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Calendar of Academic and Major Events*

Dec. 11th: HSOC Sticker Party and Social, 3-6 pm in the Lounge.
Dec. 11: Monday 12/11 is the LAST DAY OF CLASS
DEC. 14-21: EXAMS
Dec. 21: Last day of the term
Dec. 21: Senior honors theses due
Jan. 10: First day of Spring Term.  FOLLOW MONDAY SCHEDULE (even though 1/10 is a Wednesdsay)
Jan. 15: Martin Luther King Day - no classes
Jan. 29: End of Add period
Feb. 16: End of drop period
Mar. 3-11: Spring Break
Mar. 19-Apr. 1: Pre-registration for Fall 2018
March 22: Career Services Brown Bag with Claire Klieger  (Thursday 3/22 12 noon in the lounge)
April 23: Monday, 4/23 SENIOR SYMPOSIUM 3:30-5:00 pm in Cohen 337 (reception to follow)

*Events - Details 

Perspectives from Perceptive: Dr. Craig Yeshion and Mr. Keyvan Mirsaeedi-Farahani of Perceptive Advisors Discuss Healthcare Investing
Tuesday 12/5, 7 - 8 PM
RSVP on FB here!


Join WUHC and Perceptive Advisors analysts Dr. Craig Yeshion, MD and Mr. Keyvan Mirsaeedi-Farahani, MD as we discuss how healthcare investors identify opportunities in the industry and direct financial resources towards these promising technologies. Perceptive Advisors, founded in 1999, is a healthcare-focused hedge fund that has generated tremendous returns since its inception. We are fortunate that both of our speakers are graduates of the University of Pennsylvania. Both Dr. Yeshion and Mr. Mirsaeedi-Farahani joined the fund in 2016. Dr. Yeshion (C’91) received his Medical degree with Honors from Cornell University Medical College in 1995 and was a physician in private practice from 1995-2000 before he made the switch to the financial side of the industry. Mr. Mirsaeedi-Farahani joined Perceptive in 2016 after earning his MD from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. Prior to receiving these degrees, he worked at McKinsey.

Forum on Health Care Policy with Zeke Emanuel and Tom Miller
Thursday, 12/7 from 6:30 - 7:30 PM 
SHDH 351

Come engage! Learn from health care scholars and ask any questions that you have about health care reform to contribute to this public dialogue. The first 30 people in attendance will receive a copy of each scholar’s latest book and may have them signed after the conversation.

AEI Council at Penn, Penn Government & Politics Association, Public Policy Initiative Student Group, and the Wharton Undergraduate Healthcare Club will be hosting Ezekiel Emanuel, a Vice Provost and the chair of the Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy at Penn, and Thomas Miller, a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, for a discussion on the future of health care reform. The Department Chair of the Wharton Health Care Management Department, Scott Harrington, will be moderating.

The conversation will touch on the dynamics between costs, access and quality; successes and failures of the ACA; the recent failed health care proposals in Congress; and the path-dependent policy options we have in the near future to improve our health care system.

Pod will be served! RSVP on FB here!

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