Through partnerships with schools, universities, and nonprofit organizations, our staff and researchers teach K-16 students in the Philadelphia area scientific skills and provide them with exciting and accurate information about research and medicine.

Does your proposal require a community or education component, or do you want to have a competitive, well-rounded proposal? Are you preparing an NIH P50 or P30 or an NSF grant? If so, our office can help you.

Dr. Shuda and her staff can assist you with:

  • Project development and evaluation
  • Proposal narrative and budget planning
  • Project implementation
  • Recruiting and maintaining participants
  • Evaluation and research plans, including obtaining IRB approvals
  • Completing state-mandated clearances
  • Training for faculty and staff on science communication and mentoring
  • Offering opportunities to plug into existing BI events

Click here to check out our successful collaborations and supported projects

Volunteers help us share science in the Philadelphia community. We are always looking for faculty, postdocs, and Penn 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.

Here are some ways to volunteer: 

  • Zoom presentation to a K-12 class
  • Be a visiting scientist and assist in the classroom
  • Mentor a summer high school researcher
  • Help us develop new ways to communicate Penn’s science

Please review our current opportunities or contact Jackie Davidson for more information. Volunteers who will be working in-person with minors will need to complete appropriate clearances. Clearances are required to work with minors. Our office will help you in obtaining them.

FREE UPenn Research Opportunity for 10-12th grade students

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PARS

Ever wonder what an embryo look like as it develops? Want to know how the environment effects development and how clinicians treat patients with infertility? Want to gain research experience and network with scientists and doctors? If so, then you should apply to the Penn Academy for Reproductive Sciences (PARS)! We invite high school students (grades 10-12) who are interested in science and medicine, to apply. PARS will run 4 consecutive Saturdays (3/4, 3/11, 3/18, 3/25), from 9-1 each day at the University of Pennsylvania. Participants must be able to attend all four sessions of the workshop to apply. PARS is free and transit cards can be provided. Teachers are asked to complete a brief recommendation survey HERE. Find out more information on the curriculum and how to apply HERE. Deadline for applications is Jan. 31st.


Penn Academy for Skin Health

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Are you interested in learning about what scientists and clinicians do in the field of dermatology? Want to gain experience conducting research in Penn laboratories? Are you a 10-12th grade Philadelphia public or charter school student? If so, the Penn Academy for Skin Health (PASH) is for you! PASH will run 4 consecutive Saturdays (3/4, 3/11, 3/18, 3/25), from 9-1 each day at the University of Pennsylvania. Participants must be able to attend all four sessions of the workshop to apply. PASH is free and transit cards can be provided. Teachers are asked to complete a brief recommendation survey HERE. Find out more information on the curriculum and how to apply HERE. Deadline for applications is Jan. 31st.

Project BioEYES

Are you a teacher, after-school or summer educator, or a homeschool parent and want your students to have the opportunity to become scientists? Check out our award-winning hands-on lessons in basic scientific methods, biology, genetics, and stem cells using live zebrafish! Join the over 100,000 students who experienced this unique classroom-based program today.

BioEYES is a K-12 science education program which provides classroom-based learning opportunities through the use of live zebrafish. BioEYES is designed to incorporate teacher empowerment and provides professional development seminars and a co-teaching experience with trained science consultants, called outreach educators. This program, currently in its 20th year, is free for Philadelphia public and charter schools and is available to Catholic, private, and suburban schools for a fee. Click the button below to learn more!

Project BioEYES

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Are you a Philadelphia high school biology teacher interested in collaborating on a brand new science curricula using fruit flies!? Developed in Dr. Bashaw’s lab and with four Philadelphia biology teachers, these inquiry-based modules can be used to engage students with hands-on biomedical science.

The program brings high school science teachers to the lab for six-week paid summer research position to learn about our work and to design curriculum for use in the classroom. Each unit encourages students to embrace critical-thinking skills as they work through experiments and draw their own conclusions. In the third lesson, students have the ability to engage with molecular biology techniques commonly used in the research community. Click the button below to learn more!

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