SEAS Weekly 12-11-23

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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:

“It never gets easier. You just get better.” – Jordan Hoechlin

Sources of Support

Wellness at Penn: Student Health and Counseling

  • Call 215-746-WELL (9355) to speak with a medical or mental health provider 24/7.
  • Visit a mental health professional at one of our Let’s Talk locations across campus

Jed Foundation


Get Immediate Help in Crisis

Visit our Get Help Now page for Penn-specific resources.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Call 1-800-273-8255 (24/7) or online chat from 2 PM-2 AM: is external)

Crisis Text Line
Text HOME to 741741 (24/7): is external)

Trevor Project
Call 1-866-488-7386 (24/7), online chat, or text START to 678678:

Highlights for the Week

  • This is the final Penn Engineering Weekly for Fall 2023. Some parting words and reminders:

    • Best of luck with finals! You’re almost there!
    • Don’t forget to sleep—it will actually help you with your performance. True story: I fell asleep DURING a final because I pulled an all-nighter the night before. Don’t let this happen to you.
    • Finals is a stressful time so use the wellness resources around you.
    • Take a few minutes every day to participate in study breaks and/or be with friends.
    • Try to do your best and prepare as well as you can. But don’t beat yourself up if things don’t work out as planned. Life happens.
    • If you are sick to the point that you are unable to get out of bed, contact Student Health ASAP. After that, email and let them know.
  • Student Support Resources

  • Student Health and Counseling Services Are Available for Students Remember to call first!
    • 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
December 11 Last day of classes
December 12-13 Reading Days
December 14-21 Final Examinations
December 21 Fall Term ends

Engineering Activities


OAS Academic Advising


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

ODEI is 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!


ODEI's Freshman Coaching Program - For New and Seasoned Students

Ongoing opportunity
Are you interested in studying with peers regularly? Would you like access to ten engineering students who have aced classes you’re currently taking? If a study group appeals to you, please stop by ODEI on Mondays and Fridays from 12 PM to 2 PM to connect with Academic Coaches and peers. The Freshman Coaching Program provides a community of learners that help students establish a rhythm of study throughout their tenure at Penn. The program is not limited to first year students. Everyone is welcome to join us. Coaching covers chemistry, mathematics, CIS, physics, MATLAB, and more. If you would like to participate, please contact Dr. Yulanda Essoka at


Penn Activities


Wellness and Resilience Workshops

Free workshops open to all Penn students to learn strategies and skills to help you reach your goals, manage stress, and strengthen your relationships. Each 90-minute workshop offers a fun and casual space to meet and build relationships with other Penn students. These tools have been used by leaders in medicine, business, sports, as well as colleges students. Learn more on the poster below or at:

Wellness and Resilience Fall 2023


Mentor Meals: Make your Reservation Today!

NSOAI’s meal-hosting initiative, the Penn Mentor Meals Program is open for booking reservations! This program encourages mentors and students to engage in conversation outside of the classroom and provide them with a meal free of charge!

Members of the Penn Community can initiate a meal with a mentor or mentee including current or past students, professors, teaching assistants, advisors, RAs, PHINS, Peer Advisors, members of Penn’s professional staff, etc. Lunch is served at the University Club at the Inn at Penn on Mondays through Thursdays from 11:30am-2pm.

Learn more about how to make your reservation today! 



SUBJ: Funding opportunities for hi-tech projects & ventures – APPLICATIONS 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.
  • 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.
Please see the Penn Engineering: Entrepreneurship Funding site for more information: Funding is open to all undergraduate and graduate students.


Paid/Unpaid Opportunities

Engineers for Exploration (E4E) Summer Research Program at UC San Diego ­- App Due 2/15

UC San Diego’s Engineers for Exploration Summer Research Program is an NSF REU (Research Experience for Undergraduates) Site centered around multidisciplinary and collaborative student research with the broad goals of protecting the environment, uncovering mysteries related to cultural heritage, and providing experiential learning experiences.  Our program is a full-time paid research experience from June 24th to August 30th in which students will work in multidisciplinary research teams to aid scientists from the San Diego Zoo, Scripps Institute of Oceanography, and UC San Diego in tackling problems in fields such as ecology, physical oceanography, and archeology.

During this program, students will create and apply technologies in novel ways to aid scientists in their work, and may have opportunities to accompany these technologies on field deployments around the world.  Through these projects, students can expect to learn about embedded systems and software, machine learning, electronics integration, mechanical design, system building, as well as project management and team leadership.  For more information, please visit our website at

Applications are currently being accepted at through February 15.  Applications will continue to be accepted through March 30 if positions are not yet filled.

Summer Project Programmes at ETH Zürich 2024

ETH SSRF 2024: Applications opens at 1 November!

The Computer Science Department at ETH Zurich will once again open its doors in the summer of 2024 to students participating in the Student Summer Research Fellowship (ETH SSRF) programme. This programme is open to undergraduate and graduate students from around the world, and provides an opportunity for students to actively participate in research groups for new or existing projects. This allows visiting students a platform to focus on research in an area of their choice, under the guidance of mentors from ETH. It also gives students the opportunity to work and connect with a group of like-minded colleagues from across the globe, while gaining valuable research experience.

The fellowship is provided by the Computer Science Department of ETH Zurich, and takes place over two months during the summer. Twenty international students are selected each year, with each participant receiving a scholarship covering travel, accommodation and living expenses for the duration of the programme.

The application period is from 1 November until 15 December 2023, 13:00 CET.

More information on the application process and its requirements can be found on the ETH SSRF website:

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ETH Robotics Student Fellowship 2024

The ETH Robotics Student Fellowship (ETH RSF) program offers graduate students the opportunity to research alongside experts on the specific topic of robotics of their choice. The awarded fellows will carry out cutting edge research in different areas of robotics (check out last year fellows). This fellowship will take place during summer (July 01 – August 31) and is open to all students worldwide.

Application period from January 15 to February 29 – 2024.


Projects for Progress Award 2024

What’s your big idea? What concrete initiative do you think would make a real difference in the city of Philadelphia around any of the following goals?

*   Eradicating systemic racism
*   Achieving educational equity
*   Advancing environmental justice & sustainability
*   Eliminating health disparities based on race, gender, sexual orientation, and/or social determinants of health

Look to your left and to your right and you will find potential student, faculty, and staff collaborators with great ideas and, most importantly, a range of perspectives, interests, and expertise to contribute to your team.

If you have been at Penn for at least one full year as an undergraduate student or as a full-time employee, or if you will be at least 1/3 through a Penn graduate/professional degree program by the application deadline, consider learning about the $100,000 Projects for Progress Award. And please do pass this message along to any eligible Penn peers/colleagues who may be interested.

The application goes live on January 19, and the submission deadline is January 28, 2023.

You can learn more in the Projects for Progress FAQ:

Prior recipients:

*   2023 P4P Award Cohort<>
*   2022 P4P Award Cohort<>
*   2021 P4P Award Cohort<>
*   Feature stories on the 2021 winning projects:

*   Meshing academics<> and fun for a summer program like no other – An inaugural Projects for Progress award helped bring to light a Penn Graduate School of Education and Netter Center for Community Partnerships initiative that readied young learners returning to in-person school this fall, and boosted teachers’ confidence.
*   Bolstering environmental education<> in Cobbs Creek – Through a Projects for Progress award and other University support, students in West Philadelphia are gaining greater access to STEM learning resources at the Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Center.
*   The care they need, where they are<> –  A team of undergrads and physicians are partnering with community clinics and other organizations as part of a Projects for Progress-supported program to offer medical care to people experiencing homelessness and other vulnerable populations.


Neuroengineering PhD Program at University of Alabama Birmingham

The Neuroengineering PhD program at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is a multidisciplinary initiative that combines neuroscience and engineering and provides students with the skills needed to shape the future of neuroscience research. It is an excellent opportunity for students with backgrounds in engineering, computer science, neuroscience, physical sciences, life sciences, or mathematics. Potential applicants can apply through the Graduate School online application portal by December 15, 2023 (priority deadline) or February 1, 2024 (final deadline).

For more information, please see the flyer and brochure below. The same information can be found at the following website:

Flyer: FA2023 flyer

Brochure: FA2023 brochure


Summer 2024 REU in Molecular Engineering - University of Chicago

We are currently recruiting students for our Summer 2024 REU in Molecular Engineering program, which focuses on quantum engineering, material systems for sustainability and health, and immune-engineering research. We would be grateful if you would share this opportunity with your students who may be interested in summer research experiences:  Students can find program information here. Sign up for an information session here.


U.S. Department of State University of Pittsburgh Online Events

Dec. 7 from 6:00-7:00 PM Eastern, join the fifth Women@State virtual panel discussion focusing on Entry Level and Mid-Level Officers at the Department. Previous discussions are available on our Recorded Events page.  

Dec. 18 from 1-2pm Eastern, join Diplomat in Residence for the Midwest, Susan Falatko, for her online information session, which will provide a general overview of the various career paths in the U.S. Department of State, and will also touch on our paid internships and fellowships.  You can register here to receive a Zoom link to the webinar:


Foreign Affairs IT Fellowship Receiving Applications (Due 1/16)

The Foreign Affairs Information Technology (FAIT) Fellowship application period continues to receive applications through January 16. U.S. citizen students with a 3.2 minimum cumulative GPA can apply to this fellowship for two years of master’s or junior and senior year of bachelor’s study in an IT-related major, in return for five years of service as a Department of State Information Management Specialist. The FAIT Fellowship’s LinkedIn page has helpful resources.


Summer Internship Posts | Machina Labs

Machina Labs is on a mission to build the factory of the future — a factory where designers and
engineers rapidly iterate on physical products and scale out production on demand. We began
our journey in 2019 and since then have been backed by major AI and Deep Tech investors
(like Innovation Endeavors and Lockheed Martin Ventures), and we count NASA, SpaceX,
Tesla, and the U.S. Air Force.

As a Summer Intern in Product Management, you’ll have the opportunity to learn and contribute
to the planning and release lifecycle of our sheet metal manufacturing system, called Roboform.
This role offers a unique blend of hardware and software experiences, exposing you to
advanced robotics technology. You’ll assist in defining, building, and releasing projects that
span from robot end effectors to control systems to factory management software. Your
internship will be a deep dive into the world of robotics, providing a hands-on experience in a
dynamic and innovative environment.

This role is based out of the Machina Labs HQ in Los Angeles, which houses our offices,
system assembly bays, and active Roboform cells.
What You’ll Do
● Support the management of key metrics related to manufacturing automation and
customer success.
● Collaborate with Engineering, Program Management, and end users to learn about
scoping and designing new features.
● Help manage project lifecycles, including documentation, timeline management, and
customer education under guidance from members of the Product team.
● Participate in technical planning and sprint management across Robotics, Software, and
Mechanical engineering teams.
● Engage in problem-solving activities related to hardware and software aspects of
● Contribute to continuous improvement initiatives by providing feedback and ideas from a
fresh perspective.
● Join customer conversations to understand their goals and how our tech advances their

Who You Are
● Your interests and abilities lie at the intersection of business problems, user experience,
and robotics technology.
● You are proactive and curious, eager to learn about complex robotics systems.
● You possess strong analytical skills and are capable of breaking down complex
problems into manageable components.
●You have a collaborative mindset and are enthusiastic about working in a team
● You are currently pursuing or have recently completed an undergrad or masters degree
in engineering or a related discipline; or you are currently pursuing an MBA and have an
engineering background (education or work experience).

For more information, visit:  Home | Machina Labs



EDUC 2445/URBS2445: Civil Dialogue Seminar (formerly known as Can We Talk?: Civil Discourse in a Divided Nation

The need for people to understand and practice the concepts, perspectives and skills they will learn in the course has been clear for the last decade. The public reaction to events in the Middle East as well as at Penn, college campuses across the country and, indeed, in cities across the US only highlight the need for these perspectives and skills.

Comments students have made in their evaluations of the course support the value of the course. For example, from undergrads in SAS, SEAS, GSE and Wharton:

“One of the most formative courses of my time here .. a perfect example of what the Penn academic experience could and should be.”
“Unlike any other course I took at Penn and more important now than ever.”
“Can’t think of a better way to go out as a senior than with this class.”
“Never had such an enjoyable and enlightening experience in a course before.”
“This is the indispensable class for any future founder, executive, or business leader.”
“A tool kit for surviving holiday dinners with family.”
“The professional ROI on this course far exceeds that of another finance class.”

This course can be used to fill some SEAS requirements. It is scheduled to meet Wednesday mornings (8:45 – 11:45 am) in the Spring 2024 semester. Please reach out to Dr. Harris Sokoloff if you have any questions:

Can We Talk Flyer


Updates Course Inventory Spring 2024 - Environmental Innovations Initiative: Engineering

Please see the following website and infographic regarding the updated Spring 2024 courses for Penn One Planet One Health.

Website: Courses | UPenn EII

Infographic: One_Planet_Health_Infographic_20231030


Spring 2024 ASAM Courses

Please see the following website and infographic regarding the updated Spring 2024 ASAM courses.

Website: Courses for Spring 2024 | Asian American Studies Program (