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Erickson Discovery Grant Program

The Rodney A. Erickson Discovery Grant Program, named in honor of Penn State's seventeenth President, supports undergraduate student engagement in original research, scholarship, and creative work under the direct supervision of a faculty member. Approximately 60 Erickson Discovery Grants, each in the amount of $3,500, are available through the Office of Undergraduate Education for summer 2018. Additional grants may be funded through college support.

The Erickson Discovery Grants are directed to student-initiated projects in the arts, engineering, humanities, sciences, and social sciences that provide experience in all facets of the research, scholarship, or creative processes. This includes conceptualization of a question or focus, proposal writing, identification and implementation of methods, and communication of results (reporting, exhibition, or performance). Projects should be primarily the student's own work; although the project may be related to the supervising faculty member's research or scholarly interests, it should not simply provide assistance to faculty work.

The grants may be used to cover living expenses and project costs (supplies, materials, books, specialized software, travel for the purpose of data collection, etc.). Note: Funds will be deposited to student accounts and therefore may have an impact on student aid or be applied to outstanding charges.

Eligibility:

  • Current Penn State student returning to studies after the grant
  • Research must have a Penn State faculty supervisor
  • Work outside of research limited to fifteen hours per week

Application Process: Applications are submitted through InfoReady which can be accessed here. A complete application consists of:

  • Application form
  • Two-page research proposal
  • Letter of support from the research supervisor

Application Deadline: January, 20 2020

 

Information
Current Status: 
First-Year Student, Sophomore, Junior
Duration of Award: 
Summer
Other: 
Non-U.S. Citizen, Research
Procedure: 
Direct Submission
Fields of Study: 
Agricultural Sciences, Business, Communications and Journalism, Education, Health-related, Humanities and Social Sciences, Information Sciences and Technology, International Relations and Public Policy, STEM, Visual and Performing Arts
Semester of Application Deadline: 
Spring (January – April)

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University Fellowships Office
321 Boucke Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-863-8199
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