Posted: December 17, 2018

Program available to first-year students (spring semester) and sophomores (fall semester) to learn about funded research and study abroad opportunities.

Spark is a voluntary educational experience designed to give first-year students the opportunity to envision their future, discover new resources and opportunities across campus, assess their strengths and weaknesses, and learn about fellowship opportunities. Participants will join a cohort of approximately 30 like-minded first-year students, network with students who have applied for and/or won these awards, as well as connect with resources and faculty across campus.

The spring 2019 cohort of the Spark Program will meet on Tuesday evenings from February 5th - March 26th, excluding March break. Dinner will be provided at each session. Participants must commit to attending at least six of the seven workshops.

What we're looking for:

  • Intellectual curiosity and a desire to share newfound knowledge with others
  • Intercultural sensitivity or an emerging global mindset
  • Interest in a field of study that goes beyond coursework
  • Energy and flexibility to overcome challenges

Note: The fellowships that will be introduced do not cover the expenses of medical, dental, law or pharmacy school. Therefore, the Spark Program is not the best fit for students who plan on pursuing these career paths.

The course is designed to help give students the tools needed to develop a competitive profile to apply for future fellowships. Interested students can apply here on our website until January 12th. You can read more about the program on PSU News.

Sponsored by the University Fellowships Office and Penn State University Libraries

Learn more: or visit 321 Boucke Building.