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Program Information

The enrollment window for Summer 2019 will open on December 10, 2018. 

The Penn State Department of Chemical Engineering Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program, “Integration of Biology and Materials,” runs late May through early August.

Additional Information

  • Stipend: $4500 for 10 weeks
  • Housing: Up to $1900 (we will be happy to make arrangements for on-campus housing)
  • Travel: Up to $400 (for out of state students only)

In addition to research efforts, students will participate in a range of seminars and technical programs that will provide an overview of the integration of biology and materials, and discuss general research principles, including key aspects of preparing research presentations, and the graduate school experience. Students will also participate in tours of the Penn State Materials Characterization Laboratory, Nanofabrication Facility, and the Huck Institutes for the Life Sciences.

A variety of social programs will be provided throughout the summer, including informal pizza lunches, hikes through the local mountains, and evening barbecues. Students will also be able to take advantage of the outstanding research, athletic, and arts facilities at Penn State, the beautiful countryside in the State College area, and the extraordinary Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts.

Who should apply?

Undergraduate students in chemical engineering, bioengineering, biology, chemistry, materials science, physics, or related majors currently enrolled at U.S. institutions.

Please Note: Current Penn State students are not eligible to apply for this NSF-sponsored summer REU experience. Penn State students should consider applying to the Departmental Biofellowship Program.

Learn More

Learn more about the beauty and excitement of Penn State and the surrounding areas as well as housing and campus information.

Contact Information

Esther Gomez, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering
REU Program Coordinator

Manish Kumar, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering
REU Program Coordinator



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

119 Greenberg Complex

The Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802-4400

Phone: 814-865-2574