Program Essay Update

Posted on by Dean Furda

Juniors, well done–the school year is winding down and our office recognizes that this year’s completion is a tremendous accomplishment. Junior year requires incredible focus, leadership, and grit. At its close, you should be able to understand the dimensions of your talents and interests.

Looking ahead to the summer, our office wants to equip you with tools to brainstorm, research, write, and connect with the college search process. In addition to releasing this year’s Penn Writing Supplement, we are excited to provide the essay prompts for Penn’s Coordinated Dual-Degree, Accelerated, and Specialized Programs.

These unique (and uniquely Penn) programs allow students to pursue specific interdisciplinary interests together with a cohort of classmates and dedicated faculty. Take time to investigate each opportunity. Explore how this path might complement and support your interests.

Remember:
• Applicants to the following programs complete both a program specific essay and the Penn Writing Supplement.
• As the program size for Penn’s coordinated dual-degree, accelerated, and specialized programs is small, prospective students can specify a single-degree choice on their application as well. Applications will be reviewed for both options.

Essay prompts follow. Investigate the opportunities. Circle back to Page 217 for continued discussion on college search and the application.

The Bio-Dent: Seven-Year Bio-Dental Program
The Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business
The Jerome Fisher Program in Management and Technology (M&T)
Nursing and Health Care Management Coordinated Dual Degree Program (NHCM)
Rajendra and Neera Singh Program in Networked and Social Systems Engineering (NETS)
The Roy and Diana Vagelos Program in Life Sciences and Management (LSM)
The Vagelos Integrated Program in Energy Research (VIPER)

The Bio-Dent: Seven-Year Bio-Dental Program
Please answer all prompts.

1. Please list pre-dental or pre-medical experience. This experience can include but is not limited to observation in a private practice, dental clinic, or hospital setting; dental assisting; dental laboratory work; dental or medical research, etc. Please include time allotted to each activity, dates of attendance, location, and description of your experience. If you do not have any pre-dental or pre-medical experience, please indicate what you have done that led you to your decision to enter dentistry.

2. List any activities which demonstrate your ability to work with your hands.

3. What activities have you performed that demonstrate your ability to work cooperatively with people?

4. Please explain your reasons for selecting a career in dentistry. Please include what interests you the most in dentistry as well as what interests you the least.

5. Do you have relatives who are dentists or are in dental school? If so, indicate the name of each relative, his/her relationship to you, the school attended, and the dates attended.

The Huntsman Program in International Studies and Business
1. In light of your personal interests in language, business, and international affairs, please discuss a current global issue and explain how the Huntsman Program would allow you to explore it in greater depth. (500-700 words)

2. Please indicate how many years and how extensively you have studied the language you selected for the Huntsman program.

The Jerome Fisher Program in Management and Technology (M&T)
Please complete both prompts.

1. How will the Jerome Fisher Program in Management and Technology help you pursue your specific interests in both engineering and business? Please address in depth specific engineering fields, areas of business, and their potential integration that you plan on pursuing through this Penn program. (400-650 words)

2. Please describe a time in which you displayed leadership. (250 words maximum)

Nursing and Health Care Management Coordinated Dual Degree Program (NHCM)
1. Discuss your interest in nursing and health care management. How might Penn’s coordinated dual-degree program in nursing and business help you meet your goals? (400-650 words)

Rajendra and Neera Singh Program in Networked and Social Systems Engineering (NETS)
1. Describe your interests in modern networked information systems and technologies, such as the Internet, and their impact on society, whether in terms of economics, communication, or the creation of beneficial content for society. Feel free to draw on examples from your own experiences as a user, developer, or student of technology. (400-650 words)

The Roy and Diana Vagelos Program in Life Sciences and Management (LSM)
1. LSM seeks students who are enthusiastic about combining science with management. What excites you about this combination? What advantages and opportunities does the combination provide, and what needs does it address? Be as specific and original as possible in addressing these questions. (400-650 words)

The Vagelos Integrated Program in Energy Research (VIPER)
1. Describe your interests in energy science and technology and your previous experiences (academic, research, and extracurricular activities) that have helped you to appreciate the scientific or engineering challenges related to energy and sustainability. If you have previous experience with research, consider describing your research project at a level appropriate for an educated non-expert, outlining the goals, hypotheses, approach, results, and conclusions. Describe how your experiences have shaped your research and interests, and how the VIPER program will help you achieve your goals. (400-650 words)


*PAGE 217
refers to the always legendary and occasionally dreaded essay which was once a mainstay of the University of Pennsylvania application. The question read as follows: “You have just finished your three hundred page autobiography. Please submit page 217.”

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