Hoag Levins

SUMR 16 Visits Historic Franklin Square

Aug. 20, 2016
In one of the last weekend excursions of the University of Pennsylvania's 2016 Summer Undergraduate Minority Research program (SUMR), a contingent of scholars paid a visit to Philadelphia's historic Franklin Square. Now named for Benjamin Franklin, the square was actually one of the original green areas laid out by William Penn who founded the city in the 1680s. Located at the foot of the Ben Franklin Bridge that spans the Delaware River, the park is a popular recreation area that includes playgrounds, an old-time merry-go-round and center city's only miniature golf course. The centerpiece of...

Penn's 2016 Summer Undergrad Scholars Hit The Beach

Jul. 26, 2016
For the eleventh year, the University of Pennsylvania's annual cohort of LDI Summer Undergraduate Minority Research (SUMR) scholars spent a day together in Margate at the New Jersey shore. They were also joined by scholars from the Wharton School's Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) . Above, in front of Margate's world famous elephant-shaped building are some of the participants (inset, l to r): SPUR scholars Mohammed Malik and Elliot Oblander ; SUMR scholar Nada Boualam , SPUR scholar WenTao Zhang ; SUMR scholar Carlos Carmona ; and SUMR scholar Ian Jeong . All are Penn...

SUMR 16 at AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting

Jul. 11, 2016
The journey of the University of Pennsylvania 2016 Summer Undergraduate Minority Research (SUMR) class to the AcademyHealth Annual Research meeting in Boston began at Philadelphia's 30th Street train station. Above, the scholars gather in front of the Art Deco station's largest piece of artwork -- the massive "Spirit of Transportation" created in 1895 by Austrian-American sculptor Karl Bitter. Depicting the procession of transportation technology as viewed from the 1890s, it starts with a wooden-wheeled conestoga wagon, proceeds through ornate Victorian carriages and ends with a clutch of...