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The Supernova Undergraduate Research Fellows Program

The SuperNova Undergraduate Research Fellows Program challenges motivated undergraduate students between sophomore and senior year to engage in progressively demanding undergraduate research experiences, courses, and projects. Each recommended program activity maps to a Drexel Student Learning Priority, and collectively, the experiences provide a roadmap for students either to graduate school or to a career focused on research.

Throughout the program, students will document and reflect on their research-related experiences through digital badges. When a student submits evidence and is awarded a badge for a specific experience, he or she will be awarded a specific number of points according to the rubric. Upon completion of 16 points, a student will be recognized by the Office of Undergraduate Research as a Research Fellow. Upon completion of 32 points, a student will be designated as a SuperNova and will earn formal recognition by the Office of Undergraduate Research and the Pennoni Honors College.

If you’re a student interested in integrating undergraduate research into your education here at Drexel, we encourage you to consider applying for the SuperNova Program!

To learn more about how to apply to the SuperNova Program, click here.

To learn more about what kinds of research activities count toward achieving Research Fellow or SuperNova status, click here.

Program Structure

Students accepted into the SuperNova Undergraduate Research Fellow Program can seek one of two designations by graduation:

  1. Undergraduate Research Fellow: 16 points
  2. SuperNova: 32 points

To be recognized as a Research Fellow, students must earn a minimum of sixteen (16) points and earn a minimum 3.2 cumulative GPA by graduation.

To be recognized as a SuperNova, students must earn a minimum of thirty-two (32) points and earn a minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA by graduation. These students will have this achievement noted on their transcript and will graduate with academic distinction.