To reward the very best, motivated and advanced science students, and challenge them to get the most from themselves and Penn. The Award will pay the tuition and general fees in the third and/or fourth years, INDEPENDENT of financial need. Up to five new Awards will be made each year.
The College student who submatriculates in the Physics or Chemistry graduate groups will be eligible for the Award when he/she completes or satisfies 13 credit units (about 70%) of the required mathematics and science courses (including advanced placement credit) for the Physics, Chemistry, Biophysics or Biochemistry majors. In addition, science and mathematics grades must be in the upper 25% of the College grade point average distribution (about 3.7 out of 4.0).
The Award Committee consists of Graduate Group chairs of Physics and Chemistry with the Undergraduate Chairs of Physics, Chemistry, Biochemistry and Biophysics, all members of the standing faculty.
At the end of four years at Penn, the student will earn a B.A. and a M.S. Alternatively, the student may continue with research directly towards a Ph.D. in Physics or Chemistry at Penn. In either case, a B.A. is awarded only if the language and distributional requirements are satisfied.
It is expected that recipients will pursue careers in science and technology including medicine. Two years of tuition and fees will total about $95,000 for 2014-2015.
The typical student (between 10 and 20 any given year) in the submatriculation program will qualify during the third academic year. A significant number of the students can qualify after the second year.
Roy and Diana Vagelos Science Challenge Awardees, Graduation Year, Major(s) and Graduate School
Vinicius T. Ferreira, '15, Chemistry
Xingting Gong, '15, Physics
Seth C. Koren, '15, Physics
Noah A. Rubin, '15, Physics
Allison P. Siegenfeld, '15, Biochemistry and Biophysics
Stefan R. Torborg, '16, Biochemistry, Biophysics and Physics
Paul J. Blazek, '14, Biochemistry, Biophysics; UT Southwestern MD/PhD
Michael A. Boreen, '15, Biochemistry, Chemistry
Dahlia R. Klein, '15, Biophysics, Chemistry, Physics
Kevin Lou, '14, Biochemistry, Chemistry; UCSF, MD/PhD
Julia Steinberg, '14, Physics; Harvard, Physics PhD
Colin Fadzen, '13, Biochemistry, Physics; Harvard HST, MD/PhD
Martin J. Falk, '14, Mathematics, Physics; MIT, Physics PhD
Sarah K. Foster, '14, Biochemistry, Physics; MIT, Biophysics PhD
Thomas J. Krane, '13, Physics; Insight Venture Partners, NYC
Samuel M. Levi, '14, Chemistry; Harvard, Chemistry PhD
Anshuman S. Pal, '13, Physics; École Normale Supérieure, Paris, Theoretical Physics MS
Ioana Aron, '12, Chemistry; MIT, Chemistry PhD
Nabil Darwich, '13, Biochemistry; Penn, MD/PhD
Adam Haque, '12, Math, Physics; UCLA, Mathematics PhD
Alexander Sun, '12, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Biology; UCLA/Caltech, MD/PhD
Hejia Wang, '13, Biochemistry, Physics; Penn, MD/PhD
Tian Yang, '12, Biochemistry; Wisconsin, Chemistry PhD
David Lee, ’12, Biochemistry, Physics; Harvard, Chemistry PhD
Steven Plimpton, ’11, Physics; U. Colorado, Denver, Applied Physics PhD
Ashley Reichardt, ’12, Physics; U.C. Berkeley, Nuclear Engineering PhD
Kevin C. Axelrod ‘11, Biochemistry, Physics; Harvard, Biophysics PhD
Edward F. Kreider, ’10, Biochemistry; Penn, MD/PhD
Aaron M. Levy, ’11, Physics; Cambridge, UK, Mathematics Tripos; Princeton, Physics; PhD
Jarad Mason, '09, Chemistry; U.C. Berkeley, Chemistry PhD
Phillip Benedetti, '10, Biochemistry, Chemistry; U. Cambridge, UK, Chemistry PhD
Matthew Berck, '10, Biochemistry, Physics; Harvard, Physics PhD
Chenghong Huang, '09, Biochemistry, Chemistry; Harvard, Chemistry PhD
Benjamin Stinson, '09, Biochemistry; MIT, Biology PhD
Lauren Wozniak, '08, Physics, Mathematics, Philosophy; UCLA, Physics PhD
Sujit Datta, '08, Physics; Harvard, Physics PhD
Steven Hershman, '08, Biochemistry; Harvard, Systems Biology PhD
Tara Kaufmann, '07, Biochemistry; UCSF, MD/PhD
Jason Beiger, '06, Chemistry, Biochemistry; Harvard, Chemistry PhD
Lauren Zeitels, '06, Biochemistry; Gates Scholar Cambridge UK; Johns Hopkins, MD/PhD
Elisabetta Matsumoto, '07, Physics; Penn, Physics PhD
Adam Roth, '07, Physics; Penn, Physics PhD