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Shah Family Prize for Innovative Undergraduate Student Projects

The Shah Family Prize for Innovative Undergraduate Student Projects at the Netter Center enables the most creative and dedicated Penn students to further develop, improve, and successfully implement their projects. It encourages innovation, creative social entrepreneurship, and commitment to developing and sustaining projects that make a positive impact on campus and in the local community. Projects related to Academically Based Community Service (ABCS) and/or existing Netter Center initiatives with West Philadelphia will be given priority. The Prize is open to all undergraduate students who have taken Academically Based Community Service (ABCS) courses or have been involved in Netter Center programs and want to build upon an existing project.  

  • Two annual prizes of $5,000 each will be awarded. 
  • Students can be nominated through the Netter Center Student Advisory Board, faculty that teach ABCS courses, as well as Netter Center staff. Self-nominations are also encouraged.
  • Once nominated, students will be invited to submit an application that describes their ideas for the project going forward and how they might use the funds to realize these ideas in practice. Students are encouraged to collaborate with Netter Center staff in developing the final application.
  • Final applications will be reviewed by a committee composed of staff and members of the Netter Center’s Faculty Advisory Board and Community Advisory Board. The committee will make recommendations to the Netter Center director, who will select the final recipients of the Shah Family Prize. 

Timeline for Shah Prize 2021-2022:

  • Nominate projects by Sunday, October 17, 2021. Self-nominations encouraged.
  • Submit final applications by Sunday, November 14, 2021.
  • Winners announced by mid-December.


Guidelines for proposal format:

  • Abstract (250 words or less)
  • Project Proposal (2 pages or less, single-spaced) including:
    • Background information
      • What is the problem your project is addressing? What are your motivations for pursuing this project? What are the current conditions surrounding the problem you want to address? Have you spoken with stakeholders about the need for the development of a project like this?
      • What are the desired conditions? How can you evaluate/measure if you have met your goals?
      • What, if any, are existing programs that address this issue?
    • Steps taken to develop the project or program, if applicable
    • Specific key players and community partners and their roles
    • Estimated timeline of development and implementation
    • Estimated budget breakdown
  • Appendix of supplementary materials, if applicable
    • Could include sample lesson plans, proposed activities, concept maps, organizational charts, etc.

2018-2019 Winners

2019-2020 Winners

2020-2021 Winners