Workshops slated for undergraduates looking to enter research

August 21, 2019

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Undergraduate students at Penn State interested in learning more about undergraduate research and creative inquiry and how can they get involved can attend workshops scheduled throughout the fall 2019 semester.

Students don’t need to have any previous experience with research, and there are no prerequisites for attending. Undergraduates from all academic disciplines are encouraged to attend.

Alan Rieck, associate vice president and associate dean for Undergraduate Education, said students do better in the classroom and are more connected to their own learning when they engage with faculty and staff in research.

“It is our ultimate aim that every Penn State student who wants to participate in undergraduate research will have that opportunity,” Rieck said. “These new workshops are intended to open the door of possibilities for students who are wondering what undergraduate research is all about.”

Penn State Libraries and University Fellowships Office have scheduled the following events:

— Sept. 17, 5:30 p.m.: Info Session – Research and You: Unpacking Undergraduate Research and Creative Inquiry. If you wonder what “research” means or you want to learn more about finding undergrad research opportunities, you will want to be front row for this session. Mann Assembly Room, Paterno Library. Zoom attendance available.

— Sept. 28, 10:30 a.m.: Info Session – Erickson Discovery Grant 101. Looking to support your own research or creative project over the summer? Hear from past recipients about how they successfully applied for funding. Collaboration Commons, Pattee Library. Zoom attendance available.

— Sept. 28, 1 p.m.: Writing Workshop – Erickson Discovery Grant 101. Work on your application materials and receive feedback from your peers and experts. Collaboration Commons, Pattee Library.

— Oct. 9, 5:30 p.m.: Info Session – Research Ethics: The Basics. New to undergraduate research? Join in the discussion about ethical and responsible conduct of research. Mann Assembly Room, Paterno Library. Zoom attendance available.

— Oct. 17, 5:30 p.m.: Info Session – How to Join the Scholarly Conversation: Developing Essential Undergraduate Research Skills. Explore the foundational skills needed in undergraduate research and learn how to transform from a student into a student-scholar. 211A Pattee Library. Faculty members who would like to incorporate these sorts of workshops in their courses should reach out to Hailley Fargo ( for more information.

— Nov. 7, 5:30 p.m.: Info Session – Exploring Undergraduate Research Options at Penn State. Looking to get started with undergraduate research? Learn how to identify projects and mentors at Penn State and navigate your options. Mann Assembly Room, Paterno Library. Zoom attendance available.

Events will be continued to be offered through the spring semester in preparation for the 2020 Undergraduate Exhibition.

The University Fellowships Office is part of Penn State Office of Undergraduate Education, the academic administrative unit that provides leadership and coordination for University-wide programs and initiatives in support of undergraduate teaching and learning at Penn State. Learn more about Undergraduate Education at

Last Updated August 21, 2019