Student Archive

  • The Penn English Program in London immerses participants in the theater culture.

  • Physicist Mark Devlin and his team of students harness cutting-edge technology to comb through the evolutionary history of the universe.

  • Political Psychology course encourages students to challenge easy explanations.

  • By senior year, most college students know how to arrange their schedules for maximum convenience. But Nicolas Garcia organized his classes so he could fly home to Florida on weekends to campaign for a seat in the state House of Representatives.

  • How does an organization develop complete buy-in from its members? In order to answer that question, Amanda Barrett Cox, CGS’04, GED’09, GR’18, conducted and published a study about how organizations that make significant physical, emotional, and intellectual demands foster commitment and loyalty from voluntary participants—and as a result, thrive.

  • As we travel about an environment like a city, we instinctively learn how to get from one location to another and form a “mental map” of our surroundings. How do we do it? And why are some people great navigators while others are frequently disoriented?

  • “I started thinking about what happens when you die in a country that’s not your own,” says Osman Balkan, GR’16, a political science doctoral candidate.

  • The Center for the Advanced Study of India (CASI) provides Penn students a unique opportunity to learn beyond the classroom through summer internships and research opportunities. In 2016, 18 undergraduates participated in the internship program and four graduate students participated in the Travel Funds for Research Program.

  • NASA's long search for life on Mars came to a thrilling turning point with the recent discovery of liquid water on the planet. Evan Yang, C’17, aims to understand how microbial life could thrive in such extreme, even extraterrestrial, environments.

  • Antoinette Zoumanigui, C’17, studies forced child begging in Senegal, working to galvanize change for the young children engaged in it. Her concern for the issue took root when she herself was growing up there.

  • Courses like Inescapable Classics: Reimagining Antiquity Through the Visual Arts and To A(nime) from Z(en): Japanese Performance and Aesthetics are welcoming Penn freshmen to the museums, galleries, theatres, music venues, and literary hubs of Philadelphia.

  • Over the past two decades, MES has championed a multidisciplinary approach to environmental work and research and has trained leaders in the field today.

  • Searches are underway at Penn Arts and Sciences to recruit at least three new tenure-track faculty who combine humanistic studies with environmental themes over the next three years. These faculty positions will allow the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities (PPEH) to build a curriculum in environmental humanities and implement a graduate certificate and minor for undergraduates.

  • A digital humanities study in Dante's geographical imagination.

  • Art and Archaeology of the Mediterranean World Ph.D. Candidate Sam Holzman finds a new type of music in Phrygian society.

  • Julia Chatterjee, C'17, draws comparisons between two historical texts to shed light on the interpretation of dreams in ancient societies.

  • A thriving Native American language program makes Penn a Quechua hub.

  • Yann Pfitzer, C‘19, ENG'19, describes the impact of climate change on ocean phytoplankton.

  • Participants discuss the intense, weeklong course of study aimed at expanding students’ intellectual horizons and preparing them for life on campus and in the classroom.

  • Velay Fellow Paulina Destarac, C'19, discusses her "Dark Energy Survey" project at the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships Open House and Research Expo.

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