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Science Dean's Scholars Program

Supporting third-year students joining
the scientific community at Eberly.

The Science Dean’s Scholars program (SDS) provides financial and academic support for third-year students who come to Eberly College of Science from the Penn State 2+2 program. SDS is supported by the U.S. National Science Foundation, which awarded $1 million to the college as part of its Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Program.

Sikai Wu in the laboratory. Credit: Nate Follmer
Academic Support

Students accepted to the SDS program are matched with peer mentors and a transition adviser who will help them learn more about the resources and career options available to students pursuing a science or math degree. They will also participate in a one-credit fall semester seminar focused on academic and professional development, in addition to social and professional programming throughout the school year.

A close up of the lettering on the Verne M. Willaman Gateway to the Sciences

The SDS awards range from $2,000 - $4,000 per year at University Park. Eligibility is based on financial need and whether or not the student continues to make progress toward a science or math degree at ECoS.

Financial Incentives
Nate Brown working with Summer Bridge students.
Summer Bridge Program

SDS participants are highly encouraged to participate in our summer bridge program. The cost of housing, meals, instruction, and professional development opportunities are covered by the program. During this time you will:

  • Meet other students, peer mentors, research faculty and academic advisers.
  • Learn more about graduate programs, research opportunities, health professions, and other key incentives at Eberly.
  • Learn more about finances and budgeting, housing and transportation, professional development, and career opportunities
  • Attend fun social events.


Millennium Scholars commencement photo.

The SDS program is available to all students pursuing majors in the Eberly College of Science that are eligible to change location from another Penn State campus to University Park to complete a math or science degree.



How to Apply

In addition to providing basic contact and program information, applicants are expected to answer a series of short essay questions. 


Application Status

The application process for fall 2023 is now closed. 


Upcoming Deadlines


Past Recipients. 2021-2022 Cohort (by campus)

  • Sydney Danso, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Julia Olivant, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Aenam Park, Statistics
  • Karah Terry, Biology
  • Harshika Thard, Biology
  • Madison Thompson, Biology
  • Tealine Williams, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Kara Kensinger, Chemistry
  • Sarah Noel, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Yujing Qin, Biology
  • Cindy Zheng, Biology
  • Frantz Balan, Biology
  • Ashley Jones, Forensic Science
  • Natalie Peterson, Biology
  • Devyn Hauser, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Ahmad Abdullah-Tucker, PM
  • Luke Cowart, Chemistry; Biology
  • Alyssia Roselle, Forensic Science
  • Nicholas Hansel, Forensic Science
  • Richard Nukpeta, Chemistry
  • Sydney Shaw, PM
  • Tanner Dierich, Biotechnology
  • Emanuel Rios, Forensic Science
  • Danae Schanbacher, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Chakia Stacey, Biology
  • Ferris Abu-Ghosh, Biology
  • Mahnoor Malik, Biology
  • Breanna Grace Frazier, Forensic Science
  • Gauri Gurumurthy, Biology
  • Diego Romero, Physics
  • Rongcen Lu, Mathematics

Past Recipients. 2020-2021 Cohort (by campus)

  • Kathryn Alesi, Microbiology
  • Yelines Gutierrez, Biology
  • Serena Young, MTHBS
  • Bianca Marie Araneta, SCBS    
  • Zachary Bell, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Asia Dibari, Biology
  • Abigail Northeimer, Forensic Science
  • Kassidy Gibson, Biology    
  • Leo Wright, Forensic Science
  • Lea Cesaire, MTHBS    
  • Nathan Scott, MTHBS
  • Keaton Wright, Physics
  • Ofure Akhigbe, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology    
  • Lebene Akyea-Djamson, Biotechnology
  • Kasey Griffiths, Biology    
  • Julian Jean, MTHBS    
  • Samuel Kaufmann, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Sue Ndonga, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Ashley Morales, Biology    
  • Bill Mota, Biology
  • Dayana Delgado, Biology
  • Luke Hinsche, Biology    
  • Eugenie Jean Philippe, Biology    
  • Aiden Shah, Physics
  • Ezra Rossetti, Biology
  • Gillian Gademan, Biology
  • Corryn Prince, Forensic Science
  • Ethan Ritchey, Physics