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Interested in graduate school, research abroad, or project funding? Join us to learn about the many international fellowship opportunities available to Penn students, at the undergraduate and graduate level. This event is run in partnership with the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (CURF).
Hear from current CURF Fellow Sara Ray (Fulbright Research Grantee, Netherlands), PhD candidate Muira McCammon (Fulbright English Teaching Assistant, Turkey; and Beinecke Scholar), Penn Medical student Ryan Henrici (Marshall Scholar), Penn Law student Jordan Konell (Rhodes Scholar), Penn Medical student and PhD candidate Angela Chen (Schwarzman Scholar), and PWH’s Global Shifts program manager Jocelyn Perry (Fulbright Public Policy Fellow, Malawi; and Gates Cambridge Scholar).
CURF advisors will provide guidance on the various Penn processes for nomination and application for particular awards as well.
Angela Chen graduated from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 2016 studying economics with a concentration in Health Care Management. After leaving Penn, she joined the first class of Schwarzman Scholars at Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. While at Schwarzman College, she pursued opportunities with the China National Health Development Research Center and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to understand China's domestic and international health care initiatives. She graduated from Tsinghua in July 2017 with a Master’s in Global Affairs. She then worked in research for two years in Orthopedics at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and at the China Health Partnership at the Harvard School of Public Health. To date, she has published in peer-reviewed journals on topics ranging from clinical trial design to cancer treatment outcomes. Most recently, she coauthored a 10-year review of China’s health system reform, published in the The Lancet. Today, Angela is a first-year medical student at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. As part of the university’s MD-PhD program, she will eventually also pursue a Ph.D. in Health Care Management and Economics at the Wharton School.
Ryan Henrici is currently an Associate Scholar of Global Health at the Perelman School of Medicine and a research scientist at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, working on understanding antimalarial drug resistance and host responses to infection in children with sickle cell disease. Ryan is also a second-year medical student at Penn. Prior to starting medical school, he completed his Ph.D. in Infectious and Tropical Diseases at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine as a Marshall Scholar. Ryan’s doctoral work revealed several new molecular pathways that the malaria parasite uses to evade frontline therapies. Ryan also has expertise in national and global health security, writing on Russia, Syria, and North Korea for the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies while in the U.K. Ryan received his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Penn State University, and he remains an avid Nittany Lions and begrudging Chelsea supporter.
Jordan Konell graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Yale College, where he studied African American Studies and Political Science and wrote extensively about Black-Jewish coalition building and citizen-led oversight of police policy. There, he received Yale's top awards for research in both African American Studies and Judaic Studies. He holds both an MSc in Criminal Justice and an M.Ed from the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. His graduate-level research focused on racialized policing in the UK and political movements to bring ethnic studies to schools across the globe. Jordan was additionally awarded the 2017 Howard League Sunley Prize for Best Dissertation on Penal Reform in the United Kingdom. He is a proud graduate of Philadelphia's Central High School, and currently serves on their alumni Board. He holds a degree in Community Teaching and Religious Education from Gratz College, and teaches Hebrew High School at Temple Beth Zion Beth Israel in Rittenhouse.
Muira McCammon studies the media, the military, and the relationship between the two. Prior to beginning the doctoral program and under the auspices of the Beinecke Scholarship, McCammon received an M.A. in Translation Studies/Comparative Literature from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where she wrote her thesis on the Guantánamo Bay Detainee Library. Additionally, she holds a B.A. in French/Francophone Studies and a B.A. in Political Science/International Relations from Carleton College. A former investigative reporter and podcast critic, McCammon’s writings have appeared in Playboy, Atlas Obscura, Slate, The Massachusetts Review, How We Get to Next, Waypoint by VICE, Paste Magazine, and a number of other publications. She has previously held fellowships at the Sitka Fellows Program, the Harvard Law Library Innovation Lab, and the Turkish Fulbright Commission. She is also a proud 2017 recipient of a Rhizome microgrant.
Sara Ray is a doctoral candidate in the History and Sociology of Science at the University of Pennsylvania. Her dissertation, Monsters in the Cabinet, compares the anatomical collections of surgeons Guillaume Dupuytren (1777-1835) in Paris and Willem Vrolik (1801-1863) in Amsterdam: particularly their collections of ‘monstrous’ bodies. She examines how Dupuytren’s and Vrolik’s collections of monstrous bodies -- the conjoined, the dwarfed, the limbless, and other curious forms -- encapsulated two competing philosophies of nature debated by comparative anatomists in the early nineteenth century. From there, she traces the influence of elite naturalist discourse and medical expertise on the development of state policies affecting the lives of disabled individuals in France and in the Netherlands.
Jocelyn Perry is the Global Shifts Program Manager. She brings experience working with and advocating for displaced individuals and communities in the United States and around the world to this role with Perry World House. Prior to joining the PWH team, Jocelyn served as a Fulbright Public Policy Fellow with Malawi's Department of Refugees, working on advocacy for and development of Malawi’s Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework alongside the United Nations Refugee Agency. Her current research focuses on forms of governance, political organization, and participatory decision-making among displaced populations and in urban areas. She has previously worked for the Social Science Research Council’s African Peacebuilding Network, as well as in disaster response for the American Red Cross and community development with Public Narrative in Chicago. A proud Penn graduate, Jocelyn also received her MPhil from the University of Cambridge as a Gates Cambridge Scholar.