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Integrative Science and Engineering Center

The ISE Summer CoRPs does a fantastic job with the professional development programs, I feel that after the close of the program I am much more prepared to delve into a career in any field, not just research.

Student Researcher

What Our Participants Have to Say


"This program has helped prepare me for a career."


"My experiences enabled me choose my field of study."


"I have become more comfortable collaborating with others."

About ISE Summer CoRPs

ISE Summer CoRPs (Collaborative Research Projects) provides an opportunity for University of Dayton students to conduct full-time summer research in the natural sciences, engineering and mathematics. Students choose among projects led by two or three faculty co-mentors from different disciplines, with the team jointly researching a relevant challenge in STEM fields. The collaborative nature and co-mentorship model of the projects prepare students for future success by providing hands-on opportunities to work in multiple disciplines, to acquire broader perspectives on addressing research challenges, and to practice working as part of diverse teams toward a shared goal. Fellows also benefit from weekly cohort programming that include professional development activities and social events.

Participating Summer CoRPs students will receive a $5,000 fellowship award. Participating faculty teams may receive up to $1,000 for student support, including research supplies, student travel to present their research, or extended academic year support. Due to COVID-19 related changes, the CoRPs program may not be able to offer University housing in 2021, and other programming and research is subject to UD’s operating status and current COVID protocols.


The program is open to those who will be current students during the summer of 2021. University of Dayton students from the College of Arts and Sciences or School of Engineering who will have completed their first year by May 17, 2021 are eligible to apply. Sinclair Academy students who will have completed their first year by May 17, 2021 with a pathway major in the College of Arts and Sciences or School of Engineering are eligible to apply. Students who will graduate in Spring 2021 are not eligible. Participants must be available to conduct full-time research for 10 weeks over the summer term. Students identifying as a person from underrepresented minorities in STEM fields or with financial need are encouraged to apply.

Application, Acceptance and Matching Process

Review of applications began on March 19. We expect to begin offering fellowships to students by April 5. All applicants will receive a response when the matching process is complete.

Preparing for Application

The application asks for:

  • Overall GPA
  • One-page resume
  • Describe your professional or vocational goals (up to 250 words)
  • How do you hope the ISE Summer CoRPs experience will help you achieve your goals? (up to 250 words)
  • Describe any relevant research experience (up to 250 words)
  • Rank ordering of your project preferences (up to 3)

Integrative Science and Engineering Center

Science Center
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2357