Brynn was featured in the October 17 edition of the Penn Current for her role in this year’s PennApps hackathon! http://www.upenn.edu/pennnews/current/2013-10-17/interviews/student-spotlight-brynn-claypoole
March 12, 2014
In part to respond to changes in the rules for the Rhodes Scholarship and also to meet a general need among Penn students, CURF is introducing Personal Statement Workshops. These 3-session series will be open to all students at any level: those planning to apply for fellowships, those applying for summer opportunities, and those who will be making applications in future years. See schedule
February 18, 2014
University of Pennsylvania senior Sonya Davey has been awarded a 2014 Gates Cambridge Scholarship to pursue a master’s degree in social anthropology at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.
She is among 40 American students awarded Gates Cambridge scholarships this year and is the 24th Gates Cambridge Scholar from Penn since the program began in 2001.
Davey, of Gaithersburg, Md., is majoring in global health and societies, South Asian studies and biology at Penn. In addition to being a certified EMT, she has conducted fieldwork in India focused on women’s health, specifically female feticide or sex-selective abortion, and conduced undergraduate research in colorectal cancer as an intern at Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine. Davey started a social venture called Ultrasafe Ultrasound, designed to curb female feticide through innovative ultrasound technology that automatically blurs the genitals in ultrasound images.
Davey has a passion for languages. She speaks and writes Hindi, Gujarati and Sanskrit, has studied Latin and is studying Telugu. Her long-term goals include becoming a physician-anthropologist and opening an obstetric clinic in India.
January 27, 2014
Four University of Pennsylvania students have received Thouron Awards to pursue graduate studies in the United Kingdom. The scholarship recipients are:
- Christi Economy of Santa Rosa, CA, majoring in economics and international relations, is applying to the University of Oxford for an MPP.
- Sonya Davey of Southbridge, MA, majoring in health and societies, South Asian studies and biology, is applying to the University of Oxford for a master’s degree in medical anthropology.
- Allison Pearce of Alexandria, VA, majoring in computer science, is applying to the University of Cambridge for a master’s degree in advanced computer science.
- Carson Woodbury of West Hartford, CT, majoring in classical studies and biology, is applying to the University of Cambridge for a master’s degree in biological science (genetics).
January 14, 2014
Sarah Foster, a senior at the University of Pennsylvania, has been awarded a Winston Churchill Scholarship, a merit-based award for American college students who are outstanding in engineering, mathematics, and physical and biological sciences, and who wish to further their academic careers by studying at the University of Cambridge, where she will live at Churchill College.
Foster, of Ohio, is pursuing a triple major in Physics, Biochemistry, and Biophysics as well as a MS in Chemistry at Penn. She is a Vagelos Scholar, was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa as a Junior, and won the Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship in 2013.
“Sarah Foster exemplifies the multidisciplinary student who will be making key advances in science in coming decades. She is knitting together whole-organism research in Biology, the abstract mathematical approaches to nature found in advanced Physics classes, and everything in between,” said Dr. Philip Nelson, Professor of Biophysics.
Foster is one of only 14 U.S. students awarded Churchill Scholarships this year and is the 7th Churchill Scholar from Penn since the program’s inception in 1963 and the first in ten years.
November 25, 2013
Meghan Hussey graduated from Penn in 2012 with a bachelor’s in international relations and political science where she conducted research with Professor Brendan O’Leary. Meghan spent a summer as an intern with the Ministry of Health in Botswana. She was then a research assistant at Penn’s Graduate School of Education and at Children’s Hospital of Pennsylvania Center for Autism Research, where she helped develop the curriculum for a freshman seminar about autism. She received a Fulbright grant to China in 2012-2013 to investigate services for adolescents and adults with autism. She is now working in Tanzania for the Mosaic Collaborative for Disabilities Policy and Practice.
The Mitchell Scholarship will allow Meghan to continue to study international aspects of disability services while in Ireland.
The George J Mitchell Scholarship is funded by the US-Ireland Alliance. It sends twelve young Americans for study in Ireland each year, using a national competition based on scholarship, leadership and a sustained commitment to community service.
This is the first Mitchell Scholarship won by a student at the University of Pennsylvania.
November 1, 2013
Brynn was featured in the October 17 edition of the Penn Current for her role in this year’s PennApps hackathon!
March 15, 2013
Evelyn Boettcher (COL ’10) has been named a Gates Cambridge Scholar, and will pursue a PhD in Politics and International Studies at the University of Cambridge. Evelyn is currently pursuing a MA in East Asia Studies as a Harvard Traveling Scholar via the David L. Boren National Security Fellowship in Inner Mongolia, where she is studying advanced Mandarin Chinese and beginner Mongolian. She has worked as a research intern for the United States Pacific Command (PACOM). At Penn Evelyn rowed for the women’s crew team, wrote for the Daily Pennsylvanian, and was a member of the Kite and Key society.
Boettcher is among 40 U.S. students awarded Gates Cambridge Scholarships this year, and is the 23rd Gates Cambridge Scholar from the University of Pennsylvania since the beginning of the program in 2001.
To learn more about applying for next year’s Gates Cambridge Scholarship, visit our page on it.
December 20, 2011
The snows haven't even started falling yet, but it's time to start thinking about the summer! CURF is here to help you do just that. From research grants to internships and everything in between, we want you to have the most productive and interesting summer yet.
This is not a complete list; there are many more to be found on our site.
- Ortner Center on Family Violence
- Holtz Endowed Fund
- College Alumni Society Research Grant
- Penn Undergraduate Climate Action Grant
- Gelfman International Summer Fund
November 21, 2011
CURF is very pleased to announce that Corey Metzman (WH/COL '12) and Michael Poll (COL '09) have been awarded Marshall Scholarships for graduate study in the UK.
Corey Metzman is a senior pursuing a dual degree in international studies and business in Penn’s College of Arts and Sciences and Wharton School through the Huntsman Program. Poll is a 2009 Penn graduate. Metzman previously received a Truman Scholarship in the spring of 2011. He has demonstrated a deep personal and scholarly commitment to public service, both locally and internationally. Metzman has traveled extensively for his studies and research while at Penn. On a recent trip to Nicaragua he assisted Penn GSE Professor Sharon Ravitch’s research team with their development research on a rural coffee farm, and is now conducting the statistical analysis as a full-fledged researcher. He is co-founder of Penn’s Dorm Room Diplomacy, a cross-campus attempt to generate mutual understanding and communication between college students in the US and the Middle East.
Metzman plans to attend the London School of Economics to pursue an MSc in Development Studies, followed by Oxford University for an MSc in Evidence-Based Social Intervention.
Michael Poll (www.michaelpollguitar.com) holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from the College of Arts and Sciences, and is a solo classical guitarist. A 2010 Fulbright Scholar, Michael is currently pursuing a Performance Diploma at the I.J. Paderewski Academy of Music in Poznan, Poland, where he studies with Lukasz Kuropaczewski and Piotr Zaleski.
While a student at Penn, Michael Poll was a founding member of the Green Campus Partnership, and performed with the Penn Baroque Ensemble as well as the Penn Choir and Choral Society, and was a student of Benjamin Verdery, Frederic Hand, and Lukasz Kuropaczewski. He also pursued coursework at the Curtis Institute of Music in solfège with Eric Sessler and secondary conducting with Virginia Allen. He has given solo recitals recently in Italy, Panama, Poland, and the United States, and from 2007 until 2010 served on the faculty of the Bryn Mawr Conservatory of Music.
March 31, 2011
Corey Metzman, a junior at the University of Pennsylvania, has been awarded a 2011 Truman Scholarship.
Metzman, who is pursuing a dual degree in Penn’s College and Wharton School through the Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business, has traveled extensively for his studies and research. On a recent trip to Nicaragua, he assisted Sharon Ravitch, a faculty member in Penn’s Graduate School of Education, with research on a rural coffee farm, and he is now conducting the statistical analysis as a full-fledged researcher.
Metzman is a co-founder of Dorm Room Diplomacy, a cross-campus attempt to generate mutual understanding and communication between college students in the U.S. and the Middle East. He and co-founder Jacob Blumenfeld-Gantz will be recognized in person by former President Bill Clinton and the Clinton Global Initiative later this spring.
Metzman, from Nashville, Tenn., plans to pursue a joint J.D./M.P.A. degree once he completes his undergraduate studies.
The Truman Scholarship Foundation recognizes college juniors with exceptional leadership potential who are committed to careers in government, the nonprofit or advocacy sectors, education or elsewhere in the public service. The Foundation provides them with financial support for graduate study, leadership training and fellowship with other students who are committed to making a difference through public service.
Metzman was guided in applying for the Truman Scholarship by Penn’s Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships, headed by Harriet Joseph.
Additional information about Penn’s new Truman Scholar is available at www.wharton.upenn.edu/undergrad/life-at-wharton/corey-metzman.cfm
Information about Dorm Room Diplomacy is at dormroomdiplomacy.org.