SEAS Weekly 10-10-22

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Academic Integrity Reminder

Please remember that all students are obligated to follow the Code of Academic Integrity. As noted, “If a student is unsure whether his action(s) constitute a violation of the Code of Academic Integrity, then it is that student’s responsibility to consult with the instructor to clarify any ambiguities

Words to think about this week

“”For me, becoming isn’t about arriving somewhere or achieving a certain aim. I see it instead as forward motion, a means of evolving, a way to reach continuously toward a better self. The journey doesn’t end.”” – Michelle Obama

Highlights for the Week

  • Penn Engineering Student Learning and Engagement (PESTLE): The goal of PESTLE is to provide an opportunity for all Penn Engineering students to engage with the Philadelphia community.  There are multiple opportunities for engagement, whether they are one-time service events or ongoing commitments, student organization activities, school initiatives, or university partnerships with local community centers.  Learn more at


  • Student Health and CAPS Are Available for Students Remember to call first!
    • SHS & CAPS Website:
    • Medical Services
      3535 Market Street, Suite 100, Philadelphia, PA 19104
      Monday through Friday: 8 am – 6 pm
      Saturday: 10 am – 3 pm
      Closed on Sundays
      215-746-3535 (24/7)
    • Counseling Services
      3624 Market Street, First Floor West, Philadelphia, PA 19104
      Monday through Wednesday: 9 am – 7 pm
      Thursday and Friday: 9 am – 5 pm
      Saturday: 10 am – 3 pm
      Closed on Sundays
      Students can drop-in and meet with a clinician during regular business hours.
      215-898-7021 (24/7)

Important Dates:

Date Event
October 10 Drop Period Ends
October 10 Indigenous People’s Day (University open; Classes in session)
October 10 Classes Resume
October 22 Homecoming (Yale)
October 28 Grade Type Change Deadline

Engineering Activities

RAS Academic Advising


Frontiers of Energy Research Poster Session (10/18)

Want to learn more about energy science and engineering research at Penn? Join us for the Frontiers of Energy Research Poster Session on Tuesday, October 18 from 4:30-6:30PM in the Hall of Flags in Houston Hall (3417 Spruce St #307)). This collaborative event is hosted by the Vagelos Institute for Energy Science and Technology and Vagelos Integrated Program in Energy Research (VIPER).

Come learn about amazing energy research from undergraduate and graduate students from across Penn’s campus. Refreshments will be provided, and you’ll have the opportunity to take home some cool giveaways!

Register at:


Society of Women Engineers: Mole Day Fun Run (10/23)

Channel your inner scientist on Mole Day with a fun Mole Run/Walk! Join us on Sunday, October 23 at 11am to run/walk a mole (6km) or a half mole (3km) around campus, then celebrate with food, t-shirts and prizes!

Date: Sunday, October 23rd from 11am – 12pm

Location: Outside Levine Hall

RSVP here by October 17th:


Interested in VIPER? Submit your application by 10/23

The Vagelos Integrated Program in Energy Research (VIPER) is a coordinated dual-degree program at Penn that prepares talented undergraduate students to advance sustainable energy science and technology and become the next generation of energy leaders. VIPER students:


• Gain an interdisciplinary STEM education as they earn both a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science in Engineering

• Receive guidance on how to conduct research and communicate science effectively

• Conduct fully funded research for multiple summers

• Receive conference-travel funding and supplemental research funding, and

• Join a collaborative network of energy leaders.


There are two priority deadlines for application to the VIPER program. We encourage students who are strongly considering VIPER to submit by October 23, 2022 so that we can meet new transfers during Advance Registration. All applications must be received no later than January 4, 2023. For more information, click this link:


Walk-in Advising at the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

ODEI is still offering walk-in advising in the Cora Ingrum Conference Room (enter at 211 Towne) from 11am-1pm every Wednesday. Emily Delany (, the Special Programs and Advising Coordinator from Research and Academic Services, would be delighted to meet with you!


Singh Center in the National Nanotechnology Coordinated Infrastructure (NNCI) Contest

The Singh Center (known as the “MANTH” site in the NNCI network) will have an image in each of the three categories for this year’s “Plenty of Beauty at the Bottom” contest. NNCI will post submissions and open up the voting Oct. 5th through Oct. 12th to bring attention to nanotechnology and the beauty and power of the nanoscale. Anyone can vote!  MANTH has had winners in the 2019 and 2020 competitions.  Hopefully, they will again in 2022! Submissions this year were completed by Dr. Matt Campbell (MEAM, postdoc in the Bargatin group), Dr. Pariasadat Musavigharavi (MSE/ESE, postdoc in the Stach and Olsson groups), and William Reinhardt (ESE PhD student). VOTE HERE 


Penn Activities

Entrepreneur in Residence: Stuart Weitzman (10/26)

Calling All Entrepreneurs: Join an exclusive program with award winning designer and footwear icon Stuart Weitzman (W’63), Founder and Chairman Emeritus, Stuart Weitzman LLC. The award-winning designer and footwear icon will host student sessions to discuss building his company, creating marketing and branding strategies, and understanding the value of design.

All Penn students can learn from Stuart about building his company, creating marketing and branding strategies, and methods of entrepreneurship by joining the Entrepreneur In Residence Program. This is an exclusive 25-person class offered only once this year.

In addition to the Entrepreneur In Residence class, four selected students will have an additional 30-minute individualized mentoring session in the afternoon with Stuart Weitzman. Due to limited space, mentoring sessions will be highly selective.

Past student testimonial:

“The conversation was guided carefully as it was clear he spent time contemplating what’s the best use of time and what content would be most relevant for us.”

Reach out to Ember Bennett ( with any questions. For more information, visit


Penn Center for Public Health Seminar Series: Kathryn Kolbert (10/10)

Topic: Protecting Reproductive Rights & Health in a Post-Roe Era

A reproductive rights attorney, Kathryn Kolbert has had a long and distinguished career advancing women’s rights. A co-founder of the Center for Reproductive Rights, she has argued two abortion cases in the U.S. Supreme Court, including Planned Parenthood v. Casey, the 1992 case which has been widely credited with saving Roe v. Wade. Casey and Roe were recently overruled by the Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization. The co-author of the recent book Controlling Women: What We Must Do Now to Save Reproductive Freedom and the popular Ted talk on the end of Roe, Kolbert has been speaking to audiences across the country about what to do in the post Dobbs era.

Date: Monday, October 10, 2022Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm (grab-and-go lunch provided)Location: Bodek Lounge – Houston Hall3417 Spruce StreetPhiladelphia, PA 19104REGISTRATION REQUIRED


Trauma-Informed Yoga Wednesdays (10/5, 10/12, 10/19, and 10/26)

October 5th, 12th, 19th, and 26th from 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. EDT | Studio 414 at Pottruck Gym
Join Penn Campus Recreation and Penn Violence Prevention on Wednesday mornings in October for a trauma-informed yoga practice at Pottruck Gym. Join Nicole from Studio 34 for the classes on October 5th and 19th, and Allyssa from Yoga Habit on October 12th and 26th. Free and open to the Penn community! Pre-registration is encouraged, but not mandatory. If you have a yoga mat, it is highly recommended that you bring it. There will be a few mats guests may borrow as well. Classes cap at 40, so do not miss out on this exciting opportunity!  REGISTER HERE 


First Look@Argonne - A STEM Recruitment Event (10/28)

October 28th, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. CT | Online

The fourth annual conference will be conducted virtually and will provide students with the opportunity to learn about the Department of Energy (DOE) complex, explore the Argonne laboratory’s campus, network with researchers, learn about different research opportunities, and connect with current and past interns, among other activities! The goal is to show students the diverse STEM research and opportunities at Argonne and across the DOE laboratory complex. Register by October 18th at 11:59pm CT. Please contact with any questions or concerns.  REGISTER HERE 


Penn Civic Scholars Program - Application is Now Live! (Due 11/6)

The Penn Civic Scholars Program provides select undergraduate students with a unique opportunity to integrate their community engagement efforts with their academic work throughout the course of their time at Penn. Each cohort is comprised of up to fifteen students, and the program is open to students from all four of Penn’s undergraduate schools. 

The application process for the Class of 2026 is open now, through November 6, 2022.  Please visit this link for more information about the program, the application process, and contact information.


Penn Global Seminar Spring 2023 - Info Sessions

The PGS team will be hosting three information sessions for PGS Spring 2023 courses (see dates below). Applications will be open from October 31 – November 14, during advance registration.

For more information, visit: Penn Global Seminars – Spring 2023


North Spore Scholarship 2022 (Due Dec 20)

North Spore Scholarship 2022 is worth $2,500 to pay for tuition, books, computers, accommodation, and any other educational expenses. This is open to students interested in enrolling or existing students of mycology, a postgraduate student in mycology, or another related study.

In order to participate in the scholarship contest, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be 18 years old or older.
  • Must be a legal resident of the United States or a holder of a valid student visa.
  • Must be currently enrolled in or accepted to a full-time program in an accredited US university or college
  • Must be a student of mycology, a postgraduate student in mycology, or another related study
  • Must provide a 300-word essay on or before the deadline of December 20, 2022.

The intent behind organizing the scholarship is to bring deserving and thoughtful young talents to the spotlight by nurturing their creativity and perseverance in creating a greener environment. To learn more about the scholarship, you can visit our website. If you have any questions please let us know.


Paid/Unpaid Opportunities

A Message to Penn Seniors Regarding the 2023 President's Engagement and Innovation Prizes From President Liz Magill (Due 2/3/23)

Do you want to use your Penn education to make a difference in the lives of others? Do you dream of pioneering your own public service project or startup? Could you use $100,000 to turn your idea into a reality?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, I encourage you to learn more about the President’s Engagement Prize and President’s Innovation Prize, two of the highest honors open exclusively to Penn seniors. These Prizes—“PEP” and “PIP,” as they’ve come to be known—are life-changing opportunities to make a difference after graduation.

Both Prizes underscore the importance of using your Penn education to make a positive social impact. While PEP and PIP are similar, there are some important differences.

Launched in 2014, PEP requires applicants to design a nonprofit venture that has a demonstrable impact in Philadelphia, across the country, or around the world. PEP winners receive $100,000 in project implementation funds, plus a $50,000 living stipend per team member. Students may apply in teams of up to three.

Launched in 2015, PIP requires students to design a for-profit company that has a positive social impact. Students may apply in teams of up to five members. In addition to $100,000 in project implementation expenses and a $50,000 living stipend per team member, winners receive space at the University’s Pennovation Center.

From promoting health equity and fighting food insecurity to engineering an innovative solution for microplastic pollution, last year’s Prize recipients are already well on their way toward making a meaningful, tangible difference in people’s lives.

The application deadline for both Prizes this year will be February 3, 2023. Eligible seniors may apply for just one of the Prizes. Like last year, all sustainability-focused project proposals that are submitted as part of the standard PEP or PIP application process will automatically be considered for the President’s Sustainability Prize.

To help you determine which Prize is best suited for you and to provide more information on the application process, Penn staff will be hosting a series of information sessions in the coming weeks. Details will be shared in a follow-up communication.

For more information, including a detailed FAQ regarding eligibility and application requirements, please visit the CURF website at

I hope to see your application for the President’s Engagement Prize or President’s Innovation Prize among those that we review this year. Good luck, and best wishes for a wonderful and safe fall semester.


Non work-study positions available at Red & Blue Engagement Center

The Red & Blue Engagement Center is looking for enthusiastic student ambassadors (both undergraduate and graduate level) who love Penn and want to connect with alumni and parents about the great things happening at the University! The center is open year-round and always hiring for the fall, spring, or summer semesters.

Students earn up to $13.50/hr with the opportunity for incentive based rewards and prizes. The center offers flexible scheduling (open 7/days a week) to allow students to work around their academic schedules.

The center is typically open:

   Sundays | 12:00 – 8:00pm

   Mondays | 6:00 – 9:00pm

   Tuesdays | 6:00 – 9:00pm

   Wednesdays | 6:00 – 9:00pm

   Thursdays | 6:00 – 9:00pm

   Fridays | 2:00 – 5:00pm

   Saturdays | 12:00 – 6:00pm

Additional hours, including late night hours (9:00 – 11:00pm) and weekday hours, are available periodically as well.


To apply, visit the Red & Blue Engagement Center’s website at

For more information, contact the Center’s manager, Emma Burns at:

Email |

Phone | 215.573.5231

Check out PennCalling here:

Flyer: Engagement Ambassador 


Airport Cooperative Research Program University Design Competition for Addressing Airport Needs (8/16/22 - 5/12/23)

The FAA-sponsored Airport Cooperative Research Program’s University Design Competition for Addressing Airport Needs provides an outstanding opportunity for individual students or student teams working under the guidance of faculty advisors to design solutions to real-world issues addressing our nation’s airports and the National Air System.

Students win cash prizes ($3,000 for first place, $2,000 for second, and $1,000 for third place) in each of four different broad categories:

  • Airport Operation and Maintenance
  • Airport Management and Planning
  • Airport Environmental Interactions
  • Runway Safety/ Runway Incursions/Runway Excursions Including Aprons, Ramps, and Taxiway

Airport needs embrace many disciplines including all engineering fields, environmental science, business, data science, computer science, psychology, and many others.

A variety of multidisciplinary topics are suggested, but students can come up with their own relevant topics for their design solution.  The Competition is an excellent open-ended design project for capstone courses and is also frequently used in other courses, for independent study, or as a professional society student chapter project.

First place winners present their work at an award ceremony at the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine in Washington, D.C., and also at a relevant national professional conference.  All expenses are covered.

Interaction with airport operators and industry experts is required.  The Competition provides access to experts and to airport operators through its program website.

The Competition runs from August 16, 2022 to May 12, 2023.  Students can work in either or both academic semesters.  Additional information regarding the ACRP University Design Competition can be found at the Competition website located at  The updated guidelines for submission are attached and can be found at

The Airport Cooperative Research Program is part of the Transportation Research Board of the National Academies.  The Virginia Space Grant Consortium manages the Competition on behalf of the ACRP.

We hope you will consider this opportunity which has provided 2,706 students and 169 faculty advisors from 90 institutions with an outstanding educational opportunity immersed in real-world needs and that you will share it with other faculty or students who might have an interest.