Graduate Students

Prism Fellow and reality TV star Dillon Patel

Patel’s LGBTQ+ advocacy as a tech worker and former reality TV star has earned him the the distinction as Wharton’s second Prism Fellow, a scholarship to one MBA student who demonstrates leadership in support of the LGBTQ+ community.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

What won’t the infrastructure plan do? Repair our crumbling schools

Nell Williams, a Ph.D. student in the Graduate School of Education, wrote an op-ed in support of the Biden administration’s infrastructure plan, which allocates funds to repair school buildings. “As the infrastructure plan undergoes further negotiation in the House and Senate, I urge policymakers note the gaping hole that was left when most U.S. schools went virtual last year,” she said.

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The New York Times

The hills are alive with the flows of physics

In the lab of Douglas Jerolmack, researchers led by doctoral candidate Nakul Deshpande of the School of Arts & Sciences explored how landscapes gradually move over time.

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The Washington Post

Now 60 years old, the Peace Corps can be more than a Cold War artifact

Lacy Feigh, a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Arts & Sciences, wrote an op-ed calling for a renewed commitment to the Peace Corps as the pandemic comes to a close. “It is the unbridled idealism and hope embedded in the goals of the Peace Corps—to promote better understanding on the part of Americans and people across the world—that are urgently needed today,” she wrote.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

The website Findashot.org may be a better way to get a COVID-19 vaccine appointment

David Newell, an MBA student in the Wharton School, built a website that finds available COVID-19 vaccine appointments. “The idea is to aggregate appointment availability, not just inventory availability, which a lot of the projects out there and even the CDC’s partner vaccinefinder.org are focused on,” he said.

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The Washington Post

This man has given away 500 free pizzas. He lowers them from his apartment window

Wharton School graduate student Ben Berman has been raising money for local nonprofits by raffling off homemade pizzas. “This is something positive that I can do from my own apartment,” he said.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

This Penn student writes YA novels with her sister. Their new book is ‘close to perfection,’ Kirkus says

Graduate School of Education doctoral student Maritza Moulite and her sister, a doctoral student at Howard University, have written a new young-adult novel about racial injustice.

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