Graduate Division News

  • Sobti Family Fellowship Fund Supports Independent Research in India

    Since 2007, the Center for the Advanced Study of India (CASI) has provided funding to nearly 100 Penn undergraduate and graduate students for independent research and volunteer internships in India. In November 2013, the Center announced the first post-baccalaureate fellowship, the Sobti Family Fellowship Fund, created by Penn parents Rajiv Sobti, GR’84, and Slomi Sobti.

  • Penn Senior Rutendo Chigora Awarded non-U.S. Rhodes Scholarship

    Rutendo Chigora, a University of Pennsylvania senior from Harare, Zimbabwe, has been named one of Zimbabwe’s two recipients of a Rhodes Scholarship which will fund two or three years of study at Oxford University in England. At Oxford, Chigora will pursue a master's degree in public policy.

  • Preventing Memory Problems Caused by Sleep Deprivation

    In a new study published in the Journal of Neuroscience, a team led by scientists from the University of Pennsylvania found that a particular set of cells in a small region of the brain are responsible for memory problems after sleep loss. By selectively increasing levels of a signaling molecule in these cells, the researchers prevented mice from having memory deficits.

  • Yun S. Song Named Inaugural Calabi-Simons Professor in Mathematics and Biology

    Yun S. Song has been named the inaugural Calabi-Simons Professor in Mathematics and Biology. He will join the faculty on July 1, 2015.

  • Penn Hosts 2014 Peace Science Society Conference

    On October 10-11, Penn played host to the Peace Science Society Conference, an annual event that encourages the development of peace analysis and conflict management, with a particular focus on how social science theory relates to international relations. Presenters included scholars and experts from a wide variety of fields.

  • Arts and Sciences Appoints Two to Named Chairs

    Dean Steven J. Fluharty has announced the appointments of two faculty members to named chairs in the School of Arts and Sciences.

  • Doctoral Student Takes Ascetic Retreat to Mountains of Japan

    Frank Clements' dissertation, which focuses on the Shugendô religious tradition, recently led him to the mountains of Japan for hands-on research. Shugendô blends esoteric Buddhism, Daoism, and Shinto into a complex tradition of mountain austerities and other related practices.

  • Marija Drndić Helms Interdisciplinary Nanocrystal Research Team

    An interdisciplinary team of researchers led by Marija Drndić, professor of physics and astronomy, has applied a cutting-edge technique for rapid gene sequencing toward measuring other nanoscopic structures. By passing nanoscale spheres and rods through a tiny hole in a membrane, the team was able to measure the electrical properties of those structures’ surfaces.

  • Arjun Yodh Helps Uncover Mechanism Behind Solid-Solid Phase Transitions

    Working in collaboration with researchers from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Arjun Yodh, director of the Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter and James M. Skinner Professor of Science, published an article in Nature Materials on solid-solid phase transitions.

  • Matthew Lane Appointed Vice Dean for Finance and Administration in Penn Arts and Sciences

    Steven Fluharty, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, has announced the appointment of Matthew Lane as Vice Dean for Finance and Administration, effective immediately. Lane oversees the School's financial and administrative infrastructure, including the areas of finance, budget, facilities, human resources, and information technology.