NSO Preceptorials

The following are recordings for some of Preceptorials that were held on August 25, 2020.

Future Trends and Opportunities in The Pharmaceutical Industry

Led by Penn Emeritus Professor Dr. Al Giovenella, this will give an introduction to terminology and methodology in pharmaceutical sciences, as well as areas of emphasis that the industry is and will follow to allow medicine in America and the rest of the world to meet our health and career needs.

Digital Humanities at Penn

A live interview with the faculty director and managing director of Penn's Price Lab for Digital Humanities. The directors and their staff will guide you through the many opportunities for Penn undergrads to get involved in digital humanities research and learning. These include courses in humanities disciplines, the minor in DH, summer research internships, and lots more. 30-minute interview will be followed by 30 mins of informal Q &A. Everyone is invited, no matter what their major subject or academic concentration.

Pre-Med at Penn: Getting off to a Good Start

Penn pre-health advisors introduce pre-health advising at Penn and offer information and ideas to help students begin their pre-medical preparation.

Comedy in the Age of Corona

Have a conversation with us about how comedy has evolved in light of the pandemic. We hope to touch on how to how to write, perform, and produce sketch comedy in a digital format, as well as how to make comedy in out of a situation that’s so dark!

TikTok And the Future of US-China Technology Competition

In July 2020, TikTok had as many as 800 million monthly active users and had been downloaded over 2 billion times. 175 million of those downloads came from users within the United States. On August 6, 2020, the Trump Administration released an executive order that bans the app over concerns about Chinese access to data on US citizens. This preceptorial will use the recent controversy over the executive order to ban TikTok as a lens through which we can explore competition over emerging technologies, from social media to artificial intelligence.

Remote Organizing for Climate Justice Workshop

Fossil Free Penn is hosting a live workshop to learn about the new remote organizing reality in the fight for climate justice and fossil fuel divestment. Tune in to learn about our goals for the coming year and to meet our members. Endorsed by the Year of Civic Engagement.

The "Civic Ivy" in the Wake of BLM

Penn has been located in West Philadelphia since 1872 and has shaped the economic and social landscape of the surrounding community for generations. In the 21st century, Philadelphia has emerged as the poorest big city in the country, and many Philadelphians are subject to both police violence and inadequate public services because of their race and socioeconomic status. Join us to learn more about the history of Penn, poverty, policing, and public schools in Philadelphia. Endorsed by the Year of Civic Engagement.

Penn Club Sports: Ultimate Frisbee at Penn (Venoid Edition)

Venus/Void are the ultimate frisbee teams at Penn. We can't run around and toss discs together this semester, but that doesn't mean we can't hang and have some FUN. Meet old and new players - could and should be you! Answer the age old question: what is ultimate? Watch and laugh at our very own highlight and, more importantly, lowlight reels. Play virtual games, join us for some information, and just have a good time. No experience necessary at all (some current captains never touched a disc before their first year). Hope to see you!


This preceptorial will introduce incoming Penn students to the 13 groups that comprise SMAC, or Singers, Musicians, and Comedians. Led by SMAC Chair Ayaka Shimada, this preceptorial will feature leaders from each of the 13 SMAC groups who will share about what their group has to offer. In addition, after the incoming students have heard from the group leaders, they will have the opportunity to ask questions, mingle, and add their names to a listserv that will provide them with information regarding auditions and events in the SMAC community.

Get outside at Penn: your guide to green spaces on campus, the Morris Arboretum and beyond

Spending time outdoors and in nature is a great way to reduce stress and to explore Penn's campus and the greater Philadelphia area. Chloe, Landscape Planner, will describe hidden gems on campus, an urban forest with over 6,200 trees, and ample urban parks and specialty gardens. Bryan, interim Director of Education, Morris Arboretum, will share must-see close-by destinations like the Morris Arboretum, a 92-acre botanic garden which is free for Penn Students.

Thriving in College

Come and hear about some practical tips to help guide you along your college career. You’ll learn about study habits, scheduling, extracurriculars, and academic support. You will also hear personal experiences on how community plays an instrumental role in the full college experience!

Meeting Godzilla and the Planet of Monsters

Zoom gathering to watch and discuss the anime "Godzilla: Planet of Monsters." We will begin with a short introduction to Godzilla and to Japanese anime (animated films), watch the film together with chat interactions, and end with a discussion of the film and the issues of environmental disaster, racial conflict, and youthful heroics that it raises. The film lasts 99 minutes, so the whole session will run to about two and a half hours. Students can also watch the film ahead of time on Netflix if they prefer..

Intro to Penn Student Agencies: Businesses for Students by Students

Penn Student Agencies (PSA) is an entrepreneurship program at the University of Pennsylvania offering services and employment for students, by students! With 10 student-run businesses, PSA has been around since 1933 and we are here to support your university experience; socially and professionally! Join us at one of our two Preceptorials to learn about what each of our businesses offer and how you can get involved through employment with PSA. This NSO Preceptorial was filmed on August 25, 2020.

Food Justice and Urban Farming

Do you like food? Are you interested in food production, food justice, or environmental justice issues? This preceptorial will introduce students to urban farming, food justice, and sustainability on Penn's campus and in the surrounding Philadelphia community. It will feature a virtual tour of Penn's on campus farm, a discussion on food justice within the context of Penn/Philadelphia, and an introduction to how to get involved with these issues on campus. Prior knowledge or experience is optional! This NSO Preceptorial was filmed on August 25, 2020.