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February 19, 2018
The University of Pennsylvania is proud to be included again on the list of U.S. colleges and universities that produced the most 2017-2018 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. 21 students from Penn received Fulbright awards for academic year 2017-2018, continuing a multiyear trend of producing large numbers of recipients.... more
February 14, 2018
To begin this blog, first I will provide you with a list entitled, “You might be a Ph.D. abroad if…: sm1.jpg You spend more time worrying about your writing schedule than visiting the popular tourist destinations. Your command of the language hasn’t improved as much as it could because your top priorities include deadlines, fieldwork, and manuscripts. You experience non-productivity guilt – a guilt specific to grad students who are taught that there is always more that you can do. The number one topic of conversation is your dissertation, even though you’d rather talk about... more
Kevin Chen, Photo credit: Eric Sucar
February 13, 2018
​​​​​​​University of Pennsylvania senior Kevin Chen of Fremont, Calif., has been selected for a Churchill Scholarship from the Winston Churchill Foundation, which will allow him to study abroad for a year at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. Awarded annually to American students with a grade point average of 3.7 or higher, the scholarship funds a year of master’s study in science, mathematics and engineering at Cambridge’s Churchill College. Chen will graduate from Penn in May with a bachelor’s degree in physics, biophysics and biochemistry along with a master’s in physics... more
January 29, 2018
This annual event features exciting panels every day of a full week where faculty members answer questions about the variety of ways research is conducted in their field, how undergraduates can get involved, the day-to-day tasks of student researchers, what experience and skills can be gained, and how research can impact future career options. Students have the opportunity to learn about research funding options, what they can do to make themselves more competitive for major fellowships, and how CURF can help.  The week culminates in a Research Symposium which highlights the work that student... more
December 4, 2017
A senior from the University of Pennsylvania, Eric Tse of Beijing, has been awarded a Schwarzman Scholarship, which will fund one year of graduate study leading to a master’s degree in global affairs at China’s Tsinghua University. Tse is one of 142 selected to receive the third annual Schwarzman Scholarships, including students from 39 countries and 97 universities. This year, more than 4,000 people applied to the highly selective program for students who have demonstrated exemplary leadership qualities, along with the potential to bridge and understand cultural and political differences.... more
December 1, 2017
otero-amad_small.jpg Farah Otero-Amad (COL '18) has been named to the 2018 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.  Farah Otero-Amad will graduate in May 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations, and a minor in Modern Middle Eastern Studies. Born and raised in California, she has also lived and worked overseas in Mexico, Spain, Japan, Ireland, and the Middle East. She is trilingual. Her recent experience at the U... more
November 19, 2017
Two University of Pennsylvania seniors have been awarded Rhodes Scholarships for graduate study at the University of Oxford. Christopher D’Urso, of Colts Neck, N.J., has been awarded an American Rhodes and Adnan Zikri Jaafar, of Malaysia, has been awarded a Malaysian Rhodes. “All of us at Penn are enormously proud of Chris and Zikri,” said Penn President Amy Gutmann. “Our newest Rhodes scholars share a passion for community engagement, human rights and social justice. Their work embodies the finest attributes of Penn scholars who are working to make a profound difference in the world. Chris... more
November 7, 2017
qinghua.jpg In years past, “Have you eaten?” was a common greeting in Beijing. Recently, it’s fallen out of favor.  After centuries of food scarcity, “Of course I’ve eaten.  This is modern China,” seems to be the implied response.    I’ve been in Beijing for about month studying Mandarin before beginning a Fulbright grant.  I’ve been asked, “Have you eaten?” only once.  Questions I’ve been asked an equal number of times, all in Mandarin, include: Do you prefer pour-over coffee?  Did you know you can use your smart phone to pay your electric bill?  What did you buy at IKEA?... more
October 12, 2017
If the old adage holds true to “choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life,” University of Pennsylvania senior Claudia Kassner will enjoy a long and happy career studying ancient languages and history. She spent last summer in Greece at the archaeological site of Delphi, a major religious destination in the ancient Greek world, examining the manumission epigraphy, inscriptions that document the act of slave owners freeing their slaves. As a University Scholar, with research funded by Penn’s Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships, Kassner is studying a... more
October 4, 2017
On my first day interning at the Kislak Center, I paged through the Furness Library’s copies of the Second, Third and Fourth Folios. A group of scholars examining the less-studied later Folios had contacted Penn wanting to know if these copies contained any marginalia, corrections, or marks of provenance. To my surprise, I discovered that the flyleaves of Penn’s second copy of the Fourth Folio were virtually filled with notes in the same neat handwriting. The most recent work referenced in the notes, Sir Walter Scott’s Lady of the Lake (1810), suggests the annotations were written in the... more
October 2, 2017
oxford.jpg 1. The opportunity to study whatever you want, wherever you want in the United Kingdom The Thouron Award places very few restrictions on what students can study during their fellowship year abroad. While I chose to pursue a master’s degree in Comparative Social Policy at the University of Oxford, others in my Thouron cohort studied Computer Science, Anthropology, International Relations, Migration Studies, and Journalism at universities across the U.K. This diverse set of interests demonstrates the breadth of courses offered in the U.K. and the generous support the... more
September 25, 2017
trinity_college_dublin.jpg Rebecca Heilweil, a senior and University Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania, spent this summer solidifying her future while looking into her past. In June and July, while working in her hometown of New York City as a contributor for Forbes Magazine’s Technology section, Heilweil, a dual major in history and political science in the School of Arts & Sciences, was also able to begin research into her Irish and Jewish roots. This exploration will serve as the basis for her presentations to the University Scholars and Wolf Humanities Forum... more
September 11, 2017
samuel_christeen_hero This summer, Christeen Samuel, a University Scholar and a sophomore from New York City, spent 10 weeks in western Germany using technology to observe how the brain changes when a person makes an impulsive, aggressive choice, such as road rage. A biological basis of behavior major in the School of Arts & Sciences, Samuel studied the neural correlates of aggressive and impulsive decision-making among people who have been diagnosed with borderline personality disorder, or BPD, a condition that creates instability in moods. Her research, which will continue... more
September 11, 2017
A version of this was originally posted by the US-Ireland Alliance for the Mitchell Scholars blog. As an aspiring physician-scientist, a common question I get asked by friends and family at home is why I would want to come to Ireland for my gap year. When people think of Ireland, they generally picture the magnificent culture, landscape, music, and arts available here. Yes, these are all great perks of being in Ireland. But if you look past the amazing culture and beautiful landscapes of Ireland, you can see that the scientific and biomedical opportunities available here make spending a year... more
August 28, 2017
Julia Bache, a junior at the University of Pennsylvania (and a University Scholar), is working on a long-term research project that’s focused on the financial sustainability of historic house museums. Majoring in management and real estate at the Wharton School and minoring in history in the School of Arts & Sciences, Bache began the project last summer studying five historic homes in Pennsylvania: Powel House, Physick House, Woodlands and Grumblethorpe in Philadelphia and Waynesborough in Paoli. Last year, her research examined historic house museums and visitor engagement. She surveyed... more
July 26, 2017
Winning a Fulbright was one of the most exhilarating moments of my life. It was March, and I had been anxiously checking my email every hour, even though I wasn’t expecting to get the Fulbright notification email for another week. I was planning an event with a friend at a café, and all of a sudden an email notification from Fulbright popped up. The subject line said “Congratulations on Your Fulbright U.S. Student Award” and I immediately freaked out. I began gasping and choking out my words in excitement to my friend, “Oh my God, oh my God!” I had done it. After spending hours upon hours... more
June 28, 2017
1. A Year of Funding to Do Something Important Many students who apply for the Fulbright are just finishing college; others are PhD students like myself. In either case, Fulbright gives you an academic year of funding (nine months) to do something that you really want to do. If you aren’t passionate and deeply invested, (A): you won’t be happy and resilient enough to stare down the repeated obstacles that you will definitely face, and (B): you won’t get the fellowship anyway. You do not pursue a Fulbright to make money. The stipends are not excessive, to put it diplomatically. But you will... more
June 9, 2017
I never thought I would love a place as much as I love New York. I grew up in a small suburban town in New Jersey, 60 minutes away from Manhattan. While many of my friends’ first New York “adventures” began in high school or college, mine began in elementary school. From a young age, I never thought I would love a place as much as I love New York. That is, until I met the quaint town of Cambridge, England in Summer 2016. ic_4.jpg It doesn’t do this story justice to say that Cambridge is a beautiful city. There are many beautiful cities in the world, some of which I had the... more
May 30, 2017
I have now been living in Edinburgh, Scotland for five months, and in that time I have had many chances to consider how lucky I am to be here on the Thouron Award.  Every time I look up at the majestic buildings that appear to be straight out of a Harry Potter movie set, or gaze out at Arthur’s Seat looming over the Meadows, a park right near my flat, I marvel at the fact that I somehow get to live in this beautiful place.  I chose to come to Edinburgh for many reasons, including that it would be somewhere totally new for me.  The Thouron Award has allowed me the freedom to explore Scotland... more
May 1, 2017
Top 5 reasons why YOU should apply for a fellowship 1. Applying is not as hard as it seems! At first glance, the various fellowships CURF advertises - each with unique essay prompts, word limits, and application requirements - can make your head spin, but don't let that deter you. The first step is to determine which opportunities you are eligible for, find the ones that best suit your goals, and plan your applications. CURF is happy to help each step of the way. Be sure to give yourself plenty of time to write, think, and edit and to gather the references that you need. Beyond that, all you... more
April 19, 2017
soros_combined_web.png University of Pennsylvania alumna Roxana Moussavian, class of 2011, and Ivan A. Kuznetsov, an MD/PhD student at the Perelman School of Medicine and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, have been awarded the Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans. The Soros Fellowship is a graduate school fellowship for outstanding immigrants and children of immigrants in the United States.  Selected from 1,775 applicants, each of the recipients was chosen for their potential to make significant contributions to US society, culture, or their academic... more
April 19, 2017
drabek_photo.jpg University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education student Anna Drabek has won a David L. Boren Fellowship, awarded annually to graduate students to support specializations in country/region-specific study, language proficiency, and research that is critical to U.S. national security. The scholarship will provide a maximum of $24,000 to fund overseas study. Drabek, from Croton-on-Hudson, NY, is studying international education development at the GSE. Her professional interests include gender equity, women's rights, youth development, and curriculum design.... more
April 19, 2017
Before this year, I had never been immersed in Mandarin for more than a few months. As expected, my spoken ability improved. But I noticed that living in a second language also develops many other life skills, which aren’t talked about as much. I would like to take this space to point out some of these, based on my own experience: Preparing for class. In the first half of my year here, I audited two graduate seminars at National Taiwan University. I had expected them to be a breeze because I was only sitting in on them—how wrong I was. Both of my professors expected me to speak up every class... more
April 12, 2017
cornelius_sarah.jpg University of Pennsylvania student Sarah Cornelius, a junior in the School of Arts & Sciences, has been awarded a Harry S. Truman Scholarship. This merit-based award supports college students who plan to pursue careers in government or public service or who wish to attend graduate or professional school to help prepare for their careers and are United States citizens or U.S. nationals. Cornelius is among 60 students awarded Truman Scholarships this year and is the 23rd Truman Scholar from Penn since 1981. Cornelius, of Philadelphia, is pursuing a degree in... more
April 4, 2017
Penn students and alumni are starting to be offered Fulbright grants for the 2017-18 academic year.  This list will be updated as we hear back from host countries over the next several months.  See this story for the 2016-17 Finalists. fulbright_studentprod16_215.png Fulbright finalists for grant year 2017-2018 will be announced on a rolling basis this spring and posted here as we learn about them:   Fulbright Study/Research Grant Caitlin Clements (GAS, Chagrin Falls, OH) to Sweden "Identifying Predictors of Severe Depression using Genomic and Registry Data" Elizabeth Dresselhaus... more

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