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Please, read the instructions below before applying. The deadline for application is February 22, 2019.


The SUNFEST application consists of the following:

  • Personal data, educational background, Research interest (see sample projects)
  • Names and emails of two references (recommendation letters need to be sent separately; see below)
  • One-page research statement explaining your interest in the program and career goals.
  • Your resume
  • Your transcript (an unofficial transcript can be submitted; however, when accepted you will need to send us an official transcript before the start of the program). If you don’t have a PDF file of your transcript, you can mail it directly to the address below.
  • NOTE: These three files need to be uploaded as PDF files at the time of your application. (1) your resume; (2) one-page research statement and career goals; (3) if available as PDF, your transcript.

Recommendation Letters

Letters of recommendation can be mailed directly by the recommender in a sealed/signed envelope, or can be emailed directly to, with the subject line “Recommendation SUNFEST: Your name.” Ask the recommender to use one of these form letters: Sunfest-Recommendation (MS Word) | Sunfest-Recommendation (PDF). If the letters are sent by regular mail, send them to the following address:

Jan Van der Spiegel
Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering
University of Pennsylvania
200 S. 33rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6390

Requirements for Admission

All applicants must be a U.S. citizens or have permanent residency status. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required. Successful applicants will be notified during the first week of April.

Program Dates:

May 28, 2019 to August 3, 2019

Application Deadline:

February 22, 2019