The PROPEL program provides participants with an immersive research experience, mentorship, graduate school preparation, professional development and collaborative opportunities to ignite their passion for cutting edge engineering research. Students from underrepresented backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply, as are those from academic institutions with limited research opportunities in STEM. 

Over eight weeks, participants will conduct research with a faculty mentor and participate in activities that will prepare them for success in graduate school, including workshops on scientific writing, presentation skills and networking.  

Highlights of the PROPEL program include interactive workshops, hands on research projects, and professional development workshops. In addition to weekly seminars, scholars will have the chance to engage in social activities and explore Baltimore.   

At the end of the summer program, participants will present their research at a campus wide symposium. Participants in PROPEL receive housing, a competitive stipend, meal plan and round-trip travel to Baltimore. All students will be housed on campus with easy access to shopping, food and public transportation. 

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Apply here for the PROPEL Program.

Applications due Friday, March 1, 2024.

Participant Profile

  • Be currently enrolled full-time in an accredited public or private college or university in the United States, or its territories as recognized by the U.S. Department of Education
  • Good academic standing with a GPA of 3.0 or better
  • Have completed at least two semesters and have at least one semester remaining of their undergraduate education by the start of the summer program (rising juniors and rising seniors will be given priority) 
  • Have a genuine interest in pursuing a PhD in engineering 
  • U.S. Citizen or permanent resident
  • International students with an F-1 Visa who are already living in the United States and studying at a U.S. university are also eligible to apply

Application Requirements 

  1. Complete Interfolio Application 
  2. Research Statement – One page – include research interests, prior research experience and how this  program aligns with your future goals.
  3. Resume or CV  
  4. One Letter of Recommendation – The letter must be from an individual that can speak to the applicants academic and research experience (faculty member, research mentor/supervisor, etc.) 
  5. Unofficial Transcripts

The applicant is responsible for ensuring that the entire application package, including one letter of recommendation and unofficial transcript(s), is received by Tuesday, February 20, 2024.

Students will be notified of admission decisions throughout March and no later than April 1st.  

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    Participants Will Receive:                            Participants Experience:   

  • Competitive Stipend  
  • Housing in Johns Hopkins University dorms 
  • Roundtrip travel to Baltimore, MD 
  • On-campus meal plan 
  • Innovative research projects 
  • Guided mentorship  
  • Graduate school preparation 
  • Interactive workshops 
  • Community building/social activities 
  • Baltimore and DC excursions  

2024 Program Schedule

Tuesday, February 20 Application Deadline 
Friday, March 1 through Monday, April 1 Notification by email with instructions to book travel 
Wednesday, April 10 Travel Booked 
Wednesday, May 29th Arrive in Baltimore; Program Begins 
Thursday, May 30th Lab Meeting and Campus Orientation Day 
Monday, June 3  First Day of Research Placement 
Wednesday, July 24 & Thursday, July 25 Symposium (presentations) 
Friday, July 26th Program Ends
Saturday, July 27 Depart Baltimore  

Apply Today.

Apply here for the Undergraduate PROPEL program.

Stacey Marks

Diversity Program Manager