Giving to EME

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EME Initiatives

Thank you for your interest in supporting the John and Willie Leone Family Department of Energy and Mineral Engineering. Whether you are interested in making a donation to a current program or scholarship, creating a brand new endowment, or supporting one of the department's fundraising initiatives, there are many different ways to give to Penn State and the EME department. Current priorities within the department include:

Undergraduate Scholarships: EME is fortunate to already have a number of endowed scholarships within the department, however, there is a disparity in available funding for students enrolled in our different programs of study. In addition to assuring available scholarships for students in all of our disciplines, there are specific audiences we would like to target with new scholarship dollars such as need based awards, honors students and merit-based awards, and diversity enhancement awards

Undergraduate Enrichment Programs: In order to provide students with a thriving and stimulating atmosphere that fosters global involvement, community service, creative expression and personal growth, EME would like to increase funding for the following initiatives.

  • Program for Undergraduate Research Experiences (PURE)
  • International Study Opportunities
  • Center for Advancement of Studies and Experience (CAUSE) Courses
  • Student Design Contests/Competitions
  • Leadership and Professional Development Programs to enhance soft skills (e.g., communication and interviewing skills)
  • Funding for projects involving Engineers without Borders or similar service organizations

Building Faculty Strength and Capacity: The energy industry offers lucrative positions to its educated workforce. In order to attract and hold quality graduate students and faculty members we must compete with other top universities as well as a corporate environment hungry for qualified managers. The funding of faculty chair positions, faculty fellowships, and graduate fellowships is key to our success.

Laboratory Enhancements: It is imperative when competing for top students and faculty members to have modern, well-equipped laboratory facilities.

Recruiting Efforts: We would like to launch a number of initiatives that would allow us to increase our quality, and in some programs quantity, of students.

  • Full-time recruiter to develop and lead EME recruitment efforts
  • Summer Experiences in Energy and Minerals (SEEM) - pipeline program involving high school (or younger) students in summer activities to build an awareness of and interest in the energy disciplines.
  • Educator activities like “Research Experiences for Science Teachers (REST)” bringing K-12 teachers to interact with our faculty to raise their awareness about EME programs.

To discuss which giving opportunities are right for you and your philanthropic goals, or for more information about giving to EME, please contact Sue Powell, Director of Development and Alumni Relations for Earth and Mineral Sciences, at 814-863-4673 or

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