Leadership and Research Programs

Vertically Integrated Projects

The Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) research program involves students working on interdisciplinary projects across department and college boundaries. Learn more.

STAR Scholars

The Students Tackling Advanced Research (STAR) Scholars Program allows first-year, high achieving students to participate in faculty-mentored research, scholarship, or creative work during the summer after their freshman year. With an objective to enhance the academic experience, this University initiative is designed to stimulate intellectual inquiry through exploration of a major area of research and prepares students for post-graduate education. Research opportunities are available in a domestic or international setting. The STAR Scholars program is administered by Undergraduate Research & Enrichment Programs, a department of the Pennoni Honors College. For more information, please visit Drexel’s Star Scholars website.

Smart Manufacturing Research Experience for Undergraduates

The Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering hosts summer research experiences for undergraduate students. The program provides hands-on experience in smart manufacturing using advanced data analytics, computational methods, and automation to improve efficiency, productivity, and cost across processes, factories, and entire supply chains. Students also attend professional development seminars and field trips to companies. To learn more and apply, visit the program website


The Drexel Summer DELTA (Drexel Engineering Leadership Transformation Academy) Program is a two-week intensive academic program offering approximately 30 incoming students in STEM the opportunity to develop the skills in math, science, engineering and leadership that are needed for success in Drexel Engineering and beyond. Apply and learn more.

NAE Grand Challenge Scholars Program

GCSP is a combined curricular, research, and extra-curricular program that is designed to prepare students to be the generation that solves the grand challenges facing society in this century. Learn more.

Engineering Leadership Scholars

Engineering Leadership Scholars are students that participate in a leadership development program designed for an elite group of students that provide them with a competitive edge in the global economy. Students learn that the essence of leadership and innovation lies in the ability to communicate effectively, apply critical thinking and reasoned problem solving to any situation to produce tangible and measurable results. This is achieved through special courses, integration of curriculum, seminars, and specialized co-op opportunities that is directed at developing the next generation of technological leaders. Learn more.


DragonsTeach is a Drexel University program designed to address the national need for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teachers by offering STEM majors the opportunity to experience secondary teaching and obtain secondary teaching certification alongside their STEM major. Through active recruitment; a compact, research-based instructional program; and intensive experiences working with master teachers in local schools, DragonsTeach breaks down the traditional barriers that prevent STEM students from obtaining teaching certification. DragonsTeach is a collaborative effort of the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Engineering, and the School of Education.  For more information, please visit the DragonsTeach website.

The STAR Scholars Program gave Alessandra Cabrera the opportunity to research improvements in materials used for food packaging.

Improving Food Packaging

The STAR Scholars Program gave Alessandra Cabrera the opportunity to research improvements in materials used for food packaging.

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