Research and Teaching Opportunities
The Penn State Engineering Ambassadors is an outreach program providing opportunities for outstanding Penn State engineers to gain meaningful communication experiences both on and off campus. Ambassadors travel to high schools all over Pennsylvania to give short presentations on engineering topics to encourage the interest of these students in science and engineering careers. Ambassadors have many leadership opportunities and often give presentations and tours to prospective students and families, alumni and industry representatives.
To be eligible to participate, students must first enroll in a special section of Effective Speech, CAS 100A for Engineers (look for sections that are controlled for only engineering students). Students who perform well in this course will have the opportunity to apply to become an ambassador.
Undergraduate Teaching and Research Experiences
Undergraduate Teaching and Research Experiences in Engineering (UTREE) is a new organization dedicated to providing undergraduate students with teaching and research experiences in preparation for graduate school. UTREE students are undergraduates who have excelled in their technical and communication classes. UTREE students regularly go into undergraduate classrooms and teach classes on special topics such as making presentations and working in teams. UTREE students also run college-wide meetings on how to obtain and prepare for undergraduate research experiences.
Students are eligible to participate in an undergraduate teaching internship program during your senior year. If selected, students will be matched with a faculty mentor and assigned to work with him or her in the classroom. The workload is about 10 hours per week, and students will receive a stipend. The goals of this program are to improve communication skills, develop interest and firsthand experience in teaching, and develop a better understanding of basic concepts through teaching. Visit the Leonhard Center's website for more information.
Research Experiences for Undergraduates
There are a number of opportunities for undergraduate students to gain research experience outside of the University as well. The National Science Foundation keeps a database of Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) on its website.
MNE Scholars Programs
The goal of these programs is to give undergraduate students the opporutnity to conduct a long term research project. The Shuman Scholars program is for mechanical engineers and was initiated with a gift from Clyde W. Shuman Jr., a 1968 mechanical engineering graduate. The Toshiba-Westinghouse Scholars Program was developed for nuclear engineering students with a gift from Toshiba-Westinghouse. Top sopomores are invited to apply to these programs, which provide funding for students to complete resesarch during their junior and senior years.
Toshiba-Westinghouse Undergraduate Fellows Program
Toshiba-Westinghouse Undergraduate Fellows Program is a 10-week paid summer program that provides hands-on research experience and professional development in the nuclear field at Penn State. Students will work closely with a faculty mentor on a state-of-the-art nuclear research project. The program is funded through a gift from Toshiba-Westinghouse. Learn more on the Toshiba-Westinghouse Undergraduate Fellows Program website.