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2014 Truman Scholar April 18, 2014

Ariel Koren, a junior at the University of Pennsylvania, has been awarded a Harry S. Truman Scholarship, a merit-based award for college students who plan to pursue graduate or professional degrees to prepare for careers in government or public service.

Koren, of Jacksonville, Fla., is an East Asian languages and civilizations major in the School of Arts & Sciences at Penn. She has served as president of the Class of 2015 since her freshman year and has worked on starting several university-wide traditions and initiatives such as The Wellness Project, Skimmer Fest and the Penn HOLI festival, a huge celebration of life and diversity inspired by the traditional Hindu spring festival.

As a senior in high school, Koren founded Active Cross-cultural Training in our Neighborhoods. She has worked to expand ACTION programming from her hometown to Philadelphia and is seeking to take ACTION to New York City.

Koren is among 60 United States students awarded Truman Scholarships this year and is the 21st Truman Scholar from Penn since 1981.

Additional information about the Harry S. Truman Scholarship program is available at or at the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships,

2014 Michel David-Weill Scholarship Winner! March 13, 2014

University of Pennsylvania senior Xavier Flory has been awarded a Michel David-Weill Scholarship to pursue a master’s degree in political science at SciencesPo in Paris.

Flory, of Nokesville, Va., is majoring in intellectual history in the School of Arts and Sciences. A former columnist at The Daily Pennsylvanian, Flory has been a recipient of the John Thouron Summer Research Prize and the Columbia Scholastic Press Association Gold Circle Award.

He is fluent in French, German and Italian and has lived and worked around the world, including a year working for the U.S. Department of Defense. In addition to his interest in languages, Flory is a pianist and he was a soloist with the Vienna Boys Choir.

He is the sole recipient of the Michel David-Weill Scholarship this year and the first from Penn since the program’s introduction in 2011.

Additional information about the Michel David-Weill program is available at More information for Penn students interested in applying for this scholarship can be found at

New CURF process for endorsement for Rhodes, Marshall and Mitchell Scholarships! March 12, 2014

Because advanced preparation is a key to success, CURF is introducing an enhanced advising process for these three fellowships which require institutional endorsement. Begin the process now!

Changes in rules for Rhodes Scholarship March 12, 2014

The Rhodes Scholarship has amended its rules for US applicants in 2014. Candidates and endorsers must sign an attestation that the application is entirely the candidate’s own work. Candidates must not solicit or receive any editing help or suggestions for improvement on their personal statement or any previous drafts. See the full statement for precise language:

Personal Statement Workshops 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

Fellowships 101 March 12, 2014

An introduction to what fellowships are: how to begin thinking about, preparing for and making applications.

The remainder of this spring’s schedule is as follows:
18-Mar 3:00 Fireside
20-Mar 1:00 Fireside
24-Mar 3:00 Fireside [Engineering emphasis]
25-Mar 4:00 JMHH 340 [Wharton emphasis]
14-Apr 1:00 Fireside
17-Apr 4:30 Fireside

2014 Gates Cambridge Scholar 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.

Summer 2014 February 17, 2014

This is not a complete list; there are many more to be found elsewhere on our site.

Research Grants

Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships
Holtz Endowed Fund
College Alumni Society Research Grant
Penn Undergraduate Climate Action Grant
Gelfman International Summer Fund
Hassenfeld Foundation Social Impact Research Grant
Penn Humanities Forum
Seltzer Family Digital Media Awards
Penn Program on Democracy, Citizenship, and Constitutionalism

Summer Internships

Mazzatenta Award
Penn Undergraduate Research Mentoring Program
City Hall Fellows
Hoesley Digital Literacy Fellows Program

2014 Thouron Award Winners 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).

Sarah Foster wins 2014 Winston Churchill Scholarship 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.

Additional information about the Winston Churchill Scholarship program is available at or at the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships.

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