Research Opportunities for Undergrads at Penn State

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Kimberly Guzman-Betancourt (University of Puerto, Cayey) works on the directed assembly of nanowires in Prof. Christine Keating's laboratory. Photo credit: Penn State

Opportunities to work on MRSEC research are available through several Penn State programs.

Interdisciplinary Materials & Physics Summer Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program

This REU program, sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and jointly hosted  by both the Physics Department and the Center for Nanoscale Science, gives undergraduate students the opportunity to participate in frontier materials research at a major research facility. The interests of selected students are matched with those of current MRSEC faculty member, with whom they work closely, as well as the graduate students and postdoctoral scholars in the research group. By participating, students experience the challenge and excitement of a career in research (and perhaps the occasional frustrations with a supportive team, too). In the process, students acquire valuable skills, participate in seminars, and enjoy a variety of extra-curricular, outreach, and joint professional development activities with the campus-wide undergraduate summer research community.

Participation is sought to include and welcome a broad and diverse range of students from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, experiences, scientific interests, identities, etc. Students who are representative of underserved groups in STEM fields are encouraged to apply.

Learn more about the Interdisciplinary Materials & Physics REU Program.


Other Penn State Research Programs

CIC Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP)

Penn State is strongly committed to encouraging the participation of members of groups presently underrepresented in the physics community, including women, minorities, and the disabled. The CIC Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) specifically invites members of underrepresented groups to experience Penn State and explore the opportunities that it offers for future study in all disciplines across the University academic spectrum.

Visit the SROP Website for more information.

Women in Science and Engineering Research (WISER) Program

Female undergraduate students in their first year of undergraduate education at Penn State are encouraged to check the available list of research projects and apply for a position.

Past participants in the WISER program have been shown to be twice as likely to graduate with a science and engineering degree as a male and a female control group with similar semester and year of entry into the university, college entrance exam scores, age and ethnicity that did not undergo a research internship.

Visit the WISER website for more information.