Find Undergraduate Research Assistants
Faculty can connect with research-oriented undergraduates through:
- CURF’s Research Directory: If you are looking for an undergraduate research assistant or are open to involving an undergraduate in your work, you can post an entry in CURF’s Research Directory.
The Directory allows interested students to identify and connect with Penn faculty mentors. To be included, please complete this form. The information will be posted in our Research Directory so that students can learn more about your work and contact you about available positions.
By including your current research in the directory, you are signaling your willingness to engage undergraduates. Your listing is not binding, does not require the inclusion of a particular research project, nor does it require funding for student financial support.
- The Penn Undergraduate Research Mentoring program (PURM) is a matching process that works in stages. First, faculty submit descriptions of projects in which they would like to involve undergraduates, followed by student applications. If your project is selected to receive CURF funding we forward student applications to you and ask that you conduct interviews to determine which students you would like to work with for the summer (and hopefully beyond!).
- CURF’s twice monthly email digest: If you are looking for a more immediate response and wish to be included in an upcoming email digest from CURF, please let us know!
CURF also offers several funding options to help support your mentorship of undergraduates.
In addition, faculty can:
- Sponsor and participate in workshops on research and fellowship opportunities
- Advise or mentor University Scholars who conduct independent advanced research
- Teach a small Benjamin Franklin Seminar on a topic of their choosing that is intellectually rigorous and accessible to a non-specialist
- Support undergraduates applying for a President's Engagement or Innovation Prize