Through the Emerging Scholar Talk (EST) competition, CWiC celebrates both strong research projects and solid speaking abilities by providing students with a public forum in which to talk about their academic work. All undergraduates are invited to apply. Scholarship must be the original work of the undergraduate applicant and may not be co-authored.
The EST Board of CWiC Advisors will select the winner and then coach the Emerging Scholar to hone her or his presentation. The Emerging Scholar will receive a $500 award and will be recognized during the College's Student Awards Ceremony in May. In addition, a video of the EST will be placed on the CWiC web site.
E-mail your questions (not your application) to Dr. Sue Weber at firstname.lastname@example.org.
REVISED 2017 Timeline:
Application Deadline EXTENDED through Monday, January 30th
- February 5th—Chosen candidates notified of interview times/dates
- February 9th-12th—Select candidates interview and present brief (5-min.) presentations
- February 13th—Emerging Scholar announced
- mid-February-mid-April: Emerging Scholar works with EST CWiC Advisors weekly
- mid-April: Emerging Scholar presents research to Penn audience
- May: College of Arts and Sciences Award Ceremony, $500 prize awarded
Past Emerging Scholars
2016 CWiC Emerging Scholar
Kathryn DeWitt, College '18
"Preventing Suicide in Trauma Treatment"
2015 CWiC Emerging Scholar
Tomas Piedrahita, College '16
"Argentina: Origins of National Identity, 1920-1939"
2014 CWiC Emerging Scholar
Alice Xie, College '14
"Revising the Law-Growth Hypothesis:
a case study of reform-era China"
2013 CWiC Emerging Scholar
Leanne Gale, College '13
The Unintended Consequences of Joint Israeli-Palestinian Nonviolent Activism"
2012 CWiC Emerging Scholar
Jeremy Levenson, College '12
"Pouring Water on a Drowning Man:
Medicine, the State of New York and the Attica Prison Uprising"
2011 CWiC Emerging Scholar
Yuval Orr, College '11
"From Tupac to Gangster Arabi:
Hip-Hop in the Middle East"
2010 CWiC Emerging Scholar
Laura Boudreau, Wharton '10
"Promoting Food Security in a Volatile Climate:
Mirco-insurance protection for Senegalese farmers"
View Poster (created by Garrett Albanesius)
2009 CWiC Emerging Scholar
Lavanya Madhusudan, College '09
"Wasted Potential: The Complex Crisis
of Child Malnutrition in Urban India"
2008 CWiC Emerging Scholar
Sujit Datta, College '08
"Molecular Machines & Supercomputers:
Nanoscience & You"
2007 CWiC Emerging Scholar
Elliot Greenwald, College '07
"Race and the Roundball:
Ivy League Basketball and the Struggle for Racial Equality"
Click on picture to listen to speech.
2006 CWiC Emerging Scholar
Hannah Shacter, College '06
"The Morning After: The Politics of Emergency Contraception"
2005 CWiC Emerging Scholar
Jesse Salazar, College '05
"The Making of a New Nationalist Propoganda:
Captain America and World War II"
2004 CWiC Emerging Scholar
Magdalena Jonikas, College '04
"Methodological Magic: Turning Skin Into Bone"
CWiC's This I Believe Contest
What do you believe?
Enter CWiC’s “This is I Believe” speaking contest.
Penn’s public speaking program, Communication Within the Curriculum (CWiC) encourages undergraduates to share their beliefs with the Penn community. Like the 1950s radio series more recently broadcast by National Public Radio, CWiC invites people to share “the core values that guide their daily lives.”
Thanks to a Year of Sound grant, the top three speakers won the following prizes.
1st—Susie Ahn, iPad Mini
2nd—Maggie Grabmeier, Beats by Dr. Dre Earbuds
3rd—Sean Hamamoto, Dancing Water Speakers
Twenewaa Adu Oppong
click to go to Debate Watch page
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