The Washington University Summer Engineering Fellowship (WUSEF) program is designed to encourage exceptional students from backgrounds underrepresented in the STEM fields, including underrepresented minority students, students from economically disadvantaged and underserved backgrounds and students with disabilities, to participate in engineering research. Fellows will enjoy a rewarding summer research experience at one of the nation’s top universities.
From June 1-July 30, 2021, each fellow will engage in an independent research project under the guidance of a McKelvey School of Engineering faculty member.
Projects will be in the general areas of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, computer science and materials science. Potential applications include medicine, renewable energy, pollution control and nanotechnology.
Fellows will be selected for their intellectual promise, curiosity and motivation. Prior research experience is not necessary. Students from mathematics and the physical sciences, as well as engineering, are welcome to apply.
Events, industry tours and social activities might be limited due to the impact of COVID-19.
What makes WUSEF unique?
Once admitted, fellows choose a research project in any discipline and department within the McKelvey School of Engineering.
Fellows receive up to $500 to present their research at another conference after the program ends.
Fellows live on the Delmar Loop, named one of the top 10 streets in the U.S. by the American Planning Association.
Application deadline (February 15, 2021)
Complete the online application and submit it with the following required documents.
Personal Statement (must include general interests, objectives for the summer, background and preparation; one-page maximum)
Resume (2-page maximum)
Two references (at least one of these must be from a faculty member at student’s current institution). Each reference must complete a recommendation form by March 1, 2021.
Applications are welcome from students meeting the following criteria:
Sophomore, junior or senior continuing undergraduate studies in Fall 2021
Students from backgrounds underrepresented in the STEM fields, including underrepresented minority students, students from economically disadvantaged and underserved backgrounds and students with disabilities
Pursuing a major in engineering, mathematics or physical and life science (physics, chemistry or biology)
Strong quantitative skills and interest in research
Students must be a citizen or non-citizen national of the United States or an individual who has been lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the United States.
Preparation for graduate school admissions tests
$5,000 stipend with free campus housing and travel to and from St. Louis; $120 per week food stipend
Public transportation passes for travel in St. Louis
Activities from 2019
Weekly lunches to meet WashU faculty and learn about their research
Weekly professional development lunch and learns
Free GRE prep course
Tour of Boeing, Hunter Engineering, Bayer, and the Cortex Innovation Community
Tour of the St. Louis Arch
Group room escape
Musical at The Muny outdoor theater in Forest Park
Live Jazz at Missouri Botanical Garden
2021 events, industry tours and social activities might be limited due to the impact of COVID-19