Penn Academy for Reproductive Sciences (PARS)

Empowering students to pursue careers in science and medicine

What is PARS?

PARS is 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. 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 315 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 will run 4 consecutive Saturdays (March 4, 11, 28, and 25) from 9-1 each day at the University of Pennsylvania. 10-12th graders in the Philadelphia area can apply.


Participants must be able to attend all four sessions of the workshop to be eligible for the paid summer internship.


Proof of full COVID vaccination will be required before the start of the Saturday sessions. If you need assistance in getting your vaccination, please email Tarence Smith at


How do I apply?


  1. Fill out the application form found 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 found HERE. This should take your recommender no more than 10 minutes to complete. No formal letters will be accepted.


Please provide this link to your recommender:


Deadline for applications and recommendation survey is January 31, 2023

Decisions and notification by February 17, 2023

Program starts March 4, 2023