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.
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
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.
CURF is moving home! January 02, 2014
CURF will not be available by phone on Friday, January 3 or Monday, January 6—we’re moving back to the ARCH, and our computers and phones are getting packed up! We’re all still available by email, however. Happy new year!
Meghan Hussey (COL ‘12) wins Mitchell Scholarship November 24, 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.
Brynn Claypoole (University Scholar) featured in Penn Current October 31, 2013
Brynn was featured in the October 17 edition of the Penn Current for her role in this year’s PennApps hackathon!
Coming to Penn during Previews? Here’s a CURF cheatsheet. March 15, 2013
Every day of Penn Previews (April 5, 8, 15, 22, 23):
8:15 – 9:00 a.m.
Meet Penn Undergraduate researchers from the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships & check out their research posters during Penn Previews Registration & Breakfast
Irvine Auditorium, Breakfast area
Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships
Q&A with Research Peer Advisors
Meet with Dr. Harriet Joseph, Director of the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships and head of the University Scholars program
Meet Dr. Wallace Genser, Associate Director for Undergraduate Research
The Class of 1947 Room (Room 314) Houston Hall (April 8 & 15)
The Griski Room (Room 311) Houston Hall (April 22 & 23)
If you’re around on Friday, please come to the weekly University Scholars research lunch at noon in our office at 220 S. 40th St, 2nd Floor.
Benjamin Franklin Scholars
Come and meet Faculty Director Peter Struck, Associate Director Linda Wiedmann, and current Benjamin Franklin Scholars in the Benjamin Franklin Room of Houston Hall
April 5th, 8th, 15th, and 22nd from 3:00-4:00
Learn more about the BFS program and the Integrated Studies Program in the College of Arts and Sciences
Friday, April 5 ONLY:
Undergraduate Research Conference
The Class of 1947 Room (Room 314) Houston Hall
Hear Penn student researchers deliver academic papers & “60-second lectures” on their research projects
Co-Sponsored by CURF and the College House Research Fellows Program
2013 Gates Cambridge Scholar! 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.
Hurricane Sandy and fall deadlines October 29, 2012
Due to the extreme weather conditions and the university closure, the College Alumni Society Research Grant and Vagelos Research Grant have had their deadlines extended to Sunday, November 4 at 4:00 PM.