STEM Outreach Matrix

Name Description Contact
Activities for Community Education in Science (ACES)

ACES seeks to excite girls and boys about science and promote the advancement of STEM education through active learning science activities and access to a laboratory environment

Kelsey VanGelder
BBB Kids Judge! Neuroscience Fair

A unique twist on the traditional science fair designed to make scientists better communicators and to interest elementary school students in science: Third and fourth graders from local elementary schools come to Penn to judge the projects that Penn undergraduate,graduate students and post-docs create.


Maxine Hobson
Biology Professional Development

Professional development for high school biology and middle school life science teachers includes hands-on and discussion learning activities and introduction to the scientific background

Lori Spindler
Center for Undergraduate Research & Fellowships (CURF)

CURF helps Penn undergraduates become involved in research by helping them identify resources, narrow their search, and shape their initial inquiries so they can find appropriate faculty mentors and research funding.

Ann Vernon-Grey, Associate Director for Undergraduate Research
CNS Neuroethics Online Learning Center

Lectures, readings and other content covering a number of key topics in neuroethics.

CNS Penn Neuroscience & Society Public Talk Series

Leading scholars from around the world discuss the social implications of neuroscience. Also available: Stays of a few weeks to a few months to interact with the greater Penn community on problems of neuroscience and society. 

CNS Graduate Certificate in Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (SCAN)

SCAN’s goal is to train future scholars and professionals in diverse fields to work knowledgably with neuroscience.

CNS Neuroscience Boot Camp

Designed to give professionals in academic disciplines beyond medicine, (including lawyers, educators, economists and businesspeople) a basic foundation in cognitive and affective neuroscience and equip them to be informed consumers of neuroscience research. 

Coursera @ Penn

Coursera is an online platform for open-access, non-credit classes, available at no cost to audiences around the world at The Center for Teaching and Learning provides information and support for those interested in this opportunity. 


Ben Wiggins
DESIGN Mapping Du Bois

Penn students and faculty bring the story of W.E.B. Du Bois and his pioneering social science research about Black Philadelphia in the 1890s to local high school students and the public.

Amy Hillier
GSE Penn Science Across Ages (PSAA)

A Penn student organization dedicated to improving science education in the West Philadelphia public school system. Penn students from all schools and majors are trained by PSAA in inquiry-based teaching methods and lead weekly science programming during the school day or after school.

NancyLee Bergey
IRM - Penn Academy for Reproductive Sciences (PARS)

Offers high school women the opportunity to explore interests in reproductive health and research science, and to learn directly from top professionals in these fields.

Jamie Shuda
IRM - Project Bioeyes

Project BioEYES utilizes live zebrafish to teach week-long biology experiments in 4th, 7th, and high school classrooms nationwide. We are looking to expand our units to involve new STEM areas.  

Jamie Shuda
LDI/Wharton - Summer Undergraduate Minority Research Program (SUMR)

The SUMR program is sponsored by the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics (LDI) and the Health Care Management Department of the Wharton School to provide undergraduate students an opportunity to explore the exciting field of health services research.

Joanne Levy
LRSM Girard Science Camp

This is a week-long materials science summer program for students who attend Girard College high school.

Mark Licurse
LRSM High School Science Teachers Monthly Lecture Series

LRSM presents a monthly series of materials-based lectures during the school year with the lectures given by faculty and staff associated with the LRSM.

Andrew McGhie
LRSM Penn Summer Science Initiative

This is a free, four week summer program for local high school students interested in materials science and engineering.   The program consists of lectures on materials, a computer lab, experimental labs, and field trips to both industrial and Penn facilities.

Mark Licurse
LRSM Philadelphia Materials Science and Engineering Day

This is a joint event between Drexel and Penn to promote S&E to K-12 students and the general public.

Mark Licurse
LRSM Research Experience for Teachers (RET)

This is a six week summer program for 5 local high school science teachers who will each undertake a research project in materials science with an LRSM- affiliated faculty member.

Mark Licurse
LRSM Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

Summer Research Fellowships to undergraduates from colleges and universities in the United States who are majoring in science or engineering. 

Mark Licurse
LRSM Science Café Program

Popular science talks on specific aspects of materials, eg fuel cells, solar power, etc., given by our affiliated faculty at a local restaurant/bar in a relaxed setting conducive to setting up a dialogue between the speaker and the audience.

Andrew McGhie

Each year, the Nano/Bio Interface Center highlights nanotechnology across Penn. High school classes, undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs and faculty participate in exhibits, demonstrations, tours, posters and talks.

Hong-Mei Li
NBIC - Nano/Bio Interface Center Teacher Professional Development

Programs address the professional development needs of high school science teachers and increase awareness for societal impacts of nanoscale science and technology.

Kristin Field
NBIC Undergraduate Research Experience (NON-Penn students only)

This program combines a rich research experience in nanobiotechnology with structured professional development focused on cross-cultural issues.  Places undergraduate students in summer research settings in broad areas related to nanoscale science and/or nanotechnology.

Kristin Field
Netter Center for Community Partnerships

The Netter Center organizes a variety of programs involved in academically based community service, direct traditional service, and community development.

Ira Harkavy
Netter Moelis Access Science

The Moelis Access Science (MAS) program seeks to improve STEM education by partnering Penn students and faculty with K-12 community schools using K-12 Teacher-Fellow Partnerships, STEM-Related Academically Based Community Service (ABCS) Courses, Teacher Professional Development, and Evaluation.

Joanna Chae
Penn Open Labs Science Cafe

Graduate student speaker sereis for high school students interested in STEM subjects, health science and social sciences. Seeks to match high school students with mentors for science research and college applications.

Jordyn Feingold
SAS - Early Access to Graduate Research (EAGR)

EAGR streamline workshop design and management to enable busy STEM experts to maximize the educational impact of community outreach hours and effort through facilitating small group workshops and table demos that unite high school students with graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and faculty members from Penn.

Riley Graham
SAS 60 Second Lecture Series

The goal of the 60 Second Lecture Series is to give the campus community a chance to hear -- very quickly! -- from some of the School’s outstanding faculty members.

Juliana Walker
SAS Biology Science Day

Each spring Biology faculty, graduate students and postdocs host more than 30 students from Philadelphia high schools for a day of research lab visits and conversation about science careers and continued science study.  

Dr. Dustin Brisson
SAS Biomedical Research Academy

A 3-week summer program with the goal to introduce high school students to the experimental basis of biology, including relevance to disease.  The focus of the program will be on how we know what we know.

Linda Robinson
SAS EES Luquillo Critical Zone research project

This research project studies how Critical Zone processes and water balances differ in landscapes with contrasting bedrock but similar climatic and environmental histories in Puerto Rico.  Outreach to a broad audience is accomplished through research experiences for undergraduates and lectures in our Professional Masters Programs and ABCS courses.   

Dr. Alain Plante
SAS Experimental Chemistry Research Academy

A 3-week summer program with the goal to introduce high school students to the experimental basis of, and cutting edge research in, chemistry.  The focus of the program will be on how we know what we know.



Dr. Susan Phillips
SAS Experimental Physics Research Academy

A 3-week summer program with the goal to introduce high school students to the experimental basis of mechanics and advanced topics in physics.  The focus of the program will be on how we know what we know.



Bill Berner
SAS Knowledge by the Slice Lecture Series

The goal of the Knowledge by the Slice series is to give the campus community a chance to hear from some of the School’s outstanding faculty members in an informal pizza-lunch setting.

Juliana Walker
SAS Teacher Institute of Philadelphia (TIP)

The Teachers Institute offers academic professional development seminars led by world class Penn scholars, which are open to public school teachers from the West and Southwest Regions of the School District of Philadelphia at no cost. 

Alan Lee
SEAS Summer Academy in Applied Science and Technology

High school students explore Engineering at the college level, combining sophisticated theory with hands-on practical experience in cutting-edge technologies.

Office of Academic Programs
SEAS CIS WiCS High School Day for Girls

Each year this program brings approximately 80 girls from area high schools to the Penn campus for a day to learn about computer science and the opportunities afforded by the discipline. 

Rita Powell
SEAS GEMS -- Girls in Engineering Math and Science

GEMS is for middle school girls going into 7th, 8th or 9th graders.  Program includes Bioengineering, Nanotechnology, Materials Science, Graphics and Computing. 

Michaile Rainey
SEAS GRASP Laboratory K-12 Projects (General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception)

GRASP supports STEM education in the Philadelphia region by providing training, mentoring and assistance to local schools. GRASP students mentor teams, train STEM educators and provide tours of GRASP to area schools. School year activities culminate in a K-12 student open house in celebration of National Robotics Week each April. 

Dan Ueda
SEAS GRASP Penn FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Teacher Professional Development

GRASP provides professional development opportunities to prepare teachers and coaches for the FIRST LEGO League competition. The daylong events occurs on campus in the summer and early fall and are lead by GRASP PhD students and undergraduates.  

Dan Ueda
SEAS GRASP RoboMentor Program

The RoboMentor program is made up of undergraduate and graduate engineering students who mentor local high school robotics teams . During competition season, mentors are either in schools or on campus with students.  

Dan Ueda
SEAS Innoworks Academy at Penn

A one-week day program in the summer for underserved Philadelphia middle school students providing a hands-on experience in science and engineering. This program utilizes a different Innoworks’ curriculum every year such as The Eureka Effect, Dare to Discover and Making Sense of Senses.

Undergraduate Volunteers

Penn Engineering is responsible for coordinating the Eastern Pennsylvania FIRST LEGO League (FLL) robotics program. FLL provides an opportunity for middle school students between the ages of 9-14 to engage in hands on engineering using the LEGO NXT robotics platform. Penn FLL supports over 100 teams of middle school students by organizing regional events, providing on campus training and mentoring to coaches and teams Penn Engineering faculty, staff and students participate as volunteers in all areas of the program. 

Dan Ueda
SEAS Rachleff Scholars Program

The Program is open to Penn sophomores.  Each Scholar is required to complete: a 10 week paid Summer Research Experience; two course units of Honors Course work; and interact with their peers outside the classroom and laboratory through community-building.

Dr. Jan Van der Spiegel
SEAS SUNFEST -- Summer Undergraduate Fellowship in Sensor Technologies

SUNFEST is a unique program that provides talented undergraduate students with hands-on research during the summer in the area of sensor technologies.

SoD Impressions Program

The Student National Dental Association (SNDA) Impressions Program is composed of a series of two-day workshops geared toward educating undergraduate students about careers in dentistry.

Beverley Crawford, DDS
SoM Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) Summer Undergraduate Internship Program

The CTSA internship program provides an 8-week mentored experience in translational and clinical approaches to understanding disease and developing therapeutic modalities. The focus of the internship is research, generally in a laboratory setting. The internship consists as well of several hours each week devoted to coursework and a seminar series. 

Dr. David R. Manning, PhD
SOM CPHI (Center for Public Health Initiatives) Community Driven Research Day

This program encourages collaboration between researchers, community-based organizations/groups. Through an interactive poster session, community groups, academic researchers, and students are able to meet and discuss potential, mutually-beneficial collaborations.

Wendy Voet
SoM CPHI Food Access Work Group

This group focuses on addressing barriers to accessing nutritional foods in urban settings. All interested researchers from inside and outside of the Penn community are welcome.

Lauren Hallden-Abberton
SoM CPHI Immigrant Health Work Group

The objectives of the Immigrant Health Work Group are to help with networking and to learn about immigrant health issues in Philadelphia. Participation by the Penn community is welcomed.

Wendy Voet
SoM CPHI Qualitative and Mixed Methods Group

This CPHI group focuses on: 1) Serving as a discussion forum for researchers in current and future projects who are using/planning on using qualitative and mixed methods. 2)Working toward expanding the use, quality and acceptability of qualitative and mixed methods research at Penn and in the broader academic community. This group welcomes members from all areas inside and outside of the Penn community.

Lauren Hallden-Abberton
SOM CPHI Service Link

Service Link is a project where trained undergraduates and medical students assist Sayre Health Center patients to access services that improve health and quality of life (e.g. utilities assistance, referral appointments, SNAP [food stamps] and other public benefits). The project has over 20 volunteers and is organized by a medical student graduate group as well as undergraduate volunteers.

Wendy Voet
SOM CPHI The Healthy Post

The CPHI is collaborating with Sustainable Communities Initiatives West (SCI-West), the Barbara and Edward Netter Center for Community Partnerships, the Agatston Urban Nutrition Initiative, HealthyNewsWorks and Henry C. Lea Elementary school in West Philadelphia to establish the Healthy Post newspaper written primarily by third to sixth graders. Through this program, students sharpen their writing, interviewing, problem-solving and research skills.

Marian Uhlman
SoM High School Bioethics Project

This School of Medicine (SoM) project endeavors to improve secondary education through bioethics pedagogy engaging science teachers, administrators, and students, particularly in the greater Philadelphia region. The project introduces students to ethical choices and stimulates understanding of scientific advances and methods, thereby contributing to lifelong interest in biomedical science.

Dr. Dominic Sisti
SoM Penn Undergraduate Environmental Health Scholars Program

Ten-week summer internships for selected undergraduate students will expose them to the field of environmental health science through mentorship, coursework, and field experience.  

Jeffrey Field
SoM Pipeline Neuroscience Program

The program is a multi-tiered educational initiative that teaches fundamental principles of medicine and neurology to inner city public high school students in Philadelphia. High school students are taught by undergraduates, who learn from medical students who, in turn, are guided by neurology residents and fellows. 

Faculty Director, Roy Hamilton
SoM STEER -- Short Term Educational Experiences for Research

STEER is the Short Term Educational Experiences for Research in Environmental Science program, which offers paid summer internships for Penn undergraduates. The application deadline is March 1. 

Jeffrey Field
SoM Summer Undergraduate Internship Program (SUIP)

The SUIP provides an intense research experience to students interested in graduate study in the biomedical and biological sciences.  Approximately 30 college students from across the US participate in this 10-week full-time laboratory research experience each year; most are rising juniors and seniors. 


This program is a 10 week summer research internship, intended for rising college juniors and seniors who are interested in pursuing either a Ph.D or M.D.-Ph.D., with the ultimate goal of a career in cancer research.  The program is funded by the NCI and is hosted in the research division of the Department of Radiation Onclogy. 

Stephen Tuttle
SoM TREES -- Teen Research and Education in Environmental Science

TREES is a unique summer research and mentorship program offering a hands-on environmental research opportunity for motivated high-school students.  

Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology
VET - Canine Handler Academy

CHA allows participants to peek into the workd of working dogs through training and exposure through search and rescue, ovarian cancer detection, diabetic alert detection, law enforcement and veterinary care.

Lauren McTiernan and Caitlin Kuczko
VET - Summer Veterinary Exploration Through Science (VETS) Program

The VETS program is an exciting 1-week summer experience.  Three sessions have been designed specifically for college students and two sessions have been designed for high school students. The program has been created for those who are interested in the science of veterinary medicine. 

Admissions Staff
VPUL Educational Opportunity Center

A federally funded adult college access program. EOC provides West and Southwest Philadelphia residents age 19 and over from primarily low-income, first generation backgrounds with support and referral services that facilitate their entry into higher education programs.

John Lavoy
VPUL Educational Talent Search

The University of Pennsylvania Talent Search Program is for eligible middle and high school students from West Philadelphia. It seeks to create a college-going culture by providing students with information, skills, educational and cultural experiences.

Todd Derby
VPUL McNair Scholars Program

McNair Scholars Program is a federally funded program that fosters greater diversity in higher education by striving to increase the number of students from traditionally under-represented groups who enter and complete Ph.D. programs. The program provides research opportunities, individual mentoring, and graduate school preparatory services to academically talented low-income and first generation college students and to students from racial and ethnic groups traditionally under-represented in higher education in general and in doctoral programs in particular. McNair serves 22-24 Penn students each year.  

Dr. Bob Lane
VPUL PennCAP: Pennsylvania College Achievement Program

This program provides a comprehensive set of services to support success for approximately 500 academically talented students, many from low income, first-generation to college backgrounds, during their entire undergraduate careers at Penn.

Pamela Edwards
VPUL Provost Summer Mentorship Program

The Provost’s Summer Mentorship Program is a four week non-residential college preparatory program for Philadelphia public and charter high school students. SMP provides a range of coordinated academic and personal development resources to prepare the 50-75 students to compete successfully for admission to colleges and universities.

Gail Oberton
VPUL Provost Summer Mentorship Program Plus

SMP Plus, the academic year component of the Provost’s Summer Mentorship Program for Philadelphia public and charter high school students and provides a range of coordinated academic and personal development resources to prepare the 50-75 students to compete successfully for admission to colleges and universities.

Gail Oberton
VPUL TRIO Veterans Upward Bound

The Trio Veterans Upward Bound Program, a federally funded program serving 120 persons annually, enhances the learning experience of military veterans. It offers intensive pre-college academic courses and comprehensive support services towards the pursuit of post-secondary education.

Diane Sandefur
VPUL Upward Bound

The Penn Upward Bound Program is a college preparatory program for students at targeted West Philadelphia high schools.  UB provides these highly motivated first-generation, low income students with educational, career, and cultural programs that enhance their ability to complete high school and then go on to complete degrees at competitive four-year post-secondary institutions.

Amber Hikes
VPUL Upward Bound Math & Science

The Penn Upward Bound Math and Science Program is a college preparatory program for high school students at targeted West Philadelphia high schools who are interested in the STEM fields. UBMS provides these highly motivated first-generation, low income students with educational, scientific, and cultural programs that enhance their ability to complete high school and then go on to complete degrees at competitive four-year post-secondary institutions. 

Ed Marshall
Wharton/SEAS - The Management & Technology Summer Institute (M&TSI)

A three-week for-credit summer program for rising high school juniors and seniors who want to learn about the integration of technological concepts and management principles.

Casey Boland, Administrative Coordinator
(215) 898-4145