UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The deadline for undergraduates to to apply for an Erickson Discovery Grant has been extended to Feb. 24. Applications can be found here at InfoReady.
The Erickson Discovery Grant program provides $3,500 toward expenses of a student-initiated independent project. Student projects of all kinds are welcome: the arts, engineering, humanities, sciences and social sciences. Projects should primarily be the student’s own work, but they can be related to the supervising faculty member’s research or scholarly interests. Grants can be used to cover living expenses and project costs.
“While many opportunities seem to have been reduced during our fight with COVID-19, the opportunity to be curious and seek meaningful understandings has never been greater,” said Alan Rieck, associate vice president and associate dean for Undergraduate Education. “This program provides means for summer exploration of questions born out of curiosity.”
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More than 60 Erickson Discovery Grants were awarded for summer 2020 and nearly all grantees were able to complete their experiences despite restrictions placed on them due to COVID-19.
Huntur Woodard, a senior biology major at Penn State York from Hanover, Pennsylvania, used the summer and an Erickson Grant to focus on literature searches, reviews, marker identification and writing while lab work was restricted due to COVID-19.