Paper & Bioresource Engineering Camp
July 15 – July 17, 2024
Rising 11th and 12th Grade

So, you think you want to be an ENGINEER... now what?

Come explore the possibilities within Auburn University’s engineering program, including the Paper and Bioresource Engineering Specialization. The specialization, and Pulp & Paper Scholarship, is open to students who are majoring in chemical engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, biosystems engineering, and industrial systems engineering. The pulp and paper industry is rapidly growing, creating a increasing demand for highly skilled professionals. Auburn’s Paper and Bioresource Engineering Specialization is uniquely set up to pave one’s way into this sought-after industry. Summer camp participants will receive first-hand experience on what the program has to offer by participating in a variety of activities.

These activities will include:

  • Participating in hands-on experiments with Pulp and Paper faculty with a take home souvenir
  • Tour of Paper Mill
  • Presentation from recent Auburn University graduates on the Life of a Paper Engineer
  • Tour of Auburn University Engineering Campus
  • Information on how to apply to Auburn University and how to become eligible for the Pulp, Paper, & Bioresource Engineering Scholarship
  • Networking with mill managers and industry leaders

In addition to receiving hands on experience with the program, camp participants will be submerged into campus-life. Students will reside in Auburn's resident dormitories, eating at campus dining facilities, and enjoying evening social and recreational activities. Campers will have 24/7 supervision by trained counselors.

*This camp is fully funded by the Auburn Pulp & Paper Foundation. Campers are only responsible for the $25 application fee and travel to/from campus.


Campers will reside in the Hill Dormitories. They are designed in suites consisting of two double-occupancy rooms connected by a bathroom.


Breakfast and dinner will be provided at The Edge at Central Dining..


The instructional activities and hands-on experiences for this camp will be held at the Auburn University Ross Hall and the Pulp & Paper Laboratories.

Zhihua Jiang
Director of ACPABE, Associate Professor
Zhihua Jiang
Bill Josephson
Senior Lecturer, TAPPI Advisor
Bill Josephson
Naomi Gehling
Naomi Gehling

William Horne
Senior Lecturer
William Horne

How and when do I apply to Paper & Bioresource Engineering Camp?

  • Applications open on December 1, 2023 and close on April 19, 2024 at 11:59 PM CST. To apply, you must fill out the application, upload a transcript/report card and letter of recommendation, and write a 200 word essay answering the question, “Why are you interested in the Pulp, Paper, and Bioresource Industry?”
  • There is a $25 application fee to be paid online before submitting your application. If you are not selected the application fee will be refunded.

What costs are associated with Paper & Bioresource Engineering Camp?

  • This is a scholarship camp. All students selected will have the $400 camp fee waived. Students are required to pay a $50 key deposit upon arrival that will be returned to them when they return their room key upon check out. Students will also be expected to pay for their travel to and from campus for the camp.

How many students are accepted?

  • 14-16 applicants will be accepted for Summer 2024 Paper & Bioresource Engineering Camp.

What does the selection committee look for in a Paper & Bioresource Engineering Camp applicant?

  • The selection committee is looking for applicants who show strong performance in math and science, clearly communicate their interest in the Pulp, Paper, and Bioresource Industry, and have a strong letter of recommendation.

Who should I pick for my letter of recommendation?

  • We recommend that your letter is written by someone (other than a family member) who understands your career goals. This person could be a teacher, mentor, coach, volunteer coordinator/supervisor, scout leader, etc.

My recommender wants to send my letter directly to AYP. What should they do?

  • Please have them send your letter of recommendation to one of these addresses:
    • Email:
    • Mail: Auburn Youth Programs
      301 OD Smith Hall
      135 S College St.
      Auburn, AL 36849

Where can my school send a transcript?

  • We do not require an official transcript! A copy of your most recent report card(s) is sufficient. Please have them send your letter of recommendation to one of these addresses:
    • Email:
    • Mail: Auburn Youth Programs
      301 OD Smith Hall
      135 S College St.
      Auburn, AL 36849

I am homeschooled. What should I submit for a transcript?

  • Please submit a document that includes “homeschool” or your homeschool co-op’s name (if applicable) at the top of the document. List coursework/course subjects that you have completed and letter grades or levels of mastery if possible.

Can I submit test scores with my application?

  • The selection committee does not review standardized state test scores or SAT/ACT scores. Please do not submit these scores with your application.

When and how will I find out if I am accepted?

  • We plan to send acceptances in late April. You will receive an email from

Is there a waitlist for applicants who are not accepted?

  • Applicants who are not accepted are placed on a ranked waitlist. We do not release rankings. When an accepted camper drops their spot, we will contact the next person on the waitlist as soon as possible.

Applications will open on December 1, 2023 and close on April 19, 2024. Notifications will be sent via email by late April.

There is a $25 application fee to be paid online before submitting your application. If you are not selected the application fee will be refunded.

Please read the Application FAQ before applying.

Pay Application Fee

This camp is grant funded and is free to attend if selected into the program - there is a $25 application fee to apply. If you are not selected the application fee will be refunded.
  • On campus housing
  • All meals, snacks and drinks while at camp
  • Program instruction, materials and equipment
  • Transportation to and from off-campus field-trip sites
  • Recreational activities


All cancellation requests must be submitted via email. Please send your request to

Cancellation Procedure:

  1. Cancellation request received at least 6 weeks prior to the start date of the program: Full refund, less $100.
  2. Cancellation request received less than 6 weeks but at least 3 weeks prior to the program start date: Refund of 50%
  3. Cancellation request received less than 3 weeks prior to the program start date or “no show”: No refund.

Note: Refunds will be issued to the individual/organization who made the original payment.

What to Bring to Camp:

Please pack lightly – but do not forget to bring bedding, a towel, and toiletries.
Note: Must pack long pants and closed toe shoes for working in the lab and attending the paper mill tour.

Campers should refrain from bringing no more than one (1) suitcase and one (1) personal sized bag to camp.

Dorm Room:
  • XL twin sheets/thick blanket or sleeping bag and pillow
  • Alarm Clock
  • Phone Charger
  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Body Wash
  • Toothbrush and Toothpaste
  • Soap
  • Bath Towel
  • Hairbrush
Clothing & Shoes:
  • T-shirts: Loose fitting, tank tops must have straps three fingers wide and cover all undergarments
  • Shorts: At least 3.5” inseam
  • One (1) pair of jeans/long pants
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Pajamas
  • Tennis Shoes: We walk up to 6 miles daily!
  • Closed toed shoes
  • Swimsuit: For girls, a modest one piece swimsuit. For boys, no speedos or jammers.
  • Flip-flops or Water Shoes: For the pool
  • Sweatshirt or Jacket
  • Dress up Outfit: Dressy casual (modest) outfit (e.g.: modest sundress, polo & khakis, pants & blouse)
  • Rain Jacket or Poncho
  • Laundry Bag
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Beach Towel: For the pool
  • Bug spray/Sunscreen
  • $50 key/meal card deposit: Make check payable to Auburn University
  • Printed Sheet Music for Sunday Night Orientation
  • Spending Money

Last Updated: November 30, 2023