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The Nursing Undergraduate Honors Program and BFS seminars

Those students enrolled in the School of Nursing, who are selected for the Nursing Undergraduate Honors Program (NUHP) are simultaneously designated Benjamin Franklin Scholars. NUHP seeks to foster the development of the next generation of nurse achievers – scholars, leaders, and researchers – through intellectual rigor, academic excellence, and outstanding achievement. NUHP is looking for students who have an intellectual thirst for MORE and are unique, highly motivated and inquisitive. These students thrive on challenge, want to take more intellectually stimulating courses, and wish to contribute to knowledge and practice via scholarship and research. NUHP Scholars meet with the Associate Director of Undergraduate Academic Affairs to create an individualized plan of study, and are required to take at least three BFS seminars while at Penn (see below).

Faculty Mentorship

NUHP links honors students with faculty mentors who are among the leading scholars and researchers, providing role models who are accomplished scholars and leaders in the field.

Research Opportunities

NUHP creates an environment that values, supports and fosters scholarship, leadership, and research opportunities for independent and collaborative research in the student’s area of interest. These research opportunities provide honors students with the resources and support to facilitate their development as researchers, scholars and leaders across campus and the country.

Nursing Honors Seminars

Each semester, the Nursing Undergraduate Honors Program sponsors Honors Seminars, in which faculty (in the Fall semester) and students (in the Spring semester) present their research to the School of Nursing during a lunchtime round table. NUHP Scholars are encouraged to attend, and all students, faculty, and staff are invited.

The BFS Seminars

image image All BFS students, including NUHP scholars, take at least three BFS seminars during their time at Penn (four, for the class of 2014 and earlier). You may have semesters in which you take no BFS courses, and others in which you take more than one. The current record among alums is 15 BFS seminars by graduation; of course, there is no upper limit!

Most students find the Benjamin Franklin Seminars to be among their most interesting and intellectually stimulating experiences at Penn. They are pursued as part of the concentration, as fulfilling the liberal arts component of undergraduate requirements, or as electives. They are small classes, usually fewer than 20 students, are designed to be intensive, and give students and faculty the chance to jointly pursue deeper discoveries through discussion and investigation. Many seminars do not have extensive prerequisites; others require some knowledge going in. We design these courses to foster connections to both your peers and to faculty with similar interests to your own. You can find information on the seminars in several places: this website, the Freshman Seminar booklet, and in the seminar section of the Course Timetable.

University Recognition and Visibility

NUHP rewards student accomplishment through recognition and awards in the School of Nursing (SON) and across the Penn campus promoting visibility of the intellectual and scholarly capacity of the SON.

  • One Truman Scholar
  • One Marshall Scholar
  • Three Provost’s Undergraduate Research Mentorship Program (PURM) Scholars
  • One Summer Undergraduate Minority Research Program (SUMR) Finalist
  • Scholar published in Geriatric Nursing as an editorial with Dr. Barbara Resnick


Applications are due by May 15. Freshmen and sophomores are encouraged to inquire about application. Second degree students are also welcome. Incoming freshmen may receive invitations to apply in the summer before matriculation.

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