SEAS Weekly 3-13-23

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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:

“Know what sparks the light in you so that you, in your own way, can illuminate the world.” – Oprah Winfrey

Highlights for the Week

  • Tuesday is Pi Day! Celebrate Pi Day with the SEAS community! Drop by Levine Lobby on March 14th from 1-3 PM to pie your favorite engineer. All funds raised will be donated to Educate Girls. While you’re there, stop by our jumble sale to pick up some fresh engineering gear.

    Friday, March 17, 2023: Grade Mode Change Deadline. This is your final opportunity to change your grade type to Pass/Fail (of P/F to a letter grade). Complete the Grade Mode Change Form here:

    Immunization Hold: Some of you may have a hold due to non-compliance with immunization requirements. To remove this hold, you must submit your immunization information to Immunization Compliance. Only the team in the Wellness office can lift holds or verify information relating to your compliance. It may take up to 72 hours for the hold to be removed after you submit your documentation. You previously received a secure message in your Wellness portal detailing what you need to do to be compliant. You can also check the Immunization Compliance website for additional information. Questions can be sent to or by responding to your secure message. Please note that if you have this hold, you may not be able to participate in Advance Registration.

  • 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
March 13 Classes Resume
March 17 Grade Type Change Deadline
March 20-April 2 Advance Registration for Fall Term
March 20 Registration for Summer Session Begins

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


Thompson Chair Lecture on Excellence in Teaching: (Re)Connecting in the Classroom (4/4)

Thompson Chair Lecture on Excellence in Teaching

(Re)Connecting in the Classroom

Daeyeon Lee, Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering

Tues. Apr. 4, 4-5

Kislak Center, 6th floor, Van Pelt Library

Sponsored by the Provost’s Office and the Center for Teaching and Learning, this year’s Evan C Thompson Chair Lecture on Excellence in Teaching will feature Daeyeon Lee of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering speaking on (Re)Connecting in the ClassroomAs we emerge from the pandemic era, many instructors and students alike are experiencing a lack of energy, and are seeking encounters in the classroom that are transformative, rather than simply transactional. In his talk, Prof. Lee will reflect on his own evolution as a teacher, from his early focus on content delivery to his current practice of infusing classes with intrigue, storytelling and humor. Speaking from his experiences, Prof. Lee will argue that creative exchanges with our students are just as important as content coverage. He will share some of his strategies for engaging students and establishing meaningful relationships while also maintaining high academic standards. He shows that taking time to connect with each other socially and emotionally is an essential part of revitalizing our intellectual culture and community. The talk will take place Tues. Apr. 4-5, in the Kislak Center on the 6th floor of Van Pelt Library. A reception will follow.


Pie An Engineer! 3/14

Celebrate Pi Day with the SEAS community! Drop by Levine Lobby on March 14th from 1-3 PM to pie your favorite engineer. All funds raised will be donated to Educate Girls. While you’re there, stop by our jumble sale to pick up some fresh engineering gear.


Penn Activities

SRFS Financial Aid Workshops

Student Financial Aid and Financial Wellness @ Penn are partnering to host a series of workshops for undergraduate students who have questions about how to complete their financial aid application. Workshops will include a short presentation on application basics and financial aid counselors will be available to provide one-on-one assistance.

Click the links below to register for an upcoming workshop:

All workshops will be held in the SRFS Student Service Center in the lobby of the Franklin Building at 3451 Walnut Street. Food will be provided.

Students who attend one of these sessions and submit their financial aid application by the deadline (April 15) will receive a sweatshirt from the Penn Bookstore.


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
Student iCare training 4/1
Please see flyer below for more information on Wellness at Penn’s upcoming i care training for students. It will be held on Saturday, April 1, 2023, from 1 – 4 pm in Houston Hall, Ben Franklin Room. Students must register in advance, and can do so here: register for i care training. Lunch will be provided for all participants, and prized will be raffled!



Fulbright US Student Program Kick-Off Event 3/20

FULBRIGHT US STUDENT PROGRAM KICK-OFF EVENT! March 20, 2023, 4:00 pm EST: Juniors, Seniors, graduate students and alumni considering applying for Fulbright this year are strongly encouraged to join representatives from the Fulbright U.S. Student Program and CURF for a virtual, interactive introduction to Fulbright award opportunities for U.S. citizens to pursue graduate study, conduct research, or teach English abroad. During this Group Presentation Session (GPS), Fulbright representatives will discuss the types of awards, application components, tips, and answer questions. Following the program overview, attendees will enter a breakout room with Dr. Angie Estévez, Penn’s Fulbright Adviser (FPA), to learn more about applying for the Fulbright US Student Program through Penn. For more information, visit CURF’s Fulbright page.

Register for this virtual event at Fulbright 2023 KICK-OFF at Penn


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


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)


PGW & Temple University SBDC Launch 2023 Energy Innovation Lab (App Due 4/25)

PGW & Temple SBDC have launched our 2023 cohort of The Energy Innovation Lab, our small business incubator for entrepreneurs whose ground-breaking products or services have the potential to reimagine the energy sector. Applications are being accepted for our 2023 competition through April 25, 2023.

Established in 2021, The Energy Innovation Lab provides entrepreneurs with hands-on training, mentoring, and real-time feedback from SBDC business development consultants and PGW energy industry experts, as well as cash stipends of up to $30,000, to advance their innovative business concepts. Proposals are sought from entrepreneurs developing new energy-related technologies, applications, business models, software, services, and/or energy access solutions addressing (1) Energy Efficiency and Conservation; (2) Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emission Reduction; or (3) Energy Affordability and Access.

More information on the program, application process, judges, and timelines is provided in the flyer below and on our site at

Flyer with more information: The Energy Innovation Lab_2023_Final