HSOC/STSC WEEKLY BLAST for the week of 2/13/17

The "Weekly Blast" comes out every Monday and contains academic information and events of interest for HSOC and STSC majors.  Items should be sent to Dr. Greene by 10 am on Monday for inclusion.

Academic Calendar

Friday, February 17th - end of Drop period

LPS Summer Session classes
Session I
HSOC 002  - Medicine and History
HSOC 131 - Sustainability and Public Health

Session II
STSC 001 - Emergence of Modern Science
HSOC 158 - Environments and Health

Enroll at this link

This Week in a Glance

Friday, Feb. 17th - End of drop period
Friday, Feb. 17th - Penn Economic Forum
Monday, Feb. 20th - Learn to be Resilient in your Career Development


Ongoing Events and Oppportunities

Humanities Internships


Global Medical and Dental Brigades Fundraiser: Valentine Brownie packages - pickup on Feb. 12 and Feb. 13

Surprise your friends (or yourself) with a Valentine Brownie package for just $4. We will have your brownies available for pickup in a Huntsman GSR (room TBD) on Sunday, February 12th from 4PM-7PM and Monday, February 13th from 7PM-10PM.
Pre-order your brownies now! All proceeds will go towards UPenn Global Brigades to bring medications and supplies for our medical & dental brigade to Nicaragua in May.
Order Form:https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1PfwVzoakG0v79HyDVMXLbMvVXmIpm8QvELu0d3n...


Sound Politicks - Deadline February 12th

Deadline Approaching - GET PUBLISHED!

 Sound Politicks, the University of Pennsylvania's Official Undergraduate Journal of Political Science is accepting submissions for its annual publication.

You may submit a paper previously submitted for credit. Submissions are welcome from all undergraduate students, regardless of major. Research papers concerning politics, society, history, economics, and international relations - among others - are welcome. Papers must include Chicago-style citations and, generally, must be under 6,000 words in length. The Best Article Prize includes a $100 check. 

Please e-mail all submissions and questions to upenn.soundpoliticks@gmail.com

For more information, visit http://www.sas.upenn.edu/polisci/content/sound-politicks

Udall Scholarship - Deadline February 13, 2017

The Udall Foundation awards scholarships to college sophomores and juniors (US Citizens, US Nationals, and Permanent Residents) dedicated to leadership and public service in either of two areas:

  • Students from any ethnic background interested in conservation and environmental issues from any political perspective
  • American Indians and Alaska Natives pursuing health-related careers or working on Tribal Policy

Each scholarship covers expenses for tuition, fees, books, and room and board up to a maximum of $7,000. Scholarship recipients are eligible for one year of scholarship support.

Penn’s Application Deadline is February 13, 2017.  Interested students should contact Lauren Orr at CURF ASAP in order to obtain access to the Udall online application.  A sample application is available here.


PURM (Penn Undergraduate Research Mentoring) - deadline February 20th

PURM provides students completing their first or second undergraduate year the opportunity to spend a summer conducting research with a Penn faculty member, by supporting undergraduate involvement in faculty research.
To find out about PURM, go to this link https://www.curf.upenn.edu/content/penn-undergraduate-research-mentoring-program

To see the list of projects for the Summer of 2017 (including those from HSS department faculty Drs. Barnes, Benson and LInker) purmfac_2017_v2.pdf

Students must be available to work on their PURM project full-time for ten full weeks during the summer. In many cases, PURM research relationships continue during the academic year through informal collaborations, independent study, or departmental or university-funded research grants. 

Since students will be engaged full-time during their PURM experience, PURM participants may not be involved in any other paid employment or internship at the University of Pennsylvania during the ten weeks of the PURM experience. Subject to their PURM Faculty Mentor’s approval, students may be able to enroll in one course per summer half-term, provided it does not interfere with the needs of the project. Based on past student experiences, enrollment in summer courses is strongly discouraged. The exact dates that students will work on their project will be determined in conjunction with their PURM Faculty Mentor.


CURF Undergraduae Research Grants 2017-18 - Deadline March 15, 2017

Application Link: CURF website

The Penn Program on Democracy, Citizenship, and Constitutionalism will award up to 10 undergraduate research fellowships for projects to be begun in the summer of 2017 and completed during the 2017-2018 academic year. 

Students may receive grants of up to $2500 for research expenses.  All full-time Penn undergraduate students enrolled in any school who wish to undertake research pertinent to any dimension of democracy, or citizenship, or constitutionalism are eligible to apply. Projects can address any one (or more) of the program’s three themes.  Grants may be combined with funding from other programs.  Applicants are expected but not required to conduct research that will contribute to the writing of a Senior Essay or the completion of an independent study course during the 2017-2018 academic year.  Work may involve travel to libraries, archives, field or interview sites, or other institutions. 

Partnership with Latin American and Latino Studies: Students doing projects on Latino America and/or Latino politics in the United States can also apply and will receive additional advisory support from the Latin America and Latino Studies program. For specific information contact Emilio A. Parrado, e-mail eparrado@sas.upenn.edu

All grant recipients are required to participate in bi-monthly seminars during the academic year, which will include discussions of research issues and strategies as well as scholarly presentations on the program’s themes. They will be eligible to attend the Penn Program on Democracy, Citizenship, and Constitutionalism’s faculty workshop and conference sessions featuring leading scholars from around the world.  All grant recipients are also required to give an oral presentation on their completed research at a DCC Undergraduate Conference near the end of the 2017-2018 academic year.
Applications should be made via the CURF website.  For further information, contact Matthew Roth, Administrator of the Penn Program on Democracy, Citizenship, and Constitutionalism, at maroth@sas.upenn.edu.

Summer Program in Philosophy of Science for Underrepresented Groups  (applications due March 15th)

The Center for Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh (www.pitt.edu/~pittcntr) is pleased to announce a call for applications for the 2017 PSP1: A Summer Program in Philosophy of Science for Underrepresented Groups, which will be held in the Center for Philosophy of Science at the University of Pittsburgh from July 10 to July 14, 2017 (www.pitt.edu/~pittcntr/Events/All/psp/psp1.html).

We invite applications from North American female undergraduates, LGBT undergraduates, disabled undergraduates, undergraduates from racial and ethnic backgrounds, and other undergraduates from groups underrepresented in philosophy of science. Exceptions may be granted to undergraduates not in these groups on a case-by-case basis (please explain your situation in your cover letter). Past coursework in philosophy of science is not a prerequisite for application to the Summer Program.
The Summer Program will feature two daily graduate seminars and some shorter lectures about core issues and cutting-edge topics in general philosophy of science and philosophy of the special sciences (physics, biology, cognitive science and neuroscience, social sciences). The seminars and lectures will be given by the internationally recognized faculty in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science and the Department of Philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh as well as in the Department of Philosophy at Carnegie Mellon University. Visiting lecturers include Quayshawn Spencer (U. Pennsylvania, Philosophy of Biology and on Race) and Serife Tekin (Daemen College, Philosophy of Psychiatry). Housing, meals, and transportation costs will be covered, and all course materials provided. 

Applications are due March 15, and participants will be notified by April 15.

To apply, please send the following materials to cjo13@pitt.edu:

·      Cover letter describing your interests in philosophy of science (including the philosophy of physics, biology, cognitive science, neuroscience, social sciences, etc.). Please briefly indicate relevant demographic information (racial/ethnic heritage, gender, etc.).

·      CV (including College/University affiliation, major, GPA, high school, awards & recognition, any philosophy courses taken).


A faculty member should also send separately a letter of recommendation on behalf of the applicant to the same email address: cjo13@pitt.edu.

 For further questions, please contact Edouard Machery (machery@pitt.edu), the Center’s Director, or Joyce McDonald (pittcntr@pitt.edu).


Price Lab for Digital Humanities Summer Undergraduate Fellowships - due date March  19th.

The Price Lab is offering four Andrew W. Mellon Summer Fellowships for Penn undergraduate students. In general, we favor humanities majors in the College, although social sciences majors and students from other Penn schools who are interested in using computational tools in a humanities research environment are also encouraged to apply. For humanities majors, some previous coursework and experience in computer sciences or computational social sciences is helpful but not required. Awards pay up to $4500 for ten weeks in summer 2017. Applicants must be full-time and in good academic standing.Two research categories are available: Faculty-Led Projects and Independent Research.

For more information https://pricelab.sas.upenn.edu/fellowships/penn-undergraduate?mc_cid=bbe1292700&mc_eid=091d22acf9

HSS Workshop Schedule

HSS Workshop, a long-running research seminar, meets Monday 3:30-5:00 pm in Cohen 337. If you are considering graduate work in the fields related to HSOC or STSC, and want to learn more about the world of scholarship and graduate school, consider attending one or more of these sessions.  

Center for Public Health Initiatives Calendar

PUHC (Penn Undergraduate Health Coalition) Newsletter

Employer Information Session Calendar

Events this term

*Monday, Feb. 13th - Udall Scholarship Deadine

*Friday, Feb. 17th -
Rethinking the Economic History of the 19th and 20th Centuries (Walter Licht)
College Hall 209
2-4:00 PM

*Monday, February 20th - Learn to be Resilient in Your Career Development
CAPS, 3624 Market St.
3-4:30 pm
Once you graduate from Penn, what’s next? 
How will you find the job or career you’re hoping for?
When you find that job, how do you pave the way to longer-term career success?
The road ahead may not be clear, and it is almost guaranteed that you’ll meet up with obstacles and setbacks at some point along the way.  No matter what your skills or experiences are, it’s how you handle these moments that will determine whether you find success or not.
The key to handling such moments is learning how to be “resilient”—being able to use obstacles and setbacks as opportunities and finding ways to keep your career moving forward.  And the good news is that “resilience” can be learned—there are proven ways to develop it and use it effectively, even in the worst of times.   This workshop will introduce you to the benefits of developing resilience, and give you practical techniques that will support your career success, both now and in the future.
To register, click on the following link: https://upenn.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_b8ehw8D73r7U0oB

*Thursday, March 2nd - "Climate Change and Economics"
Fisher Fine Arts Library, 4th Floor Forum
11:30 am (Lunch will be served

A lecture by Per Krusell, visiting scholar in Economics, co-hosted by the Fels Institute and the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy
Register for the event

*Tuesday, March 14th - Food Systems Seminar (Paul Breslin)
Myerson Room, Van Pelt

*Wednesday, March 15th -
deadline for CURF Undergraduate Research Grants

*Wednesday, March 15th - deadline for applications for 2017 PSP1: A Summer Program in Philosophy of Science for Underrepresented Groups

*Wednesday, March 15th - Career Services Brownbag for HSOC and STSC majors
Hughes Lounge (351 Cohen)
12-1:30 pm

Come to a lunch meeting with Claire Klieger from Career Services on job hunting for liberal arts majors in HSOC and STSC! A repeat of last fall's successful event.

*Sunday, March 19th - Deadline for Price Lab Digital Humanities Summer Undergraduate Fellowships

*Wednesday, April 12th -
Food Systems Seminar (Sandra Hassink, Nemours)
Myerson Room, Van Pelt

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