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​Summer Engineering Fellowship Program (May 29-July 27, 2018)

​The Washington University Summer Engineering Fellowship (WUSEF) program is designed to encourage exceptional students from diverse backgrounds to participate in engineering research. Fellows will enjoy a rewarding summer research experience at one of the top universities in the U.S.

From May 29-July 27, 2018, each fellow will engage in an independent research project under the guidance of a faculty member in the School of Engineering & Applied Science at Washington University in St. Louis.

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.

Application Deadline (February 15, 2018)

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)
  • Unofficial transcript
  • 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.

Applications are welcome from students meeting the following criteria:

  • Sophomore, junior or senior continuing undergraduate studies in Fall 2018
  • Pursuing a major in engineering, mathematics or physical and life science (physics, chemistry or biology)
  • Strong quantitative skills and interest in research
  • The School of Engineering & Applied Science aims to encourage diversity in the field of engineering. Students from underrepresented backgrounds (African-American, Latino, Native American, those from underprivileged backgrounds and women) are encouraged to apply.
  • 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.


  • Research experience for undergraduate students to engage with a faculty mentor at a leading university
  • Preparation for graduate school admissions tests
  • Social networking activities with other undergraduate researchers
  • $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


  • Engage in a research project for the program duration
  • Attend program events, seminars and workshops with other fellows
  • Give a presentation on the research at a research symposium

Washington University in St. Louis

Nearly 60 of Washington University’s graduate and undergraduate programs rank in the top 25 by U.S. News & World Report, including the School of Medicine at No. 7, Brown School of Social Work at No. 2 and Biomedical Engineering at No. 12.

Activities from 20178

  • 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, Monsanto, 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
  • City Museum
  • Six Flags
  • Liquid Nitrogen ice cream at Ices Plain and Fancy