The program aims to inspire teaching and research in the field of AI and will be led by professor Kartik Hosanagar.
Beavers will succeed Walter H. Annenberg Professor of History Walter Licht, who served as the Civic House faculty director since 2002, and the founder of its Civic Scholars program.
Guest lecturers included Penn President Amy Gutmann, National Bureau of Economic Research Fellow Kent Smetters, and Wharton Dean Geoffrey Garrett, among others.
Institutions in the Philadelphia region are considering many variations of college life, including full in-person instruction, hybrid in-person and virtual instruction, and a fully virtual semester.
Each undergraduate school will likely continue to add more courses, seats, and sections for Summer Session II as students continue to demonstrate interest to their academic advisors.
Although Nursing students were initially told they could continue their clinical rotations, the School of Nursing announced on March 13 that Penn Medicine and its affiliates placed an indefinite hold on clinical placements at their facilities.
Penn's School of Engineering and Applied Science emphasizes a hands-on approach to education and after a semester of online labs and lectures, students are concerned by the possibility of more virtual classes.
Fine Arts students and professors were forced to create work and instruct classes without access to the University's high quality multi-media equipment.
The University ranked fourth in the Ivy League, behind Harvard University, Columbia University, and Yale University.
The Big Ideas for Strange Times series launched on May 15, and includes five-minute lectures on "ideas that transcend the immediate crisis of the pandemic." One video lecture will be broadcasted each week throughout the summer.
The English and Cinema Studies departments are offering a new course this fall, titled "Fakes, Forgeries, and Forensics in Digital Media."
The course, titled “Resilience Skills in a Time of Uncertainty,” launched on the online learning platform Coursera in April.
Many professors had to change the format of their final exams to accommodate for students’ varying time zones, lack of proctoring methods, and other at-home difficulties.
Penn Abroad will monitor the pandemic and international travel policies in the coming months, but is optimistic students will be able to travel safely by winter break.
All schools in the Ivy League have not yet announced decisions, leaving many options on the table, but most have ruled out the possibility of postponing the fall semester.
University administration said they have no plans to amend the current leave of absence policy for the fall semester.
College juniors Annah Chollet and Camilo Duran are among 62 winners selected from a pool of 773 candidates nationwide.
Although Wharton currently offers a finance major to MBA students, new courses have been created specifically for the quantitative finance major, including classes in data science, asset pricing, and financial engineering.
Gutmann also discussed the process of making major decisions such as asking undergraduates to move off campus and shifting to remote learning. She said that the University has not yet decided when students will be allowed back at Penn.
The website, called The Virtual Vine, will feature weekly videos created by ambassadors from 15 universities for incoming students to learn about resources for academics, research, financial aid, and student life.