Support for Students

Support for Students


Getting an opportunity to do research can often provide students with a better understanding of the field they are learning about in an academic classroom. It can also provide context for the field and link classroom to real world applications of the material. These opportunities are best explored with faculty teaching the courses in which students are enrolled or with faculty advisors in your major. Often research can be done for class credit and in some cases, students may be paid for their work. Another option is to explore internships with local companies, agencies, or non-profit groups. Faculty and advisors are the best resource for these options as well.


The college has dozens of academic scholarships available for both graduate and undergraduate students. For the upcoming academic year, all incoming and current students with a 3.0 GPA or higher will automatically be considered for the majority of the scholarships available at Penn State Harrisburg. Please visit student aid office to see which aid you are eligible for


Fulbright grants allow students to do research or teach English abroad in over 100 countries.  Students are eligible to apply in their senior year or later since the fellowship is for after graduation or for graduate studies.  Applications are due in mid-October. Please contact our office in the spring or early fall if you are interested.

Undergraduate Students

  • Erickson Discovery Grant Program and other research opportunities for undergraduate students
  • Travel grants to present at conferences are often available through the school in which the students are doing research.  Students should contact their faculty advisors to determine the how funds can be requested.
  • Senior engineering students are required to complete a capstone project, which combines classroom learning with real-life applications and is the culmination of their educational experience. In addition, students often collaborate with industry sponsors on projects of interest to these businesses. Please see Capstone form to be completed by participating sponsors.
  • University Fellowship Office: The Undergraduate Fellowship Office at Penn State supports students who apply for competitive national and international fellowships. The office matches the intellectual interests of students with relevant fellowships and advises students throughout the process to make their application the strongest possible. The website for this office provides numerous examples of fellowships for students to consider.

Graduate Students

  • Conference travel grants
  • The NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based Master's and doctoral degrees
  • NRC Research Associateship Programs: Competitive awards are available for scientists and engineers to conduct independent research in federal laboratories and affiliated institutions. Awards include attractive stipends, health insurance, professional travel and relocation.


This event provides students with an opportunity to highlight/present their work to the college community.

Annual Student Symposium

Date: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 and Friday, April 20, 2018
Registration and Abstracts due: To be determined
Submit to:  Office of Research and Outreach (C 114)
Deadline for submitting abstracts to the Office of Research and outreach is March 16, 2018