Posted: October 6, 2021

WISER - MURE - FURP is a student research internship program at Penn State - University Park supported by the NASA Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium.

This program offers first-year students and all underrepresented minority students a two semester faculty-mentored internship in a research laboratory at Penn State.
The PA Space Grant Research Internship Program has three pathways to apply: WISER, MURE, and FURP. Although they are named differently, all three pathways feed into one central internship program.

  • WISER: Women in Science and Engineering Research
    Open to all first-year students but focuses on supporting outstanding women interested in pursuing research on campus.
  • MURE: Minority Undergraduate Research Experience
    Supporting underrepresented minority students interested in pursuing research on campus that are in their first-year, sophomore, or junior years. Minority students are defined as African-American, Hispanic, Native American, or Pacific Islander. Students of Asian descent are not considered minority students by NASA.
  • FURP: First-year Undergraduate Research Program
    Open to all first-year students interested in research; those with economic hardship are encouraged to apply.


  • The internship is for two semesters: spring and fall 2022. The internship does not extend through the summer.
  • Students work on research and lab-related activities, including laboratory meetings, training, readings, and other associated research activities for ~5 hours per week.
  • Students are awarded $575 for each semester (spring and fall) of the 2022 calendar year.
  • A research symposium at the end of the internship (November 2022) highlights research accomplishments and offers a chance for students to practice scientific communication.

For more info and to apply please visit the WMF webpage at: .  If the site does not open for you click the refresh button until it opens.  Be patient as it has a slow response time.

Application deadline is November 1st, 2021.

For questions about the program please email: