Research competition

Honors, Exhibitions, and Award Competitions

A major goal of our department is to foster and enrich the academic experiences of students who seek exceptional challenges and growth.  In recognition of superior academic accomplishments, we offer academic awards and prestigious scholarships along with other competitive research and writing competitions awards. Learn more about our awards.

Poster Exhibition

MatSE Undergraduate Poster Competition

The MatSE Undergraduate Poster Competition is a chance for undergraduate students to showcase their research, and connect and share their work with other students, faculty, and staff. The exhibition is organized by the Department and winners are displayed at our Annual Spring Awards Banquet.


MVC - Materials Visualization Competition

MVC is a scientific visual and artistic competition sponsored by the Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MatSE) and the Materials Research Institute (MRI). Created to celebrate the quality of research in materials at Penn State, this competition promises to increase awareness of materials science through the creativity and visualization of our researchers.

College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Honors, Exhibitions, and Award Competitions

The College of Earth and Mineral Sciences offers a wide variety of programs to all students within the college. 

GEMS Diamond Award
Schreyer Honors College

Schreyer Honors College

The Schreyer Honors College at Penn State offers small class size and one-to-one access to distinguished faculty, all within one of the world’s leading research institutions. Just five percent of the undergraduate students enrolled at Penn State are members of the Schreyer Honors College and can earn thevdistinction of graduating with honors from Penn State.

Millennium Scholars

The Penn State Millennium Scholars Program is designed for high-achieving science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) students who will become leaders in their chosen fields and are committed to increasing the diversity of professionals in STEM-related disciplines. Millennium Scholars are students with both the passion and the ability to advance the frontiers of knowledge and change the world.

Millennium Scholars Program