Penn Academy for Reproductive Sciences (PARS)

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Empowering young women to pursue careers in science and medicine

What is PARS?

PARS is an all-female workshop led by expert clinicians and scientists. PARS incorporates a mix of small-group discussions, demonstrations, and hands-on lab activities to explore current research topics in reproductive health. Topics include: female reproductive anatomy and physiology, fertilization, embryo development, stem cells, genetics, epigenetics, and oncofertility. Students will also dive into a journal article, discuss ethical decision-making, and prepare for future careers in science and medicine!

Since the summer of 2010, over 185 students have participated in the PARS program. Our alumni continue to pursue science in their undergraduate educations, through summer research experiences, and through internships with the PARS faculty on the University of Pennsylvania campus. PARS students have also received scholarships to study at the University of Pennsylvania, Barnard College, and Drexel University, among others.

When does PARS run?

PARS runs for 4 consecutive Saturdays in late winter/early spring. Each session takes place at the University of Pennsylvania from 9 AM to 1 PM. Participants must be able to attend all four sessions of the workshop to apply and be eligible for the paid summer internship.

How do I apply?

The PARS application is typically open October-November the year prior to a session’s start date. Please check back here in the fall for the 2021 application.