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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. The Schwarzman Scholars program is designed to prepare future global leaders to meet to the geopolitical challenges of the 21st century. Founded by Blackstone co-founder Stephen A. Schwarzman, the scholarships aim to create more effective connections between... more
December 4, 2018
A 2017 graduate of the Wharton School and a Joseph Wharton Scholar, 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. Originally from Upper Makefield, Pa., through the Marshall, Caputi has the ability to either study for a DPhil in social interventions at Oxford University, or a Ph.D. in health sciences at the University of York. Caputi received guidance and assistance during the application process from the Center for Undergraduate Research & Fellowships at Penn through its remote... more
December 3, 2018
patel_kriya_570x370.jpg 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 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... more
November 28, 2018
emily_zinselmeier_thouron_recipient Video of emily_zinselmeier_thouron_recipient   Emily Zinselmeier sits down with CURF in the Fireside Lounge to explain why the Thouron was the award for her and why others on the fence should move forward with their fellowship applications. Emily is a 2017 graduate who majored in Material Science and Engineering in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, and Architecture with a minor in Hispanic Studies from the School of Arts and Sciences. She's currently studying at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in the United Kingdom... more
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.  One of the most prestigious academic honors, the Rhodes is highly competitive and draws candidates from approximately 60 countries. The new Global Rhodes Scholarships extend the opportunity to the rest of the world, subject to eligibility and university nomination... more
Aminata Sy at the State Department
November 26, 2018
Aminata Sy (COL '19) has been named to the 2019 class of Charles B. Rangel Graduate Fellows, which supports winners through two years of graduate school as well as entry into the Foreign Service corps.  A West Philadelphian originally from Sénégal, Aminata Sy is currently a senior at the University of Pennsylvania studying International Relations with an English minor. Sy is a 2019 Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Graduate Fellow, where she will intern in Congress and overseas at a American Embassy and prepare to become an U.S. Foreign Service officer. A journalist since 2013, Sy has... more
Anea Moore
November 18, 2018
University of Pennsylvania senior Anea Moore has been awarded a Rhodes Scholarship for graduate study at the University of Oxford. Considered one of the most prestigious academic honors, the Rhodes is highly competitive.  According to the Rhodes Scholarship Trust, this year more than 2,500 American students sought endorsements. The 32 American Rhodes Scholars were then selected from 880 students endorsed by 281 colleges and universities nationwide. “All of us at Penn are incredibly proud of our newest Rhodes Scholar Anea Moore,” said Penn President Amy Gutmann. “Anea’s commitment to advocacy... more
November 15, 2018
rsz_41.jpg BFS alumni returning to campus to celebrate stopped by to chat and catch up with current BFS students and faculty over Federal Donuts and coffee during Homecoming weekend.  Alumni from NYC, Philly, and D.C. stopped by to reconnect with the BFS program and learn about current program offerings such as the Integrated Studies courses and Wharton Industry Experience BFS seminars, as well as the NYC Alumni Spring Trek students organized last year to meet with BFS alums and the Clue at the Penn Museum event last Spring.
November 14, 2018
“Should I apply for the Truman Scholarship?” For the past two years, I have returned to Penn to speak with students about applying for the scholarship and have found that most are far more interested in this question than they are in the intricacies of the application. It’s a tough question without a right or wrong answer. The application has many components; it asks you to tie a very specific graduate school program and career path to one of the (likely many) societal problems you want to address and gives you a very limited number of characters to do so. cohen_adam_photo1.jpg I... more
November 8, 2018
20181107_173646_2.jpg In the November BFS Masterclass, students explored the application of network science to the study of learning in the human brain with Danielle Bassett.  Dr. Bassett, a physicist and systems neuroscientist, MacArthur Fellowship winner, and TED Talk alum, shared her work on brain flexibility.  Brain flexibility explores pattern switching and flexibility in the brain and has implications in rehabilitation and in developing novel diagnostics of disease and designing personalized therapeutics for rehabilitation and treatment of brain injury and neurological... more
November 8, 2018
hmtn_4.jpg BFS students from all four schools along with friends, family, and faculty recently visited beautiful Hawk Mountain Sanctuary in the Blue Ridge Mountains for a group hike.  They enjoyed the late Fall foliage on display, as well as panoramic views of the Sanctuary land where an average of 20,000 hawks, falcons, and eagles pass through annually during late Summer and Fall.        
October 31, 2018
anea_moore_truman_scholar Video of anea_moore_truman_scholar Anea sits down with us in the Fireside Lounge to discuss how her work with students and parents in Philadelphia schools led her to the Truman Scholarship, which will support her further education and career in education reform while surrounding her with a community of passionate public servants from around the country. Anea discusses the highs and lows of her Truman application process and shares advice for other first-generation low-income students considering applying for prestigious fellowships. Video Produced by Emily... more
October 18, 2018
img_0101_-_copy.jpg Professors Angela Duckworth and Katherine Milkman led the inaugural BFS Masterclass on October 3rd with an overview of their current project, the Behavior Change for Good Initiative, followed a lively Q & A session about their work and research in general.  Through the Behavior Change for Good Initiative, the two scientists lead an interdisciplinary team of scientists, including leading practitioners in education, healthcare, and consumer financial services, in addressing the question: how can we make behavior change stick? For those not familiar with... more
October 1, 2018
Summer days by the ocean are not unusual, but a group of Penn faculty and students spent 10 days this summer on, in, and along the urban waters of Philadelphia—the Schuylkill and Delaware Rivers and the Wissahickon Creek. The On-Water Intensive Research Seminar was an interdisciplinary effort organized by Penn Arts and Sciences’ Penn Program in Environmental Humanities (PPEH) with Drexel University and its Academy of Natural Sciences.  The On-Water seminar was supported by a Summer Research Group Grant made by Penn's Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (CURF). on-... more
September 17, 2018
sarah_cornelius_truman_scholar Video of sarah_cornelius_truman_scholar Sarah sits down with us in the Fireside Lounge to discuss how her passion for fighting educational inequality led her to the Truman Scholarship and why everyone considering applying has something to gain from the fellowship application process. Video Produced by Emily Eckardt and Kathryn R. Morgan, CURF Graduate Fellows, 2018
August 27, 2018
Rising senior Idil Demirdag, a psychology major from Istanbul, just completed 11 weeks working in marketing and communications at the Penn Museum through the Summer Humanities Internship Program. In a blog post, she explores the history of Queen Puabi’s lapis lazuli and gold diadems, now on display in the new Middle East Galleries.
August 17, 2018
David sits down with us in the Fireside Lounge to discuss his upcoming Fulbright English Teaching Assistant Award in Vietnam, as well as his experiences as a FGLI (First Generation/Low Income) student at Penn. david_thai_fulbright_eta Video of david_thai_fulbright_eta
July 23, 2018
After graduating from Penn in 2013, Daniel Goldstern sought out, and landed, a job in investment banking. A political science major with a love of philosophy, Dan was determined to bring these interests into his professional life. He pursued real estate development in New York City before enrolling in the inaugural (2016-17) class of Schwarzman Scholars at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. The diverse community of peers and ideas Dan found there gave him the space and perspective to assess where he could best enact meaningful change in his own community. Dan returned to NYC in 2017 to... more
June 21, 2018
For the month of June, we are working alongside colleagues from the University of Central Florida and the Armenian Institute of Archaeology and Ethnography on the Vayots Dzor Fortress Landscapes Project. This valley region boasts spectacular views and interesting architecture, which informs us about transport and defense systems that go back thousands of years. Our team is made up of archaeologists and historians as well as computer scientists. Read more at the Open Archaeology web site!
June 20, 2018
kate_sohn_fulbright_studyresearch_recipient_south_korea Video of kate_sohn_fulbright_studyresearch_recipient_south_korea In this candid chat in CURF's Fireside Lounge, Fulbright Study/Research Award recipient Kate Sohn talks about her personal connection to Korea, the meaningful contribution she hopes to make as a researcher, and her advice on shaping the narrative of your Fulbright application. Sohn will be conducting research on breast cancer survivorship in South Korea in 2018-19. Video produced by Emily Eckardt and Kathryn R. Morgan, CURF Graduate Fellows, 2018.
June 6, 2018
img-1568.jpg After graduating from Penn in 2016, New Jersey native Mabel Oviedo delayed her job search by a year to teach English in Madrid as a Fulbright ETA (over her immigrant parents’ objections). Mabel returned to the US with a clearer sense of self and how to achieve her personal and professional goals, using her new insights to launch a more targeted job hunt. Four months after returning to the US, she took up a position at Google in their Legal Investigations Support team.   CURF Fellow Kathryn Morgan caught up with Mabel at work in February in Austin, TX—over Google... more
May 29, 2018
adnan_zikri_jaafar_rhodes_scholar Video of adnan_zikri_jaafar_rhodes_scholar In this inspiring conversation in CURF's Fireside Lounge, Malaysian Rhodes Scholarship recipient Adnan Zikri Jaafar speaks about economic development, equal access to opportunity, and what leadership means to him. At Oxford, Jaafar will pursue an MSc in Evidence-Based Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation, along with an MSc in Financial Economics. Video produced by Emily Eckardt and Kathryn R. Morgan, CURF Graduate Fellows, 2018.
April 30, 2018
gina_thouron_interview Video of gina_thouron_interview In this video interview, Gina Liu, one of Penn's eight Thouron Award Winners for 2018, reflects on what she's learned about herself during the fellowship process. We chat with her about leaning in to dreaming big about her future, finding nuance in unexpected places, and coming to terms with having the penguin as her spirit animal. Gina will be reading for an MSc in Evidence-Based Social Intervention and Policy Evaluation at Oxford next year.   Video produced by Emily Eckardt and Kathryn R. Morgan, CURF Graduate Fellows, 2018.
April 30, 2018
26873226487_4269498493_k.jpg On a gorgeous Hey Day 2018, the President and the Provost took time out of their schedules to join some of the over 100 Penn recipients of major Fellowships this year for a photo in front of College Hall.  Selections from this shoot can be found here! We keep an updated list of recipients and are always ready to help you start or finish your fellowship application, and are open to current undergraduates, graduate students, and alumni.
April 20, 2018
christopher_durso_rhodes_scholar Video of christopher_durso_rhodes_scholar In this video, get to know New Jersey native Christopher D'Urso, one of Penn's two 2018 Rhodes Scholars. We quiz him about his fellowship journey, his hopes for Oxford and beyond, and what he wore to the big interview!  Video produced by Emily Eckardt and Kathryn R. Morgan, CURF Graduate Fellows, 2018.