SEAS Weekly 2-13-23

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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:

“When I dare to be powerful to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid.” – Audre Lorde

Highlights for the Week

  • Penn Engineering Council Sweatshirt Sale

Do you want to rep your Penn Engineering pride? Look no further than the Penn Engineering Council (PEC) Sweatshirt Sale.
From now until February 16th, you can purchase a Penn Engineering crewneck or quarter-zip via the following TicketLeap link.
These items are not available at the Penn bookstore, and prices are LESS than comparable bookstore items.
Financial Aid: Do you receive need-based financial aid? Be sure to indicate this in the corresponding question at checkout. You will be asked to input your Penn ID and Penn email if you choose to do so. When checking out, use the promo code ‘PEC2023’ to temporarily waive the price of your order.
All students who receive need-based financial aid will pay a subsidized price after status verification. If you encounter any problems, please reach out to
Distribution: Crewnecks will be available for pickup in approximately late February. Likely to occur the weekend before spring break, but subject to change.

  • Student Choice Awards

Nomination link and criteria HERE

Deadline: February 21, 2023, 11:59PM

  • February 14 is Valentine’s Day

               Pick up a Valentine outside 109 Towne (Heart bookmarks)!

  • 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
February 20 Drop Period ends
March 4-12 Spring Term Break
March 13 Classes Resume
March 17 Grade Type Change Deadline

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!


P.E.S.T.L.E. Student Survey

The PESTLE staff would love to hear your thoughts and views on community engagement. We are looking to incorporate your feedback into our continued growth and expansion of the program. Please fill out the brief survey here: PESTLE survey


Advancing Women in Engineering (AWE) Allyship Committee Survey

We’re the Advancing Women in Engineering (AWE) Allyship committee. We are collecting data to determine how best to serve our community with an anonymous survey about people’s experiences thus far within the engineering school. This survey is open to all Penn Engineering undergraduates and should take less than 5 minutes to complete.

There is Information on how to enter a raffle for AWE/SEAS-branded swag at the end of the survey.


E-Week: SWE Tea Making Event (2/24)

Come join SWE to learn about the tea making process and to make your own tea blend! Brew and enjoy your homemade tea blend with fellow students. Open to all engineering students! February 24 from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm


Penn Activities

Final Call for SNF Paideia Fellows, Class of 2026

Applications are being accepted from first year Penn students for the SNF Paideia Fellows Program!

Students may apply or be nominated for an SNF Paideia Fellowship in their first year. The final deadline is noon, Monday, February 27.


SNF Paideia Fellows are a select group of undergraduate students committed to developing the knowledge, skills, and values needed for effective, ethical, and civil dialogue in a diverse world. Fellows develop a small, close-knit, and academically diverse scholarly community over the course of their three years (sophomore – senior year) in the program. Far from being insular, the Fellows community constantly looks to connect and converse with other entities at Penn and beyond, pursuing integration where there is fragmentation.

Through academic courses, co-curricular events, and hands-on learning experiences, SNF Paideia Fellows:

  • Examine the theory and practice of dialogue across differences and apply a dialogue lens to issues of citizenship, community service, and individual and community wellness;
  • Integrate their public roles as citizens into their academic, personal, and professional lives in healthy, sustainable, and fulfilling ways;
  • Participate in curricular and co-curricular opportunities (directly through the SNF Paideia Program and with many other organizations and programs at Penn) designed to equip students with the tools necessary for effectively contributing to the local, national, and global communities of which they are a part.


The SNF Paideia Fellowship is an academic program that includes 4 credit units of SNF Paideia courses and a senior capstone project typically completed within the student’s major. Paideia designated courses will be noted on a student’s transcript, and those who successfully complete the Paideia Fellows Program will receive an SNF Paideia Program Certificate.

Each Fellow’s path through the program will be different, tailored to match their unique individual interests and goals. All Fellows complete:

  • Two half credit Fellows Proseminars that foster community among the Fellows and build knowledge and skills for dialogue. In these courses, Fellows explore their own personal, professional, and civic identities in conversation with academic research. Proseminars are offered in the fall semester of the sophomore and junior years.
  • Three SNF Paideia designated courses. While Paideia courses vary in size, topic, and disciplinary approach, individually and collectively they are intended to provide students with the scholarly and applied knowledge, skills, ethical orientations, and experiences necessary to be informed, engaged, and effective community members and to lead fulfilling and integrated lives. These courses may also fulfill requirements in a student’s major or school. SNF Paideia Fellows receive priority enrollment in SNF Paideia designated courses.
  • A Senior Capstone project that integrates a Fellow’s major with dialogue, wellness, service, and/or citizenship.

In addition, SNF Paideia Fellows may have the opportunity to:

  • Plan and attend co-curricular events that explore the theory and practice of dialogue, wellness, service, and citizenship and are designed exclusively for SNF Paideia Fellows;
  • Serve as student facilitators at SNF Paideia-sponsored campus events, and as mentors to future classes of SNF Paideia Fellows.
  • Cultivate a broad network among students, faculty members, and staff at Penn who share a commitment to the themes of the SNF Paideia Program.
  • Complete a funded summer internship related to issues of public dialogue, service, and/or wellness.
  • Attend the Stavros Niarchos Foundation’s summer conference in Athens, Greece one time during the three-year fellowship (when university policies permit international travel).


SNF Paideia Fellows can apply for funding for their academic and community engagement work that relates to the mission of the SNF Paideia Program. This could include but is not limited to financial support for class- or capstone-related research and travel; costs associated with attending conferences and events; or for resources for campus or community projects that foster dialogue, wellness, service, or citizenship. Sophomore Fellows may request up to $2,000, juniors $3,000, and seniors up to $4,000 to support relevant activities. In addition, $5,000 is available for a summer internship (typically the summer after junior year).



Penn Science Olympiad - Volunteers needed 2/18

Hi everyone!

The student organization Science Olympiad at the University of Pennsylvania (SOUP) is happy to announce that we will be hosting our invitational tournament on Saturday, February 18. It’s our largest national tournament to date, with 1000+ high school students competing in various science events for the entire day. It is also our first in-person tournament since 2020. We will need student volunteers and would really appreciate it if you could volunteer a couple hours to help run the tournament.

All are welcome to help. And as always, free garb, lunch, and community service credit will be available to volunteers.

The current plan is to host our tournament in-person, so volunteers and event supervisors will be working together in person on the day of the tournament. The volunteer sign-up form can be found here and will close on 1/13.

Questions? Contact volunteer director Shobhit Prasad:


TU Dortmund International Summer Program (ISP) 2023 (Germany)

The TU Dortmund program consists of three tracks: engineering (Track A), German and European Studies (Track B), and entrepreneurship (Track C).  The academic tuition costs are waived for Penn students.

Students are free to choose courses from all three tracks. They also again have the option of taking a research project in addition to or instead of track-specific courses. 

The TU Dortmund registration page is already open and ready to accept applications from Penn students. Student can find the link to the application page and further information on the ISP website (  Please contact Greta Kazenski (, Associate Director at Penn Abroad, for approval and to confirm eligibility for the waived tuition fees.


REPL Undergraduate Research Internship at Penn (App Due 3/15)

REPL (Research Experiences for Undergraduates in Programming Languages) had started an undergraduate research internship at Penn. Students come to Penn for 10 weeks over the summer, doing programming languages research and prepping for a PhD in the field. Students who are a strong fit have the following traits:

– Want to pursue a PhD in CS

– Are a sophomore or junior

– Are URMs in CS (e.g. Latinx, black, indigenous, women, … )

– Have some kind of research-related experience, though not necessarily in programming languages

– Have completed coursework or projects involving mathematical proofs and programming

– US Citizens, Nationals, or Permanent Residents (per NSF funding stipulations)

Deadline to apply is March 15thTravel, housing, and a $6,000 stipend provided. More complete details can be found on our site:


Spring 2023 Career Fairs

Spring Career Fairs are here! Visit Career Fairs – Career Services | University of Pennsylvania ( for more information.


Seniors: Application to be the Class of 2023 Undergraduate Student Speaker (Due 3/14)

Dear Penn Engineering seniors,

Each year, a senior is selected to present a 4-5 minute speech at Penn Engineering’s Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony. I would like to invite all interested seniors to apply to be considered for the role of student speaker.  This is a great opportunity to represent the Class of 2023 and to speak to classmates, faculty and family about what was important to you and your classmates during your time at Penn.

Applications are due by: Tuesday, March 14, 2023

To apply, please visit the application page to access the form and submit:

1. Your full name
2. Your email address
3. Major/program name
3. A brief (less than 200 words) statement outlining why you would like to be the student speaker
4. A draft of your full speech (less than 650 words, or 4-5 minutes as you would deliver it)

After the deadline has passed, applications will be reviewed and finalists will be invited to submit a video of themselves delivering their speech, after which the speaker will be chosen.

I look forward to your submissions. Any questions can be directed to Olivia McMahon, Associate Director of Digital Communications in the Dean’s Office (

Best regards,

Vijay Kumar
Nemirovsky Family Dean


Wellness at Penn: Spring Events, Programs, and Services

Hello Campus Partners!

I hope your spring semester is off to a great start. I am reaching out to highlight some of Wellness at Penn’s events, programs, and services available this semester. Please share accordingly with your respective communities.

  1. Penn’s Declassified Sex Survival Guidean email-delivered sexual health program, beginning 2/8. REGISTER NOW!
  2. Refreshan email-delivered sleep hygiene program, beginning 2/5. REGISTER NOW!
  3. i care Training for Students: training that helps build a caring community with skills and resources to intervene with student stress, distress, and crisis. Being held on 4/1. Learn more about i care and register for upcoming trainings HERE!
  4. Group Therapy Sessions: A safe space for students to gain support, share experiences and struggles, learn about yourself, and develop skills to relate to others. LEARN MORE HERE.

Read below for more information on each program and please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns. You can learn more about these and other upcoming events on our events page.


What? A training that helps build a caring community with skills and resources to intervene with student stress, distress, and crisis.

When? April 1, from 1-4 pm. REGISTER NOW! (Please note: space is limited. Once the session is full, registration will close.)

Who? All interested students are welcome to attend.
Details: Approximately 6,000 faculty, staff, and students across Penn’s schools, departments, and student life programs have gone through i care training. It’s open to anyone interested in being an informed resource and a caring community member. A team of clinicians design, facilitate, and assess the i care training, which includes information, discussion, and experiential exercises that focus on mental health beliefs and biases, signs of stress, distress, and crisis, listening techniques, and crisis intervention skills. Learn more here.



What? Group therapy sessions for University of Penn students.

When? Ongoing throughout the Spring semester

Who? All interested students are welcome to attend.
Details: Group therapy can help students gain support, share experiences and struggles, learn about yourself, and develop skills to relate to others. Students who participate in group therapy tend to feel less isolated, more self-aware, and more connected to others as a result of being in group. Wellness at Penn’s Student Health and Counseling team offers group therapy for a variety of topics, including body image, substance use, managing stress and anxiety, mindfulness, grief support, international student support, and more. Learn more here.


Finally, it’s common this time of year for respiratory infections and other illness to spread around campus. Keep yourself and the rest of the Penn community healthy by staying home when you’re feeling unwell, get your flu vaccine, cover your mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing, and practice good hand hygiene.

Thank you so much, and enjoy the rest of the semester!

Yours in Health,

Wellness at Penn


Applications to join the Asian American Studies Undergraduate Advisory Board (Due 2/17)

Applications to join the Asian American Studies Undergraduate Advisory Board are now open! 

Find more details here:

The Asian American Studies Undergraduate Advisory Board (ASAM UAB) is comprised of dedicated undergraduate students who support the Program through outreach, conference and event planning, and advocacy. The UAB are University leaders who represent the Program and its mission serving as liaisons to both students and the administration.


Upcoming PPEH Event (2/23)

Please join PPEH for Anti-Colonial/Decolonial Science in Practice, a roundtable event with Kim TallBear, Rick Smith, Tanía Perez-Bustos, and Isabel Gonzáles Arango, who will discuss how scientific research methods can align with or against ongoing coloniality by reflecting on their decolonial/anti-colonial science studies practices.

The hybrid event will take place on February 2023, 5-6:30 PM EST at Penn Museum 345 and via Zoom.

This event is the third in a four-part series exploring our annual topic Listening for the Anthropos-not-seen, directed by Dr. Kristina Lyons.

More event info here.

Register here.


Penn Summer Abroad (App deadline 3/10)

Interested in studying abroad but don’t want to be away from Penn for a full semester?

Consider Penn Summer Abroad!

Summer 2023 programs include:







Each trip has its own flavor and focus.  Hone your language skills in Madrid, Florence or Tours.  Hike the Alps and learn about the geology of Alpine ecosystems.  Get to know the theater scene in London.  Watch, discuss and analyze cutting edge films at the Cannes Film Festival. 

Trip lengths range from two to six weeks and include 1 – 2 CU of coursework.

Apply Here

Application deadline: March 10th

(Applications are reviewed as they are received, so apply now before your preferred program fills up!)

Fellowship and scholarship opportunities available for students with financial need.

More information here!



No scholarship information is available at this time.


Paid/Unpaid Opportunities


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 


FAA-sponsored Airport Cooperative Research Program’s University Design Competition for Addressing Airport Needs (Ends May 12)

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 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.


Appy to be an M&T Summer Institute TA!

Apply to Be an M&T Summer Institute TA! M&TSI is our summer program for high school seniors interested in expanding their tech and business knowledge in a university setting. We are looking for M&T TAs to lead teams through creating a prototype and business plan in a fast-paced and fun three weeks!

Learn more about the M&T Summer Institute program on the M&T website here:

For more information, visit:$158872/9925$41145.htmld


Summer REU Program at University of Georgia (App Due 3/15)

REEU Flyer 2023

Summer REU Program at University of Georgia

Modern Tools and Technologies for Food & Agriculture Production

The summer REEU program is an excellent opportunity for undergraduate students to participate in research, extension and outreach projects that focus on innovative tools and modern technologies for agricultural and food production. Students will also get opportunities for professional skills development in communication, leadership, ethics, team work and organization.

Student Background:

Students majoring in the following disciplines are encouraged to apply : Engineering (Electrical, Computer, Chemical, Agricultural, Biological), Computer Science, Data Science, Agronomy, Chemistry, Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Virology, Biochemistry, Food Science.

Financial Support

  • Stipend: $3000 total for the program period
  • Housing: $1000 total housing allowance or free on-campus housing (for external participants)
  • Meals: $500 total for the program period
  • Travel : $500 total (for external participants)


  • Sophomore or Junior in 4-year STEM degree
  • Cumulative GPA > 3.0
  • U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Resident

Key Deadlines

Application Due:   March 15, 2023

Notification Date:  March 31, 2023

Program Dates:     June 1 – July 31, 2023


23-24 RA Applications Open (Due 2/17)

Be an RA! Applications are open now at

The priority date for undergrads to apply is February 17.  The priority deadline for graduate applicants is April 3rd. Find out more information at the link above, and level up your experience and that of your residents by being an RA!


Internship/Fellowship: National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB)

This employment opportunity is for a one year fellowship geared towards students majoring in computer science, computer engineering, electrical engineering, or biomedical engineering.

See PDF for more information: NIH 2023 OneYearFellowship (1)


NSF REU Summer 2023 - Automotive & Autonomous Systems Engineering in Germany & USA (App Due 2/21)

We are in the process of recruiting for the 11th cohort of the international National Science Foundation (NSF) Research for Undergraduates (REU) site on the topic of Automotive and Autonomous Systems Engineering in Germany and the USA, operated by Virginia Tech and the Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany.

For Summer 2023, we will pay each student $6,000 and cover their travel and living expenses during this 10-week summer experience.  German language skills are not required.

For more information, click on the following:

7 NSF REU positions at Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany:  The faculty of mechanical engineering at the Technische Universität Darmstadt continues to be top-ranked in Europe, with automotive engineering as one of their specialities.  Their 30 faculty members perform more than $50 million in externally funded research per year, funding 430 doctoral candidates.  As you recall, this is truly a top-flight program for our students to work with.

2 NSF REU positions at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia:  Virginia Tech continues to grow and its Mechanical Engineering program continues to be ranked among the best in the USA, including in automotive and autonomous systems engineering.

The application deadline has therefore been extended to February 21, 2023 (postmarked).

For questions, email  Dr. Jan Helge Bøhn at