Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers power our programs

The IRM relies on volunteers to help us share science in the Philadelphia community. We are always looking for faculty, postdocs, and students who want to contribute to our learning experiences. Volunteering is a great way to broaden the reach of your research and enhance your communication skills while making a difference.

If you are interested in presenting your research to a non-expert audience or assisting with one of our workshops, please review our current opportunities below or contact Jamie Shuda. Volunteers who will be working in-person with minors will need to complete appropriate clearances.

Current volunteer opportunities

Carver Science Fair SRC/IRB





The Carver Science Fair is seeking medical and mental health professionals and biomedical scientists to serve on the SRC/IRB for the Carver Science Fair for 4th-12th graders in Philadelphia. We are looking for volunteers who are either (1) Medical or Mental Health Professionals (a psychologist, medical doctor, licensed social worker, licensed clinical professional counselor, physician’s assistant, doctor of pharmacy, or registered nurse) or (2)  biomedical scientists with an earned graduate degree or who are current graduate students who have passed their qualifying exams. Volunteers must be willing to spend 4-8 hours in December and 4-8 hours in January reviewing virtual science fair applications.  An hour of synchronous training will be required; the rest of the work can be scheduled at the volunteer’s convenience. No clearances are needed, so this is a great way to support our local students even if you don’t have them. If you are interested, please sign up by emailing carverfair@gmail.com. On behalf of the IRM and the Carver Science Fair, we thank you for playing an important role in our local science fair

Foldscope Judges

During virtual learning, Penn Alexander middle school students are exploring the unseen with personal paper microscopes and documenting their discoveries through photographs. Please help us celebrate their tiny triumphs by judging their Foldscope photos!

Interested in being a judge? Complete this survey.

Virtual Volunteers

The IRM is looking for volunteers from all Perelman School of Medicine departments to take part in our virtual teaching with Philadelphia 4-12 graders. We are seeking volunteers interested in participating as a presenter or classroom helper. Your time can be as little as participating in one session or pre-recorded talk to assisting with the award-winning BioEYES program. If you would like to engage with our city’s awesome students and teachers, please complete this short UPenn Volunteer Survey 2020-2021.