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On April 1, the College of Liberal and Professional Studies (LPS) at the University of Pennsylvania officially opened applications for its newest master’s degree: the Master of Chemical Sciences. The program, the first of its kind in the Ivy League, offers current and aspiring professionals in the chemical sciences a path to build their expertise in a compact time frame.

Ben Reynard's office is not climate controlled. In winter, wind howls through the prairie environments where he plants native species, and the mercury drops below zero. In summer, as he plants willow stakes to control erosion, the temperatures often get up to over 100 degrees. But Ben isn't looking for a water cooler and a thermostat. In his work as an eco-contractor with Applied Ecological Services, he's protecting the Midwestern environment he's valued since growing up in Oklahoma.

Penn’s Medical Physics Graduate Program creates physicists who heal.

In the last 25 years, new technology has exploded the possibilities in radiation oncology. The development of 3-D X-ray imaging (CT scan) gave doctors better images to choose the best treatment for their patients. Now they can also incorporate positron emission tomography (PET) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) into their decision process. And in 14 centers in the U.S., including Penn, physicians can use one of the most sophisticated weapons against cancer, proton therapy.

Cory Colijn came to Penn in 2007 as a guest student, and soon transferred here to finish her bachelor’s degree in the Earth and Environmental Science Department. During her time as an undergraduate she was named the EES Outstanding Undergraduate Teaching Assistant and graduated magna cum laude in 2011.

Cory later joined Penn as a staff member for the Professional Master’s Programs in Earth & Environmental Science. She manages many aspects of these programs, but her favorite part of her job is daily interaction with current students.

Celebrate the memories of past LPS graduations with these photos.

Penn LPS Graduation 2017

2017 Penn LPS Graduation

May 14, 2017 at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

Lisa Witmer joined the Pre-Health Program in 2005 as a lecturer and advisor. She is responsible for teaching Introductory Biology and upper-level biology courses to Core Studies and Specialized Studies students. In addition, she is involved in recruiting prospective students and providing academic, application and career advising to Post-Bacc Pre-Health students.

As an Enrollment Specialist, Brittany assists prospective students as they navigate the application and admissions process, and is committed to helping prospective students achieve their goals. Brittany started working at the University of Pennsylvania almost two years ago as an Admissions Specialist for LPS. She earned her BA in Sociology and Urban Studies from the University of Pittsburgh in 2012, and her M.Ed. in Urban Education from Temple University in 2014. In addition, Brittany will soon begin her doctoral studies in higher education at Penn GSE.

Faye has been with the University of Pennsylvania for more than 25 years. Before joining the Pre-Health Programs, Faye was the Program Coordinator for the Africa Center for nearly 13 years. At the College of Liberal and Professional Studies (LPS), Faye ensures that prospective and current students get the very best service when it comes to applications, interviews and advising. Faye keeps students up-to-date on program events, jobs, volunteer positions and research opportunities. She also schedules special guests for Pre-Health workshops and the Distinguished Speaker Series.


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