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April 26, 2019
Luis is a 2018 recipient of the Hassenfeld Foundation Social Impact Research Grant and Ruth Marcus Kanter College Alumni Society Undergraduate Research Grant. With CURF’s support, he researched challenges Philadelphians face when seeking and obtaining legal assistance. He is majoring in Sociology and Political Science and completed this project as part of his senior thesis.
April 16, 2019
In January 2018, Kevin Chen was awarded a Churchill Scholarship. When the Churchill Foundation called, he thought they called the wrong Kevin. And so began Kevin’s journey to England. This case study reports his findings and lessons learned during his time in the land of fish and chips.
Angel Ortiz-Siberon and Louis Lin
April 11, 2019
Two Penn juniors, Louis Lin and Ángel Ortiz-Siberón, have received Harry S. Truman Scholarships, a merit-based award of as much as $30,000 for graduate or professional school to prepare for careers in government or public service.
Brendan Taliaferro of Host Homes for LGBTQ Youth in Philadelphia
April 9, 2019
Benjamin Franklin Scholar Brendan Taliaferro (COL 2019) is one of six seniors named a recipient of the 2019 President's Engagement Prize.
April 9, 2019
University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann today announced the recipients of the 2019 President’s Engagement Prize and President’s Innovation Prize. Awarded annually, the Prizes empower Penn students to design and undertake post-graduation projects that make a positive, lasting difference in the world. Each Prize-winning project will receive $100,000, as well as a $50,000 living stipend per team member.
Gabe Delaney
April 8, 2019
Gabriel Delaney checks in with us from his Fulbright year in Colombia
Christina Steele
April 8, 2019
Penn junior Christina Steele has been awarded a Beinecke Scholarship to pursue her graduate education. She is the 12th Beinecke Scholar from Penn since the award was first given in 1975.
April 1, 2019
On March 22nd, BFS students were treated to a tour of the Penn Museum's Middle East Galleries by Dr. Philip Jones, Associate Curator and Keeper of Collections, followed by a dinner at Manakeesh, an acclaimed West Philadelphia Lebanese Restaurant. The event was the first to be planned by the new BFS Arts & Culture Committee.
March 29, 2019
Lea has been involved in research activities through CURF and elsewhere since her first year, an entire alphabet soup of PURM, SHIP, J4J, an LGBTQ & Gender Studies Undergraduate Grant, and now a Wolf Humanities Center Undergraduate Fellow. She's also majoring in Health and Societies and minoring in both Gender, Sexuality, & Women's Studies and Italian Studies. She sat down in our office to talk about that path earlier this year.
February 27, 2019
Zhongyuan Zeng sits down with CURF in the Fireside Lounge to discuss her decision to apply to Schwarzman and advice she has for those who are considering applying. Originally from Beijing and a current Master's student in the School of Design, Zeng plans to study equitable urban development in China.
February 25, 2019
Krishna Patel, a Joseph Wharton Scholar, has been named a 2019 Thouron Scholar.
February 22, 2019
Seven University of Pennsylvania seniors and a 2018 graduate have each won a Thouron Award to pursue graduate studies in the United Kingdom. Each scholarship winner receives tuition and stipends for as long as two years to earn a graduate degree there. The 2019 Penn Thouron Scholars are: Sona Dadhania, Nicholas Escobar, Nick Joyner, Carson Kahoe, Ryan Leone, Krishna Patel, Libby Rockaway, and Hannah Sweeney.
February 11, 2019
The University of Pennsylvania is proud to be included again on the list of U.S. colleges and universities that produced the most 2018-2019 Fulbright U.S. Students recently announced by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The Fulbright Program is the U.S. government’s flagship international educational exchange program. Top-producing institutions are highlighted annually in The Chronicle of Higher Education.
February 6, 2019
Adedotun sits down with CURF in the Fireside Lounge to discuss how the Schwarzman scholarship fits into his longterm career ambitions and to offer advice for future Schwarzman applicants.
February 1, 2019
Anea sits down with us in the Fireside Lounge to talk about the road to the Rhodes and her plans for her future.
BFS Trivia Night Jan 2019
January 30, 2019
On January 29, 2019, five teams comprised of BFS students battled their way through several intense rounds of trivia.
January 30, 2019
Senior WenTao Zhang, a Joseph Wharton Scholar, won Penn's prestigious Y-Prize competition, along with his three teammates.
December 19, 2018
Presidential Engagement Prize winners Peter Wang Hjemdahl and Svanika Balasubramanian continue the transformative work of their winning project, rePurpose. rePurpose facilitates the development of greater awareness about consumer activity and waste management in India.
December 19, 2018
Professor Diana Robertson was recently named one of the top 50 undergraduate business instructors by Poets and Quants.
December 19, 2018
"August Wilson and Beyond" nurtures a space for dialogue and learning in the classroom on campus and at Sayre High School in West Philadelphia.
December 4, 2018
Three Penn students have been awarded Schwarzman Scholarships, which will fund a year of graduate study leading to a master’s degree in global affairs at China’s Tsinghua University for each of them. They are seniors Adedotun Adejare of Albrightsville, Pa., and Johnathan Chen of Shanghai and graduate student Zhongyuan Zeng of Beijing.
December 4, 2018
Theodore Caputi has won a prestigious Marshall Scholarship to study at any university in the United Kingdom. He is the 15th Marshall Scholar from Penn.
December 3, 2018
In 2016, Penn senior and Biological Basis of Behavior major Kriya Patel was one of the second annual cohort of President’s Engagement Prize recipients. The University of Pennsylvania President’s Engagement Prizes are awarded to “academically excellent and civically engaged” Penn seniors for the implementation of projects that aim to transform the lives of others during the first year after they graduate from Penn. The recipients thereby exemplify the Penn tradition of “doing well by doing good.” Patel used her prize to launch a healthcare reentry program at Riverside Correctional Facility, a Philadelphia women’s jail. Two years later, CURF Fellow Kathryn Morgan reached out to Kriya to follow up on her fellowship experience and the path it set her on. Kriya responded candidly about the unexpected challenges she faced, the importance of her Penn mentors, and her continued determination to do good in the world through expanding access to healthcare.
November 28, 2018
Emily Zinselmeier sits down with CURF in the Fireside Lounge to explain why the Thouron was the award for her, what she'll be studying in the United Kingdom, and why others on the fence should move forward with their fellowship applications.
November 28, 2018
University of Pennsylvania senior Adamseged Abebe of Gondar, Ethiopia, has been awarded an inaugural Global Rhodes Scholarship for graduate study at the University of Oxford. He is one of two chosen from countries around the world for the new honor, which allows exceptional students who are from countries not historically eligible.

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