The Westinghouse Undergraduate Fellows Program - About

Made possible through a gift from Westinghouse, The Westinghouse Undergraduate Fellows Program is a 10-week paid summer program that provides an unparalleled opportunity for hands-on research and professional development in the nuclear field at Penn State, one of the nation's top research universities. Students will work closely with a faculty mentor on a state-of-the-art nuclear research project.

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When: June 1 - August 7, 2020

Where: Penn State's University Park campus, located in State College, Pennsylvania

Hands-on Research Opportunities

Students will work with a faculty mentor and pursue investigation into varied areas of the nuclear field, including: Reactor Safety Research, Reactor Core Analysis, Particle Transport Methods and Application, Advanced Control, Radiation Monitoring and Instrumentation, Materials Research, and Reactor Thermal-Hydraulics Research.

State-of-the-Art Nuclear Research Facilities

Penn State is widely known for its state-of-the-art nuclear research facilities. One facility of particular distinction is the Breazeale Nuclear Reactor, located at the Radiation Science and Engineering Center (RSEC).

Features of the RSEC include:
- Triga Mark III Reactor - 1 mega-watt
- Gamma Radiation Laboratory
- GPU Basic Principles Reactor Simulator
- Low-Level Readiation Monitoring Laboratory
- Fast Neutron Irradiation Capability
- Neutron Beam Laboratory
- Two Hot Cells
- Neutron Activation Analysis Laboratory

Professional Development Opportunities

Opportunities will exist to personally network with high-level Westinghouse executives.

Students will participate in a variety of technical seminars as well as professional development workshops (e.g. scientific communication and pursuing graduate studies).

Luncheons with graduate student mentors will occur throughout the program.


In addition to experiencing a stimulating research atmosphere, students will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of fun social and recreational activities, including hiking in the surrounding mountains, teambuilding at a high-ropes course, sporting events, the famous Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, and visits to unique local landmarks such as Penns Cave. Penn State is an awesome place to be in the summer, so be ready to have some fun!

Responsibilities of a Westinghouse Undergraduate Research Fellow

1. Work 40 hours/week Monday through Friday for the duration of the program (includes research work, site visits and seminars)
2. Participate in site visits
3. Attend group activities
4. Present research activities at a symposium during the final week
5. Write a brief report detailing your research project


- $6,000 stipend (before taxes)
- On-campus apartment housing provided (single rooms)
- $300 travel allowance to assist in relocation


Students who have completed their sophomore year of study are eligible to apply. Applicants must be pursuing a Bachelor's degree in engineering, computer science, physics or chemistry with an interest in the nuclear field. A minimum of a 3.00 GPA is required. Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.