Preceptorial Overview
Please check back later for NSO 2015 preceptorials.

Preceptorials are short, small, non-credit seminars coordinated by the Preceptorials Committee and led by distinguished faculty, outstanding graduate students, lauded external educators and exceptional undergraduate students. The program is designed to foster an interactive and educative environment that values learning for learning's sake. Preceptorials are not graded, so that students are given the opportunity to have a guided learning experience outside the traditional setting of a classroom.

Check out some of the preceptorials from NSO 2014 below!

NSO 2014 Preceptorials

Course ID


Preceptorial Title

Preceptorial Leader(s)

PREC 101.001

3:30-4:30 pm, Williams Hall 205

Crash Course in Spanish

Professor Josep Masip, Department of Romance Languages

PREC 102.001

4:00-5:00pm, Williams Hall 204

Crash Course Korean

Professor Haewon Cho, Director, Korean Language Program Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations

PREC 103.001

3:30-5:00pm, Williams Hall 202


French and American Cross-Cultural (Mis)Understanding


Professor Chantal Philippon-Daniel,Romance Languages Department


PREC 104.001

3:30-5:00pm, Williams 214

How to Catch a Spy: (Sordid) Tales of Counterespionage

Mr. Mark Castillo & Dr. Frank Plantan,

International Relations Dept.

PREC 105.001

3:30-4:30pm, Williams Hall 220

The Growth and Development of Business in China

Dr. Mien-hwa Chiang, Director of Chinese Language Program



PREC 106.001

3:30-5:00, Williams Hall 319

The Second World is Coming: Are You Ready?

Dr. Jim Mcgann, Assistant Director of the International Relations Program

PREC 107.001

4:00-6:00pm,  Huntsman Hall 240

Customer Analytics for Fun and Profit

Professor Peter Fader, Co-Director - Wharton Customer Analytics Initiative

PREC 108.001

4:00-5:30pm, DRL A5

Emerging Trends and Future Careers in Biopharmaceutical Research

Dr. Albert Giovenella, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine at University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

PREC 109.001

3:30-4:30pm, Williams Hall 301

Genomics and Common Diseases

Dr. Struan Grant, Associate Professor of Pediatrics

PREC 110.001

3:30-4:30pm, DRL A1

Paradoxes of Probability

Emil Pitkin, PhD. Dept of Statistics

PREC 111.001

3:30-5:30pm, Levine 307

Quantum Computer and Information Science

Prof. Max Mintz, Professor of Computer and Information Science

PREC 112.001

3:30-4:30pm, Williams Hall 215

Chess and Health

Professor Rob Naborn, Dutch Studies Program

PREC 113.001

3:30-5:00pm, Harrison College House, Room M20


Dante’s Advice to the Class of 2018


Dr. Frank Pellicone,Harrison College House Dean


PREC 114.001

3:30-4:45pm,Penn Museum,Main (Kamin) Entrance

Long Ago, Far Away - and Here, Now:  Penn's Museum of Archaeology

Professor Ann Kuttner, Dept. of History of Art

PREC 115.001

3:30-4:30pm,Williams Hall 216

Talk like a Philadelphian

Dr. Meredith Tamminga, Department of Linguistics

PREC 116.001

3:30-5:30pm, Golkin Room, Houston Hall

Zen Buddhism and its Arts: A Brief Introduction

Dr. Frank L. Chance,

Associate Director for Academics, Center for East Asian Studies

PREC 117.001

4:30-6:00pm,Group Room, Level M, CAPS Building (133 S. 36th St.)

Calmness, Concentration, Control: A Student’s Tool Kit

Dr. Ella Ray, Psychologist, Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), University of Pennsylvania alumna

PREC 118.001

5:00-6:00pm, Meet on the steps of Pottruck Gym

Say No to the Freshman 15!

Aderinola Adejare, UPenn Alum

PREC 119.001

3:30-4:30pm, ARCH 108

A Brief introduction to Latin@ Communities in Philadelphia and at Penn

Mr. Johnny Irizarry, Director, Center for Hispanic Excellence: La Casa Latina, Members of the Latin@ Coalition

PREC 120.001

3:30-5:00pm, Netter Center (133 S. 36th St.)

Ben and Penn

Ira Harkavy, Director of the Netter Center for Community Partnerships, and Michael Zuckerman, Professor of History

PREC 121.001

3:30-4:30pm, DRL A4

Getting Started in Research


Dr. Wallace Genser,

Associate Director for Undergraduate Research


PREC 122.001

3:30-6:00pm, Williams Hall 25

Go Green! Transit Options for Penn and Philly

Mr. Matthew Brown, Business Services, and Mr. Jeff Kessler, SEPTA Youth Advisory Council

PREC 123.001

3:30-4:30pm, DRL A7

Intro to Penn in Washington

Deirdre Martinez, PhD, Executive Director Penn in Washington and Senior Fellow Fox Leadership

PREC 124.001

3:30-5:00pm,Fox Leadership Hall, 3814 Walnut St., 2nd Floor Conference room

Leadership Strategies for Freshmen

Mr. Chuck Brutsche, Fox Leadership

PREC 125.001

3:30-4:30pm, ARCH 208

Learn how to be a successful pre-med/health student at Penn!

Dr. Anne Reedstrom, Associate Director, Graduate and Professional School Advising, Career Services

PREC 126.001

3:30-5:00pm,Platt Performing Arts House, Room 182

Music and Mirth: Songs of the University of Pennsylvania

Kushol Gupta, Ph.D.,

University of Pennsylvania Band

PREC 127.001

3:30-4:30pm,  Huntsman Hall G65

Personal Finances: Getting a Head Start

Wendy Cheng, Vice President of Marketing at the UPenn SFCU


3:30-5:30pm,Ben Franklin Room, Houston Hall

Sustainability and the Environment at Penn

Mr. Dan Garofalo, Environmental Sustainability Director & Mr. Julian Goresko, Sustainability Associate

PREC 129.001

4:00-5:00pm, Williams Hall 203

Urban Biking Basics

Ashlee Halbritter, Student Health Service and Campus Health Initiatives, and Zoe Blickenderfer PennCycle


3:30-5:00pm,Cafe 58, Irvine Auditorium

Art of Lion Dancing

Jim Zhang, Penn Lions

PREC 131.001

4:30-6:00pm,Platt Performing Arts House,  Rm 175

Dance Your Heart Out

Franklin Jeng, Penn Hype

PREC 132.001

4:30-6:00pm, Platt Performing Arts House Rm 177

The Glee Club Presents The Songs of Penn

Penn Glee Club

PREC 133.001

Session 1: 3:30-4:30pm   (Performance 4:30-5:00pm)
Session 2: 5:00-6:00pm, Class of 1949 Room, Houston Hall

Introduction to Social Dancing

Linda Zhao, Professor of Statistics, Wharton School Kelly Douglass, President of the Penn Ballroom and Latin Dance Club

PREC 134.001

3:30-5:30pm,  Emily Sachs Dance Studio, Irvine Auditorium

Learn to Bhangra with Penn Dhamaka!

Rohan Malhotra, Penn Dhamaka

PREC 135.001

3:30-6:00pm, Meet at the Button (In front of Van Pelt Library)

Mask & Wig Presents: Theater at Penn

Mask and Wig Members

PREC 136.001

3:30-4:30pm, Houston Hall, Class of 1947

A Chat with Kevin Washo

Penn Democrats