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Education - summer faculty research program

Program Information & Application Process

ARL's Summer Faculty Research Program was established in 1997 for the purpose of providing science and engineering faculty an opportunity to conduct research with faculty and scientists at the Applied Research Laboratory/Penn State collaborative. Recruitment efforts are targeted at attracting faculty from Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCU) and Minority Institutions (MI). Research faculty selected for the summer program will serve as active, hands-on, contributing members of the research faculty at ARL. A strong possibility exists for estblishing a continuing research project between ARL and the researchers home institution.

Length of program varies according to the research being performed. Faculty customarily spend 10 weeks at ARL. By mutual agreement, the researcher may continue the research project beyond the 10 week period.


Summer Faculty Fellow applicants must have at least 3 years of research experience in his/her field of expertise since earning a Ph.D. Summer Fellows earn $1,250 per week.

Senior Faculty Fellow applicants must have at least six years of research experience in his/her field of expertise since earning a Ph.D. Applicant must have significant documented record of research accomplishments and publications, particularly in refereed journals and books. Senior Fellows earn $1,500 per week.

Each Fellow will be reimbursed for his/ her personal travel to and from the research site at the start and end of the program. A pre-program visit may also be arranged.

Who is Eligible?

Faculty who hold a teaching or research position in engineering or science at a U.S. college or university.

Download an eligibility form (under construction) or request a copy of the application by sending Email. Please print out and complete the application form in duplicate and mail (U.S. Post) both the application and your resume/vita to the address listed on the bottom of the eligibility form.

Eligibility forms will be accepted from January 31 until all available positions are filled. The number of positions available will vary according to the needs of the ARL faculty. Selected applicants will be notified beginning in March.

How Selections are Made (Note: U.S. citizenship is required)

Eligibility forms will be reviewed by ARL faculty who have opportunities for research in their department. A phone interview or visit to the host site may be arranged prior to the start of the research term.


There is suitable housing in the neighborhood near ARL. Housing may also be available on the college campus. The program coordinator will attempt to provide assistance with locating suitable housing.

Previous Summer Faculty Fellows

Dr. Laura Beninati
Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering
Bucknell University

Dr. Derrek Butler Dunn – dean, College of Sciences and Technology, Savannah State University
Formerly, professor and chair, North Carolina A&T State University, School of Technology

Dr. Landon Onyebueke
Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Tennessee State University

Dr. Wilbur Walters
Associate Professor
Chair, Department of Physics and Civil Engineering
Jackson State University

Dr. DeWayne Brown
Associate Professor, Dept. of Electronic & Computer Technology
North Carolina A&T State University

Dr. Nelson Butuk
Former Associate Professor, Mathematics
Prairie View University