2017 Multi-Campus Research Experience for Undergraduates

The Summer 2017 Multi-Campus Research Experience for Undergraduates (MC REU) will take place June 5 – July 31. The MC REU program supports Penn State undergraduate engineering students to conduct research with Penn State faculty. Selected students will complete their proposed engineering research project in conjunction with two PSU faculty members; one from the student’s home campus and one faculty member 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 Requirements
All MC REU participants will be expected to participate in all program activities, as outlined in the timeline included below. This includes two weeks of activities at the University Park campus. Students will also be expected to participate in a summer-end research symposium program at University Park to present their research experiences and outcomes as well as a poster. A final report will also be expected from each funded REU student.

Eligibility
To be eligible, students must be enrolled as an undergraduate student at a Penn State and must not be intending to graduate prior to the completion of their REU experience. One faculty member from each project team must have connections to the College of Engineering. Applications are open to students at any campus which offer Engineering courses.

Application
To apply, log in at http://www.engr.psu.edu/ceri
Using the application website, follow the three steps below to apply to the MC REU:
• Step 1: Add your biographical data and resume
• Step 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.
• Step 3: Apply to the MC REU Posting. When you apply, you must also upload a 1-2 page proposal which describes:
o Goals of the project
o Importance of research
o Research plans including a timeline showing how the intended results can be achieved within the scope of the REU dates
o Plan for engagement (types/frequency of interactions) with the faculty member and/or the research team throughout the project.

Priority Student Application Deadline is Wednesday, March 1, 2017.

If you have questions contact Erin Hostetler (ErinH@psu.edu) or Cindy Reed (chr10@psu.edu) with the College of Engineering in the Office for Student Research and Engagement, University Park campus.

Compensation
Students will be awarded $4200 for the 8-week REU in the form of scholarship.
Faculty will each receive $500 in funds to support research.

Timeline
Jun 5: Projects begin at students’ home campus. Orientation for faculty and students occurs through adobe connect.

Jun 17-18: Students attend teambuilding workshop at University Park

Jun 19: Students continue project at University Park

Jun 26: Students continue project at home campus (through Jul 7)

Jul 10: Students continue project for one week at University Park

Jul 17-28: Student continues work from home campus

Jul 30: Students and campus based faculty travel to University Park. Symposium Dinner held at the Penn Stater

Jul 31: Summer-end research symposium held at University Park. Program End.