SEAS Weekly: 8/30/21

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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

“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” – Nelson Mandela

Highlights for the Week

  • Secular and Religious Holidays Policy In accordance with the policy “no examinations may be given and no assigned work may be required” on these specific holiday dates during the 2021-22 academic year. You can also find the 2021-22 holidays calendar on our website, in text and ical format (for importing to Outlook or Google calendar). The full text of the policy can also be found in the Pennbook.:
    • 9/6/21-9/8/21* (Mon-Wed): Rosh Hashanah (Jewish)
    • 9/15/21-9/16/21* (Wed-Thur): Yom Kippur (Jewish)
    • 12/25/21: (Sat): Christmas (Christian)
    • 4/15/22 (Fri): Good Friday (Christian)
    • 4/15/22-4/23/22* (Fri-Sat for 9 days): Passover (Jewish). No exams or assigned work may be required from the evening of 4/15 through 4/17

    * – indicates holiday begins at sunset on the first date given

    In addition students may request alternate arrangements for any other holiday of importance to them as explained in section 3 of the policy. Students must make these arrangements at the beginning of the semester; within the first two weeks of classes is recommended.

  • Student Health and CAPS Are Available for Students Remember to call first!
    • SHS:
    • CAPS: 
    • In-Person Visits
      • Monday through Friday, 9:30a – 1:30p
    • Telehealth (phone or videoconferencing)
      • Monday through Friday, 9:30a – 4:30p
    • After-hours
      • On-Call Clinician for Urgent Issues (SHS): 215-746-3535, Option 3
      • 24/7 Access to a Clinician (CAPS): 215-898-7021, Option 1

Important Dates:

Date Event
September 6 Labor Day
September 14 Course Selection Deadline
October 11 Drop Period Deadline
October 14-17 Fall Break
October 29 Grade Type Change Deadline
October 29-31 Family Weekend

Engineering Activities


Society of Women Engineers Cooperate Dinner Interest Form (September 2021)

We hope you are all enjoying your summers! We are currently planning to host the annual Society of Women Engineers Corporate Dinner entirely online on Monday, September 20th beginning at 6:30pm ET. Please fill out THIS SHORT FORM to indicate your interest in participating in this event. We will contact you with more specific details and ticketing information later. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to email Rebekah ( or Acelyn ( Thank you!

Get Involved in Society of Women Engineers (Apply to our committees by September 17, 2021)

Interested in being part of a great community of women in engineering?  Apply to our committees here: Also, come meet the SWE Executive Board on

  • Thursday, September 9th from 7-8 pm on High Rise Field
  • Friday, September 10th from 2:30-3:30 pm at Greenberg Lounge

Applications are due September 17th and reach out with any questions to or @pennswe on Instagram!

Register to vote!

Register to vote! Encourage others to participate in the democratic process!

Penn Engineering is in a friendly competition with the other UG Schools in how many Penn Engineers will participate in the Motivote voter drive. You can register to vote and take other actions to earn points. Not a citizen? No problem. You can still earn points for the School!

Participants should first sign up at and then can join the Engineering Team: Undergraduate


Penn Activities

Sign up for PennApps XXII (September 5, 2021)

PennApps is the nation’s first hackathon hosted every semester at the University of Pennsylvania. This year we’re going virtual (with in-person activities for Penn students) and we want you to apply to be a part of the action this fall — apply at!

Apply by September 5th, 11:59PM EDT to have the opportunity to:

  • Win thousands of dollars worth of prizes!
  • Interact with amazing sponsors in addition to collecting all the free swag!
  • Mingle and code with hackers like you from all over the world for 36 hours straight!
  • Attend our exciting workshops to learn more about web/app development and real-world applications suited for beginners to gurus!
  • Attend fun side events including internet scavenger hunts, online escape rooms, smash tournaments, etc.!
  • Become a part of PennApps history among other awesome hacks such as SubADubDub, GluClose, DeFake, and more!

When: Friday, September 10 through Sunday, September 12

Where: Virtual! + Some In-Person Activities for Penn Students! (TBA)

You can apply here! We look forward to seeing what you can bring to PennApps XXII! If you have any questions, feel free to email us at or visit for more information.


Volunteer for Send Silence Packing @ Penn (September 9, 2021)

Would you like to help support mental wellness in the Penn community?

A dozen Penn student groups and academic programs have already joined together to start a positive conversation surrounding mental wellness and provide community-wide resources to students by bringing Send Silence Packing® to Penn’s campus on September 9th.

What is Send Silence Packing?

Send Silence Packing® is a traveling public education display of more than 500 backpacks with the goal of ending silence around mental health and suicide and connecting visitors to resources for support and action.

This acclaimed program from Active Minds, Inc. aims to promote a positive dialogue about mental health on college campuses with messages such as “you are not alone” and “keep going, the world needs you here!”

Groups that have already joined the effort include CAPS, Penn Wellness, Wharton MBA, Wharton Undergrad, Dental School, Vet School, First Year Program, Engineering, Active Minds, PRISM, Zeta Beta Tau, Delta Delta Delta, Kappa Alpha Theta, Sigma Alpha Mu, SPARC, Club Soccer, Club Basketball, CAPSAB, the Chaplain’s Office, and CogWell.

Volunteer at the event!

We need you! There are individual volunteer opportunities to help set up, host, and clean up the event on Thursday, September 9th. Please sign up here: Volunteer SIGN UP: Send Silence Packing!.

You can also email if you and/or your student group would like to support the cause in any way or have questions about the event!



James Dyson Award

James Dyson Award.

What is the James Dyson Award?

The James Dyson Award is an international design award that celebrates, encourages and inspires the next generation of design engineers. The challenge is simple: design something that solves a problem.

Who can enter?

It is open to current university students of engineering, product design and industrial design – and those who have graduated in these subjects in the last four years. We’ll ask to see official documentation that proves it.

What can you win?

Students that enter have the opportunity to win $2,500 as a national winner and $35,000 as an international winner, along with a donation of $6,000 to the departments that supported them. New this year! We will offer an additional $35,000 prize for the sustainability award winner, which is the best entry that addresses an environmental issue. The award not only provides an opportunity for students to commercialize their ideas through funding, it also provides an international media platform and exposure which has allowed previous winners such as MarinaTex, a home compostable material designed as an alternative single-use plastic films, to develop into businesses. Be sure to also check out our US National Winner, Thipok Cholsaipant, who is the inventor of Aerolyze, the world’s first breath glucometer for prediabetics. By replacing blood with a breath, the design eliminates the pain and inconvenience of pricking your finger altogether. .

Learn more about the James Dyson Award here: 

The Schwarzman Scholars Application is Live! (DEADLINE: September 21, 2021)

The Schwarzman Scholars Application is Live!

Apply here:

To access the U.S./Global application and learn more about requirements please visit the Schwarzman Scholars website. The U.S./Global application will close at 11:59PM on September 21, 2021. The deadline for candidates who hold passports from Chinese mainland, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao is May 19, 2021. The China application can be found here. Applications will be reviewed by a distinguished team of readers from around the world who will narrow the pool based on an extensive set of guidelines. More than 400 finalists will be invited to an in-person interview in Beijing, Singapore, London, or New York, and will be notified of their acceptance by mid-November.

To give those interested in Schwarzman Scholars the opportunity to learn more about selection process and unique elements of the Scholar experience reach out to the Penn’s Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (CURF) here:

Program eligibility

  • Open to candidates between the ages of 18 and 28 years old
  • No nationality restriction
  • English proficiency
  • Must have obtained an undergraduate degree or its equivalent.
  • Mandarin skills are not required for admission.
  • Whether in politics, business, sciences, or the arts, successful applicants are young people who have already begun to demonstrate the ability to lead, produce results in their fields, and a commitment to building understanding among people with differing perspectives.

Deadline: September 21, 2021

Fulbright Applications Open (Penn Deadline: August 31, 2021)

Fulbright Applications Now Open

The Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (CURF) is very pleased to announce that the Fulbright U.S. Student Program application cycle is underway for applicants who would take up their grants in 2022-2023. As the University of Pennsylvania’s official endorser of applicants, CURF works with juniors and seniors, graduate students, and alumni interested in applying for Fulbright Study/Research Grants and English Teaching Assistant Awards.

CURF’s Fulbright Canvas site is designed to serve as an informative and engaging resource for prospective Fulbright applicants at Penn, who may request access by submitting this brief webform: Prospective applicants are also encouraged to attend remote Fulbright events and to engage in remote advising conversations with CURF staff. Fulbright U.S. Student Program applicants (who must be U.S. Citizens) submit their complete applications by August 31, 2021 in order to meet Penn’s campus deadline.

We greatly appreciate your assistance with making the students in your department, as well as your departmental colleagues, aware of the opportunities available through Fulbright and the application support available through CURF.

Penn Deadline: August 31, 2021

National Deadline: October 12, 2021 (5pm EST.)


Paid/Unpaid Opportunities

Apply to the Energy Innovation Lab (DEADLINE: September 17, 2021)

Energy Innovation Lab, sponsored by Philadelphia Gas Works and Temple Small Business Development Center (SBDC), are looking for applicants for the opportunity to win up to $30, 000 for their energy startups.

Find details here:

Deadline: September 17, 2021

Airport Cooperative Research Program's University Design Competition (DEADLINE for submissions: May 13, 2022)

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

A variety of multidisciplinary topics are suggested, but students can come up with their own relevant topics for their design solution.

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.

Competition runs from August 16, 2021 to May 13, 2022.  Find more information here: ACRP Design Competiton .  Access guidlines hereLink

CETS Work-Study Tech Jobs (DEADLINE: August 31, 2021)

Computing and Educational Technology Services (CETS) invite you to apply for one of their work-study positions. If you’re a Penn Engineering undergrad with a work-study award who loves technology this may be the job for you.  CETS offers flexibility, great pay, and a nuturing environment.  Please note this job is limited to undergraduates with work-study grants.  No other applicants will be considered.

DEADLINE: August 31, 2021.  Please apply here:

RAS Administrative Work-Study Jobs (DEADLINE: September 7, 2021)

Join the team at RAS working with a robust staff and programs.  Check out our work-study postings in Workday for RAS Receptionists and Office Assistant roles.

Access Workday here:

  1. Log in to Workday using the link below.
  2. Click on “Career”
  3. Click on “Find Jobs for Student Employment”
  4. Search for RAS Work-study available positions
    • Job requistion numbers  listed below:
      • JR00035797 RAS Receptionist (Open)
      • JR00038298 Office Assistant (Open)