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Deadline: 02/28/2023 (Tentative)

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. Emerging Scholars may present any type of research in any field that they have conducted independently at Penn. This may include independent studies, senior theses, class projects, etc. All undergraduates in all four schools are welcome and encouraged to apply. Scholarship must be the original work of the undergraduate applicant and may not be co-authored.

Each winner will receive a $100 award. Winners will be coached by a team of CWiC advisors (undergraduates highly trained in public speaking and peer coaching) during the semester. In April, the winners will each prepare a 15-20 minute virtual presentation, which will be placed on the CWiC website. The winners will also participate in a synchronous Q&A session open to Penn students, faculty and staff as well as friends and family at the end of the spring semester.

2021 Timeline

February 28th​ — Application due online

March 7th​ — Winners announced

Mid-March - Mid-April​ — Winners work with EST CWiC Advisors weekly

Mid-April​ — Emerging Scholars record their 15-20 minute presentations and upload them to the CWiC website

Late-April​ — Emerging Scholars participate in synchronous Q&A session

May​ — Scholars recognized at College of Arts and Sciences Award Ceremony and presented with $100 award


Research Offering Type




Undergraduate School

College, Engineering, LPS, Nursing, Wharton