Supporting third-year students joining
the scientific community at Eberly.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The application process for fall 2023 is now closed.