Unique Opportunities

COURSES

Bioengineering 400: Clinical Preceptorship in Bioengineering

In the course "Clinical Preceptorship in Bioengineering" (BE 400), students receive what few undergraduates in the United States ever have the opportunity to experience: a chance to shadow renowned physicians for 10 weeks as they treat patients, perform surgeries, and diagnose disease.

Directed by Dr. David Eckmann, this course introduces students to real-life problems in medicine through lectures and a "clinical preceptorship," which is an intensive experience under the direction of a faculty mentor. In this preceptorship, students spend about 10 to 15 hours per week in the clinic for 10 weeks. During this time, they watch procedures, sit in on case discussions, talk with medical residents, follow clinicians, and work on a clinical research project.

Bioengineering 490/492: Independent Study  

Students can enroll in up to two semesters of independent study to earn class credits while working within the labs of faculty members across Penn's campus, including the medical school, the veterinary and dental schools, the School of Arts and Sciences, and Penn Engineering. Independent study projects span diverse biomedical research areas. Students have tested high-density flexible electrodes for the treatment of epilepsy, investigated fat storage cell formation, and attempted to synthesize artificial red blood cells to treat disorders like sickle-cell anemia. Many undergraduates have even published their independent-study research findings in peer-reviewed journals.

Management 100 (Leadership and Communication in Groups)

Leadership in business is all about working in teams, and that's how Wharton structures their program. Through the Undergraduate Leadership Program, Wharton offers undergraduates many opportunities to develop personal leadership capacities. From the very first semester, students build teamwork skills in Management 100, where they work in a team of 10 students to plan and execute a community service project for a Philadelphia non-profit. It's a great lesson in group dynamics and it helps students understand what it takes to build something — that there's more to leadership than leading.

Recent Management 100 Projects

Client: American Red Cross
Project: Creating a fire safety program for elementary school students

Client: PHMC (Public Health Management Corporation)
Project: Assessing brand perceptions through stakeholder research and analysis

Client: CHOP (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia)
Project: Organizing an educational event for teens and young adults with special health care needs

Senior Design Project Competition

Each year, the Penn Engineering Alumni Society sponsors a Senior Design Project Competition for undergraduate engineering seniors at Penn Engineering. This competition assembles together the winning senior design project teams from each of Penn’s engineering majors.  Each of these design teams presents their accomplishments to a panel of “real world” judges who collectively represent a diverse set of technology disciplines. Having already received departmental accolades for technical achievement, this Senior Design Project Competition now challenges each team to succinctly articulate their design project’s objective, strategy and results to a diverse audience. As such, of chief importance in this competition is the ability to clearly communicate complex subject matter to those who are not experts in that subject matter. The 2013 Senior Design Project Competition was held on April 25th, 2013.  Project details for the 2013 winners can be found here.

oPPORTUNITIES ON CAMPUS AND ABROAD

CommuniTech

CommuniTech is a unique community service initiative at the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Pennsylvania. It is a non-profit student organization that seeks to "bridge" the digital divide both locally and globally. CommuniTech is one of the most active student-driven community outreach groups on Penn's campus and it tackles the challenges of bridging the digital divide one project and one person at a time.

Global BioMedical Service Program

The GBS Program prepares students through coursework at Penn designed to familiarize them with the techniques of building prosthetics, cultural differences between China and America, and clinical skills necessary to work with patients, followed by a 16-day trip to China. There, teams of Penn and Hong Kong Poly U students work with amputees at a local clinic - a six-day process that involves getting to know the patient and his or her needs; measuring, designing and building the prosthesis; then returning to the clinic to work with the patient to ensure proper fit.

International Development Summer Institute – Africa Program

The IDSI program provides students with the opportunity to have an applied learning and cultural experience abroad. The program consists of five weeks of pre-program preparation at Penn and a four week-long training program on the campus of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi, Ghana. Cooperating with KNUST and several Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), ISDI-AP 2010 gives students the chance to apply classroom learning in the field and gain an insight into the world of international development.

Wharton International Programs

As early as freshman year, students have the opportunity to participate in a 10-day WIP trip to visit business and cultural sites in a different country. Participants also attend lectures at partner schools and earn .5 course units. Previous WIP trips include Brazil, Italy, South Korea, India, France, Costa Rica, Argentina, and China. A number of WIP trips focus on socially responsible business practices and community service projects.

Wharton Leadership Ventures

Wharton Leadership Ventures are learning experiences for Wharton School students. They are designed to bring participants into settings where they can learn from the experience of others whose leadership was on the line, and also from their own experience in confronting challenges and solving problems.

The undergraduate ventures provide a set of engaged, hands-on experiences for exploring and mastering the capabilities for effective individual and team leadership in business and beyond. They are intended to assist participants in improving their capacities to think strategically, communicate effectively, and act decisively. They are designed to foster forward thinking, a bias for action, risk awareness, and fast decisions. Most leadership ventures, such as Leading in Whitewater and Team Dynamics and Sailing, are one-day in length and are offered at no cost to Wharton undergraduates. Expeditionary ventures, such as the Icelandic Leadership Trek, are one week or longer and are priced to cover lodging, guides, meals, and other local fees.

MINORS

Explore additional disciplines and complement your current course of studies by adding to your educational repertoire with a minor from any of the Penn Engineering departments (with the exception of Bioengineering and Digital Media Design) or one of the many subject areas in the College of Arts and Sciences. Many M&T students pursue a minor in Mathematics since for many engineering majors a minor in Mathematics only requires one additional course. Recent M&T graduates have completed minors in Computer Science, Engineering Entrepreneurship, French, Mathematics, Political Science, South Asian Studies, and Sustainability and Environmental Management.

SUBMATRICULATION

Submatriculation is an opportunity for students with strong academic records to pursue a graduate degree in conjunction with their undergraduate program. Many M&T students have taken advantage of multiple submatriculation options including Wharton's MBA Program and a number of Penn Engineering MS Programs, including the MS in Biotechnology Program. Students who submatriculate into these graduate programs demonstrate strong academic performance along with the personal and intellectual maturity required to succeed in an advanced degree program.