Undergraduates invited to explore research opportunities at Penn State

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The University Fellowships Office and University Libraries are continuing their series of events focused on helping undergraduates learn about and navigate the world of research opportunities at Penn State.

Events will be hosted at the University Park campus but some also will be available by Zoom.

On Feb. 3, “Exploring Undergraduate Research Options at Penn State” will cover how students can find and join an existing research group at Penn State and how they can start their own projects. The workshop starts at 5 p.m. in the Mann Assembly Room, Paterno Library. Register in advance at this link if attending by Zoom.

For students who are looking to begin an undergraduate research project or who are in the early stages of an experience, the Libraries’ workshop “How to Join the Scholarly Conversation,” at 5 p.m. Feb. 10 in 211A Pattee Library, will provide strategies, resources and activities to build foundational research skills. Participants will learn about disciplinarily differences and ways to learn more about their research interest, leveraging the resources provided by the Libraries.

The final February session, “Applying to the Undergraduate Exhibition,” will introduce students to Undergraduate Education’s yearly exhibition at the HUB-Robeson Center in April, as well as help students through the steps of applying.

Below is a full list of information sessions and workshops slated for the spring 2020 semester. If campuses are interested in the workshops that are not offered via Zoom, contact Hailley Fargo at or your local campus librarian to arrange a workshop. For up-to-date information, visit the Undergraduate Research website for a list of events and deadlines. Students only need to register in advance if attending by Zoom.


  • “Exploring Undergraduate Research Options at Penn State,” 5 p.m. Feb. 3, Mann Assembly, Paterno Library; also available by Zoom.
  • “How to Join the Scholarly Conversation: Developing Essential Undergraduate Research Skills,” 5 p.m., Feb. 10, 211A Pattee Library.
  • “Applying to the Undergraduate Exhibition,” 5 p.m. Feb. 17, Mann Assembly Room, Paterno Library; also available by Zoom.


  • “Presenting Your Research Poster,” 5 p.m. March 23, and 5 p.m. March 30, W13 Pattee Library
  • “Designing and Creating Effective Research Posters,” 5:30 p.m. March 17, W13 Pattee Library 


  • “Designing and Creating Effective Research Posters,” 5:30 p.m. April 1, W13 Pattee Library

For more information on University Libraries, visit the Students from all Penn State campuses are eligible to compete for the University Libraries Undergraduate Research Award: Excellence in Information Literacy.

The University Fellowships Office and University Libraries are available to collaborate with program directors, advisers, faculty and other interested parties to build and/or offer personalized events. Requests for information sessions and workshops can be sent to

The University Fellowships Office is part of the Penn State Office of Undergraduate Education.

Last Updated February 05, 2020