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Drawdown Scholars Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program

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Academic Level:
For most summer research programs, this is your upcoming status as of the fall. Always check with the individual program's website for details.

Undergraduates - First Year
Undergraduates - Sophomore
Undergraduates - Junior
Undergraduates - Senior

Note: this opportunity encourages applications from community college students.

Penn State is partnering with Project Drawdown to explore and enhance 'the most comprehensive plan ever proposed to reverse global warming.' The Drawdown mission seeks to clarify a positive solutions-oriented path ahead for action on climate change. By working with researchers from across the world, the team has already identified 100 of the most substantive solutions to address climate change.

The Penn State Drawdown Research Experience for Undergraduates Program (Drawdown Scholars) supports the Drawdown mission by training students in:

-transformational technical, ecological, and social solutions for climate mitigation;

-climate communication;

-environmental law and policy;

-leadership and professional development;

-team-based project development; and

-global engagement

Drawdown Scholars will work closely with Penn State faculty mentors and their respective graduate students to conduct laboratory, field, and/or modeling research to advance Drawdown strategies for reversing global warming in the following topic areas:


-Food, Agriculture, and Land Use




-Land Sinks

-Coastal and Ocean Sinks

-Engineered Sinks

-Health and Education

-Water-Energy-Food Nexus

Along with a once-in-a-lifetime research experience, Drawdown Scholars will also receive the following:

-$600/week stipend

-On-campus housing (if in-person)

-Travel reimbursement up to $400 (if in-person)

*Please note: This program is planned as an in-person research experience, but the format may shift to virtual or hybrid depending on safety and health regulations pertaining to COVID-19.

Application Deadline: 2/15/2022

Participating Institution(s):
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Pennsylvania State University (Lead)

Program Materials:
 • Program Website 

This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Agricultural Engineering
Civil & Environmental Engineering
Crop & Soil Sciences
Environmental Sciences
STEM Fields
Transportation Systems
Urban Planning & Design

Clean Energy
Climate Change
Global Warming
Green Energy
Sustainable Agriculture
Sustainable Development
Sustainable Energy
Sustainable Engineering

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This program is funded by:
National Science Foundation (NSF)

Page last updated 7/2/2021
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