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Beyond the Classroom

BFS encourages students to engage with the wider world through a variety of programmatic initiatives:

Summer Research Funding – Application deadline:  Monday, March 12, 2018

BFS students enrolled in any undergraduate school are eligible for BFS Summer Research Funding. Students apply through CURF's annual Spring funding cycle and select "Benjamin Franklin Scholars Summer Funding" via CURF's Common Research Application. Students seeking summer research funding should identify and meet with a faculty research mentor, follow the advice on writing a strong grant proposal on the College Alumni Society Undergraduate Research Grant page, and concurrently pursue other sources of funding.  CURF's Research pages can be enormously helpful in getting started.

If selected for funding by CURF's faculty research grant review panel, BFS students will receive supplemental research funding to defray the costs of their summer research. The maximum BFS Summer Research Funding is $2,100, but most awards are $500-$1,000, which can be used in conjunction with other summer research funding. Recipients will be expected to present their research findings at both CURF’s Fall Research Open House and CURF’s Spring Research Symposium.

GIP Internships

Each year BFS funds several internships for BFS students through Penn's Global Internship Program. BFS Students apply directly to the the GIP program. If selected to participate in an internship by Penn Global, BFS funds the experience.

Neurosurgery Summer Internship – Application deadline:  Friday, March 3, 2017

The Neurosurgery department at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City is hosting a summer internship program for Ben Franklin scholars interested in medicine or neuroscience.  The program will fund two or three highly motivated students who will have the opportunity to shadow top neurosurgeons, gain exposure to the Operating Room and Intensive Care Unit, and participate in physician office hours and rounds.   Additionally, each intern will develop, present and be evaluated on a spine surgery clinical research project with the potential for publication.  Interns would be expected to dedicate approximately 35 hours per week.  The estimated duration would be June 5 – August 11.   Internships include a $3,000 student stipend.

Students must sent their CV and letters of reference to Ashley Friend – by Friday, March 3, 2017.

BFS Undergraduate Advisory Board

With the goal of uniting scholars from different classes and schools across Penn, the BFS Undergraduate Advisory Board was established to foster a sense of community within BFS. The board aims to facilitate interaction among scholars by organizing social and education events such as:

  • Course registration socials to learn about upcoming BFS Seminars from faculty
  • Study Hours
  • Study Breaks
  • Summer Opportunity Dinners

Have an idea for an event or initiative you'd like to lead? Drop a note in our BFS Suggestion Box