• SEAS Weekly: 10/4/21

SEAS Weekly: 10/4/21

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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

“If everything was perfect, you would never learn, and you would never grow.” ― Beyoncé Knowles-Carter

Highlights for the Week


  • Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF) are available as direct grants to students with financial need and on student public health initiatives related to COVID-19. Find out more here: https://srfs.upenn.edu/heerf


  • Secular and Religious Holidays Policy In accordance with the policy “no examinations may be given and no assigned work may be required” on these specific holiday dates during the 2021-22 academic year. You can also find the 2021-22 holidays calendar on our website, in text and ical format (for importing to Outlook or Google calendar). The full text of the policy can also be found in the Pennbook.:
    • 12/25/21: (Sat): Christmas (Christian)
    • 4/15/22 (Fri): Good Friday (Christian)
    • 4/15/22-4/23/22* (Fri-Sat for 9 days): Passover (Jewish). No exams or assigned work may be required from the evening of 4/15 through 4/17

    * – indicates holiday begins at sunset on the first date given

    In addition students may request alternate arrangements for any other holiday of importance to them as explained in section 3 of the policy. Students must make these arrangements at the beginning of the semester; within the first two weeks of classes is recommended.


  • Student Health and CAPS Are Available for Students Remember to call first!
    • SHS: https://shs.wellness.upenn.edu/
    • CAPS: https://caps.wellness.upenn.edu/ 
    • In-Person Visits
      • Monday through Friday, 9:30a – 1:30p
    • Telehealth (phone or videoconferencing)
      • Monday through Friday, 9:30a – 4:30p
    • After-hours
      • On-Call Clinician for Urgent Issues (SHS): 215-746-3535, Option 3
      • 24/7 Access to a Clinician (CAPS): 215-898-7021, Option 1

Important Dates:

Date Event
October 11 Drop Period Deadline
October 14-17 Fall Break
October 29 Grade Type Change Deadline
October 29-31 Family Weekend

Engineering Activities



Penn Engineering ODEI Opporutnities Portal

Check out the  Office of Diversity Equity and Inclusion Opportunities portal!

Dept of Defense (DoD) Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship

DoD National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG)

The National GEM Consortium Fellowship

Find more opportunites here: https://diversity.seas.upenn.edu/odei-opportunities/  


Penn Engineering Student Funding Opportunities for High-Tech Projects and Ventures (Deadline: October 8, 2021)

SUBJ: Funding opportunities for hi-tech projects & ventures – APPLICATIONS NOW OPEN

Looking for funding for your tech project or venture?  Penn Engineering is pleased to offer funding opportunities for high-tech project and venture development. We are soliciting proposals for projects and venture concepts that might develop into companies, and these funds are available to help:

  • Berkman Opportunity Fund ($500 or $1,000 per project)
    The Berkman Opportunity Fund provides support for students (or teams of students) with innovative ideas that might turn into products and companies. Click HERE to apply
  • Miller Innovation Fellowship ($15,000 per venture)
    Miller Innovation Fellowships are designed to allow students (or teams of students) that have made use of Penn’s innovation & entrepreneurship resources to further develop ventures based on high-tech products & services and to have focused capital and advising resources to explore a venture.  If you have previously participated in and received funding from other Penn programs (e.g., iCorps, Penn Wharton Innovation Fund, Weiss Tech Fund, Venture Initiation Program Accelerator), click HERE to apply

Applications opened on Wednesday, September 22 and the application deadline is 11:59 PM EDT on Friday, October 8, 2021.

Contact Angela Busichio, Administrative Coordinator for Engineering Entrepreneurship, with any questions: busichio@seas.upenn.eduApply today! 


SWE Event: Machine Learning and AI (October 4, 2021!)

Join us to learn more about Machine Learning and AI with the Society of Women Engineers and AI@Penn!

What do the invention of dynamite, government allocation of radio frequencies, prediction algorithms for protein structures, and securities trading all have in common?! Find out in our upcoming talk with members of the OneChronos team, Jesse and Iris, who will also discuss their career paths from Goldman Sachs to a venture-backed fintech startup, how engineering skills apply in these organizations, and how to consider different career paths and employer cultures.

When? October 4, 6-7 PM

Where? https://upenn.zoom.us/j/94178045122?pwd=SFlDbkRVVTV2bm1XSjFYMWJjanZmdz09  Hope to see you all there!  Mark your calendars! 


PAACH Open House (October 12, 2021)

October 12, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. EST

All students welcome! Come and learn more about the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community here at Penn. Refreshments from local Asian restaurants will be provided.

For more information visit https://www.vpul.upenn.edu/secure/calendar/host/Pan-Asian+American+Community+House/17


EDAB Coffee Chats Signup Now!

The Engineering Deans’ Advisory Board (EDAB) is a student board that works directly with deans and faculty to implement initiatives that enrich the learning and welfare of engineers.

Pair up with a current EDAB member to discuss all things related to our work, life on campus and just hang out!

EDAB Coffee Chat Signup form is available here: https://forms.gle/1Q6gNDcSrnVdjdC97

Check us out through our website: https://www.edabpenn.com/ 


The MBA Fund - Fall 2021 Recruiting - APPLY NOW!

The MBA Fund invests primarily at the pre-seed/seed stage in companies with founders from the Stanford, Harvard, and UPenn ecosystems. In the last year, we’ve backed >30 startups, many of which have gone on to raise capital from top funds (e.g., Sequoia, Accel, Lightspeed, Founders Fund, YC).Our LPs include both founders (Doordash, Trulia, etc.) and VC firms (like Crosslink, NFX, Contour, Bessemer, and others). We’re also imminently closing a fresh multi-million dollar dedicated fund!

We’re looking for new Campus Investment Partners to join our Penn/Wharton team! This is a great way to get meaningful VC experience across sourcing, diligence, and execution – especially for those with ambitions to break into or continue within the industry (can attest the MBA Fund was instrumental in my own recruiting process!) Please find additional detail on the application form linked HERE; we will be interviewing candidates on a rolling basis.


Register to vote!

Register to vote! Encourage others to participate in the democratic process!

Penn Engineering is in a friendly competition with the other UG Schools in how many Penn Engineers will participate in the Motivote voter drive. You can register to vote and take other actions to earn points. Not a citizen? No problem. You can still earn points for the School!

Participants should first sign up at http://upenn.motivote.us and then can join the Engineering Team: Undergraduate https://upenn.motivote.us/t/penn-engineering-1/overview/


Penn Activities

FLU VACCINE CLINIC (October 4-8, 2021)


What? Wellness’s annual Flu Vaccine Clinic! 

Why? Getting your flu vaccine is the single most effective way to prevent the flu. 

When? October 4th-7th, 10am-6:30pm & October 8th 10am-3:00pm 

Who? Everyone in the Penn community! Flu vaccines are required for all students.  


Details: Flu vaccines are required for all students, faculty, and staff this year. The 2021 Flu Clinic will be held in Gimbel Gym (Pottruck Health & Fitness Center) on Monday October 4th through Friday October 8th


College House Conversations on Civic Engagement | Equity & Access in Education (October 5, 2021!)

While a college education is part of the American dream, it is not distributed equally. Join us during the noon hour for an invigorating conversation with College House faculty and staff who will share their expertise and experience in reducing educational inequities. The goal of this event is to introduce students to diverse forms of civic engagement and educational access, equity, and inclusion and explore meaningful forms of civic engagement for themselves. Light grab and go meal available for program attendees.

Date: Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Time: 12pm

Location: New College House (211 S. 40th St.) Multi-Purpose Room


Welcome Back from Penn Leads the Vote (PLTV)!

Penn Leads the Vote encourages you to make updating your registration part of your back-to-campus to-do list.

Right now: take two minutes to update your voter registration address or register for the first time online. Live in a College House? Make sure you specify your mailing address and residential address, learn more here.

If you prefer to register in person, join us on September 28th for a National Voter Registration Day Celebration on College Green from 11am to 3pm.

PLTV staff and volunteers will be on hand to help you register to vote answer any voting questions you may have. There will be free swag, free food, and more.

Visit us at our new website for more information – https://vote.upenn.edu

Opportunities to get involved:

We are looking for students, faculty, and staff to join us in making Penn a more civically engaged campus.

Consider joining us through one of the following opportunities (ordered from least to most commitment):

  1. Volunteer: This is a high impact, low commitment opportunity for those who want to multiply your impact. Volunteers receive free PLTV swag and get priority access to events like National Voter Registration Day.
  2. Fellowships: If you are looking for a longer, more professionally-oriented opportunity to support voting and civic engagement on campus, a fellowship is for you! Fellows work closely with PLTV staff to complete high impact projects over the course of the semester.
  3. Paid Positions: PLTV is hiring an undergraduate partnerships coordinator and diversity and inclusion coordinator. These are paid positions open to students who are passionate about civic engagement and are able to commit 10 hours a week for the remainder of the year. Learn more on our website.



James Dyson Award

James Dyson Award.

What is the James Dyson Award?

The James Dyson Award is an international design award that celebrates, encourages and inspires the next generation of design engineers. The challenge is simple: design something that solves a problem.

Who can enter?

It is open to current university students of engineering, product design and industrial design – and those who have graduated in these subjects in the last four years. We’ll ask to see official documentation that proves it.

What can you win?

Students that enter have the opportunity to win $2,500 as a national winner and $35,000 as an international winner, along with a donation of $6,000 to the departments that supported them. New this year! We will offer an additional $35,000 prize for the sustainability award winner, which is the best entry that addresses an environmental issue. The award not only provides an opportunity for students to commercialize their ideas through funding, it also provides an international media platform and exposure which has allowed previous winners such as MarinaTex, a home compostable material designed as an alternative single-use plastic films, to develop into businesses. Be sure to also check out our US National Winner, Thipok Cholsaipant, who is the inventor of Aerolyze, the world’s first breath glucometer for prediabetics. By replacing blood with a breath, the design eliminates the pain and inconvenience of pricking your finger altogether. .

Learn more about the James Dyson Award here: https://www.jamesdysonaward.org/en-us/home/ 


Dept. of Defense (DoD) Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship

The Department of Defense (DoD) SMART Scholarship-for-Service Program is a combined educational and workforce development opportunity for STEM students.

For more information and application process please visit DoD – SMART Scholarship 

Paid/Unpaid Opportunities

Tech Jobs @ SEAS! (work-study not required)

We’re Computing and Educational Technology Services (CETS), the tech support team for Penn Engineering, and we’d like to invite you to apply for one of our student positions. Why consider joining the best computing staff on campus? See what CETS offers…


At CETS you’re *never* on call, so work doesn’t interfere with your study time. In fact, you customize your schedule to fit your needs and you have the option of making changes as often as you like.

Great Pay/Consistent Pay:

Our positions *start* at $11.00 an hour and our hours are consistent *throughout* the semester, so you never need to worry about slow work weeks affecting your pay.  Work-study is NOT required for this position.


Our students have a team of professionals to back them up, however, our Help Desk is essentially staffed and managed by students.

Nurturing environment:

Our students work with computing professionals who aren’t afraid of giving them real responsibilities while providing encouragement and guidance. Yet, many of our students initially came to us with very little experience.

Engineering is a very demanding curriculum requiring frequent use of our labs. As an Engineering student you will be spending a lot of time in CETS labs using software not found anywhere else on campus. Why not get paid for sharing what you learn?

If you haven’t applied to CETS yet and you want to make the most of your college career, slots are limited so apply today.

Please apply here…



Penn Libraries are hiring students! Apply

The Penn Libraries is hiring students in a variety of roles. Daytime, evening, and weekend hours are available at library locations across campus.


Applicants should search “Library” in Workday for open positions.

Learn more: https://www.library.upenn.edu/about/hr/students


At this time, positions are open only to students with Federal Work-Study awards.  See more details here:https://ugrad.seas.upenn.edu/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/Penn-Libraries-Student-Employment.pdf 


Red & Blue Engagement Center is hiring non-work study students

The Red & Blue Engagement Center is looking for enthusiastic students (both undergraduate and graduate level) who love Penn or freshman who are learning to 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.

The job is posted to Handshake but students can also apply directly at  https://upenn.theengagementcenter.com/


Platt House is seeking an App Designer

Platt House is seeking a designer to create a user friendly app where student artists can connect with other student artists for projects and independent work. We would like to call it Debut or something similar and a description is below.  Compensation will be provided and determined before work is started.

Debut is an app for student artists looking to connect on short term projects. Debut provides a platform for student artists to connect, portfolio-build, and gain experience. This role would require the ability to program an app and would provide creative development and leadership opportunities.

Contact Laurie McCall, Platt House Director (lmccall@upenn.edu) for more information.


Airport Cooperative Research Program's University Design Competition (DEADLINE for submissions: May 13, 2022)

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

A variety of multidisciplinary topics are suggested, but students can come up with their own relevant topics for their design solution.

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.

Competition runs from August 16, 2021 to May 13, 2022.  Find more information here: ACRP Design Competiton .  Access guidlines here