Scholarship Details

Minority Undergraduate Research Experience (MURE)

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Freshman, sophomore, or junior underrepresented


The NASA Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium (PSGC) PSU Undergraduate Research Internship Program is an annual research-focused program for students attending Penn State – University Park supported by the PSGC. The program offers first-year students a two-semester (spring and fall semesters of one calendar year) faculty mentored internship in a research laboratory at Penn State-UP. During the internship experience, students have the opportunity to collaborate with a research team, learn the language of research, and conduct experiments. Mentored by a faculty member, students are engaged in research activities that may include attending lab meetings, collecting and analyzing data, and working on high-tech instrumentation and software. Student interns also often work closely with graduate students and lab managers to collect data for their project and present their results at the annual WMF research symposium.

Each year, research groups/labs at Penn State-UP from various colleges post projects available for student interns. Colleges that participate in WMF include Earth and Mineral Sciences, Education, Agricultural Sciences, Engineering, Health and Human Development, Liberal Arts, Information Sciences and Technology, and the Eberly College of Science. We carefully match student applicants with faculty mentors based on research interests, application information, and faculty preferences.

The PA Space Grant Research Internship Program has three pathways to apply: WISER, MURE, and FURP. Although they are named differently, all three pathways feed into one central internship program, and a student must qualify for at least one (or more) of the pathways described below to be eligible. We often refer to the internship program as WISER|MURE|FURP (or WMF for short).


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The first step of the application process is to read the descriptions of available laboratory research opportunities posted here. You can select up to three labs that match your interests. The more labs you select, the better your chance of being accepted into the MURE program. Once you have read the descriptions and decided on your lab selections, you can apply using the online application. Participating faculty will be notified of your interest and may choose to interview preferred candidates. If selected, you will work in one research lab for both spring and fall semesters.

Decisions will be made by the end of Fall 2013 semester.

The listing of available research laboratories can be found here: MURE research laboratories

The MURE online application can be accessed here: MURE Application

The principal funder for MURE is NASA through The Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium Office.
Please direct questions related to laboratory selection or general questions related to WISER/MURE/FURP to Dr. Erin DiMaggio at:

Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium
Penn State University
2217 Earth-Engineering Sciences Building
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: 814-865-2535
Fax: 814-863-9563

Online Application: