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End of Add Period: September 18
Fall Break Oct 5-8
End of Drop Period: October 9
*Food Systems Seminar: September 22
*Career Services Brown Bag - October 11 12-1:30 pm

* see below for details

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


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


Events and Opportunities 

Food Systems Seminar - Fri. Sept 22 - 11:30-1 - Why are Children Hungry?
Myerson Room, Van Pelt 2nd floor

Dr. Sandra Hassink, Director of the Nemours Obesity Initiative at Nemours, will join us for a talk entitled "Why are Children Hungry?" -- focusing on the threat to the foundations of health from poor childhood nutrition, food insecurity and obesity, while also addressing systemic factors which jeopardize child nutrition along with a solutions-oriented framework.

As always, feel free to bring your lunch, and bring an interested colleague.  And if you are so inclined, feel free to bring a low impact snack to share.

Career Services Brown Bag - Wed. Oct 11 - 12-1:30 pm

Worried about getting started in job-hunting as a liberal arts student? Join Claire Klieger from Career Services for an introduction to job hunting that will allay your fears and give you a toolkit for getting started and getting success.  Bring your lunch and join us 12-1:30 pm in the Hughes Lounge (Cohen 351)


Annenburg History Lectures

Penn Science and Lightbulb Cafe

PUHC (Penn Undergraduate Health Coalition

Sixty-Second Lectures