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​Summer Engineering Fellowship Program (May 28-July 29, 2019)

​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 May 28-July 28, 2019, each fellow will engage in an independent research project under the guidance of a School of Engineering & Applied Science 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.

What makes WUSEF unique?

  • Once admitted, fellows choose a research project in any discipline and department within the School of Engineering & Applied Science.
  • Fellows receive membership in the Leadership Alliance and have access to its resources.
  • Fellows present their research at the Leadership Alliance National Symposium Research Conference. In addition, fellows receive up to $500 to present their research at another conference after the program ends.
  • Weekly social activities and lunches with faculty members, completely funded by the program.
  • Tours of local companies of interest, such as Boeing and Bayer (formerly Monsanto).
  • 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, 2019)

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 by March 1, 2019.

Applications are welcome from students meeting the following criteria:

  • Sophomore, junior or senior continuing undergraduate studies in Fall 2019
  • Pursuing a major in engineering, mathematics or physical and life science (physics, chemistry or biology)
  • Strong quantitative skills and interest in research
  • Students from backgrounds underrepresented in the STEM fields, including underrepresented minority students, students from economically disadvantaged and underserved backgrounds and students with disabilities
  • 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.

Other benefits

  • 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

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. 16.


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