Center of Excellence in Industrial Biotechnology: Summer Research Scholarships

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The Center of Excellence in Industrial Biotechnology has established a new Summer Research Scholarship to support undergraduates doing research in the broad area of industrial biotechnology, including biopharmaceutical manufacturing, food biotechnology, and production of bio-based chemicals. Students will be expected to work closely with a faculty member at Penn State on a research project that advances our knowledge in the field of industrial biotechnology. This includes projects conducted in the CSL Behring Fermentation Facility.

Penn State undergraduate students from all campuses in any field of study may apply for the Industrial Biotechnology Research Scholarship. Recipients must be enrolled full-time at Penn State for at least one semester immediately following the Summer Scholarship. In addition, students must have a Penn State faculty supervisor who is available during the summer to oversee the proposed research and provide mentorship to the student.

Scholarship Funds

Research Scholarships will be in the amount of $5,000, and are intended to cover any personal costs (e.g., housing and food) over the course of the summer. Funds will be distributed directly to student bursar accounts at Penn State and could have an affect on student aid (or be applied to cover any outstanding charges). Funds are intended to enable students to immerse themselves in their research projects full time during approximately 10 weeks over the summer. Start and end dates are flexible and should be discussed with the research supervisor. In addition, up to $1,500 can be provided to the faculty supervisor to support the research project, e.g., the purchase of supplies or access to various core research facilities.

Application Process

All applications must be submitted electronically to Andrew Zydney ( no later than 5 pm on Friday, March 8, 2019. Each application should contain the following information:

One page resume, highlighting pertinent experience for proposed research (as appropriate)

Copy of current transcript (printed version from LionPath is fine)

One page description of summer research project, including contact information for research supervisor

One page letter of recommendation (to be sent directly to, separate from the other application materials)

It is our intent to make scholarship decisions by March 22, 2019. Please contact Andrew Zydney ( if you have questions about the Industrial Biotechnology Scholarships, or if you have any concerns about the timing of the scholarship decisions.