Fontaine Society Resources for Current Fellows
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The Fontaine Society and University of Pennsylvania offer a number of resources to help enhance and support academic, social, and community development during your graduate school experience.
The Fontaine Coordinating Committee (FCC) holds regular happy hours and social events for peer connection. They sponsor travel awards and “Philly Nights Out” to sample local cultural offerings – plays, films, sports games, etc. They also organize conferences and workshops to support academic work, like “Dissertation Bootcamp.” The annual Fontaine Dinner, for current members and “prospectives”, and “Celebration of Progress” are major social highlights. Fontaines partner with other student groups throughout the year, and many volunteer in service projects, such as the “Science Education Academy” for grade school students in West Philadelphia.
Centralized programming, resources, and advising for Fontaine Fellows is coordinated by the Graduate Student Center in collaboration with relevant student centers, faculty, and staff throughout the University. Be sure to check your inbox for a monthly email with upcoming programming, resources and opportunities.
Members of the Fontaine Society are encouraged to join the Fontaine Society’s Facebook page and GroupMe to connect with fellow Fontaines and hear about upcoming events. Fontaine Fellows can also network with one another and Fontaine alumni through the Fontaine Society LinkedIn Group.
The purpose of the Fontaine Research Travel Fellowship is to assist Fontaine Fellows who are presenting and/or attending conferences in their fields of study. Because fellowships are limited, applicants are encouraged to exhaust other sources of funding before soliciting the Fontaine Society. In competitive circumstances, priority will be given to Fellows who will be presenting and who demonstrate the greatest need.
Please keep the following requirements in mind:
- Incomplete applications will not be considered.
- Digital copies of applications will be accepted, but must be signed and scanned to be considered complete
- Applicants must be Fontaine Fellows at the University of Pennsylvania.
- Applicants must be full-time students at the University of Pennsylvania.
- Fellows on dissertation status are eligible to apply.
- Applicants presenting at a conference will receive highest priority for funding. Applications from students who plan to attend a conference (but who are not presenting there) will receive lesser priority.
- Applicants may receive only one travel fellowship per academic year.
- Application must include the notification of acceptance to the conference if you are presenting.
- Application must include an abstract of the paper or presentation.
- The Fontaine Society Travel Fellowship must be used toward travel expenses to and from the conference (air, train, shuttle, bus, and taxi), lodging, and/or the registration fee.
- Generally, the maximum award is three hundred dollars ($300) for domestic travel and four hundred dollars ($400) for international travel, although more funding may be available depending on the number of applications.
Applications and deadlines are distributed each term on the Fontaine listserv. Please be sure to check your email for announcements and details.
Hear from Fontaine Fellows in different disciplines about their research trajectories: gsc.upenn.edu/fontaine/videos
National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity
Penn is an institutional member of the National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD), a nationally recognized, independent organization providing online career development and mentoring resources. The NCFDD provides members with access to tools to increase research and writing productivity and improve work-life balance.
Activate your account by following these steps:
- Go to the NCFDD website
- Under “Select Your Institution,” choose “University of Pennsylvania”
- Select “Activate my Membership”
- Complete the registration form using your Penn email address
- Check your Penn email account to find a confirmation/welcome email. Click “Activate Account” in the email
Graduate Center Resources
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Advising & Mentoring PhD Students
The AMP'd guide is intended to provide graduate students, faculty, and graduate groups with guidelines that promote good mentoring relationships between faculty advisors and graduate students. And by clarifying expectations and responsibilities, we hope to reduce frustration and conflicts, which should foster more productive research experiences for our doctoral students.
Take Your Professor/Mentor to Lunch
Penn students can invite current or past professors, teaching assistants, advisors, as well as staff members who serve as mentors or advisors, to a free lunch at the University Club during the academic year. Learn more.
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Restorative Practices at Penn (RP@Penn)
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Graduate Group Review Student Feedback
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For general questions about the Fontaine Society or your fellowship terms, contact:
Anita Mastroieni, Associate Vice Provost for Graduate Education,
Office of the Provost, 120 College Hall, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA 19104.
Phone: 215-898-1842 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Programming and Resources
Centralized programming, resources, and advising for Fontaine Fellows is coordinated by the Graduate Student Center in collaboration with relevant student centers, faculty, and staff throughout the University.
For more information or to suggest future programs, contact:
Meredith Wooten, PhD, Director, Graduate Student Center
3615 Locust Walk, University of Pennsylvania
Penn Resources and Programs
- Center for Teaching and Learning: Inclusive Teaching
- Graduate Catalog: Advising and Mentoring PhD Students (AMP'd)
- Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Programs: Training & Workshops
- Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS): ICARE training
- NSO-AI: Take Your Professor/Mentor & Host Your Class Programs
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