CURF helps Penn undergraduates pursue independent research through personal Research Consultations and administration of competitive research grants.
As one of the world’s leading research universities, Penn has a broad array of faculty conducting cutting-edge research in all disciplines. CURF helps Penn undergraduates become involved in research by helping you identify resources, narrow your search, and shape your initial inquiries so you can find appropriate faculty mentors and research funding.
The best place to start is CURF’s Research Directory, where Penn faculty and researchers have posted research projects in which undergraduates may participate. You may find a researcher who is conducting research that intrigues you. Even if you don’t find exactly what you’re looking for, reviewing the Directory will help you see how faculty describe their projects, which should help you as you begin the process of shaping your own research questions.
After you’ve reviewed the Research Directory, call the CURF office at (215) 746-6488 to make an appointment for a Research Consultation.
CURF is pleased to announce our 2011-2012 Research Peer Advisors (RPAs), Penn Juniors and Seniors from an array of academic disciplines who are available to assist students seeking to get started in research or apply for undergraduate research grants.
Method and Memory: The TRC Reconstructs the Soweto Uprising
Aaron Ross, 2010, History
Thanks to the Vagelos Undergraduate Research Grant, I traveled to Johannesburg, South Africa for two weeks in May to conduct research for my senior honors history thesis tentatively called, “Method and Memory: The TRC Reconstructs the Soweto Uprising.” Through my research, I hoped to shed more light on my central question of how the methodology employed by South Africa’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission during its 1996 inquiry into the famous Soweto uprising of 1976 contributed to shaping historical memory of the episode within South Africa
Use our research directory to search for faculty offering research opportunities in the fields of:
- Biomedical Sciences
- Humanities/Social Sciences
- Physical/Theoretical Sciences