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Academics

There’s always something new going on at Penn’s four undergraduate schools and 12 graduate schools. Look here for information on upcoming academic initiatives, new classes and research conducted by professors and students.

11/24/09 2:44am

'Sustainability 101' aims to improve Philly's green initiatives

With On-Campus Recruiting for next summer starting up, the word “internship” is on many students’ minds. But Mark Hughes’ new course “Sustainability 101” puts a very different spin on the word.
11/24/09 12:21am

No Rhodes scholars from Penn this year

This year, Penn produced no domestic Rhodes scholars this year. The scholarship is among the world’s most prestigious academic distinctions.
11/23/09 6:44am

Explaining study abroad gender gaps

Women study abroad in much higher numbers than men — and a new study may help explain why.
11/20/09 5:12am
Kathleen Hall Jamieson, one of Penn’s most eminent professors, was honored with three National Communication Association book awards in addition to an American Red Cross lifetime achievement award was last week.
11/20/09 4:06am

DAB takes undergraduate pulse with new survey

The College’s Dean’s Advisory Board issued a survey last week to gauge students’ satisfaction with their majors. Results of the survey will be issued to individual departments.
11/20/09 12:57am

Helping philanthropists get the biggest bang for their bucks

The School of Social Policy and Practice’s Center for High Impact Philanthropy is helping philanthropists get the biggest bang for their buck.
11/17/09 4:23am
According to a career plans survey report, 80.5 percent of the class of 2009 reported having jobs by the fall after graduation, compared to 86.5 percent the previous year.
11/17/09 12:00am

OCR can cause academics to fall to the wayside

The process of On-Campus Recruiting is extensive, from attending recruitment presentations and networking events to preparing for and going to interviews. As a result, OCR can cause many students to let academics fall by the wayside, even skipping classes for interviews.
11/13/09 3:11am

Water selected as next year's academic theme

What do evolution, the arts and water have in common? Nothing — and that’s precisely the point.
11/12/09 4:50am
Wednesday afternoon, political scientists voiced their thoughts on the President’s leadership over the past 372 days — his strengths, his weaknesses and the issues he has yet to address.
11/10/09 2:12am

Nursing School educates young mothers

They traveled there earlier this year as part of the U.S. Office of Minority Health’s “A Healthy Baby Begins With You” campaign.
11/06/09 4:34am

SEAS tries to sell computer science to high school girls

With females comprising 23 percent of Penn Computer Science students, the University has one of the highest percentages of women enrolled in Computer Science Engineering programs.
11/05/09 1:16am

Africana Studies research journal fills 'shocking' gap in field

When College seniors Eric Augenbraun, Cami King, Joshua Bennett, Jon Howard and Chloe Wayne planned to launch the first Africana Studies undergraduate journal in the United States, their goal was to fill what they found to be a surprising gap in the academic community at large.
11/04/09 12:13am

Fewer MBAs graduate with jobs

Only 83 percent of the MBA students who graduated in the spring reported having been offered a full-time position, a drop from previous years.
11/02/09 2:51am

Painting Penn | Penn mixes Ivy rigor with arts presence

Penn mixes an Ivy League education with a strong arts program, an attraction to many arts-minded students.
11/02/09 1:33am

Fellowship helps train new teachers

For the second year, College sophomores, juniors and seniors are being offered an opportunity to gain hands-on teaching experience in one of three West Philadelphia high schools.
10/29/09 11:19pm

UA, SCUE push to get more syllabi online

The Student Committee on Undergraduate Education, the Undergraduate Assembly and the Office of the Provost are working to encourage faculty to post course syllabi online.
10/29/09 10:25pm

'Scroogenomics' urges you to think twice before giving gifts

Considering buying those socks for your dad this Christmas? Before making the purchase, Wharton Professor Joel Waldfogel says you should think twice.
10/29/09 5:25am

Students run clinic offering rural care

The Webster County Cancer Education Project, a collaborative program between the Nursing School and various health and service providers, benefits a rural Appalachian community in West Virginia.
10/29/09 1:41am

Class seeks to define 'queer voice' in art

Students in Kenny Goldsmith’s class are working to define “queer voice” in art — which Goldsmith said nobody has been able to do easily.