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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.

Dr. Angela Duckworth, the Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, will address the graduating class of 2017 from Penn’s College of Liberal and Professional Studies (LPS). Angela is a leading researcher in the studies of grit and self-control. A 2013 MacArthur Genius Fellow, Angela has advised the White House, the World Bank, NBA and NFL teams as well as Fortune 500 CEOs.

Read more on the Graduation 2017 page >

Bryan Currinder, a Master of Environmental Studies student, took home the top prize in the Professional Master’s/Other category at the first annual Grad BEN Talks for his piece, “Conserving Freshwater Systems in Bangladesh and Bhutan through Biomonitoring.” The TED-style competition was launched on March 17 by the School of Arts & Sciences. Winners were chosen by a panel of judges and were awarded a $500 prize.

The English Language Programs (ELP) in the College of Liberal and Professional Studies recently reached a major online education milestone: enrolling 250,000 learners and climbing, on Coursera. ELP’s massive open online course (MOOC) English for Business and Entrepreneurship also won the honor of Highest Rated New Course.

“I was pretty honored when the Secret Service teased me about being an intern,” remembers John Miller, a Master of Environmental Studies (MES ’17—expected) student and current fellow for NJ Senator Bob Menendez, assisting on the reauthorization of the National Flood Insurance Program. Prior to working in Washington, D.C, John spent 23 years in the private sector as an engineer focused on water resources.

“The municipality of Toms River, New Jersey has received more federal flood insurance claims paid dollars than 38 entire states, including California,” shares John Miller, a Master of Environmental Studies (MES ’17—expected) student and current fellow in New Jersey Senator Bob Menendez’s Office. “When Hurricane Sandy came along, it dramatically changed my career as an engineer.

“The environment is the gateway to full civic participation,” shares Katera Moore (Master of Environmental Studies ’06), “Studying at Penn allowed me to merge my passion for cities, the environment and people.”

The University of Pennsylvania in collaboration with the online education platform Coursera launched a specialization certificate program, Foundations of Positive Psychology. The five-course series provides you with the key theories and research in the field of positive psychology as well as opportunities for application.

If you’re considering a graduate program after completing a bachelor’s degree, or looking to bolster your credentials, the University of Pennsylvania’s new Master of Behavioral and Decision Sciences opens you up to a world of professional possibility.


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