Education Initiatives:
Current and Previous


STAR Program:

The Students Tackling Advanced Research (STAR) Scholars Program allows first-year students to participate in faculty-mentored research, scholarship, or creative work during the summer after their freshman year.


WINS Internship Program:

The Women in Natural Sciences(WINS) program is a free after-school and summer science enrichment program at the Academy of Natural Sciences that encourages young women to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. Drexel University works with the Academy of Natural Sciences to provide summer internship opportunities for the young women in the program


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Graduate students, middle school teachers, and faculty used engineering in context & engineering in the world around us to excite and inspire middle school students in Philadelphia.

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Nano Enlightenment

Recent years have witnessed a burgeoning excitement about nanotechnology and its impact on the world, including such topics as smaller, faster, cheaper, more robust computer chips, MEMS devices, and templating for bio-medical investigations including DNA sequencing and biomimetics.

NanoEnlightenment taught concepts and instruments widely used for nanotech research in a simple, easy to understand manner. For example, one of our projects designed for university freshmen illustrated the use of a Magnetic Force Microscope using LEGO bricks. The exercise is designed so that the students familiarized themselves with the advances in science while having fun simultaneously. As these topics develop, it is imperative for the next-generation engineers and scientists to receive a broad interdisciplinary foundation that establishes the pervasiveness of nanotechnology on which to build their future careers.

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The Drexel/UPenn IGERT program was a joint effort between the two universities, funded by the NSF, to provide the best and brightest students with an opportunity to embark on research in the multidisciplinary field of nanotechnology.

This program allowed Ph.D. students to learn about nanotechnology beyond the scope of their particular research project, through activities such as seminars, industry and government speakers, and international research exchange opportunities. The program was directed by Dr. Yury Gogotsi at Drexel and Dr. Dawn Bonnell at Penn. Under the leadership of Drs. Bonnell and Gogotsi, these two pioneering institutions in nanoscale innovation came together to educate the leading nanoscience researchers of the future.

Research Experience for Teachers (RET)

The RET program provided experiential engineering education to K-12 teachers in the Delaware Valley region through laboratory discovery. One of its goals was to create innovative dissemination of gained knowledge to student and colleagues.



RET-NANO was a 5-week program located at Drexel University and the University of Pennsylvania for high school and community college teachers.


The Department of Materials Science and Engineering (MSE) at Drexel University hosted DREAM: Drexel Research Experience in Advanced Materials, a Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) Site sponsored by the Department of Defense and administered by the National Science Foundation.

Summer Mentorship program for High School students

The College of Engineering Summer Mentorship Program was a dynamic, three-week research experience that provides high school students with a unique opportunity to work in a Drexel laboratory on an individualized research project. In addition to the educational experience that research provides, students also gained a competitive edge in the college application office and foster relationships with their faculty mentors as well as like-minded high school students.