On June 13th, KGSP Freshmen from Pennsylvania State University visited Philadelphia’s Penn State GridSTAR Research Center, created after the university received a multi-million dollar award from the U.S. Department of Energy to research practical uses of solar energy in industrial applications. As part of this special visit, KGSP students also had the opportunity to learn about GRIDSTAR’s undergraduate summer internship program, the Energy Innovation Leadership Experience: In this program, interns are matched with companies for an experiential learning project, intended to bridge the gap between research and application of solar energy. KGSP students spoke with current interns and their supervisors to learn about how they could prepare to apply for possible future research opportunities applicable to their majors, such as Materials Science & Engineering.
KGSP Freshmen at the Penn State GridSTAR Research Center, pictured with their undergraduate mentor
This site visit was a special opportunity available only to KGSP students as part of the Undergraduate Research Experience, a six-week customized enrichment program developed by the Scholarship in partnership with Penn State. Over the course of the program, students researched the following topics: