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Contact SUNFEST:

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



Application Form

**All fields are required.**

Personal Information
Last Name:
First Name:
Permanent Email:
Alternative Email:
Mobile Phone:
Home Phone:
Campus Address:
Permanent Home Address:
Educational Information
Name of the University:


Other Major:
GPA (out of 4):

*enter NA if no Minor
Current Status: Freshman Sophomore Junior
Expected graduation Year (ex: 2015):
Postgraduate plans (select one): M.S. Ph.D. Medical School Work Not sure yet
Other - note here:
List any honors, prizes or awards:
List any relevant course, independent study, research, professional or work experience (enter NA if not applicable):
List any other REU programs in which you have participated (enter NA if not applicable):
Research Interest
For a description of the projects, see the SUNFEST website or click here. Please select three projects of your choice, in order of priority, using the following drop down lists:

Indicate which faculty member you would like to work with (see SUNFEST website) in order of preference. This does not guarantee that a position is available in his/her lab, but we will try to match your interest if possible.

Where did you hear about the SUNFEST Program?
Other Information
Citizenship: US Permanent Resident Other non-US Citizen
Gender: Female Male
The SUNFEST program seeks to draw students from diverse backgrounds. The information requested below will be used to evaluate the effectiveness of our efforts to recruit and select a diverse group of students. The information is confidential and voluntary.
Disability Status: Hearing Impaired Visual Impaired Mobility Impaired Other: None
Ethnic Background: American Indian or Alaskan Native Asian Black or African-American Hispanic or Latino Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian White Other:
If reference letters are sent by regular mail, send them to the address shown at the bottom of this form.
Reference 1  
Reference 2  

Letters of recommendation can be emailed to or mailed in a sealed envelope. If emailed as an attachment, the file name and email subject line should be in the following format:

  • fullName_recommendersName" - e.g. "smith_keven_Wang.pdf"
  • mention in the subject line: "SUNFEST Recommendation for Your_LastName"
  • Only .pdf (preferred) and .txt attachments are accepted.
  • Fields should have the category and applicant's full name at the beginning of the document being uploaded (i.e. "Essay of John Smith").

To Create a PDF (.pdf) from Microsoft Word:

  • If using Windows, you must have Adobe Acrobat Full installed
  • From Microsoft Word, choose File > Print
  • Choose "Acrobat Distiller" from the first drop down box, Printer Name
  • Click the Print button

To create a Text (.txt) file from Microsoft Word:

  • From Microsoft Word, File > Save As
  • Choose the "Save As Type: Plain Text (*.txt)"
  • In the next dialog box, check the option for "Insert Line Breaks"


1. Resume  
2. One-page Essay.  
Describe your educational and career plans, and any specific areas of research in which you are interested. Be sure to include why you wish to participate in the SUNFEST REU program and how that fits in with your future plans. (Word max 250) Include your full name on your essay!
3. Transcript  
You can attach a copy of your transcript or email it to It does not have to be an official transcript. However, if you are accepted to the program, you will need to send us an Official Transcript to the mailing address below.
Additional Information
Enter any additional information here:  
* Max. 300 characters. Text only; no formatted text or html.

Mailing address:
Prof. J. Van der Spiegel
University of Pennsylvania
Dept. of Electrical and Systems Engineering
200 S. 33rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6314