Education and Outreach
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Education and outreach at the IRM aims to ensure students from kindergarten through graduate school are exposed to exciting and accurate education about regenerative biology and stem cell research. Aligned to the academic mission of the University of Pennsylvania, IRM outreach programs have allowed faculty, students, and the Philadelphia community to work together to learn about innovative research being done in IRM laboratories and the importance of providing knowledge and resources to those in the university’s own backyard.
A SNAPSHOT OF SUCCESS
Reaching over 18,000 Philadelphia students and 60,000 nationally, the IRM education and outreach initiatives empower future generations of scientists and health professionals through six innovative programs:
Project BioEyes – an award-winning K-12 program that fosters enthusiasm for science using real world applications to learning, consisting of hands-on lessons in basic scientific methods, biology, genetics, and stem cells using live zebrafish
Bridge to ReBIO - an after-school mentorship program where university faculty and students mentor local high school students to develop innovative science fair projects, equipping underserved schools with the supplies and support to compete with more resourced Philadelphia schools
Summer Research Internships – a valuable opportunity for Penn undergraduate students to gain research experience as interns in IRM affiliated labs across the campus
Teaching Stem Cells (STSC 302) - an academically based community course for undergraduate science majors to learn leading-edge stem cell research and ethics, and co-teach these concepts in local, underserved high schools
Stem Cells, Science, and Society (STSC 241) - a course intended for undergraduates (upperclassmen) who are not majoring in the sciences to understand how stem cells impact on many aspects of society: medicine, ethics, religion, law, politics, economics and education
Penn Academy for Reproductive Sciences (PARS) – a six-day research clinic for high school girls that focuses on the science behind our bodies and careers in research and clinical medicine
ADVANCING YOUNG MINDS
What sets Penn’s program apart is the abundance of opportunities for students, teachers, and the community to ignite and grow their passion for science.
The demand for our outreach programs grows everyday. There is currently a one-year waitlist for Project BioEYES! Please support our initiatives.
|Jamie Shuda, Ed.D., is Director of the IRM Life Science Outreach. Dr. Shuda is also the Co-Founder and Director of Project BioEYES, a nationally recognized and award-winning education outreach program that reaches more than 35,000 students in kindergarten through 12th grades.|