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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Specific topics included in the Academy will be derived from departmental research goals and may include:

  • Hands-on laboratory experience
  • Analytical techniques like spectroscopy and gas chromatography
  • Optimization of synthetic methods using experimentation
  • Open-ended laboratory challenges
  • Research lectures
  • Introduction to nanoscale materials
  • Chemistry of the rare earth metals
  • Applications of coordination complexes
  • Classroom learning
  • Deeper aspects of chemical bonding
  • Organic chemistry
  • Concepts behind analytical techniques
  • Materials science fundamentals and applications
  • Getting the most out of research articles
  • Developing a research project


  • Science History Institute
  • Singh Center for Nanomaterials
  • Department research labs

See this program’s 2018 syllabus (PDF).

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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