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Multi-Campus Research Experience for Undergraduates

The MC REU program supports Penn State undergraduate students to conduct research with Penn State faculty. Selected students will complete their proposed research project in conjunction with two Penn State faculty members — one from the student’s home campus and one based at University Park.

The objectives of the MC REU are (1) to promote undergraduate students participating in research early in their academic program to broaden their education and increase their chances of entering graduate studies, and (2) to promote mutual awareness and collaboration among faculty across the Commonwealth.

Program Information

Participants will spend approximately 40 hours per week working on a research project under the supervision of research mentors. At the recommendation of primary faculty mentors, projects will be designed as either 10-week (beginning May 23, 2022) or 8-week (beginning June 6, 2022) research experiences.

Student participants will engage in two professional development sessions weekly throughout the program. Professional development sessions will be held virtually and cover topics including research safety and ethics, effective research communication, presentation skills, graduate school information, and more.

Program deliverables due at the end of the program include a research presentation at the MC REU Exhibition and a scholarly research paper.


To be eligible for the REU program, students must be enrolled as an undergraduate student. Students must not be intending to graduate prior to the completion of their REU experience. Preference is given to students associated with a commonwealth campus who are working towards a degree connected to the College of Engineering or the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences.

As the program is a full-time commitment, participants are not permitted to have a large course load during the program. Any students choosing to also take classes during the core program weeks must have approvals of their project faculty and program staff.


To apply, log in at Using the application website, follow the three steps below to apply to the MC REU:

  1. Add your biographical data and résumé
  2. Link with a faculty member from your home campus and list them as a reference. Faculty will be prompted by the application website to submit a letter of support for your project.
  3. Apply to the MC REU Posting. When you apply, you must also upload a 1-2 page proposal which describes:
    • Goals of the project
    • Importance of research
    • Research plans including a timeline showing how the intended results can be achieved within the scope of the REU dates
    • Plan for engagement (types/frequency of interactions) with the faculty member and/or the research team throughout the project
    • Include a project heading that lists: (a) Student’s name and Penn State ID number; (b) Primary faculty mentor, campus, and Penn State email address; and (c) Second mentor (if known)


Students will be awarded $4,200 in the form of scholarship. Faculty will each receive $500 in funds to support research.


If you have questions contact Erin Hostetler ( with the College of Engineering or Karen Marosi ( with the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences.



Founded to serve students from groups underrepresented in engineering, the Center for Engineering Outreach and Inclusion assists College of Engineering students, faculty, and staff with equity and inclusion engagement. The center leads the implementation of evidence-based best practices to support student belonging and degree attainment, while also encouraging involvement with justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion programs and organizations. All are welcome!

Center for Engineering Outreach and Inclusion

College of Engineering

112 Hammond Building

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-4287