Chemistry Research Academy

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July 7 - July 27, 2019

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The Chemistry Research Academy offers students hands-on experiences with cutting-edge research projects in the chemical sciences. Penn Chemistry is a leading center for molecular research and instruction, whose researchers are at the frontier of modern chemistry, tackling a wide variety of important societal challenges.

If you attend a School District of Philadelphia public or charter high school, you may be eligible to attend a Penn Summer Academy free of charge with a Penn Summer Scholarship.

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Lectures and discussions: Attend classes and conversations with leading faculty and scientists at Penn, covering topics from spectroscopy and chromatography techniques to nanoparticles to organic chemistry and materials.

Lab access: Get hands-on experience in the cutting-edge chemistry laboratories at Penn, learning the fundamental use and safety procedures for different chemistry instruments and skills. The class will tour chemistry centers on campus (including the Singh Center for Nanomaterials) and off campus (such as the Science History Institute).

Research: Discover how to get the most out of scientific research articles and University library resources and learn how to develop a research project. 

See this program’s 2018 syllabus.

Prerequisite: One year of high school chemistry is required for the application.


Dusty Carroll

Program Director: Dusty Carroll
Ms. Carroll earned her master's degree in chemistry education at the University of Pennsylvania in 2005. She taught molecular spectroscopy in Penn’s Master of Chemistry Education Program for four years and has been with the Chemistry Research Academy since its inception in 2013. During the academic year, Ms. Carroll teaches AP Chemistry and Engineering at Seneca High School in New Jersey.

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