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.

At this time, we are accepting applications for the 2018 program.

The Department of Chemical Engineering offers a summer research fellowship. This includes 6 fellowships in biomolecular engineering and several others in general chemical engineering to outstanding Penn State undergraduate students majoring in chemical engineering. The fellowship is made possible by a special endowment and grants to the department and awards students between $4,000 and $5,000 for summer research.

  • 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 biomolecular engineering and general chemical engineering.
  • Eligibility: Students must be undergraduates at Penn State majoring in chemical engineering.
  • Requirements: Students will spend 10 weeks working as research assistants during the summer of 2018. The program begins towards the end of May and 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.
  • Apply: Applications are due by March 12, 2018.

Submission Requirements

Students please submit: 1) your résumé with your GPA, 2) a statement of interest in research and future plans including a paragraph on why you want to work with a specific lab within Chemical Engineering. Additionally you should have 3) a letter of support from one of your professors sent directly. Please arrange to have 1, 2 and 3 submitted to Manish Kumar, Please use “Summer Research Fellowship 2018” in the subject line.

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 bimolecular disciplines. Students also gain hands-on experience and critical laboratory knowledge, which will translate into future work and research opportunities. We invite students to learn more about these unique opportunities by visiting the faculty research links below (specific to biomolecular engineering) and from the general chemical engineering faculty list.

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.

Faculty Research Descriptions

Contact Information

Manish Kumar, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, and Civil and Environmental Engineering



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