Undergraduate Students

Niko Simpkins: At the nexus of engineering and music

For Niko Simpkins, a musician who performs, produces, and engineers his own tracks, the most exciting processes combine structure and flexibility, creativity, and rigor. As a third-year student in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, he sees his mechanical engineering education as a framework for problem solving that might serve him across a broad set of endeavors, and for now, he’s more interested in learning than narrowing to any one particular career path.

Evan Lerner

Engaging in the election

In a collaborative English course taught by Lorene Cary in the fall, students shared their experiences with civic engagement by writing for publication, partnering with nonprofits like Vote That Jawn to share non-partisan information with other young first-time voters.

Louisa Shepard

A Move-In like no other

Penn undergraduates start arriving on campus to move into College Houses during an extended eight-day period in keeping with pandemic health and safety protocols.

Louisa Shepard



In the News


Philadelphia Inquirer

These Penn students have helped send more than 13,000 letters to front-line workers

Undergraduate students Rupa Palanki and Preethi Kumaran worked with peers to found an initiative to send letters of appreciation to front-line workers during the pandemic.

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The New York Times

College student’s simple invention helps nurses work and patients rest

Anthony Scarpone-Lambert, a senior in the School of Nursing, collaborated with a nurse to invent a wearable LED that nurses can use to illuminate their work without waking sleeping patients. “I would say it’s been through COVID that this kind of innovation came to life,” he said. “It highlights the really important message that frontline health care workers and patients really deserve more support now more than ever.”

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Morning Edition (NPR)

4 teams head into finals of collegiate a cappella championship

Penn Masala is among four teams heading into the final rounds of an a cappella championship, singing a mashup of Ed Sheeran’s “Castle On The Hill” and the Bollywood song “Ilahi.”

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The New York Times

Meet Chloe Gong, one of the year’s best-selling authors

College of Arts and Sciences senior Chloe Gong of New Zealand was interviewed about her best-selling book “These Violent Delights,” a reimagining of “Romeo and Juliet.”

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Penn student who aged out of foster care wins prestigious Rhodes Scholarship

May graduate Mackenzie Fierceton has been named a Rhodes Scholar, which will allow her to study at Oxford University in England.

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Chronicle of Higher Education

Student interest in the election is high. So are the barriers to voting

Nicholas Williams, College of Arts and Sciences sophomore and Penn Leads the Vote’s Communications Fellow, spoke about the organization’s efforts to teach students how to properly vote by mail.

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