Outreach Programs

We aim to provide students—from kindergarten through graduate school—and adults engaging information about our science.

Aligned to the academic mission of the University of Pennsylvania, we believe in the importance of providing knowledge and resources to those in the university’s own backyard.  Our programs teach people to think like scientists regardless of prior education or experience. Click the links below to learn about the IRM’s outreach opportunities.

Virtual Learning


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? Live each Tuesday at 10 AM, IRM@Home brings scientists and educators right to you. Please join us!

Student Research Opportunities

Penn Academy for Reproductive Sciences (PARS)

Ever wonder what an embryo look like as it develops? Want to know how the environment affects embryo development and how clinicians treat patients with infertility? Want to gain research experience and network with scientists and doctors? Are you a 10-12th grade public or charter school student? If so, then you should apply to the Penn Academy for Reproductive Sciences (PARS)!

Penn Academy for Skin Health (PASH) 

Are you interested in learning about what scientists and clinicians do in the field of dermatology? Want to gain experience conducting research in Penn laboratories? Are you a 10-12th grade Philadelphia public or charter school student? If so, the Penn Academy for Skin Health (PASH) is for you!

Science in Your Classroom

Project BioEyes

Are you a teacher, after-school or summer educator, or a homeschool parent and want your students to have the opportunity to become scientists? Check out our award-winning hands-on lessons in basic scientific methods, biology, genetics, and stem cells using live zebrafish! Join the over 100,000 students who experienced this unique classroom-based program today.


Are you a Philadelphia high school biology teacher interested in collaborating on a brand new science curricula using fruit flies!? Developed in Dr. Bashaw’s lab and with four Philadelphia biology teachers, these inquiry-based modules can be used to engage students with hands-on biomedical science. Each unit encourages students to embrace critical-thinking skills as they work through experiments and draw their own conclusions.  In the third lesson, students have the ability to engage with molecular biology techniques commonly used in the research community.