July 6 - July 27, 2024
- Residential move-in date: July 6
- Move-out date: July 27
Summer 2024 applications are closed. The applications for summer 2025 will open in late fall 2024. Please sign up to receive more information.
The Neuroscience Research Academy explores the biological foundations of the brain, progressing from the cellular foundations of the neuron to an understanding of the sensory systems, and culminating with higher-order cognitive functions such as memory, emotion, and morality. Taught by members of Penn’s Biological Basis of Behavior program, the Neuroscience Academy introduces students to this cutting-edge field in both research and medicine, which has provided important insights into understanding the mind in both health and disease. The Neuroscience Research Academy is fully residential with no commuter or online options.
If you attend a School District of Philadelphia public or charter high school, you may be eligible to attend a Penn Summer Academy free of charge with a Penn Summer Scholarship.
Lectures and discussions: Attend twice-daily lectures and conversations with Penn’s distinguished neuroscience faculty. Additionally, participate in a journal club to discuss peer-reviewed neuroscience literature and develop presentations on those papers, and take part in a neuroethics club to debate current ethical dilemmas within the neuroscience field.
Lab activities: Participate in hands-on laboratory activities to gain an introduction to experimental techniques.
Applications outside the classroom: Further your understanding of the brain in a fun and educational setting with related films, discussions, and readings. Past trips have included visits to the Mütter Museum and the Franklin Institute.
- One year of high school biology and one year of high school chemistry are required for application.
- For any students who will be using the course Living Earth or Living Environment as their one year of biology prerequisite, please include the course description with your transcripts for the admissions committee to review.
Program Director: Mary Ellen Kelly
Dr. Kelly has worked in undergraduate neuroscience education for over 10 years at both Haverford College and the University of Pennsylvania. Currently Dr. Kelly is a lecturer, neuroscience program coordinator in Penn’s undergraduate Neuroscience Program, and Director of the Neuroscience Research Academy at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Kelly received her doctoral degree from Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada). After post-doctoral training fellowships at the University of California, San Francisco and Dalhousie University in Halifax, Canada, Dr. Kelly worked for several years as a Stokes Research Fellow at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, studying and researching mechanisms of temporal lobe epilepsy. Dr. Kelly has focused much of her teaching around the neural mechanisms that underlie brain disorders.