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Academic Calendar and Events of Interest 

March 20-April 2  Advance Registration
March 23 - CURF Fellowship information Session (see below)
March 24 - Last day to withdraw from a course (requires working through the College office)
March 25 - OWN IT Summit 
Sunday, March 26 - Deadline to express interest in Fall 2018 Rhodes, Marshall or Mitchell Scholarships

*Tuesday, March 21st- 
"Ethics and the Interests of Pregnant Women in the Zika Research Agenda"
12 noon
Ben Franklin Room, Houston Hall

The Division of Medical Ethics would like to invite you to attend a lecture by Anne Drapkin Lyerly, MD, MAProfessor of Social Medicine and Associate Director of the Center for Bioethics, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is also Research Professor in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Her research addresses socially and morally complex issues in women’s health and reproductive medicine, with a focus on how women and men assign meaning to reproductive events. A central goal of her work is to inform and reframe debates based on the views of the women and men most profoundly affected by them, and to appropriately weight these individuals’ interests in shaping reproductive health care. For more information about Dr. Lyerly, please visit her website.

Zika virus (ZIKV) and the devastating consequences of congenital infection have galvanized public health and science communities toward accelerated development of a ZIKV vaccine.  The crisis and response have raised complex questions about whether, when and how to involve pregnant women and their interests in current research efforts - particularly as public health urgency interfaces with historical tendencies to exclude pregnant women from studies, including pre-licensure vaccine research.  Dr. Lyerly will discuss her Wellcome Trust funded project which addresses these questions with the goal of developing ethics guidance for how ZIKV vaccine research and development can and should be responsive to the needs of pregnant women.

Lunch will be provided. Space is limited for the talk, if you would like to attend, please RSVP to Caitlin O’Neill (caoneill@upenn.edu)

*Tuesday, March 21st - PUHC Spotlights
6 pm

PUHC Spotlights showcases students who want to share their interests within healthcare using TED-styled talks by students for students. Dinner will be served! Check out our FB event


*Wednesday, March 22nd - Food Systems Seminar - Paul Breslin on reducing dietary sugars
11:30 am
Myerson Room, Van Pelt LIbrary


*Wednesday, March 22nd - Neuroscience Undergrad Info Session

12-1 PM
Center for Neuroscience & Society, Goddard Labs 2nd Floor, 3710 Hamilton Walk

New developments in neuroscience are impacting society, from law to business to mental health.  Are you interested in separating the science fiction silliness from the truly transformative science and technology?  In analyzing the risks and rewards of these developments and determining how they can be managed ethically?  Penn’s Center for Neuroscience & Society (neuroethics.upenn.edu) iswhere we think about these issues, and we want to engage undergraduates in the process.

Join us for A LUNCH MEETING ON WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22nd, and tell us about your interests and the kinds of activities you’d like to be part of. RSVP required: info@neuroethics.upenn.edu

Meet the CNS and each other, discuss possible activities such as an undergrad journal club (reading group), special talks or other programming for undergrads, etc. Lunch will be served.
Hope to see you there.  Let us know, at info@neuroethics.upenn.edu, if you are interested but cannot make this meeting.


*Thursday, March 23rd - Fulbright Info Session
4:00 pm
Fireside Lounge, The Arch Building


*Saturday, March 25th--The OWN IT Summit will be occurring for the first time at Penn on March 25th!


OWN IT is a new Women’s Leadership Conference by young women, for young women. The summit aims to bring together female leaders and the young women who admire them by organizing a diverse and accessible summit for college-age women. The OWN IT Summit is a day-long conference that will consist of larger main-stage panels and smaller, more intimate sessions designed to inspire, teach, and empower. This event is open to EVERYONE, regardless of sex, gender, sexual orientation, age, race, religion, national origin, or socioeconomic status. Breakfast & lunch will be provided!

 Buy your tickets here by THIS FRIDAY MARCH 17: http://bit.ly/2lwU4AY   Or catch us on Locust Walk this week!

Facebook Event: http://bit.ly/2kWQigg 

* If you would like to attend OWN IT but are prohibited by ticket costs, please send an email to ownit.upenn@gmail.com, and we will accommodate you* See what it takes to OWN IT and please reach out if you have any questions! If you want to learn more about the event please visit our website: www.ownitupenn.squarespace.com

 Follow us on social media to get a sneak peek into some of our awesome speakers.  Insta: @ownit_upenn   Facebook: OWN IT UPenn


*Sunday, March 26th - Deadline to express interest in Fall 2018 Rhodes, Marshall or Mitchell Scholarships



*April 4- April 6 - Second Annual Penn Bioethics Film Festival - Schedule and details at http://www.pennbioethicsfilmfest.org/


*Wednesday, April 5th - Bhakti Yoga Club Event

The Bhakti Yoga Club is hosting an exciting evening workshop and discussion entitled,"The Bliss of Nonmaterial Intelligence: Inner and Outer Consciousness" - an exploration of the profound benefits of meditation and mindfulness. The event will include an evening of meditation and riveting discussion with Yale University graduate, author, inspirational speaker, and monk, Devamrita Swami, and a delicious vegan dinner for all in attendance. This is a free event. 


RSVP's accepted at bycupenn@gmail.com

or by clicking 'Going' @ https://www.facebook.com/events/1584517951561730/


About the Speaker: Devamrita Swami is a motivational speaker, teacher, Yale University graduate as well as an author and a monk. He has a unique ability to analyze modern problems through the wisdom of the Bhagavad Gita and other yoga texts. He challenges audiences to understand that the quest for genuine personal and social upliftment is rooted in precise and comprehensive knowledge. His guidance has proved invaluable to students and professionals seeking to balance their spiritual and professional life. He is the visionary director of sustainable farm communities in North America, New Zealand and Australia. He brings with him over 45 years of experience in mindfulness and the science of consciousness. Also, his latest book 'Hiding in Unnatural Happiness' has been really appreciated by students at Penn and campus' across the country.

*Thursday, April 13th - 8th Annual Undergraduate Research Conference
9 am - 12 noon
Fireside Lounge, Arch Building

*Monday, April 17th - Beginning of Fulbright Week  (see CURF website for more details)

*Monday, April 17th - How to ask for a recommendation
Hughes Lounge (351 Cohen)
2 pm

Come to hear advice on how to best ask faculty and other people for recommendations, by Dr. Susan Sorenson

*Monday, April 24th - Senior Symposium, 3:30 pm.

*Friday, April 28th - “Accelerating Policies and Research on Food Access, Diet and Obesity Prevention” Symposium
Sponsored by the UPenn Prevention Research Center (PRC) 
8 AM-4 PM
Inn at Penn. 

The symposium will include breakout sessions, panels and keynote addresses featuring Margo Wootan, ScD, the Director of Nutrition Policy at the Center for Science in the Public Interest and Mariana Chilton, PhD, MPH, Director of the Center for Hunger-Free Communities. We think that this event would be of interest to the Health and Societies department. A link for registration can be found here.  Scholarships are available for students.   If someone is interested in receiving a scholarship, they can email Victoria Worthen (vworthen@upenn.edu) .


 Ongoing Calendars

HSS Workshop Schedule       (Monday, 3:30-5:00 pm, Cohen 337)  

Center for Public Health Initiatives Calendar

Employer Information Session Calendar

Penn Urban Studies Events

PUHC (Penn Undergraduate Health Coalition) Newsletter


Summer Courses in HSOC & STSC  - Enrollment Information
Session I
HSOC 002 Medicine in History (Chernesky)
HSOC 131 Sustainability and Public Health (Mackenzie)
Session II
STSC 001 Emergence of Modern Science (Cornel)  STSC-001-920.pdf
HSOC 158 Environments and Health (Lafay)


CURF (Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships)


     Research Opportunities

     Research Fellowship Deadlines


CURF Fellowship Information Sessions (Fireside Lounge, 2nd floor of the ARCH):  March 23, 29, 31

Fellowships 201 – How to effectively build a case for yourself (strongly recommended once you have decided to apply) – next 201:

Friday, March 31, 2:00pm (additional sessions listed on CURF’s Events page)

Fulbright Information Sessions – Learn about this opportunity to pursue independent research, conduct graduate study, or teach English all over the world
Thursday, March 23, 4:00pm – (additional sessions listed on CURF’s Events page)

Schwarzman Scholarship Information Session on funded graduate study in Beijing:
Wednesday, March 29, 5:00pm – with Director of Admissions Rob Garris

Overview of fellowship opportunities:
Rhodes Scholarship – 2-3 years of graduate study at Oxford
Marshall Scholarship – 2-3 years of graduate study at any UK university
Mitchell Scholarship        [endif] – 1 year Master’s degree at a university in Ireland
Gates Cambridge Scholarship – 1-3 years of graduate study at Cambridge
Fulbright Award – Conduct research, earn a Master’s degree, or teach English
Churchill Scholarship – 1 year Master’s degree in a STEM field at Cambridge
Ertegun Scholarship – 1-3 years of a graduate degree in the humanities at Oxford
Thouron Award – 1-2 year Master’s degree at any UK university
St. Andrew’s Scholarship – helps fund a graduate degree in Scotland
Michel David Weill Scholarship – 2 year Master’s degree at Sciences Po in Paris
Knight-Hennessy Scholarship – funds graduate study in any field at Stanford
Schwarzman Scholarship – 1 year Master’s degree at Tsinghua University in Beijing
Information Session:  Wednesday, March 29, 5:00pm, CURF’s Fireside Lounge
Yenching Academy – Master’s degree at Peking University
Soros Scholarship – funds graduate study in any field in US for New Americans
Hertz Scholarship – for a PhD in a STEM field in the US
DAAD Scholarship – Master’s degree or research in Germany
To keep up to date on fellowship opportunities and deadlines, please join our twice-monthly mailing list at https://www.curf.upenn.edu/fellowships. CURF’s new searchable Events list at https://www.curf.upenn.edu/curf-events makes it easy to find upcoming events, and our new searchable database of fellowships at https://www.curf.upenn.edu/fellowships-directory helps you learn even more.


Penn Timmy Global Health - SUMMER TRIP OPPORTUNITY

Penn Timmy Global Health is seeking motivated students to send on our week-long service brigade to Las Canas, Dominican Republic this summer! The brigade will take place from May 27th to June 4th. Working with our partner organization, 7 Elements, students will volunteer along with medical professionals at clinics in underserved areas in Las Canas. Students will perform tasks including taking medical histories and vital signs, scribing for physicians, and working in the lab and pharmacy. Ultimately, students will have the opportunity to learn through shadowing, service, and cultural immersion while having a positive impact on the Las Canas community. 
Please check out this link to see what our brigade is all about: https://timmyglobalhealth.org/las-canas-dominican-republic/
Please contact ptghoutreach@gmail.com for more information.