Unique Opportunities


Submatriculation is an opportunity for students with strong academic records to pursue a graduate degree in conjunction with their undergraduate program. Many M&T students have taken advantage of multiple submatriculation options including Wharton's MBA Program and a number of Penn Engineering MS Programs, including the MS in Biotechnology Program. Students who submatriculate into these graduate programs demonstrate strong academic performance along with the personal and intellectual maturity required to succeed in an advanced degree program.

Check out a profile of a recent M&T alum who submatriculated into a master's program


Bioengineering 400: Clinical Preceptorship in Bioengineering

In the course "Clinical Preceptorship in Bioengineering" (BE 400), students receive what few undergraduates in the United States ever have the opportunity to experience: a chance to shadow renowned physicians for 10 weeks as they treat patients, perform surgeries, and diagnose disease.

Directed by Dr. David Eckmann, this course introduces students to real-life problems in medicine through lectures and a "clinical preceptorship," which is an intensive experience under the direction of a faculty mentor. In this preceptorship, students spend about 10 to 15 hours per week in the clinic for 10 weeks. During this time, they watch procedures, sit in on case discussions, talk with medical residents, follow clinicians, and work on a clinical research project.

Bioengineering 490/492: Independent Study  

Students can enroll in up to two semesters of independent study to earn class credits while working within the labs of faculty members across Penn's campus, including the medical school, the veterinary and dental schools, the School of Arts and Sciences, and Penn Engineering. Independent study projects span diverse biomedical research areas. Students have tested high-density flexible electrodes for the treatment of epilepsy, investigated fat storage cell formation, and attempted to synthesize artificial red blood cells to treat disorders like sickle-cell anemia. Many undergraduates have even published their independent-study research findings in peer-reviewed journals.

Senior Design Project Competition

Each year, the Penn Engineering Alumni Society sponsors a Senior Design Project Competition for undergraduate engineering seniors at Penn Engineering. This competition assembles together the winning senior design project teams from each of Penn’s engineering majors.  Each of these design teams presents their accomplishments to a panel of “real world” judges who collectively represent a diverse set of technology disciplines. Having already received departmental accolades for technical achievement, this Senior Design Project Competition now challenges each team to succinctly articulate their design project’s objective, strategy and results to a diverse audience. As such, of chief importance in this competition is the ability to clearly communicate complex subject matter to those who are not experts in that subject matter. Project details for the 2017 winners can be found here.


Global BioMedical Service Program

The GBS Program combines coursework at Penn designed to familiarize students with the techniques of building prosthetics, the cultural differences between China and America, and clinical skills necessary to work with patients and a 16-day trip to China. There, students from Penn and Hong Kong Poly U work with amputees at a local clinic - a six-day process that involves getting to know the patient and his or her needs, measuring, designing and building the prosthesis, then returning to the clinic to work with the patient to ensure proper fit.

International Development Summer Institute – Africa Program

The IDSI program provides students with the opportunity to have an applied learning and cultural experience abroad. The program consists of five weeks of pre-program preparation at Penn and a four week-long training program on the campus of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) in Kumasi, Ghana. Cooperating with KNUST and several Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), ISDI-AP gives students the chance to apply classroom learning in the field and gain an insight into the world of international development.

Wharton International Programs

As early as freshman year, students have the opportunity to participate in a 10-day Wharton International Program (WIP) trip to visit business and cultural sites in a different country. Participants also attend lectures at partner schools and earn .5 course units. Examples of previous WIP trips destinations include Brazil, Italy, South Korea, Ecuador, France, Germany, Argentina, Japan, and China.

Wharton Leadership Ventures

Wharton Leadership Ventures provides a set of engaged, hands-on experiences for exploring and mastering the capabilities for effective individual and team leadership in business and beyond. Participants are able to step out of their comfort zone, exceed personal limitations, and expereince leadership firsthand.  Most leadership ventures, such as Outdoor Rock Climbing and Equine Team Building,   are one day in length and are offered at no cost to Wharton undergraduates. Expeditions, such as Patagonia Trekking, are one week or longer and are priced to cover lodging, guides, meals, and other local fees.


Explore additional disciplines and complement your current course of studies by adding to your educational repertoire with a minor from any of the Penn Engineering departments (with the exception of Bioengineering and Digital Media Design) or one of the many subject areas in the College of Arts and Sciences. Many M&T students pursue a minor in Mathematics since for many engineering majors a minor in Mathematics only requires one additional course. Recent M&T graduates have completed minors in Biophysics, Classical Studies, Computer Science, Economics, Engineering Entrepreneurship, French, Mathematics, Philosophy, Political Science, South Asian Studies, and Sustainability and Environmental Management.