Four Arts and Sciences Professors Awarded Guggenheim Fellowships

Four Penn Arts and Sciences professors have been awarded 2017 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowships. They are:

  • Robert Aronowitz, professor and department chair, History and Sociology of Science
  • Rita Copeland, Sheli Z. and Burton X. Rosenberg Professor, Classical Studies
  • Daniel J. Mindiola, Presidential Professor of Chemistry
  • Daniel K. Richter, Roy F. and Jeannette P. Nichols Professor of American History

They are among 173 scholars, artists and scientists selected from almost 3,000 applicants in the Foundation’s 93rd annual competition. The fellows were chosen “on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise.”

For more on their award-winning projects, visit Penn News.

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