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College House Undergraduate Research Program

The 2014-15 Research Fellows have been appointed; check back in the fall for information about applying to become a Fellow in 2015-16.


Goals of the Program

• To involve more undergraduates in original research

• To provide instruction on how to put together a fellowship or research proposal

• To increase student contact with faculty inside and out of the College Houses

• To build intellectual community within and across the Houses

• To give students tools for success that they can use inside and outside of the classroom (not only writing and research, but also public presentation/speaking, peer mentoring, and event planning)



All freshmen, sophomores, and juniors currently living in a College House are eligible. (Houses may have additional eligibility rules; check with your House for details.) A research proposal in any academic field, and at any stage of development, may qualify for this research fellowship; research beginners are welcome to apply as long as they have an interesting idea and lots of enthusiasm. Each House will determine its own specific procedure for selecting its research fellow — a procedure that will be advertised in each House.

Role of the College House Research Fellow

Every College House Research Fellow will serve as a mentor to other undergraduates, particular residents of the House that selected him or her. They will have the responsibility for planning and organizing one or two informal research events per semester for College House residents. In addition, the research fellow will contribute to the Penn Previews Research Symposium (as either a planner or presenter).

Each individual College House may further define the role of their particular research fellow, who may be asked, for instance, to present their research to other residents, or to help mentor the candidates preparing to apply for the following year's research fellow position.

Sometime after they are selected, the research fellows will receive a short list of dates to hold the following spring semester for dinners and meetings with other College House Research Fellows, as well a the date for the Penn Previews Symposium.

All Fellows will be actively mentored by faculty and staff in College Houses as well as the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (CURF).


College House Faculty/Staff/Peer Resources

College House Faculty/Staff/Peer Resources

Dr. Audrey Mbeje, Director, Program in African Languages, African Studies Center,and SAS Lecturer; Director, Fulbright-Hays Zulu Group Project Abroad in South Africa

    • Research interests: African linguistics; foreign language acquisition

Prof Tsitsi Jaji, Assistant Professor, Department of English

    • Research interests:  African, African American and Caribbean literatures (English, French, and Spanish), music and literature, African and African Diaspora film

Taylor Blackston, Du Bois Research Fellow 2014; Communications (C'15)

    • Research project: World Stars: A Study of New Media's Role in the Lives of African Americans

Fisher Hassenfeld College House

Prof Paul Axelsen, Professor, Pharmacology / Perelman School of Medicine

    • Research interests: Protein lipid interactions, especially membrane-mediated protein folding and amyloidogenesis; optical spectroscopy, especially infrared, fluorescence, and internal reflection spectroscopy

Dr. Nadine Gabbadon, Assistant Dean for Advising / The College

    • Research interests:  Advertising, mass media industries, and the social and industrial construction of age

Gregory College House

Prof Philippe Met, Professor, French and Cinema Studies / SAS

    • Research interests: Modern/Contemporary French Poetry, Fantastic Literature, French Cinema, Horror Cinema, and Crime Cinema

Prof Lance Wahlert, Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy / Perelman School of Medicine; Director, Master of Bioethics Program; Director, Project on Bioethics, Sexuality, and Gender Identity; Core Faculty, Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies at Penn; PSOM Faculty Adviser, Minor in Bioethics (SAS)

    • Research interests: History of medicine, bioethics, queer studies, English and Irish literature, cinema studies, LGBTQ policy

Yilun "Bill" Ding, Gregory Research Fellow 2014; Economics & International Relations (C ’16)

    • Research project: Strategies of China's Two Biggest Retailers, Wal-Mart and Carrefour


Harnwell College House

Prof Daniel Gillion, Assistant Professor, Political Science, Africana Studies, and Asian American Studies / SAS; Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Scholar, Harvard University 2012-2014

    • Research interests:  Racial and ethnic politics, political behavior, public opinion, and the American presidency

Dr. Felicity Paxton, Director, Penn Women's Center; Lecturer, Communications /Annenberg

    • Research interests: American culture and literature, ritual theory, youth culture, gender studies, creative non-fiction

Shadrack Frimpong, Harnwell Research Fellow 2014; Biology (C ’15)

    • Research project: Determining the effect of HDAC Inhibitors on Integrated HIV DNA

 Jordi Prince, Harnwell Research Fellow 2014; Anthropology (C '16)

    • Research project: Epigenetic Traits, Computer Tomography, and Native American Identity

Harrison College House

Nicola M. Gentili, Associate Director, Cinema Studies Program; Administrative Director, Penn-in-Cannes and Penn-in-Florence / SAS

    • Research interests: Italian language, literature, and cinema; study abroad; law and business

Prof Tom Safley, Professor of Early Modern European History; Undergraduate Chair, Department of History / SAS

    • Research interests: The economic and social history of early modern Europe, circa 1450–1750

John Conway, Harrison Research Fellow 2014; English (C’ 16)

    • Research project:  Ulysses, mais en français

Hill College House

Prof Lisa Lewis, Associate Professor; Family and Community Health / Nursing

    • Research interests: Behavioral research on patient motivation in creating and sustaining health behavior changes; health care for minority populations; spirituality and health; African American spirituality

Dr. Fayyaz Vellani, Senior Writing Fellow, Critical Writing Program

    • Research interests:  The role of law in creating inclusive environments for disabled people, with a particular focus on socio-political and legal frameworks in the UK, USA and Australia. Law, environment and public space: examining notions of equal access and the relationships between representations of identity and various notions of "environment"

Andrew Parsons, Hill Research Fellow 2014; Chemistry/Biomolecular Engineering (EAS '17)

    • Research project: Role of Heme Oxygenase-1 Expression Levels


Kings Court English College House

Prof Cam Grey, Associate Professor, Classical Studies / SAS

    • Research interests: Roman social and economic history, particularly the history of non-elite and marginal populations such as beggars, criminals, and foreigners.

Dr. Rose Malague, Director, Theatre Arts / SAS

    • Research interests: Specializations in American theatre and performance, acting theory and pedagogy, women and theatre

Elena Crouch, KCECH Research Fellow 2014; Biology (C ’17)

    • Research project: Warning Signs of Changing Marine Ecosystems


Riepe College House

Prof Ralph Rosen, Rose Family Endowed Term Professor of Classical Studies / SAS

    • Research interests: Greek and Latin literature, especially comic and satirical genres; Greek philosophy and ancient intellectual history; Greek and Roman Medicine; comparative poetics; ancient and modern aesthetics

Prof Betsy Rymes, Associate Professor, Linguistics / GSE

    • Research interests: Linguistic anthropology of education; Language socialization; Multilingualism and TESOL; youth culture, mass media, and schooling

Ian McCurry, Riepe Research Fellow 2014; Nursing (N '17)

    • Research project:  Factors that keep young adults with developmental disabilities from obtaining post-secondary education


Rodin College House

Prof Emily Dolan, Associate Professor, 18th- & early 19th-Century Music; Undergraduate Chair, Dept of Music / SAS

    • Research interests: Joseph Hayden and development of the modern orchestra; machinery in French Opera; history of organology; musical and scientific instruments; indie pop music

Prof Orkan Telhan, Assistant Professor, Fine Arts; Emerging Design Practices / Fine Arts & School of Design

    • The design of interrogative objects, interfaces, and media, engaging with critical issues in social, cultural, and environmental responsibility; visual communication in Fines Arts, interdisciplinary design studios 

Wanjin "Angela" Zhu, Rodin College House Research Fellow 2014; Biological Basis of Behavior (C '16)

    • Research project: Sleep Deprivation Impairs LimK-Dependent Pathways

Melissa Beswick, Rodin College House Research Fellow 2014; Biological Basis of Behavior (intended) (C '16)

    • Research project: Looking at Artwork


Stouffer College House

Dr. Juan Jiménez, Research Associate, Institute for Medicine and Engineering;
Pathology and Laboratory Medicine / School of Medicine

    • Research interests: Characteristics of blood flow in the cardiovascular system related to the development of atherosclerosis

Prof Annette Reed, Assistant Professor, Religious Studies / SA

    • Research interests: Second Temple Judaism, early Christianity, and Jewish/ Christian relations in Late Antiquity; angelology and demonology; the redeployment of Second Temple Jewish traditions in late antique Judaism and Christianity; the parallels and overlaps between Jewish and Christian self-definition in Late Antiquity

Laura Doherty, Stouffer College House Research Fellow 2014; Biology/Religious Studies (C'15)

    • Research project:  Analysis of dermal papilla origin in hair follicle neogenesis after wounding 

Donald Zhang, Stouffer College House Research Fellow 2014; Biology/Biochemistry (C'15)

    • Research project:  Mitral Valve Stenosis and Left Ventricular Hemodynamic Alternations after Mitral Valve Repair

Ware College House

Prof Helen Davies, Professor, Microbiology; Lecturer in Infectious Diseases / School of Medicine; former National President, Association for Women in Science

    • Research interests: Bioenergetics, on reactions of mitochondrial and bacterial cytochromes; virulence factors of Streptococci and Haemophilus organisms; recruitment and retention of minority group members and women in biomedical careers

Prof Kevin Platt, Professor. Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor in the Humanities; Slavic Languages and Literature; Graduate Chair, Comparative Literature / SAS

    • Research interests: Russian history and historiography; history and memory in Russia; Russian lyric poetry.

Madison Armer, Ware College House Research Fellow 2014; Biology (C ’16)

    • Research project: to be determined



• Click here to download the 2014-15 application in MICROSOFT WORD (.doc) format

• Click here to download the 2014-15 application in ADOBE PDF (.pdf) format

Unless given other instructions by your House office, applications should be completed and returned to the House office for consideration.

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