Recent News

Penn Alexander School Named as a National Blue Ribbon School

September 28, 2016 - Penn President Amy Gutmann, School District of Philadelphia Superintendent William Hite, Penn’s Graduate School of Education Director of School & Community Engagement Caroline Watts and others gathered last Wednesday to celebrate a remarkable accomplishment—the naming of the Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander University of Pennsylvania Partnership School (Penn Alexander School) as a National Blue Ribbon School. It is one of only a few hundred schools to receive the coveted annual distinction, and the first Philadelphia District school in West Philadelphia to ever receive the honor.

Community-Based Organization Counselor Connection

College counselors from around the country, representing 16 states as well as Washington DC, were hosted by Penn's Admissions office at CBO Counselor Connection on August 18-19.  The program was developed for community-based organizations that work with college-bound high school students from historically underrepresented, socioeconomically disadvantaged, or first generation college backgrounds.

Shirley Tang - Penn’s Center for Minority Serving Institutions Research Fellow

As the 2015-16 Research Fellow, Shirley Tang's research project, “Digital Storytelling in Asian American Studies at an AANAPISI Research University,” will explore a generation of Asian American students who have turned to media technologies and created an archive of audiovisual products that reveal to the campus and the community new dimensions of Asian American student experiences.

Three Veterans at Penn Named 2016 Tillman Scholars

Three military veterans who are enrolled as graduate students at the University of Pennsylvania, John Schippert, Jonathan Wood and Matthew Miclette, have been appointed as 2016 Tillman Scholars through the Pat Tillman Foundation.

Beth Simmons Appointed Penn Integrates Knowledge Professor

President Amy Gutmann and Provost Vincent Price are pleased to announce the appointment of Beth Simmons as the University of Pennsylvania’s eighteenth Penn Integrates Knowledge University Professor, effective July 1, 2016.

Means for Students to Thrive

As part of a collaborative, engaging process, the Weingarten Learning Resources Center supports students with disabilities, connecting them to activities and services.

Donita Brady Selected as Pew Scholar in Biomedical Sciences

Donita Brady of Medicine has been recognized as one of 22 Pew Scholars in Biomedical Sciences for her research that analyzes the links between cancer and copper.

Penn Dialogue About Personalized Medicine in Mental Health

Arts & Sciences’ Robert DeRubeis and grad student Zachary Cohen are working with colleagues worldwide to bring personalized care to treatment for mental health disorders.

Putting My Dorm Room in a Suitcase

Rising senior Gavi Reiter of New Haven, Conn., has been relishing moments of “unfamiliarity and awe” in her study-abroad experiences from Vietnam to Morocco to Germany.

The Penn Application and Identity

Much goes into crafting a freshman class, and, as Jordan Pascucci of Admissions explained on P.217, Penn is a leader in reaching out across gender and sexual identities.

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