Master's Funding Opportunity!

The University of Pennsylvania in partnership with 9 other institutions make up the Center for Engineering MechanoBiology <> (CEMB). This interdisciplinary, visionary center is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to advance the study of mechanical forces in molecules, cells, and tissues. We have launched a new fellowship program for STEM Master’s students who have a strong interest in conducting research and pursuing a PhD upon graduation. The goal of this fellowship program is to increase the number of underrepresented minorities pursuing graduate degrees in STEM-related fields, and establish long-lasting collaborations with faculty at Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) institutions.

Accepted fellows will conduct a collaborative thesis project with faculty
from their home institution and the CEMB. The summer following their first
year in a master's program, fellows will conduct research in the CEMB
collaborator’s lab. They will return to their home institution for the
second year of their master’s program. The program will offer monthly
mentoring and networking opportunities to prepare fellows for research,
grad school applications, and the PhD path. This is a co-mentorship
program, and will not remove the student from their home institution.

This is a great funding opportunity to support a master’s student in your
lab: fellows will receive a 1-year stipend of approximately $31,600 and
$10,000 in funds to support research at their home institution and travel
to collaborating labs and conferences.

Please share this opportunity with your colleagues and eligible students. I
have included the eligibility criteria below, and more information is
available in the attached document and on our website

*Eligibility Criteria*

Students that meet the following criteria are encourage to apply:

·         Be currently enrolled or intend to enroll starting spring or fall
2023 in a full-time research-based master’s degree program.

·         Have a GPA of 3.2 or higher

·         Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident

·         Be a member of a group that is historically underrepresented in
STEM graduate education (African Americans, Native American including
Native Alaskans, Hispanics and Native Pacific Islanders)

·         Have a strong desire to enroll in a PhD program after their
Master’s degree.