• SEAS Weekly: 9/13/21

SEAS Weekly: 9/13/21

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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

“You can’t make decisions based on fear and the possibility of what might happen.”
― Michelle Obama

Highlights for the Week

  • Higher Education Emergency Relief Funds (HEERF) are available as direct grants to students with financial need and on student public health initiatives related to COVID-19. Find out more here: https://srfs.upenn.edu/heerf


  • 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: https://shs.wellness.upenn.edu/
    • CAPS: https://caps.wellness.upenn.edu/ 
    • 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 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



EDAB Coffee Chats Signup Now!

The Engineering Deans’ Advisory Board (EDAB) is a student board that works directly with deans and faculty to implement initiatives that enrich the learning and welfare of engineers.

Pair up with a current EDAB member to discuss all things related to our work, life on campus and just hang out!

EDAB Coffee Chat Signup form is available here: https://forms.gle/1Q6gNDcSrnVdjdC97

Check us out through our website: https://www.edabpenn.com/ 


The MBA Fund - Fall 2021 Recruiting - APPLY NOW!

The MBA Fund invests primarily at the pre-seed/seed stage in companies with founders from the Stanford, Harvard, and UPenn ecosystems. In the last year, we’ve backed >30 startups, many of which have gone on to raise capital from top funds (e.g., Sequoia, Accel, Lightspeed, Founders Fund, YC).Our LPs include both founders (Doordash, Trulia, etc.) and VC firms (like Crosslink, NFX, Contour, Bessemer, and others). We’re also imminently closing a fresh multi-million dollar dedicated fund!

We’re looking for new Campus Investment Partners to join our Penn/Wharton team! This is a great way to get meaningful VC experience across sourcing, diligence, and execution – especially for those with ambitions to break into or continue within the industry (can attest the MBA Fund was instrumental in my own recruiting process!) Please find additional detail on the application form linked HERE; we will be interviewing candidates on a rolling basis.


2021 Society of Women Engineers (SWE) Resume Book! (DEADLINE: September 15, 2021)

Submit your resume to be sent to all of our corporate sponsors such as Facebook, Amazon Robotics, Regeneron, Microsoft, Mastercard, Bloomberg, Campbell Soup Company, The Boring Company, D.E. Shaw, SIG, DRW, Phoenix Contact, UBS, and more! All majors and years are encouraged to apply as companies are looking for students with diverse backgrounds for full-time, internships, and discovery programs! The deadline to submit your resume is September 15.


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: https://tinyurl.com/SWEapp-21. 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 pennswe@gmail.com or @pennswe on Instagram!


25th Annual Corporate Dinner hosted by The Society of Women Engineers (Ticket DEADLINE, Tuesday September 14, 2021)

The Society of Women Engineers are very excited to host our 25th Annual Corporate Dinner, and we hope that you will enjoy it. The event will be held through Zoom on Monday, September 20th from 6:30 to 9 pm ET. Sponsors include Microsoft, GSK, D.E. Shaw, Accenture, and many more! Please buy a ticket on TicketLeap ($3 commitment fee) and fill out this form here. Remember that your $3 will be reimbursed as long as you attend the event or cancel before Monday, September 13th. More details about the event schedule and sponsors can be found on the TicketLeap About Section. Ticket sales will end on Tuesday, September 14th at 11:59 PM ET.

Please reach out to Acelyn Choi (choihye@seas.upenn.edu) or Rebekah Varghese (rvarg@seas.upenn.edu) with any questions!


Access Engineering (Application DEADLINE Wednesday September 15, 2021)

Access Engineering helps build engineering awareness at the high school level through community outreach in the Philadelphia area. This semester we are planning several programs including a weekly lab-based program for local high school students that focuses on touching on all the types of engineering offered at Penn.

Our program will consist mainly of weekly virtual live sessions for students and the potential for in-person sessions later in the semester. Volunteers will be expected to help plan lessons and attend the live sessions.

Who are we?

  • Fun, close-knit group of individuals passionate about teaching students

How will we operate?

  • Lessons on different engineering disciplines
  • Fun labs for students to complete
  • Weekly live sessions on Saturdays
  • Start Date: Saturday, October 2nd, 2021

Who are we looking for?

  • Passionate, patient teachers interested in STEM
  • Desire to teach engineering topics to high school students
  • Creativity & flexibility to work remotely

Need more info?



Due: Wednesday, September 15th, 2021 at 11:59PM 


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 http://upenn.motivote.us and then can join the Engineering Team: Undergraduate https://upenn.motivote.us/t/penn-engineering-1/overview/


Penn Activities

Welcome Back from Penn Leads the Vote (PLTV)!

Penn Leads the Vote encourages you to make updating your registration part of your back-to-campus to-do list.

Right now: take two minutes to update your voter registration address or register for the first time online. Live in a College House? Make sure you specify your mailing address and residential address, learn more here.

If you prefer to register in person, join us on September 28th for a National Voter Registration Day Celebration on College Green from 11am to 3pm.

PLTV staff and volunteers will be on hand to help you register to vote answer any voting questions you may have. There will be free swag, free food, and more.

Visit us at our new website for more information – https://vote.upenn.edu

Opportunities to get involved:

We are looking for students, faculty, and staff to join us in making Penn a more civically engaged campus.

Consider joining us through one of the following opportunities (ordered from least to most commitment):

  1. Volunteer: This is a high impact, low commitment opportunity for those who want to multiply your impact. Volunteers receive free PLTV swag and get priority access to events like National Voter Registration Day.
  2. Fellowships: If you are looking for a longer, more professionally-oriented opportunity to support voting and civic engagement on campus, a fellowship is for you! Fellows work closely with PLTV staff to complete high impact projects over the course of the semester.
  3. Paid Positions: PLTV is hiring an undergraduate partnerships coordinator and diversity and inclusion coordinator. These are paid positions open to students who are passionate about civic engagement and are able to commit 10 hours a week for the remainder of the year. Learn more on our website.






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: https://www.jamesdysonaward.org/en-us/home/ 


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

The Schwarzman Scholars Application is Live!

Apply here: https://connect.schwarzmanscholars.org/apply/

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: https://www.curf.upenn.edu/content/schwarzman

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


Paid/Unpaid Opportunities

Red & Blue Engagement Center is hiring non-work study students

The Red & Blue Engagement Center is looking for enthusiastic students (both undergraduate and graduate level) who love Penn or freshman who are learning to 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.

The job is posted to Handshake but students can also apply directly at  https://upenn.theengagementcenter.com/


Platt House is seeking an App Designer

Platt House is seeking a designer to create a user friendly app where student artists can connect with other student artists for projects and independent work. We would like to call it Debut or something similar and a description is below.  Compensation will be provided and determined before work is started.

Debut is an app for student artists looking to connect on short term projects. Debut provides a platform for student artists to connect, portfolio-build, and gain experience. This role would require the ability to program an app and would provide creative development and leadership opportunities.

Contact Laurie McCall, Platt House Director (lmccall@upenn.edu) for more information.


Research Associate Position at the Kleinman Center (DEADLINE: September 13, 2021)

The Kleinman Center is looking for a qualified recent Penn graduate to fill a full-time, 1-year Research Associate position. This RA will work with our director of research and will be instrumental in building out the center’s research strategy as outlined in our recent five-year plan.

Any former students who are looking for a year-long opportunity, recently graduated from an undergraduate or master’s program, and who have experience working on energy policy related research, should be encouraged to apply! Application deadline is September 13, 2021.

Description and application instructions: https://kleinmanenergy.upenn.edu/education/internships-opportunities/1-year-research-associate/

Potential applicant should also feel free to reach out to Oscar Serpell (serpello@upenn.edu) for more information.


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: incubator.pgworks.com

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 here