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Students attending the Penn State College of Medicine find humanities principles and content throughout the curriculum. With the oldest Humanities Department in a college of medicine in the country, humanism has been built into our history and woven into the fabric of our curriculum from our inception.

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Humanities Awards, Grants and Scholarships

The Department of Humanities offers a variety of awards, grants and scholarship opportunities for students. Click on the individual links below for more information.

The Combs Award

K. Danner Clouser Student Research Award

The Dellasega Award

The Doctors Kienle Center for Humanistic Medicine Grant

Joseph and Mary Caputo Scholarship

Wild Onions

Become a member of the student editorial board or submit your creative writing, art or photography to Wild Onions, the department’s annual publication of poetry, prose, and visual art. For more information visit

View the online version of Wild Onions


Research Opportunities

Students have the opportunity to work with our individual Department faculty as an advisor for medical student research. Please contact individual faculty members if interested in conducting research within Humanities.