Led by faculty and staff of Penn's Department of Chemistry, as well as outstanding teachers and researchers selected from the region, the Chemistry Research Academy affords participants hands-on experiences with cutting-edge research projects in the chemical sciences. Penn Chemistry is a leading center of molecular research and instruction, whose researchers are at the frontier of modern chemistry, tackling a wide variety of important societal challenges. Specific topics included in the Academy will be derived from departmental research thrusts and may include: synthesis and characterization of new compounds and materials, chemistry of life processes, spectroscopy and environmental photochemistry, nanoscale materials and molecular devices, and new materials to solve energy challenges.
Prerequisites: One year of high school Chemistry is required for application.
Program Director: Susan Phillips, Ph.D.
Dr. Phillips is the physical chemistry laboratory coordinator in the Chemistry Department of the University of Pennsylvania, where she teaches general chemistry lectures and physical chemistry labs. For several years she was an instructor in Penn’s master’s program for area chemistry teachers. She also provides demonstrations for chemistry lectures, and serves as advisor for the undergraduate chemistry society. Dr. Phillips has been teaching chemistry at the college level for over 20 years, and has been at Penn since 2002. She received her Ph. D. from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
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