Research & Awards

Research and Awards in ASAM 

The core of Asian American Studies at Penn is centered on student research and scholarship.  Our faculty engage students through coursework and research opportunities at the University.

The ASAM Research Fellowship is offered for up to 6 undergraduate Penn students from a variety of disciplines. The ASAM Fellows Program provides students the training to enhance their critical thinking skills, learn about new areas of research, and strengthen their knowledge of Asian American Studies. The program is an excellent opportunity to build one's resume while exploring interests and learning valuable skills for the future career of every fellow.

The Dr. Rosane Rocher Prize for Best Undergraduate Essay in Asian American Studies is offered every year. Dr. Rosane Rocher, Professor Emerita of South Asia Studies, was the founding Director of the Asian American Studies Program and played an instrumental role in the founding of the Pan Asian American Community House (PAACH). The $300 prize-winning essay is selected in the spring semester from papers submitted by students at the University of Pennsylvania for a course taken during the prior calendar year. Essays may be submitted by the student author or by the instructor for whose course the works were written. Papers in any field of Asian American Studies (history, literature, sociology, anthropology, economics, folklore, politics, and more) are eligible.