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New Study Shows How Arts and Culture Improve Health, Safety and Well-being in NYC

Low- and moderate-income residents in NYC neighborhoods with many cultural resources are healthier, better educated, and safer overall than those in similar communities with fewer creative resources, according to a groundbreaking study from Penn's School of Social Policy & Practice, led by Mark Stern, co-director of Urban Studies. To find out more about this study, visit their website or read Penn Current's recent article. (Photo is a heat map of NYC, provided by NASA).

Check out our list of Urbs-related internships and other opportunities

Use this link to see our list of Urbs-related internships. These often come to us from Urban Studies alums, who are specifically seeking Urban Studies students!

Urban Studies Research Guide

If you're looking for where to start your Urban Studies research, then look no further. Urbs librarian Deborah Bishov has created a handy Urban Studies Research guide, complete with online text resources as well as mapping tools, U.S. Census data and more. Here's the link!

Showcasing Student Work

During the Spring 2017 semester, students in URBS 200 will study the economic, social, and cultural life of a specific Philly neightborhood. Click here to see student work from previous semesters! 

Urban Studies Awards
Use this link for information on our annual Hassenfeld and Jacques Gordon grants, as well as other Urban Studies Program awards.

URBS-Related Internships
Here are some ideas for internships in Urban Studies-related fields.

Urban Studies Links
An assortment of helpful websites to use as a resource in your studies.

Senior Thesis Titles
Thinking about what to work on in Senior Seminar? Take a look at what our URBS alumns have written about in previous years. Penn WebLogin required.