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Research Grants

Joseph Warner Yardley Prize

Yardley Prize

DEADLINE: April 4, 4:00 PM

Only Spring 2014 graduates are eligible

In June of 1877, Joseph Warner Yardley graduated as Valedictorian and Spoon Man. He died in August 1877. In 1878, the members of the Class of 1877 established the Joseph Warner Yardley Prize in his memory. The Yardley Prize is awarded to the best thesis on political economy written by a member of the senior class in any undergraduate school at Penn. The Yardley Award is administered by the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships, and awards are determined each April on a competitive basis. Seniors graduating in the Spring semester from any undergraduate school are eligible. Applicants must be in good standing in the University of Pennsylvania community. There will be one awardee annually, receiving a $1000 prize.

Student projects will evaluated by a faculty committee designated by CURF on the basis of the project’s quality, originality, independence, and contribution to the field. Projects need not have been funded by undergraduate research grants in order to qualify for the Yardley Award.

Research projects submitted for recognition must be supported by a letter from the Penn faculty member who supervised the research project. Projects may be in any discipline or may have an interdisciplinary scope. Applications from academic departments and individual faculty members are encouraged. Students may self-nominate, but applications will not be considered complete until all materials (including the Faculty Nomination Letter) are received. Students should submit the Project Abstract, the completed Project, and a digital copy of their Penn transcript through CURF’s Common Research Award form. The Faculty Nomination Letter from the faculty member who supervised the project should be submitted through the Faculty Recommendation Form.

Procedure for Application – Deadline: 4:00 PM, April 4

To be considered for the Yardley Award, students should follow this application procedure:

Prepare a Project Abstract in a word processing program, without any formatting. The Project Abstract should not exceed 750 words (roughly three double-spaced typewritten pages) and should contain the following information:

  • Project Description intelligible to an educated non-specialist
  • Description of Methodology
  • Key Findings
  • Conclusions and Implications
  • List any grants received to support this project

Create a single .pdf containing:

  1. the completed Project
  2. electronic copy of your Penn transcript. You may create an electronic copy of your Penn transcript by copying and pasting your Penn InTouch transcript into a Word document and typing your name and Penn ID number at the top of the page.

Submission Deadline: 4:00 PM, April 4

Go to the Common Research Award form with your document prepared, fill out all appropriate fields, and upload your document using the document upload field.

Faculty Nomination Letter

The student’s faculty research advisor must separately submit a supporting letter of recommendation. Please direct your faculty advisor to the Faculty Recommendation Form. In the letter, the faculty advisor should address four criteria:

  • the significance of the project within the discipline(s)
  • the project’s originality or creativity
  • the independence of the research project (particularly if the student’s project is part of a larger faculty research effort)
  • Please make clear the nature and extent of the student’s contribution in formulating and carrying out the project

This letter should be sent via the recommendation form interface no later than 4:00 PM on April 4.

Deadlines and Timeframes

Completed applications and letters from advisors must be submitted by 4:00 PM on April 4. Late applications will not be considered. Proposals will be reviewed by a faculty committee designated by CURF. All applicants will be notified of selection results by May 8. Awards will be announced before Commencement and publicized in the appropriate campus media.


Dr. Wallace Genser

Phone: 215-746-6488
Fax: 215-573-4869

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