Penn Graduate Student Center

Penn Theme

About Penn Theme

Each year, the Penn Provost's office sponsors a series of events around a theme chosen by faculty, staff and students. Past themes have included: Evolution, Water, Games, Sound, Health and Media

2017-18 is the Year of Innovation! Innovation is key to advancing knowledge; innovators build on historic foundations as they move forward with new discoveries. We often associate innovation with technology and scientific advancements, yet it exists in every aspect of our intellectual culture. Join us for events devoted to this fascinating topic. And let us know if you have ideas for events related to Innovation during the year!

Art Exhibitions

Art Exhibitions on display at the Grad Center. Date indicates opening reception.

Annual Art Exhibit Call for Submissions: INNOVATION

Friday, January 19, 2018, 08:00 PM - 08:05 PM

We need YOUR ART!

The Grad Center is having our annual art exhibit next semester & this year's theme is INNOVATION! We want to celebrate how amazing and artistic our graduate students are!! 

We accept any and all types of art forms! Painting, drawing, photos, performance art, artistic videos, etc. We want it ALL!

Please send all submissions to ARA@GSC.UPENN.EDU with

1. Your name, year, school & degree

2. Title of art piece(s)

3. How your artwork relates to innovation

Submissions are accepted until January 19, 2017! 


We cannot wait to see what you innovators create!!

Year of Innovation @ Penn

Upcoming Events

Early September through Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Various Locations

Penn Innovation Conference

Friday, October 20


There are still a few spots left to attend the Penn Innovation Conference! The Penn Innovation Conference aims to create an engaging atmosphere for students to learn about and experience entrepreneurship first hand. Students are given the opportunity to interact with professionals who can help shed light on the innovation process. We hope that this framework excites, engages, and teaches practical lessons - ultimately preparing and enabling future entrepreneurs. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis, but space is limited, so priority will be given to applications submitted early. Apply now to reserve your spot! 

Apply now at:!

For more information, visit our website at:

PennImmersive Fall Symposium

Tuesday, October 17

9:30am – 4pm

Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center

Join us for the PennImmersive Fall Symposium and find out how 3D modeling, AR, and VR are being used at Penn.  Tereza Nemessanyi, Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Microsoft will be our keynote speaker and a panel of Penn faculty and researchers from SAS, Nursing, and Wharton will share their experiences with immersive technology. Registration and refreshments start at 9:30 am; the event will begin promptly at 10 am. We hope to see you there!  Register to reserve your seat at   

Singh Center for Nanotechnology Seminar Series

Friday, November 3

11am – 1pm

The Singh Center for Nanotechnology

This year’s Annual Singh Nanotechnology Conference will showcase the current research being done at the Singh Center, along with the latest in nanotechnology innovation in medicine, consumer products, industrial products, and green technology.

PennImmersive Tech Open House

Wednesday, November 8

11am – 2pm

Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center

Come to Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center (6th floor) to see the latest technologies from vendors, view related Penn research and student projects, and try technologies the Penn Libraries have to offer. Registration is encouraged:

Games and Learning with Google Cardboard

Wednesday, November 8

5:30pm – 7pm

Penn Library, First Floor, Collaboration Space

This interactive workshop gives attendees the opportunity to sample the virtual worlds accessible in Google Cardboard, learn more about the power of digital and virtual games for learning, and go home with a Google Cardboard kit of their own (first 25 registrants; must attend to get the kit). Penn GSE Higher Education Doctoral student (and Learning Sciences & Technologies alum) Marcus T. Wright will discuss his recent book, Paradox of the Learning Game: The Promise and Plight of Video Games and Learning, while leading attendees into an exploration of the possibilities of virtual reality, games, and learning.

Food will be served. Please arrive on time and download the Google Cardboard app onto your phone before attending.

Common Room Hours

Monday-Thursday: 9AM - 8PM
Friday: 9AM - 6PM
Saturday-Sunday: 12PM - 6PM

Graduate Student Center

3615 Locust Walk
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia PA 19104-6221