SEAS Weekly 2-19-24

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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:

“You’re not obligated to win. You’re obligated to keep trying to do the best you can every day.” —Marian Wright Edelman

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

    1. Wellness: Impostor syndrome, preparedness for the Penn Engineering environment
    2. Career: Undergraduate research, internships, recruiting, networking, alumni relationships
    3. Engagement with Penn Engineering: Faculty-student engagement, extracurricular activities, speaker events, events
    4. AI in the Classroom: ChatGPT, classroom policies on AI, academic integrity

      Want to see the full list of club activities?

      Check out the events and application deadlines for engineering clubs on the ESAC Club Calendar!

      National Engineers Week is NOW!

      ESAC’s annual Engineering Week (E-Week) will occur this week from Monday, February 19th to Friday, February 23rd. Calling all engineers! Join ESAC and its constituent clubs in celebrating National Engineers Week. Each engineering club will be hosting an event surrounding the theme “Welcome to the Future!” The full schedule can be found here.

      EDAB Towne Hall

      The Engineering Deans’ Advisory Board is excited to announce its inaugural Towne Hall/Open Forum. Come voice your opinions and feedback on major topics in Penn Engineering and have them turn into actionable results and EDAB projects! Chipotle burritos and chip bags will be provided as dinner to the first 40 participants. Be prepared to talk about the following topics:

    Date/Time: February 22, 7 PM – 9 PM (you do not have to be present for the start time)

    Location: Houston Hall – Griski Room

Important Dates:

Date Event
February 27 Drop Period ends
March 2-10 Spring Term Break
March 11 Classes resume
March 22 Grade Type Change Deadline

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!


ESAC Club Calendar

Want to see the full list of club activities?

Check out the events and application deadlines for engineering clubs on the ESAC Club Calendar!


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


Energy & Sustainability Industry Day (3/12)

Penn Engineering & The Kleinman Center for Energy Policy are pleased to present Energy & Sustainability Industry Day in conjunction with Energy Week 2024. Please mark your calendars. Additional details and registration information will be shared in the spring semester.

Poster with Save the Date information for Engineering and Sustainability industry Day, held on March 12 More information to come.


Summer Job with GEMS 2024 (6/24 - 6/28)

Join us for GEMS 2024. Penn GEMS is happening this summer: June 24 – June 28, and we need undergraduate student counselors. GEMS is an engineering, one week long summer camp, for middle school students.

Counselors are needed from 8:30am-4:30pm each day and will be paid for their time and provided lunch.

Please send in your resume and complete the form below as soon as possible. A resume is required. Please upload to the Google form. Once the form is received, I will be in touch with you to set up a meeting to discuss GEMS. This opportunity is open for ALL engineering undergrad students. Please circulate within your community.

For more information on GEMS, visit:


Penn Activities

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! 


Penn Abroad Passport Drive - February 29

Penn Abroad is excited to announce the Spring 2024 Passport Drive, which will be held on February 29th in the Penn Abroad Office (3539 Locust Walk).

U.S. Passport Agents will be available to aid students in applying for new (first-time) U.S. passports. Pre-registration for this event is required and will open on January 16th and close on January 23rd, or until spots are full. To receive a reminder to pre-register with a link to the application to your email on January 16th, submit your name and email here.

Please note that passport processing time will take several weeks and should not be relied upon for spring or summer 2024 international travel.

For more information, visit: Spring 2024 Passport Drive | Penn Abroad (


RNADay@Penn Symposium 2024 (4/3)

Save the date! The inaugural RNADay@Penn 2024 is Wednesday, April 3 at the BRB Auditorium. This one-day symposium will include keynote and invited talksby leading RNA researchers, covering current topics on RNA plasticity, therapeutics, technology, etc.

Save the Date poster: RNA At Penn_SDC_C1_R2


Join the Penn Alumni Ambassador Program!

Are you a graduating senior looking for meaningful ways to support the Penn community after graduation? Become an alumni ambassador to stay connected to Penn, give back to the University with your time, and make an impact on prospective SEAS applicants. Visit our website to learn more.



MIT Solve 2024 Global Challenges

I am pleased to announce the MIT Solve 2024 Global Challenges are now open for applications!

MIT Solve’s Global Challenges seek innovators who are using technology to solve today’s most pressing problems. The selected innovators will share over $1 million in available funding, take part in a nine-month support program, and join the Solve community of cross-sector social impact leaders to help scale their solutions.

Solve’s 2024 Global Challenge areas are:

Each year, our team reviews over 1,000 applications with solutions for how to make our planet a healthier, more equitable place to live. We then select the most promising as our annual Solver class. We invite you to become a part of this journey:

  • If you have a solution, apply!
  • Help us get to $1.5 million in prize funding to scale these world-changing ideas! Fill out the form at the bottom of this page.
  • Help us review applications! Learn more about the process here.
  • Help us spread the word! Share the 2024 Global Challenges with your network. Visit us on Facebook or LinkedIn to start sharing.

Your support can multiply this reach, and help further social innovation around the world. Thank you for being part of this – we could not do this work without you!


Paid/Unpaid Opportunities


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.


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


2024 ShanghaiTech Summer Lab Program (App Due 4/30)

The 2024 ShanghaiTech Summer Lab Program is now open for application! This non-credit and tuition-free program is exclusively for international students from our partner institutions. Participants can choose a lab of research interest in our schools and institutes, with the chance to do experiments on world-class research facilities and national science platforms that are not easily accessible to students outside ShanghaiTech. To enrich students’ experience, the Office of International Affairs may also organize free cultural tours in the city or the nearby water town.

The program duration is six weeks from July 7th to August 18th, 2024 and the application deadline is April 30th, 2024. For more details, please visit


Delaware Energy Institute (DEI) Energy Research Internship (ERI) Program Application due 3/15

DEI at the University of Delaware is a research center focused on energy from photovoltaics & catalyst innovation to fuel cell science & wind power technology. DEI is looking for undergraduate students to join their 2024 Energy Research Internship Program where students can participate in research around experimental catalysis, reaction engineering, and computational catalysis. Visit for additional information and a link to the program application.

Flyer: ERI Application for Summer 2024


International Summer Program (ISP) 2024 at TU Dortmund University

The International Summer Program (ISP) 2024 in Dortmund consists of three tracks: engineering (Track A), German and European Studies (Track B), and entrepreneurship (Track C). Attached you will find our preliminary course catalog, which contains more information about the courses in all tracks. 


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. Our registration page is already open and we are now ready to accept applications. The link to the application page is on our ISP website (


2024-2025 Resident Advisor Applications: Opens Jan 25th

Be an RA! Click the link or Scan the QR Code to learn more & APPLY:

The priority date for undergrads to apply is February 16.


Information Sessions:


January 30th (6:00 pm)-VIRTUAL

February 7th (7:00 pm)

Location: Rodin College House Rooftop Lounge

Questions?- Email-



Global Research Immersion Program for Young Scientists (App Due 3/17)

Greetings from Zhejiang University! We are very pleased to announce that the applications for our inaugural Global Research Immersion Program for Young Scientists (GripS) are now open. 

The GripS program is co-developed by four esteemed universities in China’s Yangtze River Delta region, namely Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, University of Science and Technology of China in Hefei, Fudan University in Shanghai and Nanjing University in Nanjing. The program will be held on campus from June to August 2024. Zhejiang University is happy to welcome students from all over the globe to GripS, which offers valuable research opportunities and rich cultural experience. 

The program allows students to elevate their undergraduate journey by working closely with esteemed professors at one of the four universities. Students will be able to immerse themselves in a rewarding research experience, discover the region’s innovative potential, and become part of a community of global thinkers who are actively shaping the future. Opportunities for cultural interaction will also be provided by the four host universities such as company visits, city tours and Chinese culture events in the Yangtze River Delta region.

Applications are open from now on until Sunday, March 17, 2024, 11:59 p.m. (GMT+8). Please visit for application details and more information. Interested students are required to apply through the GripS website.

Attached is the program brochure. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Ms. Sihui Niu ( at ZJU’s Office of Global Engagement. We look forward to receiving your application!


Summer Job with GEMS 2024 (6/24 - 6/28)

Join us for GEMS 2024. Penn GEMS is happening this summer: June 24 – June 28, and we need undergraduate student counselors. GEMS is an engineering, one week long summer camp, for middle school students.

Counselors are needed from 8:30am-4:30pm each day and will be paid for their time and provided lunch.

Please send in your resume and complete the form below as soon as possible. A resume is required. Please upload to the Google form. Once the form is received, I will be in touch with you to set up a meeting to discuss GEMS. This opportunity is open for ALL engineering undergrad students. Please circulate within your community.

For more information on GEMS, visit:


NASA Internships - App Opens 2/26

Specializing in multi-semester experiences, the Pathways Internship Program prepares you for a career at NASA and offers a direct pipeline to full-time employment at NASA upon graduation. We’re accepting applications on USAJobs beginning February 26!

Join our Virtual Information Session!

Interested students are invited to attend a virtual information session on February 22 from 4-6 p.m. ET! Students will have the chance to learn more about the Pathways Internship Program and ask any questions they may have. Register here.

Pathways: How to Apply

All Pathways vacancies are posted on USAJOBs. (Note: The vacancies will not appear until they open on February 26, but you can prepare ahead of time!) To begin the process, follow these steps:

Do your research. Learn about the type of work performed at each of our NASA facilities so that you’ll be able to find where you’d best fit at NASA based on your academic and career interests.

Prepare your application. Visit to create your profile, build your resume, and set up a notification that will alert you when our positions open. (TIP: To search for jobs even when you’re not online, click the “Saved Searches” function in USAJOBs. Saved searches will automatically search for jobs based on your criteria and email you when there are new jobs available.)

Apply to a vacancy during the open application window. Be sure to apply to the vacancy that corresponds to your academic major. In your application, you’ll also need to identify which NASA center locations you’re applying to.

Prepare for the Assessment: After you submit your application on, you may be asked (via email) to complete an online assessment.

Learn more about the assessment process in this video and visit our Pathways Information Videos Playlist for more videos on the program and application process.


2024 O4U Fall Conference Applications Open! (Due 3/3)

We are thrilled to announce that applications for the Fall 2024 Conferences are now open!

Our Fall 2024 conferences are:

O4U Engineering + Life Sciences (Pilot) Conference

Sept. 26-28, 2024 (Tentative) | Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN

O4U Digital Conference

Sept/Oct 2024 | New York, NY

Our conferences are specifically dedicated to empowering LGBTQIA2+ undergraduate in Engineering, Tech, Marketing, and now Life Sciences industries. The Round 1 deadline of March 3rd, 2024 is coming up soon!

Every year, O4U hosts a weekend-long professional development conference for high-achieving, high-potential LGBTQIA2+ undergraduate students who are studying or interested in any of the fields mentioned above. If you are not familiar with Out for Undergrad (O4U), you can learn more about it on the website:


These conferences remain free of charge to all students thanks to the generous sponsoring companies!


We have three total rounds for applications but applying early is highly encouraged as all rounds are of rolling admissions, with deadlines on:

Round 1: Sunday, March 3rd, 2024, 11:59PM PST

Round 2: Sunday, March 31st, 2024, 11:59PM PST

Round 3: Sunday, April 28th, 2024, 11:59PM PST

Here is a little more about the conference: 

  • Out for Undergrad is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization designed to help high-achieving LGBTQ undergrads reach their full potential.
  • LGBTQ+ engineering students will have the opportunity to discuss being out in the engineering industry and hear from professionals who are out in their careers.
  • Students will network with LGBTQ+ peers and professionals from top engineering companies from a wide range of industries across the country.
  • Students will have the opportunity to find LGBTQ+ mentors in their field.
  • Sponsoring companies will recruit students for jobs and internships at the career fair and throughout the conference.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us:

The O4U Admissions Team



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 (