Who are the Research Peer Advisors?
CURF Research Peer Advisors (RPAs) are undergraduates from a variety of research fields who can help Penn students get started in research. RPAs are available for consultation via email, and at CURF outreach events such as Preceptorials, Research Open Houses, Research Symposia, and Workshops. RPAs can help you explore research opportunities, identify potential faculty mentors, and apply for research grants.
Each October, all 1st- and 2nd-year students PLUS 3rd-year transfers will receive an invitation to be formally matched with a Research Peer Advisor. However, undergraduates are always welcome to contact RPAs individually outside of the official matching process.
Current Research Peer Advisors
Ahanger, HanaHealth & Societies
Baraki, BrukeMechanical Engineering & Applied Mechanics
Bayana, HarishBiochemistry & Biophysics
Chandran, SurajChemistry, Mathematics
Cousin, AshleyChemical and Biomolecular Engineering
Dasgupta, AnushkaHealth & Societies
Faircloth, SophieLinguistics, Psychology
Georgostathi, GeorgiaBioengineering, Biology
Gill, JasleenBiochemistry & Biophysics
Gupta, SagarBiochemistry & Biophysics
Harris, AbigailPhysics and Astronomy
He, SimingComputer Science, Statistics
Ho, JoyceBiology, Political Science
Jin, HannahCognitive Science
Kadan, SophieMathematics, Physics and Astronomy
Kong, ChristineBiology, Health & Societies
Krishnan, AravindHealth Care Management, Statistics, Biology
Li, VictorArchitecture, Comparative Literature
Pan, IsaChemistry, Materials Science & Engineering
Sahni, AarushBioengineering, Chemistry
Starobin, JackEconomics, Political Science
Wang, KiraCommunications, Political Science
Wu, LindaBiology, Wharton
Xie, Zhangyang (Charlie)Africana Studies
Yu, AngelaCognitive Science, Health & Societies
Become a Research Peer Advisor
The Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (CURF) seeks current undergraduate researchers to serve as Research Peer Advisors (RPAs) to the general Penn undergraduate community. RPAs work in all academic disciplines, so any Penn undergraduate who is engaged in research is encouraged to apply.
Research Peer Advisor responsibilities include:
- Serve as mentor to a small group of 1st and 2nd year students who have questions about research.
- Be available via email (posted on the CURF website) and at outreach events to advise aspiring undergraduate researchers.
- Share your undergraduate research experiences at CURF Information Sessions, Research Symposia, Workshops, and other CURF outreach events across campus.
- Work with CURF staff to plan programs, provide feedback, and conduct outreach to strengthen the undergraduate research culture at Penn.
Interested students should complete the CURF Research Peer Advisor Application.
Interviews will be conducted with qualified candidates who most closely meet the program’s current needs.