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 293 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?

We are excited to announce that we are currently accepting applications for a Fall 2021 cohort.

PARS will run 4 consecutive Saturdays (Oct 23, 30th, Nov. 6th and 13th), from 9-1 each day at the University of Pennsylvania. 10-12th graders in the Philadelphia area and Community College students 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 Fall Saturday sessions. If you need assistance in getting your vaccination, please email Dr. Jamie Shuda at Masks will also be worn.

How do I apply?

Please complete the application at