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Research Project Proposals


Since 1998, the UBMS program has collaborated with faculty from various STEM fields at Penn State to provide opportunities for UBMS scholars to work with faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates conducting hands‐on research projects.  The partnership between UBMS and the College of Earth and Mineral Sciences began in 1998 and was later augmented by partnerships with the Eberly College of Science in 2007 and the College of Agricultural Sciences in 2013.  Since 1998, nearly 1,000 low‐income, first‐generation high school students have had the opportunity to work in top‐notch research facilities, learn from world class research experts, and gain valuable skills paving the way to a successful college experience. In summer 2015, thirty‐six students completed mentored research projects in addition to their challenging academic coursework.  These students were assigned to sixteen research teams sponsored by faculty with the College of Agricultural Sciences Summer Experience (CASSE), the Summer Experience in the Eberly College of Science (SEECoS), and the Summer Experience in Earth and Mineral Sciences (SEEMS).  Students received intensive lab training and mentoring from faculty and graduate student mentors six hours per week.  Through the program, students learned how to conduct collegiate‐level research, and gave a juried presentation on their findings.

If you are interested in participating with us this coming summer, please read over our Faculty & Lab Mentor Proposal Information.  After reviewing that document, you may submit your proposal online at the link below. Proposal deadline is Sunday, February 14, 2016 by 11:59 PM.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the UBMS Office at 814-863-1296 or email us at