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Penn State Undergraduate Research Experience

NOTE: Application for admission to the 2020 WISER/MURE/FURP undergraduate research programs is open now and will close on Nov. 1, 2019. Click here to apply. 

  • WISER:  Women in Science and Engineering Research
    Available to first-year women. 
  • MURE: Minority Undergraduate Research Experience
    Available to underrepresented minority students  (African-American, Hispanic, Native American, Pacific Islander) who are first-year, sophomores, or juniors.
  • FURP: First-year Undergraduate Research Program
    Available to all first-year students; those with economic hardship are encouraged to apply.

The WISER/MURE/FURP internship programs at Penn State – University Park offer research experiences and mentoring in labs within eight Colleges: Earth and Mineral Sciences, Education, Agricultural Sciences, Engineering, Health and Human Development, Liberal Arts, Information Sciences and Technology, and the Eberly College of Science. View participating SP20/FA20 labs here.

These two-semester internship experiences (spring and fall of one calendar year) offer students the opportunity to collaborate with a research team, learn the language of research, and use high-tech equipment.

Interns receive $575 per semester and are expected to participate no less than five hours per week in the lab.


  • Applicant must be a U.S. citizen.
  • Applicant must be a Penn State University Park undergraduate student.
  • Applicant must qualify for at least one of the following programs: WISER, MURE, or FURP.
  • Applicant must participate no less than five hours per week in the lab during each semester of the program.

For more information, visit the WISER/MURE/FURP website.


2019-2020 WISER/MURE/FURP timeline

  • Oct. 1, 2019 – WMF online application portal opens for Spring 2020/Fall 2020 cohort
  • Nov. 1, 2019 – WMF applications are due for Spring 2020/Fall 2020 cohort
  • Nov. 19, 2019WMF Research Symposium for Spring 2019/Fall 2019 cohort
  • mid December, 2019 – Students/faculty are notified of placements for Spring 2020/Fall 2020
  • January, 2020 – 2020 student cohort begins first semester of WMF internship
  • August, 2020 – 2020 student cohort begins second semester of WMF internship
  • November, 2020 – WMF Research Symposium for Spring 2020/Fall 2020 cohort