Graduate Study & Academic Careers
Several offices (Ben Franklin Scholars/General Honors, Career Planning
and Placement Service, the College, and the Office of International Programs)
have joined forces to present the sixth annual Graduate Study and Academic
Careers Series. The series, designed to help undergraduates learn more
about graduate study in the arts and sciences, also helps them consider
careers in which they could use the skills they gain through doctoral study.
All sessions run from 4-5:30 p.m. in Room 285/6, McNeil Building, 3718
- January 27 Fellowships
- February 4 Graduate School: Getting In and Staying In
- February 12 Can You Live Without a Ph.D.?
The January 27 program, Fellowships, will include Penn graduate
students and faculty who have held prestigious national scholarships that
support graduate study in the U.S. and abroad. Panelists include three
members of the University who took their undergraduate degrees at Penn
and won prestigious national and international awards for graduate study:
Dr. Chip Hunter, assistant professor of management, who took his B.S. here
and received Truman and Thouron awards; Theresa Simmonds, an alumna of
urban studies and environmental studies who became both a Rhodes Scholar
and Truman Scholar; and Kieran Snyder, a Ph.D. candidate in Linguistics
who earned her B.A. here and received a Javitz Award.
In the February 4 program, Graduate School: Getting In and
Staying In, four graduate students will describe their experiences:
Tim Bonn (Chemistry), Kim Lau (Folklore and Folklife), Litty Paxton (American
Civilization), and Scott Silverstone (Political Science). In addition,
Dr. Mary Heiberger, associate director of the Career Planning and Placement
Service, will discuss What to Find Out Before You Accept Your Admissions
Offer. Dr. Heiberger, co-author of the Academic Job Search Handbook,
has helped thousands of doctoral students with both academic and non-academic
Concluding the series on February 12, the panelists for Can You
Live Without a Ph.D.? include Dr. Stephen M. Epstein, who earned a
Ph.D. in anthropology at Penn and serves as associate director of the University
of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology; Dr. Paul Goldin,
who earned a B.A. at Penn and is an assistant professor of Chinese Language
and Literature; Dr. Walter Licht, professor of history and director of
the Graduate Division and associate dean for Graduate Studies, SAS; and
Dr. Erin O'Connor, assistant professor of English.
Although the panels are designed for undergraduates, they are open
to all members of the University community.
For more information: Linda Wiedmann of Ben Franklin Scholars /General
Honors (898-7451); Gail Glicksman of Career Planning and Placement Service
(898-7324); Eric Schneider of the College (898-6341); or Ann Kuhlman of
International Programs (898-4661).