SEAS Weekly 9-19-22

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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

“If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.” – Vincent Van Gogh

Highlights for the Week

  • Penn Engineering Student Learning and Engagement (PESTLE): The goal of PESTLE is to provide an opportunity for all Penn Engineering students to engage with the Philadelphia community.  There are multiple opportunities for engagement, whether they are one-time service events or ongoing commitments, student organization activities, school initiatives, or university partnerships with local community centers.  Learn more at


  • 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
October 6-9 Fall Term Break
October 10 Drop Period Ends
October 10 Indigenous People’s Day (University open; Classes in session)
October 10 Classes Resume
October 22 October 22 (Yale)

Engineering Activities

RAS Academic Advising


Penn Activities

Journeying into Civil Rights History with Herman Beavers and Bryan Stevenson (10/6 - 10/9)

Penn’s inaugural Alumni Civil Rights Trip will happen this fall (October 6-9, 2022). This program was modelled from a program GIC has been offering students for 25 years.

Participants who choose this trip will have the wonderful opportunity to journey with Dr. Herman Beavers as the faculty host and Sherisse Laud-Hammond as the staff host from Alumni Relations. An additional highlight will be Bryan Stevenson, Founder of the Equal Justice Initiative, who will speak about his work with the Equal Justice Initiative. This is a thought-provoking experience for those eager to delve into history and movement work in the South.

For more information and instructions on how to sign up, please click on the following flyer: Alabama 2022 TOUR Brochure


Entrepreneur in Residence: Stuart Weitzman (10/26)

Calling All Entrepreneurs: Join an exclusive program with award winning designer and footwear icon Stuart Weitzman (W’63), Founder and Chairman Emeritus, Stuart Weitzman LLC. The award-winning designer and footwear icon will host student sessions to discuss building his company, creating marketing and branding strategies, and understanding the value of design.

All Penn students can learn from Stuart about building his company, creating marketing and branding strategies, and methods of entrepreneurship by joining the Entrepreneur In Residence Program. This is an exclusive 25-person class offered only once this year.

In addition to the Entrepreneur In Residence class, four selected students will have an additional 30-minute individualized mentoring session in the afternoon with Stuart Weitzman. Due to limited space, mentoring sessions will be highly selective.

Past student testimonial:

“The conversation was guided carefully as it was clear he spent time contemplating what’s the best use of time and what content would be most relevant for us.”

Reach out to Ember Bennett ( with any questions. For more information, visit



North Spore Scholarship 2022 (Due Dec 20)

North Spore Scholarship 2022 is worth $2,500 to pay for tuition, books, computers, accommodation, and any other educational expenses. This is open to students interested in enrolling or existing students of mycology, a postgraduate student in mycology, or another related study.

In order to participate in the scholarship contest, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Must be 18 years old or older.
  • Must be a legal resident of the United States or a holder of a valid student visa.
  • Must be currently enrolled in or accepted to a full-time program in an accredited US university or college
  • Must be a student of mycology, a postgraduate student in mycology, or another related study
  • Must provide a 300-word essay on or before the deadline of December 20, 2022.

The intent behind organizing the scholarship is to bring deserving and thoughtful young talents to the spotlight by nurturing their creativity and perseverance in creating a greener environment. To learn more about the scholarship, you can visit our website. If you have any questions please let us know.


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 


Airport Cooperative Research Program University Design Competition for Addressing Airport Needs (8/16/22 - 5/12/23)

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 to 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.


Naval Academy Science & Engineering Conference 2022 (Apply by 9/29)

We are writing to invite up to four undergraduate students from UPenn to attend and participate in-person in the 11th Naval Academy Science and Engineering Conference (NASEC), to be held 6-8 November 2022 in Annapolis, Maryland. This year’s conference, titled Powering the Modern World, is organized around the themes of Energy and Sustainability.

A main objective of this conference is to bring together undergraduate students from a wide variety of institutions of higher education to foster discussions about STEM and the challenges our nation faces in solving critical technical issues. Keynote speakers from academia, government, and industry will present their perspectives on the main topics of the conference to the attendees. In addition to the speakers and panelists, the conference will consist of hands-on work and small-group discussion, student organized and directed, on a relevant subtopic. A final presentation prepared by the student groups and delivered on the final day of NASEC constitutes the main deliverable of this conference. More information is available at the NASEC website,

In addition to the activities above, NASEC hosts a student poster session on the final day to allow students involved in research or design projects an opportunity to talk about their work with faculty and peers. While we do not require attendees to present a poster, this has been a highlight of the conference over the last few years and we encourage participation.

After confirming participation with each of your four nominees, the NASEC team will provide your students with background information and read-ahead materials, and the NASEC team will assign each one to a breakout group working on a subset of the conference theme.

The Naval Academy will provide lodging in a local hotel, bus transportation between the hotel and the Academy, and most meals and refreshments during NASEC 2022. The student attendees (and/or their home institutions) will be responsible for the transportation arrangements and costs for the students to get to the conference hotel by 11:00am on Sunday, 6 November and to return home on Tuesday evening, 8 November (the conference ends by 2:00pm on Tuesday).

We understand that decisions surrounding travel and participation in large in-person events are challenging. To help understand and mitigate potential health risks we ask that any potential participant read our COVID policy, which may be found on our website. The policy includes a vaccine requirement for all NASEC participants.

To apply: Email with the subject line “Naval Academy Science & Engineering Conference 2022 Application” and include your full name and contact information (email and phone number).


Funding opportunities for hi-tech projects & ventures – APPLICATIONS OPEN (Due 9/30)

Looking for funding for your tech project or venture?

Penn Engineering is pleased to offer funding opportunities for high-tech project and venture development. We are soliciting proposals for projects and venture concepts that might develop into companies, and these funds are available to help:

·  Berkman Opportunity Fund ($500 or $1,000 per project)
The Berkman Opportunity Fund provides support for students (or teams of students) with innovative ideas that might turn into products and companies. Click HERE to apply

·  Miller Innovation Fellowship ($15,000 per venture)
Miller Innovation Fellowships are designed to allow students (or teams of students) that have made use of Penn’s innovation & entrepreneurship resources to further develop ventures based on high-tech products & services and to have focused capital and advising resources to explore a venture.  If you have previously participated in and received funding from other Penn programs (e.g., iCorps, Penn Wharton Innovation Fund, Weiss Tech Fund, Venture Initiation Program Accelerator), click HERE to apply

Applications are now open and the application deadline is 11:59 PM EDT on Friday, September 30, 2022

Contact Angela Busichio, Administrative Coordinator for Engineering Entrepreneurship, with any questions:

Apply today!