Penn Academy for Reproductive Sciences (PARS)

Empowering students to pursue careers in science and medicine

Ever wonder what an embryo looks like as it develops? If so, then you should think about applying to PARS! We invite high school students (grades 10-12), who are interested in science and medicine, to apply.

What is PARS? A 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. You will also dive into a journal article, discuss ethical decision-making, and prepare for future careers in science and medicine!

PARS will run 4 consecutive Saturdays (March 2, 9, 16, and 23), from 9am-1pm each day at the University of Pennsylvania. Participants must be able to attend all four sessions of the workshop to apply and be eligible for the paid summer internship starting the end of June through the beginning of August. 

PARS is FREE to 10-12 grade students in Philadelphia area schools.

SEPTA cards can be provided for transportation; the need for transportation assistance does not affect your eligibility. Snacks will be provided each Saturday.

Steps to Apply:

  1. Fill out the application form HERE, including the short essay questions. You may use this form for our online submission and can edit it until the application deadline.

We have volunteers that can proof your essay responses. If you are interested in using this resource please send your draft essay responses (word document) to no later than a week before applications close.  

  1. Recommendations from teachers or mentors are required via a brief survey HERE. This should take your recommender no more than 10 minutes to complete. No formal letters will be accepted.

Important Dates:

  • Deadline to Apply –  January 19, 2024
  • Notification of Acceptance – February 9, 2024
  • Program First Day – March 2, 2024