SEAS Weekly 4-15-24

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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:

“Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself.” — Coco Chanel

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

  • Apply to be an OPA! Would you like to mentor first year students and help them transition to Penn Engineering? Apply to be an OPA!

    Application link here: Deadline is April 20, 2024.

    E-Formal: Night at the Arcade

    Drop 1 has sold out! As a reminder, E-Formal will take place on Wednesday, May 1st at Dave and Buster’s. Look out for our 2nd ticket drop starting this Wednesday (4/17). Buy tickets here!

    Jumble Sale

    ESAC will host its final merch sale of the semester on Wednesday (4/17) from 11am – 2pm in the Towne First Floor Hallway. Stop by to purchase t-shirts, hats, and more Penn Engineering accessories!

  • Summer Job with GEMS 2024

    GEMS is looking for more undergraduate student counselors for our one week long summer camp from June 24 – June 28, 2024. Counselors are needed from 8:30am – 4:30pm each day and will be paid for their time and provided lunch. Apply here: 2024 GEMS Counselor Application (

Important Dates:

Date Event
May 1 Last day of classes
May 2 – 5 Reading Days
May 6 – 14 Final Examinations
May 14 Spring 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!


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


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:

The Penn Forum on Quantum Systems (FoQuS) - May 2-3

The Penn Forum on Quantum Systems (FoQuS)

Hosted by thePenn Center for Quantum Information, Engineering, Science, and Technology (QUIEST)

Event Dates: May 2-3, 2024

Event Location: Singh Center for Nanotechnology, University of Pennsylvania

Penn FoQuS – the inaugural kickoff symposium for Penn’s new and evolving QUIEST Center – will bring together quantum experts from academia, industry, and government to speak at this event. Through this symposium, the Center hopes to build connections between researchers, to raise awareness about regional, national, and international efforts in QUIEST, and to help guide research and education priorities for the QUIEST Center moving forward.

The symposium will be broadly organized around the QUIEST research domains:

  • Materials for QUIEST – Synthesis, characterization, and optimization of materials for the storage, manipulation, or transduction of quantum information.
  • Quantum Devices – Design and realization of new quantum processors, quantum sensors, and quantum interconnects, especially in combination with integrated electronics and photonics architectures.
  • Quantum Systems – Theory of quantum information processing, new architectures for intermediate-scale and fault-tolerant quantum processors, and quantum networking.
  • QUIEST Impact – Optimization and application of quantum sensors for materials science, chemistry, biology, and medicine; the use of quantum computers for materials design and data science.

How to Participate

Mark your calendar for May 2-3, 2024, and register here to secure your spot! Registration is free and open to all levels within the quantum community.

If you are interested in sharing your research as part of the FoQuS Poster Session during this conference, please submit your poster abstract here.

If you are a current Penn Student and would like to volunteer some of your time during the conference to support the background operations, please fill out this volunteer interest form. Marian Bechtel (QUIEST Program Coordinator, will reach out to student volunteers who have submitted this form to confirm details and assign responsibilities.


Advanced Registration Coffee Chats | Penn Engineering Council

Join the Penn Engineering Council for personalized class scheduling guidance during Advanced Registration! Sign up for a personalized coffee chat with an experienced student of your choice by clicking the sign-up link below. Reach out to your selected upperclassman advisor to schedule a one-on-one meeting and get expert advice tailored just for you, ensuring your ideal semester plan. Our team consists of juniors, seniors, and some sophomores from various SEAS majors, all here to assist you.

Plus, if you and your mentor decide to meet at Top Hat Coffee Lounge and are one of the first two sign-ups for that mentor, PEC will cover a combined $15 worth of purchases for you and your mentor! Don’t miss out on this exclusive opportunity!


E-Formal: Night at the Arcade (5/1)

The eighth annual Engineering Formal will take place Wednesday, May 1st from 9:30pm – 12:30am. Join us for an unforgettable night of games, food, and fun at Dave and Buster’s! The first ticket drop will open on Wednesday, April 10th. Follow @penn_esac on Instagram for updates!


OPA Applications

Apply to be an OPA! Would you like to mentor first year students and help them transition to Penn Engineering? Apply to be an OPA!

Application link here:

Deadline is April 20, 2024.


Raj and Neera Singh Program in Artificial Intelligence Town Hall (4/16)

The Raj and Neera Singh Program in Artificial Intelligence Town Hall will be Tuesday, April 16 at 12:00 pm in the Glandt Forum (Singh Center). Learn about the transfer process, curriculum, academic plan, and meet with program advisors. Lunch will be provided to attendees. Questions? Email

AI Town Hall Flyer


Accelerated Master’s Panel | Penn Engineering Council (4/16)

PEC is hosting a Penn Engineering Accelerated Master’s Panel! This will be a great opportunity for undergraduates interested in learning about the Accelerated Master’s programs Penn Engineering offers from the perspective of students currently pursuing them.

The panel will be held in Levine Lobby on Tuesday, April 16th from 5:00 to 6:00pm. The panel will feature 5 undergraduates pursuing their respective Master’s Degree in various fields of engineering and will feature drinks and donuts from Dunkin’. Stop by, grab a donut, and learn about what an Accelerated Master’s Degree entails from a student’s perspective!


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! 


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.


Communications Strategy for the Higher Education Sexual Misconduct and Awareness (HESMA) Survey

Penn is one of 10 institutions participating in the Higher Education Sexual Misconduct and Awareness survey this spring. Undergraduate, graduate, and professional students received a unique survey link via email to participate, and can also access the survey, which should take about 20 minutes to complete, with a single link. This is the third time since 2015 that Penn has participated in confidential data-gathering on the topic and the results are meant to inform policies, services, and interventions at the University and other institutions. Respondents will receive a $10 gift card and the survey is available for four weeks. The survey is being administered by Westat and is anonymous and voluntary. The survey opened on 3/19/24 and will close on 4/16/24.


Spring 2024 Penn Healthcare Journal Launch (4/17)

The Penn Healthcare Review is excited to present the Spring 2024 PHR Journal Launch Event! With our theme “Time Unveiled: Journey into Science of Aging,” we hope to explore an expansive array of topics ranging from neuroscience to emerging technologies. Our launch event will feature 3 esteemed speakers:

Dr. Virginia Lee, 2020 Breakthrough Life Sciences Prize Winner

Dr. Haichen Yang, VP of Clinical Research at Amicus Therapeutics

Dr. Maria Maccecchini, CEO of Annovis Bio

Catered dinner will be available following the panel. We’re so incredibly excited and hope you can join us! Event details are below:

Date & Time: Wednesday, April 17, 2024 @ 5-7 PM

Location: Ambani Auditorium (G06), Huntsman Hall

Tickets are selling quickly!

Career Pathways in Global Health 4/20

The Center for Global Health is hosting our 9th Annual Career Pathways in Global Health. We invite students from across Penn’s campus to join us in a short morning symposium where professionals from various fields in Global Health come and discuss their career trajectories. We welcome all Penn students with an interest in Global Health to join us for this event. Breakfast and lunch are provided, and the event ends with a networking lunch where students can talk with all the speakers.

Career Pathways in Global Health

Saturday, April 20th

10am – 1pm

Biomedical Research Building (BRB 252)

Poster with the following information: Career Pathways in Global Health Saturday, April 20th 10am - 1pm Biomedical Research Building (BRB 252)


Confidential HEMSA Survey (Due 4/16)

Dear Penn Students,

You should have received some messages about the confidential HESMA Survey in which Penn has joined 9 other colleges and universities to learn more about student experiences and the effectiveness of our education and prevention efforts and support and response resources. If you have already completed the survey, thank you! If you have not had a chance to take the survey, please do so as soon as possible by clicking on this link

Every student who completes the survey by 16th April will receive a $10 gift card (choice of Amazon, CVS, or Visa) as a small token of appreciation.

Your participation in this confidential survey is completely voluntary and will not affect any aspect of your individual experience at Penn. The more students who participate in the survey the better informed our community will be as we work together to promote a healthy and supportive campus.

Westat, a social science research firm, administering the survey. If you have any difficulty or need assistance, please contact Westat at or call 1 800-230-8586.



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!


Industrial Metal Service Scholarship (App Due 7/15)

We are offering a one-time scholarship reward of $1000 to one outstanding university student.

The scholarship requires students to create and submit a 300-word essay describing one of the following topics:
1. Innovative Uses of Recycled Metals in Design and Construction
2. The Role of Metals in Sustainable Development
3. The Impact of Metal 3D Printing on Manufacturing
4. Metals in Renewable Energy Technologies

More details can be found here:


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


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 (


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:


2024 O4U Fall Conference Applications Open!

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


Engineering Summer Academy at Penn (ESAP) hiring for Summer 2024

Engineering Summer Academy at Penn (ESAP) is a highly selective summer program where high school students explore Penn Engineering. ESAP’s intensive program combines sophisticated theory with hands-on practical experience while earning college credit, living on Penn’s historic campus, and connecting with new friends from around the world!

We are currently hiring residential assistant directors, teaching assistants, lab assistant and more!

Please use the following form to apply:




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 (