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University Scholars

Please note that in light of COVID-19 and changes to University operations, all in-person UScholars events and activities have been suspended until further notice. The Faculty Director and CURF advisors remain available to advise students with questions about their research, advising is currently occurring remotely. Please use this Doodle link to schedule a phone, Zoom or Skype appointment with Dr. Alain Plante.

The University Scholars program provides an exceptional academic environment for intellectually dynamic students who have already demonstrated their commitment and dedication to research.

Through community support, research funding and scholarly events the program encourages and supports students to make the most of their undergraduate years, not only with in-depth research, but also by making an early start in graduate and professional courses, ranging widely or in some cases focusing narrowly on their curricular choices.

The focus of the University Scholars program is undergraduate research. In order to aid students in doing creative and in-depth research, the University Scholars has a fund with which to help students defray research expenses. Funding is meant to cover the expense of the research itself; this most often pertains to room and board costs over the summer months. Occasionally, students’ research will take them away from Penn. In those instances, the University Scholars program may be able to fund travel expenses as well.

The University Scholars meet weekly for lunches at which they present and discuss their research. Because University Scholars attend all four undergraduate schools, the presentations come from a range of disciplines, and they illustrate a variety of research techniques. University Scholars learn how to approach and conduct effective research projects by participating in the greater community of researchers.