The staff members of the BFS program are your main sources of information and advice. You are encouraged to come to the office to talk to them: ask any questions you might have about choosing courses, planning schedules, or taking advantage of Penn’s resources. We can simplify and clarify things as well as alert you to opportunities for special study. BFS advising is coordinated with the advising systems of each of the four undergraduate schools at Penn. The BFS program will offer you a continuous source of advising throughout your undergraduate years.
The staff that makes the program possible consists of Linda Wiedmann and Wallace Genser. Ms. Linda Wiedmann is the Associate Director of the BFS program. She is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the program, including setting up BFS courses, approving independent studies, and managing the many opportunities beyond the classroom that BFS provides its students. Linda is also one of the program’s two academic advisors, responsible for BFS students with last names that begin with H through Z. Dr. Wallace Genser advises BFS students whose last names begin with A through G. The BFS Program falls under the umbrella of the Center for Undergraduate Research and Fellowships (CURF). Dr. Harriet Joseph is the director of CURF. Cheryl Shipman is a loyal BFS alumna and the center’s Associate Director for Fellowships.
Additional advising for the Integrated Studies Program is provided by these six people:
You are encouraged not only to contact the office, but also to make an appointment to speak with your advisor by calling 215-746-6488, emailing us at or stopping in. Advising is a vital part of the program, not only for assisting in fall course selection, but long term planning. All BFS students must see their advisor at least once a semester.