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The National Science Foundation S-STEM
Smart Energy Scholars Program

What is "Smart Energy"?

Smart energy is the efficient use of energy with minimum pollution and environmental impact that enhances resiliency and energy independence.

About Our Program

The Smart Energy Scholars Program is a scholarship program funded by the National Science Foundation designed to assist low income, academically talented students currently pursuing an undergraduate degree in chemistry, physics, or mechanical engineering. Students will participate in an early research experience, a 1-credit seminar, faculty mentorship development, industry internship, and middle school outreach opportunities to learn more about how they can make a difference in our communities through smart energy solutions.

Smart energy solutions represent an inherently interdisciplinary challenge; our team includes experts from chemistry, physics, engineering, and materials science who focus on four main thrusts: energy generation, energy storage, energy efficiency, and the developing area of toxicity testing of energy-related materials. Students can explore specialized courses and research topics related to: making solar power more economically feasible, reducing the thermal energy output of electronic devices, new mechanisms for energy storage in high capacity batteries and fuel cells, and state-of-the-art multiscale modeling of materials with applications in energy transport, energy storage, energy harvesting, and electronics. Through the study of smart energy, students will apply fundamental scientific and engineering principles to areas of societal need related to our world's energy demand.


Students must meet the following requirements to be eligible for a Smart Energy Scholarship:

  1. Be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident
  2. Demonstrate financial need on their FAFSA and have unmet financial need as determined by the Financial Aid Office
  3. Be enrolled full-time at Binghamton University, SUNY Broome, or Queensborough Community College
  4. Pursue a Bachelor's degree in Chemistry, Physics, or Mechanical Engineering
  5. Maintain at least a 3.0 GPA

How to Apply:

Students should complete the Smart Energy Scholars Application to be considered for our program. Once eligibility has been confirmed, students may be asked to participate in an in-person interview.


Please contact our Program Administrator, Carrie Reidy, at

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Last Updated: 2/22/18