Student Archive

  • Welcome to the bonus content section for the Spring/Summer 2017 edition of OMNIA magazine!

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  • Erynn Johnson, a Ph.D. candidate in Earth and Environmental Science, models Mesozoic Era shells using mathematic formulas and 3-D printing, to see if predators had an effect on their evolution. She’s conducting her research in the lab of Lauren Sallan, Martin Meyerson Assistant Professor in Interdisciplinary Studies.

  • Julia Spandorfer, C’17, suggests that critical feedback makes a measurable contribution to childhood learning and willingness to take intellectual risks. Her senior thesis, “How Can I Improve?: Character Strengths and Openness to Negative Feedback in Childhood,” researches children’s openness to critical feedback.

  • Hannah Fagin, C’17, won the History Department’s Thomas C. Cochran Prize for the best Honors thesis in American history for “A Long, Hot Summer: The 1964 Columbia Avenue Race Riot and the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Philadelphia.”

  • Rachel Ellis, GR’17, researches religion and the prison experience. Her paper, “‘You’re Not Serving Time, You’re Serving Christ’: Neoliberal Religious Messages in the Shadow of Mass Incarceration,” received the 2017 Best Student Paper Award from the Sociology of Religion Section of the American Sociological Association.

  • New grant initiatives have Penn Arts and Sciences faculty and students engaging with each other and the rest of the world.

  • Through an Arts and Sciences grant, undergrads produce documentary and virtual-reality films with residents of the Kakuma Refugee Camp.

  • Move-In Day for freshmen in the Integrated Studies Program was the beginning of a year of living and learning together.


  • A café in Cairo, Egypt.

  • Tshay Williams, C’17, and Madison Dawkins, C'19, discuss their experience at Penn and their future plans.

  • Velay Fellow Grace Ringlein, C'20, discusses her work on the Dark Energy Survey at the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships Open House and Research Expo.

  • We spoke with Jeffrey Green, Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Andrea Mitchell Center for the Study of Democracy, about the goals and programming of the new educational hub.

  • A Penn Arts and Sciences grant allows faculty and students to work with impacted communities in Pennsylvania to decrease lead exposure.

  • Rachel Ellis, GR’17, looks at how religious messages shape the experience of incarceration.

  • Penn faculty and students discuss the significance of the 2017 solar eclipse.

  • Penn Arts and Sciences alumnae create a network of women to support undergraduate students and recent College graduates.

  • Dean’s Scholar Jaron Ma, C’17, on his wide horizons as a VIPER student.

  • History major Hannah Fagin, C’17, sheds new light on Philadelphia’s Columbia Avenue Race Riot.

  • Joyce’s novel inspires Bloomsday celebrations and creative student work.

  • In partnership with the Philadelphia Museum of Art, History of Art graduate students participate in an object-based learning workshop.

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