As a top-ranked materials program, we believe it is crucial to provide our undergraduate students with rich research opportunities to compliment and enhance our academic offerings.
These research opportunities give students a chance to gain a deeper understanding of academic topics, while preparing students for industry or graduate studies. Getting involved in research early on helps to build a well-rounded package that is attractive to potential employers or graduate programs.
Undergraduate students are actively engaged in high level research through the Undergraduate Research Fellows program, International Internships in Materials (IIM), numerous Cooperative Education & Professional Internship Program (Co-op) activities with industry and government labs, and the senior capstone project. The extensive research activities at Penn State are organized under the Materials Research Institute (MRI).