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Welcome to Penn LENS

When you enter the Penn LENS program you will have the opportunity to join a research lab and take part in current scientific research. Every LENS participant is assigned a mentor and participates in a research project from one of the natural science disciplines, such as biology, chemistry physics or veterinary science.  This program is open to current 10th and 11th grade high school students from Philadelphia School District or Charter schools and students from underserved schools are especially encouraged to apply. This program is FREE and students will receive a $1500 financial award.


Over the course of four weeks, School of Arts and Sciences’ natural science faculty and other lab members will provide guidance and mentorship to aid students in developing laboratory and research skills. Students will meet faculty from a variety of disciplines, participate in workshops to develop essential lab and science communication skills, discuss career paths in science and present their work at the end of the program.

The program will be in-person and take place at the University of Pennsylvania.

Any questions regarding the program can be directed to the Director of Penn LENS, Lori Spindler at

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