K-12 Students and Individuals

Laboratory Experiences in the Natural Sciences (Penn LENS)

Summer lab experiences, with financial awards, for Philadelphia high school students.

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Students in the Penn LENS program will have the opportunity to gain firsthand experience working in a university science laboratory and/or field setting. Under the direction of Penn faculty and their graduate students/post docs/staff, they will carry out daily assigned tasks which are essential to the ongoing research efforts. They will gain important skills that involveboth laboratory procedures and computer-based data collection and analysis. 

Dr. Alison Sweeney’s Lab

Dr. Sweeney is a physics professor, but her research connects physics and biology. She is interested in the material properties of biological systems and how they generatenewand interesting optical phenomenon. Many of the organisms she studies (such as clams, squid and jelly fish) live in the ocean, but her graduate students are also looking at similar phenomenon in butterflies and other living things.

Dr. Joseph Kable’s Lab

Dr. Kable is a psychology professor who looks at how and why people make decisions, using approaches from psychology, neuroscience andeconomics.

Dr. Eleni Katifori’s Lab

Dr. Katifori is a physics professor who studies the organizing principles of biological material and how they evolved, focusing on vascular systems such as the ones found in plant leaves.

If you want to know more about summer programs at Penn, click here.