The Katherine Mabis McKenna Foundation Summer Environmental Internship is a University-wide program initially funded in 1982.

Summer Research

The student participants conduct environmental research, primarily but not exclusively, with a focus on West Branch of the Susquehanna River Bioregion. 

Proposal and Results

An approximately four-page research proposal is required, with a deadline in early February. In the past students from biology, geology, chemistry, economics, English, environmental studies and engineering have been funded. || Learn more about the proposal requirements and timeline.

At completion of their projects, students are expected to complete a brief report for the faculty committee and the McKenna Foundation and present their results at the Kalman Student research symposium on campus in the spring following the summer research.

Student Stipends

The program currently supports from eight to eleven $4,000 summer stipends. Stipends are awarded on a competitive basis by a faculty advisory committee. Students are expected to work full-time for approximately ten weeks, and they can receive free housing from the University during their summer research. Successful applicants are eligible to receive up to $500 funding for needed materials and services associated with the projects. Advisors must clear such expenditures in advance with Prof. Ellen Herman.


The faculty contact for the McKenna Internship Program is Prof. Ellen Herman (, 570.577.3088) in geology.