New Member Application

The spring application cycle is now open! To access the application, click here.  Applications are due Saturday, Jan. 21 at 11:59 pm.

Thank you for your interest in applying to SCUE! We stress that there is no specific kind of SCUE member, so be yourself and show off your creativity in your application.

Do not hesitate to email us at for any questions regarding the application.

Below is information regarding the Case Study portion of the application.

IMPORTANT: There is a mandatory Case Study component of the application that will be uploaded with the application form.  Please read the following information carefully.

Case Study

Please choose one of the articles below that speak about higher education that pertains to both Penn and other universities. The goal of this portion of the application is for you to brainstorm a solution to a problem (if described) or brainstorm ways to innovate in the space the article details. On SCUE, we focus on identifying ways that we can improve the undergraduate education experience. We work alongside both administrators and our peers to 1) tackle important issues facing Penn students and 2) innovate new ways to approach education here at Penn. The following questions will give you a taste of how we approach new projects on SCUE. Based on the article of your choice, please develop a recommendation for improving the undergraduate academic experience in that space.


Innovation in the Classroom:

Workforce Training:

Academic Support for Marginalized Students:

Culture Shifts on Campus:

By no means is this list of articles and issues exhaustive. If you have another article that you are interested in exploring, please email us at least 24 hours before the due date for approval.

  1. Describe the status quo surrounding the topic described in your article of choice. Where are we now? Who are the key players on all sides of the issue? What is the background on the issue? Please focus specifically on the issue at Penn, even if the article is about another university. We understand that some of you may be new to Penn, but be bold and try your best (hint: think about the challenges a student at Penn may face)! (Suggested word count: 200-300 words)
  2. Suggest an idea to improve on or innovate within this area at Penn. How would you go about implementing your plan? (Think big! Don’t be afraid to come up with something totally out of the box!). Give us an elevator pitch (of paragraph length) and a short bulleted outline of steps you’d take to make this happen.
  3. What roadblocks do you foresee, and how do you see yourself moving past them? Consider roadblocks with administration, students, and the institutional sustainability of the recommendation. (Suggested word count: 100-200 words).

We will be having office hours for you to informally meet SCUEbies and get help with your application!

  • SCUE Office Hours, Wednesday, January 18th 3 PM – 4 PM, and Thursday, January 19th 5 PM  – 6 PM, in the SCUE Office (in OSA on the second floor of Houston): Have any ideas you want to run by us? We would love to hear what you’re thinking about and help point you in the right direction. Come by any time to discuss your application with members of SCUE Steering!