model in predict prevalence of HIV. In addition, I interviewed some HIV patient...

Helping Clients Recover Every Day

My internship was completed at an outpatient facility named Specialty Orthopaedics Rehabilitation in Hermitage, Pennsylvania. I worked from 7:30-4:00 p.m. for 8 weeks in the Occupational Therapy department. I was under the supervision of an Occupational Therapy...

Providing Renewable Energy in Roatan

I am the engineering leader of a Penn State club, Engineers Without Borders. I designed and installed a solar array to power a well in Roatan, Honduras. The solar array is now fully functional and the community can now deliver much more water to their citizens for a...

Appreciating Rich Biodiversity

From March 2nd to March 10th, the ERM 499 class spent time in Costa Rica to learn about sustainable agriculture and natural resources. The first day in Costa Rica we drove about two hours from the airport to Earth University, where we would be staying for the next few...

The Social Implications of Civic Engagement

I was a Community Engagement & Land Recycling intern in the Real Estate Department of the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Pittsburgh (URA), where I had access to over 80 people across multiple departments within the agency. I also had connections with the mayor's...

Preparing for Pediatrics

Over spring break 2019, I traveled with the club on campus FIMRC (Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children) to our project site at Alajuelita, Costa Rica. While there, I was able to volunteer my time at the main FIMRC clinic as well as multiple pop-up...

Exploring a New Area of Research

For my engagement experience, I participated in undergraduate research in the Keiler Lab over the course of the fall 2017 semester. Each week, I spent about 10 hours in the lab working on a research project that focused on characterizing a novel efflux system in...

Conducting I/O Psychology Research in the Workplace

I spent the semester working at the Penn State organization, Aurora with my advisor and graduate mentor (Rachel Heinen) to design a study to help this organization better understand their leader dyads and perceived effectiveness in the outdoor orientation program. I...

Stepping Out of My Comfort Zone

I was a part of a group of Penn State Brandywine students who traveled to Puerto Rico. This was a trip was strongly focused on serving and learning. We arrived in San Juan Puerto Rico and were greeted with a warm welcome. We were working with a group called Caras con...

Solidifying an Interest in Game Development

I attended Unpub 8 – a game developers’ conference for people with unpublished games. It was held in Baltimore, MD. I was able to sit on multiple organized talks about creating and publishing games that focused on both the technical and artistic ends of the spectrum....

Building a Foundation in Research

My experience was mainly conducted within the Psychology Lab at Penn State Scranton. It was in the lab that I was able to assist my professors on an ongoing project called “Process Evaluation of the Lackawanna Treatment Courts.” Much of my assistance involved coding...

Becoming a Future Math Teacher

For the 2017 to 2018 academic school year, I spent 1-2 hours per day 3-5 times per week observing math teachers and math professors both in the local State College Area High School and at the Penn State University at University Park. The experience began at the start...

The Realm of International Research

I traveled to Dhaka, Bangladesh, to work with a team in the Maternal and Childhood Malnutrition department of the International Center for Diarrheal Disease Research (ICDDR). As a research student of Dr. Laura Murray-Kolb (a professor in the Department of Nutritional...

Creating Unique Research

I worked as an undergraduate intern at the Center for Excellence in Science Education (CESE) at University Park. A year ago during a pedagogy course taught by Dr. Jennelle Malcos, I realized that educational research blended my technical and scientific mindset with my...

The Importance of Connections

I worked for Pearl Gluck by finishing up the website I made for her, designing some graphics (such as the poster for her movie The Turn Out), and shooting an afterward discussion of her film The Turn Out at The State Theatre. I did a lot of the work from my apartment...

Aspiring to Be a Classroom Educator

This past spring semester and Maymester, I participated in the D.C. Social Justice Fellowship. For two weeks (May 14-28, 2017), I taught discovery-based lessons on social justice issues in the Washington, D.C., public school district. My lessons were primarily focused...

Offering Support to Puerto Rico

I traveled to Puerto Rico during spring break to participate in an Alternative Spring Break Trip. Our goal was to help local communities repair and clean up after Hurricane Maria. We spent many days near Playa Guayanes, located on the south east of the island. This...

Gaining Technical Skills in Geoscience

From early June to late August, I completed fieldwork in southeast Iceland with an Icelandic professor and a French student. Every day, we travelled to remote locations on the island to set up GPS stations. Finding each new station was comparable to geo-cacheing, and...
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