About Us

While advancing the frontiers of science through research is crucial to our Nation’s future, so is the advancement of a more scientifically literate citizenry. To that end, major external funders (in particular the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health) now place an emphasis on how all research efforts will more broadly impact public understanding of science. The SAS Science Outreach Initiative was established to encourage and support faculty participation in these initiatives.

The Science Outreach Initiative serves faculty and other researchers in the School of Arts and Sciences by helping them develop outreach program ideas and proposals, locating potential partners, and promoting information and resource exchange among all of Penn’s STEM outreach programs.

The staff members of the SOI have extensive experience with STEM teaching and learning in universities, K-12 schools, and informal settings as well as familiarity with basic science research. Utilizing both knowledge gained and relationships established in these professional arenas, the SOI staff can guide interested SAS faculty members through the process of responding effectively to the “Broader Impacts” criterion and other outreach requirements of funding agencies.

Departments of: Chemistry, Earth and Environment, Linguistics & Physics and Astronomy, please contact

Jane Horwitz,     Director                215-898-6299

Departments of: Biology, Mathematics and Psychology, please contact

Kristen Coakley, Assistant Director    215-898-4894

While we do work collaboratively with one another on grant proposals from many departments, contacting the appropriate person above will ensure a prompt reply.  Our staff are happy to meet with you in your office, at our offices or elsewhere on campus.  Let us know what works for you!


Our Location: 

David Rittenhouse Labs
Rooms 2N14, 2N16
209 S. 33rd Street
Philadelphia PA 19104-6317