SEAS Weekly 10-31-22

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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

“Focus on doing the right things instead of a bunch of things.” – Mike Krieger

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 31-November 13 Advance Registration for Spring Term
November 7 Last day to withdraw from a course
November 11-13 Family Weekend (Harvard)
November 22-23 Thur-Fri class schedule on Tue-Wed

Engineering Activities

RAS Academic Advising


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!


PEC Advanced Registration Coffee Chats (10/31 - 11/12)

Penn Engineering Council is hosting Advanced Registration Coffee Chats. Upperclassmen can advise underclassmen on course selection during the advanced registration period. Slots will be short (~25-30 minutes) and will be offered at various times from October 31st through November 13th.

Register here.


M&TIF 2022-23 Cohort Applications are Open! (App Due 11/1)

Looking for funding and mentorship for your startup? The M&T Innovation Fund is now accepting applications for our 2022-2023 Cohort!

The M&T Innovation Fund is a Jerome Fisher M&T Program backed organization looking to provide non-equity grants of up to $7,000 for seed-stage ventures started by Penn students or alumni.

The Fund differentiates itself as a unique provider of both financial and strategic support for the ventures it selects. Receiving a grant from the Fund will provide initial capital, as well as consulting work throughout the Spring semester by a team of current M&T students. Chosen startups can leverage the varied experiences and insights of current students, who will provide technical expertise and strategic insights into bringing a product to market.

The Fund accepts companies for coffee chats on a rolling basis. However, there is limited space so preference will be given to earlier applicants.

Learn more at:

APPLY HERE by Tuesday, November 1, 2022 at 11:59 pm.

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to


Penn Activities


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


Spring 2023 SNF Paideia Designated Courses

Choose from a selection of innovative classes integrating the theory and practice of dialogue, public discourse, deliberative democracy, and engaged citizenship. SNF Paideia designated courses are taught from diverse disciplinary perspectives and are open to students from all four undergraduate schools.

Students are encouraged to contact instructors by email for more information. Penn students can find these courses through Courses at Penn by choosing “Designated SNF Paideia Program Course” under the University Attribute menu. Reach out via email ( if you have any questions.


Penn American Red Cross Blood Drive - 11/4

Penn American Red Cross is holding our first blood drive of the semester on November 4th, 11am-4pm in Irvine Auditorium Green Room. This is our first blood drive since COVID began, and we are hoping to build towards regular campus wide blood drives soon! The US is currently experiencing a nationwide blood shortage crisis, so give the gift of life, and donate today.

For more information, visit:



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.


Goldwater Scholarship (Due 11/22)

Sophomores or juniors (including transfer students) may be strong candidates for the Goldwater Scholarship if they:

  • have an overall GPA of at least 3.85
  • are planning a graduate degree and research career in a STEM field
  • are actively conducting research under the guidance of a faculty member
  • are a US Citizen (or a Permanent Resident who intends to become a US Citizen)

Potential applicants should complete and submit the brief expression of interest (aka, the Goldwater pre-application) as soon as possible, and schedule an appointment to discuss their application with Dr. Wallace Genser at

Penn’s internal deadline for submission of all materials for the Goldwater (including faculty recommendation letters) is November 22, 2022, but applicants should work with their PI and CURF to start the application process as soon as possible.


Second Annual McHarg Fellowship (App Due 12/30)

The McHarg Fellowship is a fellowship given by The Ian L. McHarg Center for Urbanism and Ecology to an emerging voice in landscape architecture and its related fields. The Fellowship will be awarded competitively on an annual basis and the fellow is expected to be in residence at Weitzman (in Philadelphia) full-time for one academic year from the beginning of the Fall semester (August) through to the end of the Spring semester (May) in the following year.

The purpose of the Fellowship is to create a breakthrough opportunity for an emerging professional and/or academic, who would benefit most from support to conduct research, to teach, and to be mentored by faculty over the term of the fellowship.

The award constitutes $70,000 paid as salary to the fellow and an additional $5,000, awarded as a discretionary stipend for travel, research and exhibition related expenses.

The McHarg Center’s mission is to build on the University of Pennsylvania Stuart Weitzman School of Design’s position as a global leader in urban ecological design. It brings together environmental and social scientists together with planners, designers, policymakers, and communities to develop practical, innovative ways of improving the quality of life in the places most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. It adheres to the values set forward by Justice and Belonging at the Weitzman School of Design.

Click here for more information and for the application: McHarg Fellowship


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.