Please fill out the online application and send in your supporting materials as soon as possible. Selection of participants will begin on March 1st.
To apply you must first have a Friends of Penn State Account, or an existing Penn State Access ID. Friends of Penn State Accounts are free and can be created here: https://fps.psu.edu/
With your application you should send a transcript. You will need to have at least a 3.0 grade point average (B equivalent) to qualify. We will also ask for the names of two references for recommendation letters (we will contact them directly). We require one letter and recommend a second letter. Probably the letters would be from your faculty advisor and a relevant science professor.
The selection process will start as soon as we receive the forms and letters. The main criteria for selection will be the student's academic record and letters. We will also take into account the student's enthusiasm for research in materials physics, and interest in career goals related to research in materials physics. The main aim to the selection process is to identify students who are well qualified, who have a keen interest in materials physics and who want to find out whether a career in this field is right for them.
You should indicate your first, second and third choice of research area on the application form. When an offer of a position is made you will be contacted by the appropriate faculty advisor. This will help ensure that the chosen project is indeed the one you wish to do.