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Mailing Address:
203 Moore Building
University of Pennsylvania
200 S. 33rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6314



2017 Program Dates: May 30 to August 5, 2017

SUNFEST, or the Summer Undergraduate Fellowship in Sensor Technologies, is a unique program that provides talented undergraduate students with hands-on research during the summer in the area of sensor technologies.

This program provides:

  • Summer research experience with a stipend of $5,250
  • On-campus housing is provided at no or minimal cost
  • Partial travel support for non-Penn students
  • Opportunity to work on an interesting interdisciplinary topic
  • Work under the mentorship of a faculty member and a graduate student
  • Participate in workshops on how to give effective presentations, how to write technical reports, how to apply for graduate school
  • Learn about ethics in engineering and science

Each year an average of 10 students, ending their freshman, sophomore or junior year of college, are selected from various universities nationwide based on their academic record and attitude towards research. The program is open to students in engineering and the physical sciences.

The purpose of this program is to expose the students to real, in-depth research in the area of sensor technology and to motivate them to go on to graduate school. This program is sponsored by the National Science Foundation as a REU Site (Research Experience for Undergraduates) and the Center for Sensor Technologies at the University of Pennsylvania.

Application Deadline: February 24, 2017

Click here to apply online.

2016 Symposium Winners

Winner: DaVonne Henry,"“Comparing Apples and Oranges: Hyperspectral Imaging Techniques for Fruit Detection and Determination of Plant Health" (Adviser: CJ Taylor)

Honorable Mention: Andrew Yoon, “Functional MRI-Compatible Orthosis for Hand Grasp Assistance During Robot-Assisted Therapy for Stroke Survivors” (Adviser: Michelle Johnson)

Honorable Mention: Alejandra Garcia, “Different Parameters Affect the Properties of Polyvinylidene Nanofibers” (Adviser Jorge Santiago-Aviles)

Honorable Mention: Theresa Rizk, “Mental State Transitions and the Role of Polysynaptic Pathways” (Adviser: Dani Bassett)