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Research experiences

You can enhance your Wharton experience through formal scholars programs and hands-on research with faculty.

With 142 research centers and institutes, Penn ranks among America's top recipients of competitive research grants. Participating in research is a great way to customize what you're learning in a specific area and pursue a topic in depth with help from a faculty scholar.

There are many opportunities at Penn and Wharton for you to engage in creating knowledge through research.

Joseph Wharton Scholars (JWS)

This community of outstanding Wharton undergraduates emphasizes the importance of the arts and sciences and scholarly research within the framework of a business education. Joseph Wharton Scholar (JWS) students also participate in Penn's Benjamin Franklin Scholars honors program, which gives them opportunities to take smaller honors courses and do intensive research. Students are invited to join the JWS program before entering their freshman year or can apply as freshmen or sophomores.

Wharton Research Scholars (WRS)

This year-long program gives a select group of upperclassmen the chance to conduct research under the supervision of Wharton faculty members. Students submit a research proposal or apply to a research project proposed by one of the participating faculty members. More »

University Scholars

This research-based honors program allows students to work independently on original research. Students apply for entry between the second semester of freshman year and the first semester of junior year. More »

Wharton Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR)

This 10-week summer program provides a select group of highly motivated students the opportunity to design and perform in-depth research under the guidance of some of Wharton's preeminent faculty. More »

Wharton Social Impact Research Experience (SIRE)

This program provides grants to support undergraduate research on topics that promote both economic and social value. Students design their own research projects, which are carried out over the summer under the guidance of some of Wharton’s top faculty members. More »

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Danielle Cerepnalkovic

Toronto, Canada

“My experience conducting research for a start-up firm in San Francisco (started by a Wharton grad), taught me a lot about how to present research and filter through all of the data to get the important information.”

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