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

Program Details

  • Program Dates: June 1 – August 4, 2022
  • Stipend: $600/week
  • On-campus housing provided (for in-person program)
  • Travel reimbursement up to $400 (for in-person program)
  • Eligibility: Participants must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States and not be graduating before December 2022.

This program is planned as an in-person research experience, but the format may shift to virtual or a hybrid depending on safety and health regulations pertaining to COVID-19. Updates will be made to this webpage. For more information about how Penn State is responding to COVID-19, please visit the University’s website.

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 Drawdown solutions topics. The program will include projects in the following tracks:

  • Electricity
  • Food, Agriculture, and Land Use
  • Industry
  • Transportation
  • Buildings
  • Land Sinks
  • Coastal and Ocean Sinks
  • Engineered Sinks
  • Health and Education
  • Water-Energy-Food Nexus

To enhance the Drawdown Scholars’ experience, students will be grouped in an interdisciplinary cohort to promote an inclusive learning community. Sense of community also will be promoted through informal and formal social activities, as well as professional development sessions. Research Experiences for Undergraduates staff will regularly check in with participant progress and provide weekly workshops for the scholars. Workshop topics include: Next Generation Leadership Development; Drawdown Case Studies and Collaborative Project Development; and Career Planning. When possible, field trips will be offered to expose students to Drawdown solutions in action.

Students will have multiple opportunities to present their research, including an undergraduate research symposium at the end of the program.