Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect the new Dec. 18 deadline to apply for a Student Engagement Network Remote Innovation Grant.
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The deadline to apply for a Student Engagement Network Remote Innovation Grant has been extended to Dec. 18. The grant covers costs for projects during the spring 2021 semester.
The award decision notification will be on Jan. 8, 2021, and the application can be found here.
Undergraduate students from all Penn State campuses are invited to apply for a grant, which is designed to support expenses related to completing an experience in the spirit of remote or in-person living and learning.
"The Student Engagement Network is committed to encouraging students to think deeply about engaged learning this coming spring, especially during challenging remote times," said Michael Zeman, director of the Student Engagement Network. "We hope the extension of the grant deadline provides students the time to identify and plan an experience that helps them apply their classroom learning, make a deeper psychological investment in what they're learning, and/or pinpoint an opportunity that builds a sense of purpose and skills for success."
Students who receive funding will receive $1,000 or $2,000 to complete their experience over the spring semester and are required to participate in the Student Engagement Network (SEN) Online Canvas course (no tuition cost, non-credit bearing), centered on the student engagement journey. Each student will also be assigned a Penn State Engagement Coach to help them complete their virtual/remote experience.
All experiences must be completed on or before May 31, 2021. A total of $90,000 in grants will be awarded in the spring 2021 cycle.
Projects must comply with federal, state, local and University policies related to COVID-19.
Logan DeSanto, of Dickson City, Pennsylvania, has an ongoing project this fall funded by an SEN grant. As a junior nursing student at Penn State Scranton, DeSanto is shadowing and doing undergraduate research under her clinical and academic mentor Michael M. Evans, the assistant dean for Undergraduate Nursing Education at the Commonwealth Campuses and an associate teaching professor of nursing in the College of Nursing.