Paper & Bioresource Engineering Camp: July 17-19, 2023
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 high 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 counselor supervision.


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 in one of the newly-renovated campus dining locations. Lunch will be catered at the Auburn University Veterinary Medicine Facility. All dietary restrictions and allergies are taken into consideration for each meal.


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, Assistant Professor
Zhihua Jiang
Bill Josephson
Senior Lecturer, TAPPI Advisor
Bill Josephson
Naomi Gehling
Naomi Gehling

Burak Aksoy
Assistant Research Professor
Burak Aksoy
Ramsis Farag
Research Fellow,Manager
Ramsis Farag

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

  • Applications open on December 1st and close on April 19th 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 non-refundable application fee and a $50 key/meal card deposit that is refundable when the meal/key card is returned at the end of your stay. Please pay online immediately after submitting your application. Applicants who demonstrate financial need may qualify for an application fee waiver. Please email for more information.

How many students are accepted?

  • 14-16 applicants will be accepted for Summer 2023 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 March. 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, 2022 and close on April 19, 2023. Notifications will be sent via email by late April. Please read the Application FAQ before applying.

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This camp is grant funded and is free to attend if selected into the program - there is a $25 application fee to apply
  • 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

Cancellation Procedure:

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

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: March 15, 2023