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Penn Law women awarded inaugural scholarships for law and technology

April 25, 2016

Penn Law and the Center for Technology, Innovation & Competition have awarded CTIC Scholarships to two first-year students at the Law School, Teddi Anne Josephson L’18 and Anna Marion L’18.

The CTIC Scholarship Program is a competitive scholarship awarded to students pursuing joint degrees in law and technology. The scholarships provide funding to help offset the cost of the additional year of study at the Penn’s School of Engineering and Applied Science needed to fulfill the joint degree.

The Law and Technology Program offers two joint-degree programs: the JD/MCIT, which requires no prior engineering or computer science background; and the JD/MSE, which is intended for students with strong undergraduate backgrounds in engineering or computer science.

Josephson graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2012 with a BA in English Literature and is currently pursuing a joint JD/MCIT (Master of Computing and Information Technology). Marion received a BS in Astrophysics from Villanova University in 2015 and is pursuing a joint JD/MSE (specializing in Scientific Computing).

“I am so appreciative of this scholarship, which will go towards my time at the Engineering School,” said Josephson. “I am thrilled that Penn Law has created a program that allows me to pursue my interest in law and technology in such an immersive way.”

“Receiving the CTIC Scholarship means that I can devote a full year to advancing my computational research skills through the Scientific Computing program,” said Marion. “I expect the joint degree to prove invaluable to my career goal of contributing data-driven analysis to the interdisciplinary issues facing governments and public interest organizations.”

In addition to the funding provided by the CTIC Scholarship, Josephson and Marion will have the opportunity to work closely with Christopher Yoo, John H. Chestnut Professor of Law, Communication, and Computer & Information Science and the founder of CTIC, and Jeffrey Vagle, CTIC’s Executive Director.

“These two remarkable women exemplify how much Penn has to offer students interested in studying law and technology,” said Yoo. “Even though they come from very different academic backgrounds — Teddi studied English literature; Anna studied astrophysics — the fact that both are able to pursue joint graduate degrees in law and engineering is a testament to the incredible breadth of opportunity available here at Penn.”

Students interested in pursuing joint-degree programs at Penn Law should contact Amanda Aronoff, Associate Director of Cross-Disciplinary Programs at aramanda@law.upenn.edu.