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Spark Program provides mentoring for competitive fellowships; apply now

University Park, Pennsylvania – First- and second-year Pennsylvania State students from all universities are invited to apply to the SPARK Program, which helps students prepare for fellowship and scholarship opportunities.

Two versions of the program will be offered – in person and remotely – in the spring of 2022. The in-person version will meet from 6-7 p.m. every Tuesday at University Park. The remote program will be offered through Zoom from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Both versions of the program will meet for nine weeks starting in the first week of February and ending in the first week of April. The program will not meet during spring break.

The Spark program consists of a series of workshops featuring speakers from a wide range of experiences, including a student committee of Spark alumni and a research steering committee. Participants are also expected to meet individually with representatives from university research, extension fellowships, and university libraries.

The Spark program has helped many students better prepare for the rigors of fellowship applications such as the Fulbright Summer Schools in the UK and the Benjamin A. Gilman International, as well as Penn State-sponsored programs such as Ericsson Discovery Scholarships and the Student Engagement Network.

Applications are now open and will close on January 17th. The college can recommend the Spark program to students. Eligible students must submit a statement of interest and commit to attending at least eight out of nine workshops.

To learn more about university libraries, visit libraries.psu.edu. Research direction and undergraduate fellowships are part of undergraduate education at Penn State.

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