Drawdown R-E-U. Penn State Research Experiences for Undergraduates

Program Details

Important 2019 Dates

  • June 4: Students arrive at Penn State
  • June 5 – July 30: Full-time commitment to research projects and professional development programs
  • July 30: Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Poster Symposium
  • July 31: Students depart Penn State

Stipend and Housing

  • $4,000 stipend
  • Housing and meals provided for non-Penn State University Park participants¹
  • Travel reimbursement up to $250 for non-Penn State University Park participants
  • Registration fees for all Drawdown Scholars will be waived for the Drawdown International Scientific Conference (September 16 – 18, 2019, at Penn State University Park)²
  1. Penn State University Park participants will receive a $2,000 housing allowance
  2. Non-Penn State University Park participants are eligible to receive travel grants to present research at the Drawdown International Scientific Conference

Research Program

Drawdown Scholars will be paired with Penn State faculty according to their mutual interests.

As part of the application, students will have the opportunity to describe their research interests as well as rank their preferred project type and Drawdown solutions topic. Project types include:

  • Modeling: Scholars will refine and enhance Drawdown’s global models and downscale them for local decisions
  • Feasibility Analysis: Scholars will assess the feasibility of Drawdown solutions at the scale of a community (Penn State campuses) or state (Pennsylvania)
  • Curriculum: Scholars will develop creative, high-impact educational materials that can be used in the classroom or in public engagement

A complete list of Drawdown solutions topics is available at www.drawdown.org/solutions. For the application, students will be asked to rank their interest in the following sector topics:

To enhance the Drawdown Scholars’ experience, students will be grouped in an interdisciplinary cohort to promote an inclusive learning community. Sense of community will also be promoted through living quarters in a Penn State residence hall, informal and formal social activities, and professional development sessions. Research Experiences for Undergraduates staff will regularly check in with participant progress and provide weekly workshops for the scholars. Possible workshop topics include research basics and safety, research ethics, research communication (including the Project Drawdown goal of making research accessible to a broader audience), and steps to create and present a research poster.

Students will have multiple opportunities to present their research, including an undergraduate research symposium on July 30 at the Nittany Lion Inn. Summer Drawdown Scholars’ projects will also be highlighted at the Drawdown International Scientific Conference on September 16 – 18 at the Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center.