Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships

As one of the world’s leading research universities, Penn has a broad array of faculty conducting research in all disciplines. The Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (CURF) helps students at the University become involved in research by helping them narrow their search, identify resources and shape their inquiries so they can find appropriate faculty mentors and funding.
In this edition of By The Numbers, we surf through CURF.


Percentage of increase in undergraduate research funding through CURF (not including University Scholars) since the 2004-05 school year.


Number of 2011 Thouron Awardees at Penn. The Thouron-University of Pennsylvania Fund for British-American Student Exchange promotes a better understanding between the U.K. and the U.S.A.


CURF funding for 150 undergraduates in the 2009-10 school year (not including University Scholars), up from less than $100,000 for 48 students in 2004-05.


Number of total years CURF Director Harriet Joseph spent as an assistant dean in the College, and as director of the Alumni Council on Admissions before coming to CURF.


Maximum Benjamin Franklin Scholars three-month summer stipend, full time.


Minimum grade point average that students must graduate with in order to be a Ben Franklin Scholar.


Course number for the CURF seminar “Utopia,” which takes a multidisciplinary approach to utopian thought from Plato’s Republic to the ecological utopias of the 1980s.

Originally published on February 22, 2011