Future Leaders in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering

June 4 to August 4, 2023

Application deadline extended! New deadline is February 17.

The Cornell FLAME Summer Program provides URM students a unique opportunity to launch into a Ph.D. program through enhanced summer research experience and through a subsequent fast-tracked/prioritized admission into the Cornell MAE Ph.D. program with tailored programmatic and financial support. It is designed for students interested in Advanced Manufacturing and Materials, Biomechanics, Bioengineering, Energy and Sustainability, Robotics and Autonomy, and Space Science and Engineering.

Summer Program Highlights

  • Academic preparation for graduate school
  • Opportunity to cultivate a relationship with your potential future Ph.D. advisor 
  • Assistance with preparation of application to the Ph.D. program
  • Housing, $4000 stipend, $300 travel stipend, and local transport included
  • Social events and trips

Cornell MAE Ph.D. Program

  • Waived GREs 
  • Waived application fee to Cornell MAE Ph.D. program
  • Fast tracked/ early admission if accepted
  • Direct match into Ph.D. lab
  • $1250 towards professional development


  • Ambitious and hard-working
  • Have two semesters remaining in their undergraduate education at the start of the summer program
  • Majoring in a STEM discipline
  • Be in good academic standing

In addition, applicants must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Identify as African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian/Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
  • First-generation college graduate (neither parent/guardian has completed a baccalaureate degree)
  • McNair Scholar or Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow


How to Apply

Complete the FLAME 2023 Application and submit letter(s) of recommendation via the Online Recommender Form.

If you have questions or need more information, please contact flame@cornell.edu.