ISAC mentors and students

Integrating Sustainability Across the Curriculum

Information for Students

The Integrating Sustainability Across the Curriculum (ISAC) Program assists Penn faculty in bringing environmental sustainability into existing and new courses.  The Penn Sustainability Office provides full funding support for graduate or undergraduate summer research assistants, who work directly with faculty to update or create new syllabi, lectures, assignments, texts, and/or tests that incorporate environmental themes.  Each student works 20 hours a week with two different professors, starting in June, to allow the student to benefit from exposure to two different faculty members working on two different courses.

After working with faculty members for the course of the summer, students present their completed research at a wrap-up lunch in the early fall. 

Over the past four summers, the ISAC program has brought in numerous students to work with 45 faculty in a diverse array of disciplines, including architecture, law, biology, engineering, urban planning, and Germanic languages. Faculty participants have reported an extremely high quality work and have been delighted by their students’ productivity and enthusiasm for the work. 

 

Get Involved

Students who are accepted into the ISAC Program will serve as Research Fellows for eight weeks over the summer. Each student will be teamed with two faculty members and will help to integrate sustainability into their courses. This work may involve researching material for the course, developing new assignments, contributing to lectures, and compiling course reading lists.

ISAC Fellows are expected to:

  • Work closely with the faculty members to whom they are assigned on the development of their courses;
  • Attend two update meetings with Penn Sustainability Staff over the project duration;
  • Actively participate in four sustainability-themed field trips with other student research interns;
  • Present their course development in a poster session at the end of the summer.

The ISAC Fellowship is considered equivalent to a full-time job (35-40 hours a week).  The internship is eight weeks long beginning Monday, June 4th.

How to Apply

2019 Student Applications are now open and will close on Monday, March 4th. Please reach out to Madeline Schuh (mschuh@upenn.edu) should you have any questions. 

 

Previous Program

ISAC Program 2018

The following courses were developed during last summer's ISAC program:

  • STSC 168: Environment and Society
  • OPIM 762: Environmental Sustainability and Value Creation  
  • Civic Studio: Converging Landscapes - Art, Ecology, and History
  • Architecture Summer Aboard Studio
  • Developing a Framework for Establishing Material Vulnerabilities at Heritage Sites
  • Climate Change and the Environment in Nursing Online
  • URBS 417 Cities and Sustainability 
  • The Water Center at Penn: Creating a Penn Water Compendium 

Sample ISAC 2018 Posters

The Water Center at Penn: Creating a Penn Water Compendium 

STSC 168: Environment and Society;

OPIM 762: Environmental Sustainability and Value Creation  

Climate Change and the Environment in Nursing Online Civic Studio: Converging Landscapes - Art, Ecology, and History

Information on earlier ISAC programs from 2012 to 2018 are available on the ISAC Archive page.

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