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BMB Scholars Program

The BMB Scholars Program offers a 15-month research experience to exceptionally talented, full-time Penn State undergraduates performing research in the biological and chemical sciences under the supervision of one of 14 faculty members.

The program will support six undergraduate BMB Scholars over the course of three years (starting in the summer of 2022), awarding between one and three new Scholars each year.

Scholar Benefits

  • $18,200 student stipend

    • $6,800 first summer
    • $4,600 academic year
    • $6,800 second summer
  • $2,800 in supply and travel funds.
  • $5,000 faculty mentor stipend to support educational expenses for their scholar.
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Program Overview

Take part in a 15 month research experience and perform research in the biological and chemical sciences under the supervision of one of 14 faculty members.

Requirements and Expectations

BMB Scholars are expected to conduct independent research suitable for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.  In order to help students accomplish this goal:

  • Students selected as BMB Scholars must perform research activities part-time (ten hours per week) during one academic year, and full-time over two consecutive summers (ten 40-hour weeks each summer).
  • BMB Scholars are expected to meet with their Mentors on a regular basis to discuss their progress.
  • BMB Scholars will enroll in a BMB 488 course section that matches their research area.


BMB Scholars are expected to demonstrate exemplary scientific and academic ethics and a deep sense of duty as a leader in their local and global community.

  • Apply the knowledge learned in BMB 488 regarding ethics and the relationship between science and society.
  • BMB Scholars will participate in programming for BMB Scholars such as meetings with distinguished speakers and other professional development opportunities.
  • BMB Scholars will select and participate in one leadership development opportunity during their time at Penn State.  BMB Scholar mentors and academic advisers will work with BMB Scholars to select an appropriate leadership development opportunity. The following represent potential opportunities, but it should be noted that some of those listed below require a competitive application:
    • If a BMB Scholar is also a Schreyer Honor Student, individuals can apply to be a member of the Scholar Advancement Team (SAT).  Members of SAT represent the Honors College at special events for alumni and donors, thereby increasing their networking and communication skills.
    • BMB can apply to attend leadership conferences sponsored by the Office of Student Activities.
    • BMB Scholars can choose to register for a course regarding leadership theories, models, and current leadership issues in applied settings.


Scholars must be full time students and maintain good academic standing (GPA 3.5 or better).