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Undergraduate Climate and Energy Policy Seminar

Dive Deeper. Connect with energy researchers across campus, meet like-minded students, and get published.


About the Seminar

If topics like carbon markets, autonomous vehicles, and energy in the Galapagos interest you, consider our newest seminar. Created for undergraduates, this spring seminar provides an overview of timely climate and energy research across Penn campus.

The seminar is designed to be cross-disciplinary while being accessible to students from all schools.

Select students attend a series of lunchtime sessions (one every other week) at the Kleinman Center. Sessions feature Penn researchers who present their findings, make policy connections, and engage the group in discussion and critical thinking.

Seminar participants also write a blog post or policy digest, which are considered for publication on our website.

Publication Highlights

Our seminar participants have written on a variety of topics—from the Green New Deal to flood insurance. 

Nuclear plant at seaCan Nuclear Hit Its Stride in Africa?
William Deo

New nuclear technologies could help power the future of Africa and build a bridge to sustainable energy. The challenge, however, lies in financing and regulating nuclear deployment.

Poster board with information about the Green New Deal The Green New Deal Is the Solution to the Jobs Issue
Emma Glaser

The Green New Deal allows us to mitigate and adapt to climate change, create millions of good jobs, and ensure no one is left behind.
 

homes in a Siberian landscape Challenges Facing Renewable Energy in Northern Canada
Brandon Nguyen

In the remote northern territories of Canada, a legacy of off-grid systems and limited infrastructure makes energy transition difficult.
 

Flooding of homes in neighborhoodIt’s Time to Rethink Flood Insurance
Brian Lee

The National Flood Insurance Program should actively help reduce aggregate flood risk in the United States by facilitating voluntary buyouts and managed retreats.

A row of wind turbinesWind Developers Pressured by Pandemic Concerns & 2020 PTC Deadlines
Ryan Kim

With concerns about a global recession and looming 2020 PTC deadlines, wind developers and investors are being forced to revisit project strategies.

Requirements

  • Penn undergraduate
  • Demonstrated interest in climate and energy policy
  • Commitment to attend bi-weekly seminar sessions

How to Apply

Visit this page in the fall to complete an application for spring semester.

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Meet the Undergraduate Seminar Fellows

Joshua Anumolu

Joshua Anumolu

College of Arts and Sciences
Anunya Bahanda

Anunya Bahanda

Urban Studies,
College of Arts and Sciences
Ari Bortman

Ari Bortman

Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics ,
School of Engineering and Applied Science
Kelly Chen

Kelly Chen

Materials Science and Engineering,
School of Engineering and Applied Science
William Deo

William Deo

Vagelos Integrated Program in Energy Research (VIPER),
School of Engineering and Applied Science, College of Arts and Sciences
Matthew Fouts

Matthew Fouts

Psychology and Earth Science,
College of Arts and Sciences
Emma Glasser

Emma Glasser

Vagelos Integrated Program in Energy Research (VIPER),
School of Engineering and Applied Science, College of Arts and Sciences
Ryan Kim

Ryan Kim

Economics and Environmental Studies ,
College of Arts and Sciences
Eric Knorr

Eric Knorr

Economics,
Wharton School
Richard Ling

Richard Ling

Vagelos Integrated Program in Energy Research (VIPER),
School of Engineering and Applied Science, College of Arts and Sciences
Wonbin (Brian) Lee

Wonbin (Brian) Lee

Economics,
Wharton School
Leah Narun

Leah Narun

Materials Science and Engineering,
School of Engineering and Applied Science
Brandon Nguyen

Brandon Nguyen

Economics and Political Science,
Wharton School and College of Arts and Sciences
Summer Powers

Summer Powers

Economics,
Wharton School
Jonathan Szeto

Jonathan Szeto

Earth Science and Political Science,
College of Arts and Sciences
Zachary Whitlock

Zachary Whitlock

Vagelos Integrated Program in Energy Research (VIPER),
School of Engineering and Applied Science, College of Arts and Sciences
Rachel Zaff

Rachel Zaff

Political Science and Environmental Science,
College of Arts and Sciences