As a world-class research institution Penn is committed to helping our students create breakthroughs and new knowledge in their chosen fields. Organizations such as the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (CURF) makes hands-on undergraduate research possible for our students. By demystifying the process by which Penn students identify, apply, and receive the research fellowships and grants that are right for them, CURF continues to help empower Penn students to be leaders in their field and change the world as undergraduates.
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You can’t be what you can’t see—so we sent three young women out on the road to meet leaders in STEM who are blasting past barriers and launching us into the future.
From rocket scientists at NASA to engineers, professors, computer scientists, artists, and more, follow the journey of road-trippers Ariel, Elicia, and Regina as they get a firsthand look at how women in STEM are overcoming challenges and building the future of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
Learn more about Roadtrip Nation: A Balanced Equation here.
Invitations to join or apply to specific scholar programs are made at the time students are admitted. Students can also apply directly to designated programs at the end of their freshman year.
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Penn's Civic Scholars program allows students who are leaders in the classroom the opportunity to engage with the City of Philadelphia and become leaders in the community they call home. Students who complete the four-year Civic Scholar experience earn a certification upon graduation and designation on their transcript.
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Since its founding in 1992 within the School of Arts & Sciences (SAS), CASI has continued to uphold Penn's global reputation as a leading U.S. institution of research in South Asian studies and scholarship on India. Through workshops, visiting scholars, seminars, conferences, and an online quarterly publication, CASI engages in relevant research that focuses on contemporary issues facing India and nurtures student interest in India.
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Penn offers a wide variety of scholars programs across all four undergraduate schools that enrich our students academically, personally, and professionally. These scholars programs cover a wide breadth of majors, academic focuses, and interests.
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If you’re driven to bring inspired business solutions to nonprofit, art, science, medical, or traditional business contexts, or wherever innovation and leadership are needed, the world’s first business school provides an exceptional undergraduate education.
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Our campus was created with the student in mind—our four undergraduate and twelve graduate schools, three teaching hospitals, and 100+ research centers are all within a 10-minute walk of each other, so you have easy access to the entire University and unlimited opportunities to explore.
The College of Arts & Sciences is the heart of all the Penn programs. Spanning more than 50 majors and 2,000+ courses, the College offers a unique take on the classic liberal arts education.
Penn World Scholars is a four-year program that provides students with the necessary skills to become global leaders throughout their lives. Students meet with international alumni, Penn leaders, and distinguished visitors as they take the lead on organizing events that interest them.
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As a Nursing Science student, your academic experience will combine clinical experiences with an exceptional liberal arts and sciences foundation. Our students and graduates become leaders who shape the future of health care practice, policy, and research.
Penn is one of the nation's top research universities, not only generating important new knowledge in the fields of medicine, technology, business, science, and more, but applying this knowledge to improve the lives of individuals and communities at home and around the world. Penn's commitment to research allows students the unique opportunity of pursuing hands-on research projects as early as freshman year. A host of funding opportunities ensure that all students have access to the resources that will help them hone and develop their research skills, and better understand the mechanisms through which publishing their work is possible.
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Innovation in the field of Nanotechnology at Penn is fueled through the Singh Center. The Singh Center is a state of the art facility that has made significant research strides in areas such as nanophotonics, mechanics, microfluidics, nanomaterials, microsystems, and biological & biomedical applications.
Learn more about Nanotechnology and the Singh Center.
Penn Engineering students experience a dynamic balance of fundamental science and professional practice through courses and projects that enable creative, technical design.
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