The Teen Research and Education in Environmental Science (TREES) program is a unique summer research and mentorship program offering hands-on environmental research opportunities to motivated high school students.
Projects have included:
- Testing the Antioxidative Capacities of Caffeic Acid
- Determining Estrogen in Shampoos Using BLYES Expressing Bacterial Bioluminescence
- UV light sensitivity of DNA repair mutant yeast
Interest in environmental health and the need for increased research in this field has steadily grown during the past decade. To address this need, the University of Pennsylvania has received an NIEHS award for summer internships for selected undergraduate students. Ten weeks of summer activities will expose students to the field of environmental health science through mentorship, coursework, and field experience.
Projects have included:
- High Fructose Corn Syrup and the Rising Obesity Epidemic
- Childhood lead poisoning in Reading, PA
- Food access-mapping with The Food Trust
- The Effect of Phthalates on Grn/PGRN Expression
- Cell Mutagenesis: Cancer Carcinogens and Cigarette Smoke
Interest in environmental health and the need for increased research in this field has steadily grown during the past decade. To address this need, the University of Pennsylvania has received an NIEHS award for summer internships for selected undergraduate students. Ten weeks of summer activities will expose students to the field of environmental health science through mentorship, coursework, and field experience. For more information see above.
Honors courses for Penn Undergraduate students designed to educate the West Philadelphia community on existing health threats. In collaboration with the Netter Center, students are trained by Penn experts on science, policy, and risk assessment protocol. The courses focus on training on urban education & communication techniques. Then the students present 6-week courses on topic in public school in West Philadelphia.
Recent Projects have focused on:
- Lead in West Philadelphia
- Brownfield remediation in Chinatown
- Asthma triggers in Wilson Elementary School
ABCS Students Say:
“I worked with seven children between the ages 7 and 11 at Drew Elementary School. This was the aspect of the course that I looked forward to the most. . . . you’re greeted with hugs. Ever since your first hour together, the kids know your name and decided you can do no wrong.”
– HSOC Major
“This is my fourth ABCS class, so this mode of learning was not new to me. However, the individuals I met were new, and provided me with at times frustration, but ultimately hope. Having been in private school since nursery, and groomed for academic achievement, watching and working with students from a vastly different environment from the one I was raised is always enlightening.”
– Medical Student at Penn
ABCS Courses Really Do Make a Difference!
During a 6-week course on lead taught by ABCS students at a public school in Philadelphia, an elementary school student recognized that their younger sibling was probably lead poisoned. Their parents got the younger sibling tested and the student was right! The younger sibling received appropriate care.
Allied Programs at Penn that offer Environmentally Based Courses
Department of Earth and Environmental Science
A key departmental partner for CEET programs and courses. See their website for their diverse and comprehensive curriculum in Environmental Studies. For a list of seminars.
Health Care Professionals
MPH – Masters in Public Health
Masters in Public Health Program
The University of Pennsylvania Master of Public Health Program (MPH Program) is a university-wide interdisciplinary collaboration among eight schools. The overall MPH Program objective is to provide a focal point for enhancing collaborations in public health research, teaching and service. We consider this program to be a unique model for promoting University-wide synergy among academic disciplines to advance leadership in public health. Under the auspices of the School of Medicine, the MPH Program offers a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree. The MPH Program at the University of Pennsylvania offers specific health tracks in General Health, Environmental Health, and Global Health.
MD Training Residency Programs
Residency in Occupational and Environmental Medicine
The Occupational Medicine Residency at the University of Pennsylvania is a competency based, two-year, ACGME accredited, NIOSH and HRSA-supported practicum residency program. The program is designed to provide structured, supervised training and experiences to prepare the resident for specialized practice of Occupational and Environmental Medicine and for the American Board of Preventive Medicine Examination in Occupational Medicine (ABPM-OM). Training is organized around required professional competencies and is designed to develop leaders with a high-level in the skills required for success in Occupational and Environmental Medicine with an added emphasis on the acquisition of knowledge, skills, and attitudes in leadership and organizational management. Program Graduates have successful careers in clinical practice, corporate Occupational Medicine, Academic Medical Centers and government.