Posted: October 18, 2023

Virtual info session is scheduled for Thursday, October 19th at 3:30 pm. Registration is required.

On Thursday, October 19, Undergraduate Research and Fellowships Mentoring is hosting an event in partnership with University Libraries, Career Services, and Office for Research Protections entitled “Applying for the Erickson Discovery Grant.” The virtual event will begin at 3:30 p.m. and is open to all students. Registration is required.

About the Erickson Discovery Grant:
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 research mentor.

52 students, representing a variety of colleges and campuses, were awarded Erickson Discovery Grants for summer 2023.

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.

Grants may be used to cover living expenses and project costs (supplies, materials, books, specialized software, travel for the purpose of data collection, etc.).