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

Program Details

Where: Penn State, University Park campus (State College, PA)

When: June 3 – July 29, 2020 (8 weeks)

Stipend: $4,800

Housing: Provided in Nittany Apartments, 4 bedroom townhouse

Travel reimbursement: Up to $400

Penn State Graduate School: Application fee waiver available

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 topic. The program will include projects in the following tracks:

  • Energy & Transportation
  • Food & Land Use
  • Buildings & Cities
  • Population & Society
  • Food-Energy-Water Nexus

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. Workshop topics include Next Generation Leadership Development; Drawdown Case Studies and Collaborative Project Development; and Career Planning. In addition, 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.