Arab Spring’s Demands for Democratic Reforms Has Precedence, Penn Senior Finds

University of Pennsylvania undergraduate Anwar Akrouk's senior thesis argues that the Arab Spring’s demand for democratic reform mirrors nationalism’s rise following World War I and the Ottoman Empire’s fall.

Penn Senior Adrian Lievano to Tackle Water Security in Kenya

Building prosthetic limbs and developing rain-water filtration systems may seem like they have nothing in common. But to Adrian Lievano, a University of Pennsylvania senior from Miami majoring in mechanical engineering and applied mechanics, there’s a synergy: In both cases, the user is the designer’s top priority.

University of Pennsylvania Student Wins Truman Scholarship

Adam Cohen, a junior at the University of Pennsylvania, has been awarded a Harry S. Truman Scholarship, a merit-based award for college students who plan to pursue careers in government or in public service, wish to attend graduate or professional school to help prepare for their careers and are U.S. citizens or U.S. nationals.

Shadrack Frimpong of Penn to Establish Community Clinic and Girls’ School in Ghana

(This is the first in a series of features introducing the inaugural Penn President's Engagement Prize winners.)   As a young student growing up in Tarkwa Breman, a rural village in Ghana, Shadrack Frimpong was surrounded by many bright peers, both male and female. But as the years passed, many of the female students stopped coming to school. 

Campus & Community


  • Celebrating Inaugural President’s Engagement Prize Recipients

    Celebrating Inaugural President’s Engagement Prize Recipients

    Penn President Amy Gutmann said she vividly remembers the afternoon she called the five recipients of the new President’s Engagement P…

  • City Honors Penn as Public and Fire Safety Partner

    City Honors Penn as Public and Fire Safety Partner

    Mayor Michael Nutter was a special guest at the University of Pennsylvania Division of Public Safety’s (DPS) spring Commendation Ceremony on April 1. He was there to present Penn with the city’s inaugural Hero of Philadelphia Award.

  • ACE to Honor University of Pennsylvania President Amy Gutmann with 2015 Reginald

    ACE Honors President’s Commitment to Diversity

    The American Council on Education (ACE) honored Penn President Amy Gutmann with the 2015 Reginald Wilson Diversity Leadership Award. The award is given annually to an individual who has made outstanding contributions and demonstrated sustained commitment to diversity in higher education.

  • Penn and the Wharton School Launch Penn Wharton China Cent

    University Launches Penn Wharton China Center

    The University of Pennsylvania and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania announced the opening of the Penn Wharton China Center (PWCC) in Beijing, China on March 10, 2015.

  • Penn President and Penn Libraries host Lea School Students

    Penn President and Penn Libraries Host Lea School Students

    A special visit from West Philadelphia elementary school students to Penn Libraries’ Emancipation Proclamation exhibit complements what the students are learning in their classes about the document.

  • PIK Professor Shelley L. Berger: Revolutionizing Genetic Research

    PIK Professor Shelley L. Berger: Revolutionizing Genetic Research

    A leader in the rapidly changing field of epigenetics, Shelley L. Berger has built a world-class epigenetics program at Penn that she says is distinguished by the diverse and relevant expertise of the science faculty associated with it.

  • Students Glean Insights from an Ancient Skeleton at the Penn Museum

    Students Glean Insights from an Ancient Skeleton at the Penn Museum

    Penn students in the course, Living World in Archaeological Science, offered in the Penn Museum’s Center for the Analysis of Archaeological Materials (CAAM), have learned about scientific analysis of skeletal rem…

  • Mentors On and Off the Field

    Mentors On and Off the Field

    On a cold night in late January, more than 100 people took to Franklin Field to celebrate the public launch of the Young Quakers Community Athletics (YQCA) initiative, an after-school mentoring program.

  • More Than Just a Game

    More Than Just a Game

    A group of students at Penn Alexander School are hacking parents’ classic warning that video games turn brains to mush.

  • PIK Prof Rakesh Vohra: An Interdisciplinary Innovator

    PIK Professor Rakesh Vohra: An Interdisciplinary Innovator

    Drawing from the seemingly disparate fields of economics, electrical engineering, and computer science, Rakesh Vohra’s work requires the support of an institution resolutely committed to interdisciplinary research—a level of commitment he says few institutions beyond Penn have.

Penn in the news

Penn Hosts Capital Project Session for Minority-owned Businesses April 14, 2015 | Philadelphia Tribune

Glenn Bryan of Government and Community Affairs, Michael Dausch of Facilities and Real Estate Services and Pat Dorris of Penn Medicine are quoted about briefing minority- and women-owned subcontractors on upcoming capital projects at Penn.

Why Universities Alone Aren’t Going to Save Your Economy April 6, 2015 | Chronicle of Higher Education

Penn is highlighted for economic development in its community.

Video: University of Pennsylvania Receives a Public Safety Award April 1, 2015 | CBS News (Philadelphia)

Penn’s Department of Public Safety is recognized by Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter for their work on campus.

Five Penn Students Win $150,000 Each for Community Service Projects March 26, 2015 | CBS News (Philadelphia)

Five seniors, Jodi FeinbergMatthew LisleShadrack FrimpongAdrian Lievano, and Katlyn Grasso, are highlighted as the inaugural winners of the President’s Engagement Prize.

Penn Grads Win Chance to Change the World March 25, 2015 | Philadelphia Inquirer

Five undergraduate students are featured as the winners of the University of Pennsylvania’s President’s Engagement Prizes.

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