Students devote 10-15 hours per week during the first year and 15-20 hours per week during the second through fourth years to a research apprenticeship. Students usually begin by working with their first-year advisor to identify research experiences they want to have and skills they want to build while at Penn. The advisor typically has research projects that can start to address the student’s goals. Students are encouraged to work on multiple faculty projects as well as their own research so as to develop a broad range of methodological skills.

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Faculty & Research

Remembering Dr. Richard Gelles

It is with profound sadness that SP2 shares news of the passing of Dr. Richard Gelles. Dr. Gelles was diagnosed with...

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Alumni Stories

SP2 Grad Advocates for Philly’s LGBTQ Population

As policy fellow with Philadelphia’s Office of LGBT Affairs, Sayeeda Rashid of the School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2)...

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Student Life

June 25, 2020 Message to the SP2 Community

Dear SP2 Students and Alumni, A group of students and alumni has circulated an open letter and petition addressed to me,...

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Student Life

Philanthropy Class Provides $55K in Grants to Local Nonprofits Amid COVID-19 Crisis

As safety measures around the COVID-19 pandemic halted all on-campus activity at Penn, Doug Bauer and Greg Goldman— like many...

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