SEAS Weekly 9-11-23

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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:

“Let us make our future now, and let us make our dreams tomorrow’s reality.” – Malala Yousafzai

Highlights for the Week

  • TOMORROW: Add period ends on Tuesday, September 12. This is the last day to add/swap a course. Starting September 13, you will only be able to drop a course. This week is your last opportunity to shop for classes and make some decisions.

    Policy of Secular and Religious Holidays: Please review Penn policy on religious and secular holidays here: The Course Absence Notice (CAN) in Path@Penn should be used to notify your instructors of your absence in the first two weeks of classes per article #3 of the Policy.

    • 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 2023-24 academic year. You can also find the 2023-24 holidays calendar on our website. The full text of the policy can also be found in the Pennbook:

    *Friday 9/15 (sunset) to Sunday 9/17 – Rosh Hashanah (Jewish)

    *Sunday 9/24 (sunset) to Monday 9/25 – Yom Kippur (Jewish)

    Tuesday 11/7 – Election Day (Secular)

    Monday 12/25 – Christmas (Christian)

  • Friday 3/29 – Good Friday (Christian)

  • *Monday 4/22 (sunset) to Tuesday 4/30 (9 days) – Passover (Jewish)

    No exams or assigned work may be required from the evening of 4/22 through 4/24

    * – 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.


Important Dates:

Date Event
September 12 Course Selection Period ends
October 9 Drop Period ends
October 12-15 Fall Term Break
October 16 Classes Resume

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!


Save the Date: Semiconductor Industry Days 10/23 - 10/24

For more information, contact Lauren Kemp (


SWE Corporate Dinner 9/11

SWE’s 2023 Corporate Dinner will offer women the chance to network with professionals in different industries and learn about different employment opportunities! This is our 27th year hosting the event and this year it will be held in Houston Hall’s Bodek Lounge on Monday September 11th from 6-8:30pm.

Companies at Corporate Dinner include Lutron, Capital One, Bloomberg, SeatGeek, Cruise Automation, D.E. Shaw, and tons more! The event dress code is business casual.

Purchase your ticket at the link here: After purchasing your ticket please make sure to submit your resume here to be included in our resume book for our corporate sponsors:

Event Schedule:

6:00 – 6:15pm: Check in, grab hor d’oeuvres, and mingle with companies and guests

6:15 – 6:20pm: Welcome speech from Corporate Dinner Co-Directors Allison & Ananya

6:20 – 6:30pm: Greetings from Dean Vijay Kumar

6:30 – 6:35pm: Greetings from SWE President Kara Murphy

6:35 – 6:50pm: Keynote Speech from Penn Alumna Janelle Johnson Grummert, Penn ’08

6:50 – 8pm: Transition to Corporate Networking Session

8:00 – 8:05pm: Thank you and closing remarks from Allison & Ananya

8:05 – 8:30pm: Wrap up networking for the evening


M&T Transfer Student Information Session (10/20)

The Jerome Fisher Program in Management & Technology is a highly competitive dual-degree program designed for students with interdisciplinary interests in business and technology and a desire to shape their own success. Accepted applicants are dually admitted to the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business and School of Engineering and Applied Science.

Fully matriculated Penn first years are eligible for transfer into the Program. Penn students may only apply to transfer into M&T at the conclusion of their first year.

Transfer Information Session (open to Penn students ONLY) will be held on Friday, October 20, 2023, 5-7 pm ET. Please register in advance for this info session. After you have registered, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the virtual meeting. Register here: Transfer Student Info Session Registration (


Underrepresented Student Advisory Board in Engineering (USABE) Ambassadors (Due 9/11)

Deadline: September 11, 2023
The Underrepresented Student Advisory Board in Engineering (USABE) is a Penn Engineering organization that works with school leadership to promote diversity and inclusion through student advocacy. They work closely with and are supported by the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI). Please contact Lily Min ( with any questions. More Info Here


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


Penn Engineering FBI Clearance Blitz (9/26 & 9/27)

September 26th & 27th, 2023 – 9:00am – 3:30pm EDT | ODEI (Enter at Towne 211)
This will be an opportunity for anyone who will work with minors consistently this semester to get the background check process started. No appointment required. For more information, please contact Jessica Lesovitz ( or Chanda Jefferson (


ODEI Wellness Workshops

  • STEM Study Strategies & Exam Prep : September 21st, 2023 – 12:00pm – 1:00pm EDT | Cora Ingrum Conference Room (Enter at Towne 211) 

    The Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (ODEI) is excited to bring back its Wellness Workshop series!  For the first installment, the Weingarten Center will engage in conversations about study strategies for a successful semester. Lunch will be provided for in-person participants and will be first come, first served with a maximum capacity of 20 in-person attendees per session. There is no limit on the number of students who can attend virtually!  REGISTER HERE 

  • Stress Management & Self Care: September 28th, 2023 – 12:00pm – 1:00pm EDT | Cora Ingrum Conference Room (Enter at Towne 211)

    For the second installment, Student Health & Counseling will engage in conversations about the importance of stress management and self-care. Lunch will be provided for in-person participants and will be first come, first served with a maximum capacity of 20 in-person attendees per session. There is no limit on the number of students who can attend virtually!  REGISTER HERE 

  • Introduction to Budgeting & Financial Literacy : October 5th, 2023 – 12:00pm – 1:00pm EDT | Cora Ingrum Conference Room (Enter at Towne 211)

    For the final installment, Financial Wellness will offer tips about budgeting and financial literacy. Lunch will be provided for in-person participants and will be first come, first served with a maximum capacity of 20 in-person attendees per session. There is no limit on the number of students who can attend virtually! If you plan on attending this session, please RSVP using both sign-up forms.  REGISTER HERE – Financial Wellness Form REGISTER HERE – ODEI Google Form 


Penn Activities


Wellness and Resilience Workshops

Free workshops open to all Penn students to learn strategies and skills to help you reach your goals, manage stress, and strengthen your relationships. Each 90-minute workshop offers a fun and casual space to meet and build relationships with other Penn students. These tools have been used by leaders in medicine, business, sports, as well as colleges students. Learn more on the poster below or at:

Wellness and Resilience Fall 2023


Flu Clinic 10/4 - 10/6

This year’s Candyland-themed Flu Clinic<> will take place over three days: Wednesday and Thursday, October 4-5, from 10 a.m.–6 p.m., and on Friday, October 6, from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. It will be held in the Gimbel Gymnasium, at Pottruck Health and Fitness Center (3701 Walnut Street). The flu clinic is free and open to the University community, including students, faculty, postdocs, and staff. Penn Cards required.


Penn Libraries Passport Kick-Off (9/12)

Spread the word: the Penn Libraries’ popular passport program is back! Starting with our kick-off event next Tuesday, September 12, students can discover new library spaces and services while collecting stamps and selfies. Participants will get a limited-edition, customizable fanny pack if they complete at least 7 stops by November 7.



No Scholarship information is available at this time.


Paid/Unpaid Opportunities

Peer Wellness Coach Recruitment (App due 9/20)

Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis for our new Peer Wellness Coaching program<>. Students can submit their application<;!!IBzWLUs!TXmAwfebsKAlNWWPl8NE_Dzq8atwHnlHC_K9–YW50Ze98-ljqs4Cv9l50uwwPIHCQ5fbVkZF9CLR1n9ouzJlw$>, resume, cover letter, and class schedule to Dr. Zihui Lu, the Wellness Coaching Manager (<>) by September 20, 2023. The program will launch in the Spring 2024 semester.

See poster for more information: Wellness Coaching 2023


Computer Science Pathway Fellow

Open until positions are filled
The Computer Science Pathway Fellow will support students as part of Penn Engineering and Heights CS/Technology pathway programming at the High School of the Future.  This role will start by mid-October, continuing through early May, approx. 8-11 hours/week. This is a new position aimed at supporting 9th and 10th grade students who are enrolled in an introductory Computer Science class at High School of the Future in West Philadelphia.  Over time, Heights seeks to support School of the Future students from 9th – 12th grade and beyond, with a focus on enhancing student interest and success in Computer Science pathway courses through AP Computer Science A, ultimately forging pathways into Computer Science & Tech majors and careers. We are seeking a flexible, innovative individual who will act as a near-peer guide, tutor, and mentor to students, a pioneer figure in our new partnership with this school. Pay: $15 –  $20/hr. If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Jeremy Heyman ( or Chanda Jefferson ( More Info Here


Blended Learning Initiative (BLI) CS Instructors

Open until positions are filled
Heights Philadelphia, in partnership with Penn Engineering, is hiring students to be computer science instructors ($20/hr, ~2-4 hrs/week, teaching a CS class at Penn or at one of our partner high schools). For more information, please contact Dr. Jeremy Heyman ( or Chanda Jefferson ( More Info Here