Ruth Gottlieb Research Opportunity Fund established to support PARS & PASH programs

The Penn Academy for Reproductive Sciences (PARS) and Penn Academy for Skin Health (PASH) programs are thrilled to announce the creation of the Ruth Gottlieb Research Opportunity Fund.

Named in memory of University of Pennsylvania undergraduate and School of Medicine alumna Dr. Ruth Gottlieb, this generous endowment will support stipends for Philadelphia city high school students enrolled in the PARS and PASH programs to gain additional laboratory research experience through summer internships with faculty and trainees. For over a decade, the PARS and PASH programs have collectively educated hundreds of Philadelphia area high school students about reproductive sciences and skin health. The workshops introduce local students to hands-on laboratory experience and provide access to expert clinicians and scientists in these fields. Each year, students who have successfully completed the PARS and PASH programs have the opportunity to apply for an additional summer internship. The Ruth Gottlieb awards will enable many deserving young scholars from underrepresented backgrounds and within our city schools to deeply explore the world of science and medicine at a pivotal moment in their lives.

Dr. Gottlieb graduated from medical school in 1954, as one of only four women in her medical school class. Throughout her career as a pediatric nephrologist, Dr. Gottlieb was known for her dedication to the training and mentoring of residents and medical students. She was passionate about providing opportunities that would inspire young people to become the next generation of medical professionals. We are very grateful to the entire Gottlieb family for choosing to partner with PARS & PASH to honor Dr. Gottlieb’s legacy. The awards from the Ruth Gottlieb Research Opportunity Fund will enrich the PARS & PASH missions of fostering enthusiasm for science and medicine in Philadelphia students and empowering them to consider future careers in these fields.

You can support the Ruth Gottlieb Research Opportunity Fund directly here.

Jamie Shuda

Jamie Shuda presents at ACS ResearcHERS Women in Leadership event

Have you thought about the importance of a mentor in your education and career? Would you like to know more about how to find a mentor, what to expect from a mentor, or how to break up with a bad mentor?

Dr. Shuda helps answer these questions and a few others as part of the Women in Leadership: A Conversation In and Out of the Lab web series by the American Cancer Society. This is a great resource– regardless of gender and if you are in HS or college. 

You can click here to watch the recording

Jamie Shuda Wins 2020 Bruce Alberts Award for Excellence in Science Education

Dr. Jamie Shuda and collaborator Dr. Steven Farber (Carnegie Institution of Washington) have received the 2020 Bruce Alberts Award for Excellence in Science Education from the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB). The pair was recognized for their partnership in creating Project BioEYES.

The Bruce Alberts Award recognizes innovative and sustained contributions to science education. It prioritizes efforts with a national impact.

Jamie and Steven began working together on Project BioEYES in 2002, launching their program to serve Philadelphia students. Since then, this innovative outreach initiative has reached more than 100,000 students in Baltimore, South Bend, Indiana, and other cities across the country and abroad. In addition to operating BioEYES, Jamie and Steven continue to evaluate its impact on learners. The pair has published several studies focusing on program design and outcomes to aid the larger science education community.

Aside from her collaboration with Steven, Jamie oversees the IRM’s entire portfolio of STEM outreach programs. These programs reach hundreds of children in Philadelphia each year and draw on the combined talents of Penn students, staff, and researchers.

Congratulations to Jamie & Steven!



Catch up on our virtual sessions

For now, we still need to keep apart. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t learn and think together.

Over the past few months, the IRM has been hosting virtual sessions for researchers and students of all ages. Because everyone is on different schedules, we have recorded when possible for future viewing.

Below are some links to our Spring 2020 library of recordings. Thank you to all of the presenters and partners who made these possible. Please contact if you have any questions or ideas for future events. Hope to see you all soon!

Socially Distanced Seminars (SDS)

Want to learn about new techniques or pick up some skills to help your research? Check out our SDS recordings and:


Do you want to learn about STEM careers and biomedical research? Do you, your family, or your class have questions about what it takes to pursue research in college and beyond? IRM@Home is for you! Scroll through our video archive and hear about cutting edge science and science career paths from actual scientists and educators.