Penn Summer Science Initiative

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Program Category: Fee Structure, Free, Grade Level, and 9 - 12Program Tags: Chemistry, MaterialScience, and Summer

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  • The Penn Summer Science Initiative, PSSI, is sponsored by the Penn Materials Research Science and Engineering Center, MRSEC, which is funded by the National Science Foundation. It will accept up to 28 students entering their junior or senior year of high school from the Delaware Valley for a four-week lecture/lab course in materials science. The course will run from 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM daily in the Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter, LRSM, building. The course will consist of a formal lectures on materials science, experimental laboratory work, and field trips to industrial and Penn facilities. This program will be taught by Penn faculty and staff who are associated with the LRSM.

  • ORGANIZATION/PROGRAM

    Organization Name: Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter, University of Pennsylvania
    Organization Street Address: 3231 Walnut St
    Organization City, State, Zip: Philadelphia, PA 19104
    Organization Phone Number: 215-989-7970
    Short Description of Organization:

    The Laboratory for Research on the Structure of Matter, the LRSM, is the center for materials research at the University of Pennsylvania. It was established in 1960 as one of the first Materials Research Laboratories to be funded by the forerunner of DARPA. In 1972 funding was taken over by the National Science Foundation's Division of Materials Research, NSF-DMR under the aegis of the MRL program. In 1996, the core of the materials research program at the LRSM was supported as a Materials Research Science and Engineering Center, MRSEC, funded by an NSF-DMR.

    Program Street Address: 3231 Walnut St
    Philadelphia
    Pennsylvania
    19104
    Program Phone Number: 215-989-7970
    Which one best describes your organization?: Non-Profit
    Which one best describes your program?: Site-based - stationary (students come to a site)
    Is your program delivered in collaboration with external partners?: No
    Accepting Mentors: No

    CONTENT

    Is STEM the "core" of your program?: Yes
    Which type of STEM programming do you offer? (choose ALL that apply):
    • Chemistry
    • Engineering
    • Physics
    • Other
    Which other activities does your STEM program include? (choose All that apply):
    • Academic Enrichment and Homework Help
    • Project-Based Learning
    Does your program use volunteer STEM mentors?: No

    LOCATION AND SHARING

    Where is your STEM program offered? (choose ALL that apply): West Philadelphia
    When does your STEM program take place? (choose ALL that apply): Summer

    PARTICIPANTS

    How many children does your program serve each year? Numbers can be estimates.: Less than 100 individuals
    How many hours/week does each child participate? Numbers can be estimates, and can be specific to a season or semester.: More than 10 hours per week
    Which ages/grades does your STEM program serve? (choose ALL that apply): 9th -12th grade
    Which gender(s) does your STEM program serve? (choose ALL that apply):
    • Girls
    • Boys
    • Transgender and Gender Non Conforming
    Which ethnic/racial populations does your STEM program serve?:
    • African-American
    • Latino
    • Caucasian
    • Asian
    • Native American
    • Middle Eastern
    • Multi-Ethnic
    • Other
    If you chose "other" for the question above, then please type the racial/ethnic demographic that is represented at your program.:

    This program focuses on groups that are traditionally underrepresented in the sciences.

    What percentage of your participants are eligible for free or reduced lunch? Percentages can be estimates.*: Do not know
    Who can participate in your STEM program?: Individuals only
    Can your STEM program accommodate youth with special needs?: Yes (please explain)

    FEE/FEE STRUCTURE

    Do participants need to pay for your STEM program?: No
    Is transportation to and from your program provided?:
    • No students must provide their own transportation.
    • Other

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    Please select the applicable categories: Fee Structure, Free, Grade Level, and 9 - 12
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  • If you chose "other" for the question above, then please type the racial/ethnic demographic that is represented at your program.:

    This program focuses on groups that are traditionally underrepresented in the sciences.