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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 2018/spring 2019 (~August 20, 2018 – May 10, 2019)

    • August 17 – Application Opens
    • August 31 – Application Deadline
    • September 17 – Award Decision Notification
    • TBA – Grant Awardee Information Sessions
Application & Award Timeline: Cycle 2 (spring)

Applications for experiences taking place in spring 2019 (~January 2, 2019 – May 10, 2019)

  • October 19 – Application Opens
  • January 31 – Application Deadline
  • February 15 – Award Decision Notification
  • TBA – Grant Awardee Information Sessions
Application & Award Timeline: Cycle 3 (summer)

Applications for experiences taking place in summer 2019 (~May 5, 2018 – August 17, 2019)

  • February 22 – Application Opens
  • March 15 – Application Deadline
  • March 29 – Award Decision Notification
  • TBA – Grant Awardee Information Sessions

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Student Stories

Predicting Lyme Disease Severity

This summer I was given the opportunity to continue my undergraduate research. The lab I work in is focused on the ecology of diseases, including Lyme disease. For the past year, I have been working on a modeling project that aims to find a more reliable way to...

Exploring Facets of My Field

This summer, I was required to complete a 300-hour field experience under a registered dietitian (RD). I decided to split my internship 150/150 to get the best experience possible. My first 150 hours were completed at Chilton Medical Center where I worked on the...

Connecting Class to Real-Life Application

This winter break I traveled to Malayaka House Orphanage in Entebbe, Uganda, for the second time with the Penn State club Empower Orphans. As volunteers at Malayaka House, our primary job is to spend time and bond with the children, whether that means playing games,...

A Career in Biomedical Research

I completed work for my thesis research in the Translational Neuroimaging and Systems Neuroscience Laboratory during the summer of 2017. Of course, these results will enable me to complete my thesis and graduate with my degrees, but I also hope to publish these...

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...

Gaining Hands-On Patient Care Experience

My responsibilities during this internship aided in the organization of the hospital. When on the floors I was in charge of delivering medical equipment, transporting medical records, trips to the pharmacy, taking dirty medical equipment to sterile processing,...

Preparing for a Ph.D. in Microbiology

My experience took place here at Penn State. I am part of a research lab that studies the interactions between strains of bacteria. These interactions are generally understudied and understanding more about them can help us perturb infections of pathogenic bacteria....

Turning Passions into a Career

My colleague and I went to New York City to visit nonprofits and organizations working to make their communities more sustainable. We had the chance to sit down and talk with Force Blue, WE DO, and BSR. On top of that, we were invited to see a show hosted by The Moth,...

When In Rome

Myself and thirteen other students traveled to Rome for about three weeks. When in Rome, we walked around the city exploring archaeological sites, visiting museums, and experiencing the city's culture. We also visited Naples for a long weekend and went to Pompeii to...

Becoming Fluent in Chinese

From June 12th to August 10th, I participated in an intensive Chinese language program in Kunming, China. Apart from classes, I also had the opportunity to go on various cultural excursions to other cities in Yunnan Province, including Dali, Puzhehei, and a few...

The Wonders of Cuba

During my CHANCE program to western Cuba, I traveled to Havana, Viñales, and Guanahacabibes National Park. I listened to professional conservationists speak, and talked to Cuban people in each place that I visited. I snorkeled in the Caribbean sea, hiked in Sierra del...

Creating Artwork for the Community

For my engagement experience I fabricated and installed a large welded metal sculpture at a local sculpture garden. As a sculptor with both smithed and foundry-cast metalworking experience, I furthered my own skills in the area of welded metalworks by creating a...

Making Strides in a Career in Research

My engagement experience took place at Penn State Worthington Scranton in the psychology research lab on campus. Given this opportunity, throughout the fall semester, I worked on my undergraduate research collecting, coding, and analyzing data 2-4 times a week. This...

Spreading Knowledge About Astronomy

I conducted research in extragalactic astronomy under the supervision of Dr. Jane Charlton. My project was to investigate absorption systems that are intrinsic to quasars. I finished the project and started writing a paper that will be published in a scientific...

Breaking Stereotypes and Insecurities

My experience took place in Barcelona, Spain. I created YouTube videos that were meant to inspire that travel is possible for minorities or those from income families. I didn't really see anyone that looked like me on TV when I was growing up so I didn't think that I...

Delivering Quality Care

For my internship rotation at CarolinaEast Medical Center, I was paired with Dawn Jenkins, Director of Quality Management. Having a teacher with such an important role, vast array of knowledge, and thirty-eight years of experience at CarolinaEast, I was able to attend...

Gaining a New Perspective

I traveled from Pennsylvania to Boston, Massachusetts for my experience. While in Boston, I stayed and worked with Brandyn Schult who is the senior cybersecurity researcher at Boston Cybernetics Institute. Mr. Schult graciously let me stay in his home with his family...

Extending My Research in Forensic Science

This summer, I continued my undergraduate research in the Penn State Forensic Science Program. The project involves looking at three-dimensional fabric impressions in vehicle paints. Recently, the focus has been on finding techniques to visualize and photograph the...

Viewing the World from a Bigger Perspective

I studied at the University of Sussex for four weeks (mid-June through mid-July). The University of Sussex is located in Brighton, UK. I took a class on Health Psychology. I traveled to London with the class and on the weekends, I traveled to Paris, Amsterdam, and...

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...
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