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Student Research

Student Research and Engagement provides opportunities for undergraduate students to become involved in research or academically focused enrichment programs. The experience empowers students to better conceptualize course material in the classroom and determine areas of interest and to explore career paths. Our goal is to increase student success with hopes of inspiring students to continue on to graduate studies.

Summer Programs

Multi-Campus Research Experience for Undergraduates - Students in the 8-week program are supported by two faculty members: one from the student's home campus and one from University Park.

Business Experiences for Undergraduates (BEU) - Students in this 6-week program enroll in Penn State Smeal College of Business course and learn about entrepreneurship and business management. 

Penn State - Texas A&M REU Exchange - A 10-week program where students research for 5-weeks at Texas A&M and 5-weeks at Penn State. 

Philadelphia Navy Yard - A 10-week summer experience that combines research and corporate experiences.

Academic Year Program

College of Engineering Research Initiative (CERI)

During this 15-week program, Penn State undergraduate engineering students work during an academic semester conducting research with a faculty member based at University Park.

Students dedicate 10 hours per week to their research project with a PSU faculty member and that faculty member’s associated research group. Students also engage in monthly professional development sessions to compliment their personal and professional portfolios.

Upon completion of the program, students submit a research paper and also present their research at a poster symposium.
The program serves 70 students per academic year, with approximately 30 students in the fall semester cohort, and 40 students in the spring cohort.

If you would like more information on the CERI program or to apply, please visit our application website



The Center for Engineering Outreach and Inclusion assists women and multicultural students in the pursuit of their undergraduate and graduate degrees. Our support system of faculty and staff encourages current students to become involved with our programs and student organizations.

Center for Engineering Outreach and Inclusion

College of Engineering

211 Hammond Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-4287