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BFS Undergraduate Advisory Board

With the goal of uniting scholars from different classes and schools across Penn, the BFS Undergraduate Advisory Board was established to foster a sense of community within BFS. The board aims to facilitate interaction among scholars by organizing social and education events such as:

  • Study Breaks
  • Trivia Nights
  • Alumni Events
  • Annual Alumni Trek to New York


Isabela Lamadrid is the President of the BFS Undergraduate Advisory Board. She is involved in clinical research, MedLife, and is an active member of the Penn Ski and Snowboard Team. Majoring in neuroscience, BFS has been an opportunity to explore many of her other intellectual pursuits including philosophy, history, and economics. The UAB, which she joined fall of her freshman year, has been an integral part of her college experience. It has provided an opportunity to connect with renowned faculty from all disciplines, support the BFS alumni network, and enhance the sense of community with scholars across all four schools.


Julia Davies is a junior in the College of Arts and Sciences on the premedical track pursuing a major in chemistry and a minor in bioethics. In her freshman year, she was a member of the Integrated Studies Program and joined the BFS Undergraduate Advisory Board and she currently serve as the Vice President of the Board. Outside of the BFS UAB, Julia is a research assistant at the ARCH (Accelerating Research-to-Practice in Community Health) Lab, the Service Chair for Zeta Tau Alpha and a board member of WQHS Penn’s Student Radio, Service Link (a public health service organization) and UNAIDS at Penn.


Ibrahim El-Morsy is an aspiring Neuroscience and Health and Societies double major passionate about health literacy and research. He is a writer for DP and PHR and translator for EduCare. Ibrahim is interested in classics, sociology, and bioethics. He loves to spend time with family and friends, preferably outdoors. He is an avid Philadelphia sports fan and excited to explore more about what Penn has to offer!


Meg Gladieux is studying Cognitive Science and French and Francophone Studies in the College, Class of 2023; her other academic interests include Urban Education and Creative Writing. In addition to serving on BFS UAB, she serves on the Student Committee on Undergraduate Education (SCUE), works as a CWiC public speaking advisor, is involved in community engagement through the Netter Center, works as a research assistant in the School of Nursing, and writes for 34th Street magazine.


Sara Hansson is a sophomore in the College studying Earth Science and Economics and minoring in English. She is Icelandic and currently lives in New Jersey. She is the Music Director of Penn Sirens, Penn's premiere all-female vocal ensemble. She is passionate about environmental and political advocacy and is planning on attending law school.



Cerinn Hwang is a senior studying Political Science with a concentration in International Relations and a minor in Spanish. Her interests in foreign policy and community development have taken her to Argentina, England, and Spain during her time at Penn. Cerinn is originally from the Northern Mariana Islands. At Penn, she loves dancing with Onda Latina and Penn Ballet.




Hannah Jin is a freshman in the College of Arts & Sciences. She grew up in New Jersey. Her interests include cognitive science, neuroscience, math, statistics, and public health. She also loves the arts, whether that be visual arts, singing, or writing. She is a member of the women’s fitness group CHAARG. She is very excited to help build community and plan events as part of the BFS Undergraduate Advisory Board.


Emily Locandro is a sophomore in the School of Nursing pursuing a Spanish minor. At Penn, she is involved in Penn Heroes, SNAP, SON Wellness Board, Peer Advising, and nursing research. In my free time Emily enjoys running along the Schuylkill River, baking cookies, learning guitar, and exploring Philadelphia. She is really excited to be a part of the BFS UAB and get more involved in the BFS community!



Chonnipha (Jing Jing) Piriyalertsak is a sophomore in the College from Bangkok, Thailand. She intends to major in International Relations and History. Outside of BFS, Jing Jing is a Perry World House Student Fellow, and an analyst for Wharton Asia Investments. She also enjoys coming up with puns for the Pennsylvania Punch Bowl, Penn’s first satire magazine. Jing Jing is very excited to be joining the BFS UAB this year, and looks forward to working with everyone!



Eliana Salmon is a senior at Penn majoring in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics and minoring in Modern Middle Eastern Studies and Legal Studies. Eliana is the former president of the BFS Undergraduate Advisory Board and is also part of the College Dean’s Advisory Board. She was a student fellow with Perry World House and volunteered with the Financial Literacy Community Project as a financial literacy teacher in West Philadelphia high schools. When she graduates, Eliana will be moving to New York to begin her career with the Boston Consulting Group. 

Erin Schott is a freshman at Penn and a member of the Integrated Studies Program in the College of Arts and Sciences. She is interested in studying economics but has not yet decided what she wants to major in. Erin is from the Philadelphia area originally, and her favorite place to visit in the city is Reading Terminal Market. In her spare time, Erin loves running, baking, and spending time with her golden retriever, Blue.


Bianca Schwimmer is a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences studying International Relations with a double minor in Legal Studies & History, a joint minor between Wharton and the College, and Hispanic Studies. Other than being a part of BFS UAB, Bianca is involved in Penn Democrats, Black Wharton Consulting, Greek Life, and Penn Students Against the Occupation. She is also a Peer Advisor to 7 wonderful freshmen. Her hobbies include playing with her dogs, hanging out with friends, and taking long road trips in the summer.


Arin Senior is a sophomore, originally from Greensboro, NC, studying Finance and Business Analytics at Wharton. On campus she is involved in 180 Degrees Consulting, Penn Appetit, Wharton Corporate Finance Research, Chi Omega Sorority, and BFS Undergraduate Advisory Board. Outside of school she enjoys baking, running, and hiking.




Have an idea for an event or initiative you'd like to lead? Drop a note in our BFS Suggestion Box


BFS Faculty Council

The BFS Faculty Council works closely with the BFS Director to provide the program's intellectual and academic leadership. The Council consists of the BFS Director and the Directors of the BFS programs in Penn's four undergraduate schools, and meets regularly to discuss program vision and set academic, admissions, instructional, and other program policies.

Prof. Peter Struck (Chair), Professor and Chair of Classical Studies, and Director of the Benjamin Franklin Scholars Program

Prof. Sue Ann Bidstrup-Allen, Associate Dean, Educational Initiatives and Assessment, Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, and Director of the Benjamin Franklin Scholars Program in Engineering

Prof Kimberly D. Bowes, Associate Professor of Classical Studies, and Director of the Integrated Studies Program in the College

Prof. Sarah Hope Kagan, Lucy Walker Honorary Term Professor of Nursing, and Director of the Benjamin Franklin Scholars Program in Nursing

Prof. Catherine M. Schrand, Celia Z. Moh Professor of Accounting, and Director of the Joseph Wharton Scholars Program in Wharton, Vice Dean Wharton Doctoral Programs


BFS Administrative Staff

Academic Coordinator for Scholar Programs
Christine Muller

Graduate Fellow for Scholar Programs
Bridgette Springer