SEAS Weekly: 9/20/21

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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 ones who are crazy enough to think that they can change the world are the ones who do. ”  ― Steve Jobs

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:


  • 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.:
    • 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
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:

Check us out through our website: 


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.



25th Annual Corporate Dinner hosted by The Society of Women Engineers (September 20, 2021 via Zoom)

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 ( or Rebekah Varghese ( with any questions!


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

Penn Climate Ventrures 2021 Ideathon! (September 21-25, 2021)

2021 Ideathon – September 21 – 25, 2021

Develop creative, non-traditional solutions to standing challenges in the climate space, connect with mentors, and win cash prizes.

Register here for the Penn Climate Ventures 2021 Fall Ideathon, a climate pitch competition exclusive for Penn students!!

All participants will have the opportunity to:

  • compete for up to $1500 in prizes and financial awards to help support developing climate ideas into startups
  • connect with other passionate entrepreneurial minds
  • obtain mentorship from industry leaders

Prompts will be released September 9th. Registration closes on September 20th. Find us on Instagram @PennClimateVentures or at 


REFRESH Registration Ends Today! (September 20, 2021)



What? Refresh! A 7-week cognitive behavioral sleep program. 

Why? Sleep is important. Refresh is an evidenced based educational program with published results of decreased depressive symptoms and improvements in sleep quality. 

When? Registration is now open, SIGN UP HERE! 

Who? YOU. We are offering this intervention to students, faculty, AND staff. Please keep in mind it was specifically created for college students, but that doesn’t mean you won’t benefit. 



Refresh is an evidence-based 7-week cognitive behavioral self-help program that originated at Stanford University and was implemented at several universities (University of Chicago, Dartmouth, and University of Iowa) over the past few years. Results have consistently shown a decrease in depressive symptoms and improvements in sleep quality. Campus Health’s Refresh program has helped almost 2000 Penn students improve their sleep quality.   


Registration ends September 20th.If you come across students who seem to be struggling with sleep or have an interest in improving their overall sleep quality, you can direct them to Campus Health’s Sleep Well page to sign-up. 


Penn's Declassified Sex Survival Guide - Registration Opens TODAY, September 20, 2021)


What? A 6-week, email-delivered sexual health program.

Why?  Sex is part of so many of our students’ lives and everyone encounters thoughts and questions about sex and sexuality, yet so many students get insufficient sex education. Filling the gaps in sexual health knowledge and encouraging healthy sexual habits improves overall health and wellness and can support some of the burning sex-related questions our students may have.

When? Registration is open until September 20thSIGN UP HERE!

Who? ALL students! We want any and all interested students to join this exciting new program!



This online sexual health program is a 6-week, self-paced sexual health program created by Wellness and reviewed by Penn staff and students! Program modules will be emailed to students every Wednesday for six weeks and offer information on a variety of sexuality-related topics. Some topics covered in the program include communication, healthy relationships, protection, and sexual health care.


Registration ends on September 20th. If you interact with students who are seeking more sexual-health information or could benefit from learning more about sex and sexual health, please refer them to our Sex Well page to sign-up!  


FLU VACCINE CLINIC (October 4-8, 2021)


What? Wellness’s annual Flu Vaccine Clinic! 

Why? Getting your flu vaccine is the single most effective way to prevent the flu. 

When? October 4th-7th, 10am-6:30pm & October 8th 10am-3:00pm 

Who? Everyone in the Penn community! Flu vaccines are required for all students.  


Details: Flu vaccines are required for all students, faculty, and staff this year. The 2021 Flu Clinic will be held in Gimbel Gym (Pottruck Health & Fitness Center) on Monday October 4th through Friday October 8th


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 –

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: 


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


Paid/Unpaid Opportunities

Dorm Room Fund (Application Deadline: September 24, 2021)

Dorm Room Fund  Partner Application and Zoom Event

Dorm Room Fund is the original student-run venture fund spun out of First Round Capital.  Their nationwide teams of student investment partners are instrumental in helpming them locate and invest in the most promising startups.  To date, they have invested in over 300 companies, such as Snackpass and Brooklinen, creating over $3B in value.

Applications to join the team are now open until September 24, 2021.  Access the application here:


Feel free to reach out to Alex Spagnola at or email


Penn Libraries are hiring students! Apply

The Penn Libraries is hiring students in a variety of roles. Daytime, evening, and weekend hours are available at library locations across campus.


Applicants should search “Library” in Workday for open positions.

Learn more:


At this time, positions are open only to students with Federal Work-Study awards.  See more details here: 


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


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 ( for more information.


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