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Calendar of Academic and Major Events*

Oct. 16-20: Rethink your Footprint - Reduce/Reuse/Recycle - Events every day
Oct. 16-20: Penn Food Week (see below for daily events)
Oct. 18: Collegium Institute at Penn - 5:45 pm
Oct. 18: Justice in biotechnology: Civic House Forum, 7-8:30 pm
Oct. 23: Career Conversations: Medical School and After, 1:30-2 in the lounge with Aaron Cohen '08
Oct. 24: The Real Record on Racial Attitudes - Lightbulb Cafe with Camille Charles
Oct. 25: Course Fair 11-2 in the Hall of Flags - volunteers needed!
Oct. 30- Nov. 12 - Pre-registration for spring 2018 courses
Nov. 8:  Screening of "Through the Lens of Race" (follow link for details)
Nov. 10: Withrawal from Course Deadline - Friday (results in a W on your transcript)
March 22: Career Services Brown Bag with Claire Klieger  (Thursday 3/22 12 noon in the lounge)

*Events - Details 

Getting Started in Biomedical/Healthcare Research - Monday, October 16th

4:00pm to 5:00pm
Fireside Lounge, ARCH Building Room 200

Whether you are interested in wet-lab research, translational research or health-related research outside of the traditional laboratory setting, Penn has something for you.  Come meet current undergraduate student researchers and learn about how you can get started!

Penn Food Week Oct 16-20

Monday, Oct. 16th - Local experts panel: Leveraging anchor institutions for regional food systems growth. 3:00pm - 4:30pm in Terrace Room, Cohen Hall

Are large geographically-rooted institutions like colleges and universities the secret ingredient to building a local food system? Speakers from regional foods distributor The Common Market, Penn’s food service provider Bon Appetit, and local food producers talk about what it takes to support a regional food system at every step along the supply chain. Panel co-hosted by PSCI/HSOC 135 the Politics of Food and Agriculture course. Local hors d’oeuvres provided!


Tuesday, Oct. 17th - Myth busting: Plant-based proteins and athletic diets. 6:00pm - 7:00pm . Terrace Room, Cohen Hall

Worried about how to fuel athletic performance on a plant-based diet? Curious about how to get enough protein and nutrients through plants? The Penn Vegan Society welcomes you to an interactive workshop to better understand the facts and fiction at the intersection of plant-based diets, sustainability, athletic needs, and overall nutrition. Protein-packed vegan snacks included!


Wednesdayk Oct 18th - TableTalk presents: Vote with Your Fork. A discussion with Beefsteak.   6:30pm  - 7:30pm, Doors at 6pm. Benjamin Franklin Room, Houston Hall

Join us in a discussion about food and learn from your fellow students! Share your thoughts on agricultural sustainability, food justice, the empowerment of local food producers, nutrition, and the meaning of food in your life. We are excited to welcome Bennett Haynes, Chief of Produce at Beefsteak, to join the conversation and share his experiences working to ensure the highest quality, sustainable, and seasonal produce across all Beefsteak locations. Free catered dinner provided by Beefsteak.


Thursday, Oct 19th – “Quiz-ine,” a food-themed Quizzo night. 6pm in Kings Court English House

Test your foodie knowledge at our tasty trivia during Penn Food Week. Hosted by Penn Diningʼs Dining Ambassadors and sponsored by Bon Appétit at Penn Dining. Prizes awarded to the winners!


Oct. 16-20: Rethink your Footprint 



Career Conversation - Med School and After, Monday October 23rd 1:30-2 pm.

Aaron Cohen '08 is a graduate of Penn Med and is in the last year of hematology/oncology fellowship here at Penn. He is also in the last year of a Masters in Epidemiology. His clinical interests are GI and GU cancer and his research interest is in patient decision making.

Lightbulb Cafe - The Real Record on Racial Attitudes - with Prof. Camille Charles - Tuesday, Oct. 24th

World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut
6-7 pm

Issues of race and racial division have been prominent features of social organization and culture in the United States from as far back as the historical record goes. As a leading scholar in American race relations, Charles maps the major divisions of, and trends in, U.S. racial attitudes and documents both significant progressive changes as well as substantial enduring frictions and conflicts that continue to make race such a fraught terrain. She will tackle the conceptually broad and analytically powerful record, which is a strong caution against glib generalities that attempt to reduce an enormously multifaceted social phenomenon to simplistic catch phrases like "racist America," "the end of racism" or, more recently, "post-racial America."

Career Services Brown Bag - Thursday, March 22nd 12-1:30 pm - Job Hunting as a Liberal Arts Major

Meet with Claire Klieger, Senior Associate Director of Career Services, for advice (and reassurance!) on how to tackle looking for jobs and internships.  It's a big job, but she has many ways to break it into manageable, learnable chunks.


Ongoing Events and Calendars

Annenburg History Lectures

Penn Science and Lightbulb Cafe

PUHC (Penn Undergraduate Health Coalition

Sixty-Second Lectures 

UrbanLink (Penn Institute for Urban Research events)


Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (CURF)

Penn’s Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (CURF) provides information and support for Penn students and alumni considering applying for grants and fellowships. The filterable Fellowships Directory allows you to search for fellowships before and after graduation.

Students unfamiliar with fellowships should review the online Fellowships 101 slide deck, attend an upcoming information session, and call the CURF office at 215-746-6488 to schedule an individual fellowships consultation.
Opportunities include:

--The Fulbright grant, which provides a living stipend, health insurance, and travel reimbursement for 8-12 months of international research, study, or teaching English in any of over 140 countries around the world

--The Gates Cambridge Scholarship, which provides a living stipend, tuition, fees, and travel for one, two, or three years (with possible extension for a 4th year) to earn a graduate degree in any field at the University of Cambridge

--The Thouron Award, which provides a living stipend, tuition, fees, and travel for one or two years of graduate study at any university in the United Kingdom

--The President’s Engagement and Innovation Prizes, which provide a $50,000 living stipend plus up to $100,000 in project costs for social impact projects designed to improve the lives of others

--And many others, which can be found by searching CURF’s Fellowships Directory

Stay informed about fellowship opportunities that might be right for you by joining the CURF Listserv and following us on Twitter and Facebook

CHART of CURF OPPORTUNITIES BY YEAR (freshperson, sophomore, junior, senior)

Fellowships Chart from CURF.pdf


University Policy on Religious Holidays

The University also recognizes that there are several religious holidays that affect large numbers of University community members, including Christmas, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, the first two days of Passover, and Good Friday. In consideration of their significance for many students, no examinations may be given and no assigned work may be required on these days. Students who observe these holidays will be given an opportunity to make up missed work in both laboratories and lecture courses. If an examination is given on the first class day after one of these holidays, it must not cover material introduced in class on that holiday.

Faculty should realize that Jewish holidays begin at sundown on the evening before the published date of the holiday. Late afternoon exams should be avoided on these days. Also, no examinations may be held on Saturdays or Sundays in the undergraduate schools unless they are also available on other days. Nor should seminars or other regular classes be scheduled on Saturdays or Sundays unless they are also available at other times.

The University recognizes that there are other holidays, both religious and secular, which are of importance to some individuals and groups on campus. Such occasions include, but are not limited to, Sukkot, the last two days of Passover, Shavuot, Shemini Atzerat and Simchat Torah, Chinese New Year, the Muslim New Year, Diwali, Navaratri, Rama Navami, Paryushan, and the Islamic holidays Eid Al-Fitr and Eid Al-Adha. Students who wish to observe such holidays must inform their instructors within the first two weeks of each semester of their intent to observe the holiday even when the exact date of the holiday will not be known until later so that alternative arrangements convenient to both students and faculty can be made at the earliest opportunity. Students who make such arrangements will not be required to attend classes or take examinations on the designated days, and faculty must provide reasonable opportunities for such students to make up missed work and examinations. For this reason it is desirable that faculty inform students of all examination dates at the start of each semester. Exceptions to the requirement of a make-up examination must be approved in advance by the undergraduate dean of the school in which the course is offered.

2017-18 Religious Holidays.pdf