Connect with researchers across campus, meet like-minded students, and get published.
About the Seminar
Each spring, the Kleinman Center hosts its undergraduate student fellows program and climate and energy policy seminar series. This program is designed as a competitive and selective appointment for committed undergraduates. Admitted students are expected to attend a lunchtime seminar every other week at the Kleinman Center for Energy Policy. These energy and climate policy seminar sessions provide students with the opportunity to meet and hear from energy researchers as they discuss the findings and policy implications of their recent research.
Lectures and discussions cover a wide range of energy and climate topics, including:
Climate Science and the Carbon Cycle
Environmental Law and Regulation
Environmental Risk Management
Renewable Energy and Storage
Student fellows selected for this seminar have many unique opportunities for both academic and professional development.
Networking. In addition to learning from many of Penn’s top energy researchers, admitted students can engage and network with presenters and other student fellows.
Publishing. Blog posts that students submit at the end of the semester are published on the Kleinman Center website and shared with our growing community of students, faculty, policymakers, and industry experts.
Career Building. This program is an excellent career-building opportunity, helping student fellows develop a deep understanding of energy and climate policy topics. As official members of the Kleinman Center community, student fellows receive a number of ancillary benefits such as occasional opportunities to meet visiting scholars and speakers, advanced notice of Kleinman Center events, and the professional benefits of having an official association with a globally respected energy policy center.
Field Trip. Under normal circumstances, we also host an optional and all-expenses-paid day trip to a significant energy facility or policy institution within the region. Unfortunately, because of the ongoing precautions around the coronavirus pandemic, this trip may not be possible this year.
In addition to attending seminar discussions, each student fellow must submit a blog post (~600 words) on an energy or climate topic of their choice by the end of the semester. Student fellows then work with the Kleinman Center’s editorial and communications team to publish their blog on the Kleinman Center website.
For questions about the undergraduate seminar, please contact Oscar Serpell.
2021 Publication Highlights
Our seminar participants have written on a variety of topics—from carbon offsets to artificial intelligence.
The current carbon offsets market incentivizes corporations to shift the moral responsibility of reducing emissions to others. Drastic reform is needed to guarantee a true reduction in global emissions.
Yina Anyachebelu is an undergraduate student in the Huntsman Program studying business analytics in Wharton and international studies in the College of Arts and Sciences. Anyachebelu is also a 2021 Undergraduate Student Fellow.
Margaret Badding is an undergraduate student in the College of Arts and Sciences double majoring in philosophy, politics, and economics (PPE) and psychology, with a minor in environmental studies. Badding is also a 2021 Undergraduate Seminar Fellow.
Francisco Barrera is an undergraduate student in the VIPER program studying materials science and engineering at the School of Engineering and Applied Science and physics in the School of Arts and Sciences. He is also a 2021 Undergraduate Student Fellow.
Skylar Cannon is a junior in the School of Engineering and Applied Science studying chemical and biomolecular engineering with a minor in energy and sustainability. Cannon is also a 2021 Undergraduate Seminar Fellow.
Billy Hasley is an undergraduate student studying chemical and biomolecular engineering with a minor in energy and sustainability at the School of Engineering and Applied Science. Hasley is also a 2021 Undergraduate Student Fellow.
Caroline Magdolen is an undergraduate student studying systems engineering and environmental science in the Vagelos Integrated Program in Energy Research (VIPER) program. Magdolen is also a 2021 Undergraduate Seminar Fellow.
Georgia Ray is a senior undergraduate student triple majoring in urban studies, cognitive science, and philosophy of science in the College of Arts and Sciences. Ray is also a 2021 Undergraduate Student Fellow.
Yein Yoon is an undergraduate student in the Vagelos Integrated Program in Energy Research (VIPER) studying materials science and engineering and chemistry. Yoon is also a 2021 Undergraduate Seminar Fellow.