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Summer Research Fellowships in Chemical Engineering

Thank you for your interest in the Penn State Department of Chemical Engineering’s summer research fellowships, including that in biomolecular engineering.

The Department of Chemical Engineering is excited to announce that we are offering summer research fellowships to Penn State undergraduate students majoring in chemical engineering. These fellowships award students $6,000 for summer research. There may also be an opportunity to apply for additional funding for housing.

  • Objective: Provide outstanding students at Penn State an opportunity to conduct research with faculty in the Department of Chemical Engineering on cutting-edge problems in the areas of both biomolecular engineering and general chemical engineering.
  • Eligibility: Students must be undergraduates at Penn State majoring in chemical engineering. The biofellowship will be given to students with above a 3.5 GPA.
  • Requirements: Students will spend 10 weeks working as research assistants during the summer of 2024. The program begins on May 28 and will culminate with a final research symposium on August 1. All program activities will be coordinated through the Chemical Engineering REU program. Students will also be expected to prepare a poster and participate in the REU Symposium in early August and participate in other professional and social activities throughout the summer. It is recommended that students devote their time to research and not take summer courses or work at other locations.
  • Apply: The deadline for application is March 22.

Research Projects

The Department of Chemical Engineering research fellowships offers students the opportunity to take part in many research projects within the department. Students are able to collaborate with faculty and graduate students on multifaceted research in a number of specific disciplines within chemical engineering. Students also gain hands-on experience and critical laboratory knowledge, which will translate into future work and research opportunities.

Who would you like to work with on research this summer? The faculty interested in supporting summer REUs are listed below.

Please Note: We recommend that interested students contact faculty members directly before applying to the program to discuss the application process and their intent to list the faculty as one of their choices. These faculty will be contacted before the fellowship is granted.

Contact Information

  • Stephanie Velegol
    Teaching Professor of Chemical Engineering



The Penn State Department of Chemical Engineering, established in 1948, is recognized as one of the largest and most influential chemical engineering departments in the nation.

The department is built upon the fundamentals of academic integrity, innovation in research, and commitment to the advancement of industry.

Department of Chemical Engineering

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The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

Phone: 814-865-2574