Fontaine Society

Incoming students are invited to the Fontaine Society Annual Dinner in March, to meet current students and learn more about the opportunities membership provides.

Membership


image Nomination for membership in the Fontaine Society is initiated by the student’s home school. Incoming students are invited to the Fontaine Society Annual Dinner in March, to meet current students and learn more about the opportunities membership provides.

Today, the Fontaine Society is comprised of 273 current PhD students spanning a wide range of disciplines. The “Fontaines” in the biomedical fields have founded the “EE Just Society” honoring the pioneering African American scientist. Penn is proud of the 545 Fontaine Alumni who have earned their PhDs in the past three decades.

Fontaine Society holds monthly social events for peer interaction and “Chat and Chews” with faculty. They sponsor travel awards and “Philly Nights Out” to sample local cultural offerings – plays, films, sports games, taprooms, etc. They also organize conferences and workshops to support academic work, like “Dissertation Bootcamp.” The annual Fontaine Dinner, for current members and “prospectives”, and “Celebration of Progress” are major social highlights. Fontaines partner with other student groups throughout the year, and many volunteer in service projects, such as the “Science Education Academy” for grade school students in West Philadelphia. See the calendar for details.

Meet some members of the Fontaine Society:

Christina Denard, PhD student in Social Welfare, School of Social Policy and Practice

Leonardo Guercio, PhD student in the Neuroscience, Biomedical Graduate Studies

Awo Layman, MD/PhD student in the Immunology, Biomedical Graduate Studies

Nicole Martinez-Gonzalez, PhD student in Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, Biomedical Graduate Studies

Angelina Ruffin, PhD student in Social Welfare, School of Social Policy and Practice