Chemistry Research Academy

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 July 1 – July 21, 2018

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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 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
  • New materials to solve energy challenges

See this program’s 2017 syllabus (PDF).

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


Susan Phillips

Program Director: Susan Phillips, PhD
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. She also provides demonstrations for chemistry lectures and serves as an advisor for the undergraduate chemistry society. Dr. Phillips has been teaching chemistry at the college level for more than 20 years and has been at Penn since 2002. She received her PhD from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

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