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Penn Arts and Sciences recently announced the 2017 Teaching Award recipients. This year, two outstanding members from the College of Liberal and Professional Studies are being recognized for their work.

The College of Liberal and Professional Studies Award for Distinguished Teaching in Undergraduate and Post-Baccalaureate Programs is being given to Dr. Judith McLean, Lecturer, Biological Basis of Behavior program.

“I’ve always been curious about the world around me,” shares Elizabeth Madara (Master of Environmental Studies ‘12). “Growing up, my parents had a rule that if the sun was out, so were we.” Today, Elizabeth is a Project Scientist with Roux Associates, Inc., an environmental consulting and management firm. In her role she explore new frontiers while working with clients to solve their most challenging problems.

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“The Pre-Health Journal Club connects what I’m learning in class to contemporary research,” shares Camille Lin, a current Pre-Health Specialized Studies student, “It’s also a great opportunity to present and speak in front of other people.” Camille’s experience in the group is precisely why Pre-Health advisor and instructor John Zimmerman runs the meetings on a weekly basis. “I enjoy seeing the light bulbs come on,” he smiles.

Dr. Martin E.P. Seligman, founding director of the Positive Psychology Center at Penn, suggests ways to cultivate the components of wellbeing, which include engagement, good relationships, accomplishment and purpose in a recent The New York Times article.

Victoria Moffitt, a Pre-Health Core Studies student, recently founded the Social Justice Medicine Club here at Penn. The organization hosts panels, community service events and special lectures to address issues that involve access to healthcare and social injustice. Victoria recently spoke with the Penn Pre-Health Post-Bacc Society Newsletter about what inspired her to start the club and her focus in the medical fields.

“I’m over the moon about it,” Katherine Elbert (Master of Chemical Sciences ’16) beams about earning a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship. “It’s a great opportunity and one that most people don’t get. The NSF gives you the tools to be able to do the work you’re passionate about. It feels really validating that they think I can do this.”

Anna Carapellotti (BA ’15) and Kate Samuelson (BA and MPA ’17 —expected) recently became recipients of the highly competitive Thouron Award—a graduate exchange scholarship program between the United Kingdom and the University of Pennsylvania. Both students hail from the College of Liberal and Professional Studies’ (LPS) Bachelor of Arts program.


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