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The Research Institute has a number of programs and partnerships that are focused on developing and maintaining an up-and-coming group of scholars ready to enter STEM professions. With age-appropriate levels of engagement, students from elementary school through college can have meaningful exposures to a research environment.

PennPREP and CHOP Collaborative

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) partners with the University of Pennsylvania's Post-baccalaureate Research Education Program to provide a robust post-baccalaureate experience. The program offers a one-to-two-year research experience for students who have completed their bachelor's degree, are interested in pursuing a doctoral degree in biomedical sciences and would benefit from protected time to time develop additional skills research. The program provides a full-time research experience in a biomedical science discipline at CHOP, along with preparation for applying to and succeeding in graduate school through the University of Pennsylvania.

Rutgers University Partnership

The Research Institute and Rutgers University School of Environmental and Biological Sciences partner annually to expose Rutgers Undergraduate historically underrepresented minority students to pediatric research as a viable career option. Students participate in a day-long event where they learn about research being conducted at CHOP and interact with scientists in a variety of positions. The day also includes visits to various laboratories to learn about current techniques being used to address research questions. Contact the Office of Academic Training and Outreach Programs for more information.

Discovery Day

Discovery Day is an annual day-long, science-focused workshop designed to stimulate science curiosity in high school sophomores through exposure to research, technology, and medicine at CHOP. Exposing young talent to STEM+M careers is an essential part of CHOP’s commitment to educating students at all experience levels.

During Discovery Day, students will:

  1. Identify why matters and share their science story
  2. Learn about the groundbreaking research at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  3. Speak with various medical and research professionals about their jobs and career path
  4. Explore a state-of-the-art CHOP research lab or research facilities

Young Men and Women in Charge (YMWIC)

The mission of YMWIC is to empower and prepare economically disadvantaged and historically underrepresented youth to excel and become leaders in STEM careers. This is accomplished through academic tutoring, mentoring and financial assistance programs. The Research Institute participates in the College/Career Expo and hosts job shadowing experiences.

Central High School Partnership

The Research Institute partners with Central High school to provide freshman biology students exposure to the cutting edge research taking place at CHOP. Students learn about different types of research ranging from clinical, basic, translational, and behavioral. Additionally, the Research Institute supports yearlong research opportunities for seniors.


The goal of iPraxis is to encourage students in Philadelphia public and charter schools to embrace and pursue STEM learning opportunities. Members of the CHOP research community help with project-based learning activities like science fairs, in-class presentations, workshops, field trips and career fairs to help students gain insight into how things work in the real world and discover new possibilities for their future.


CHOP-Tech is an annual community event for girls aimed at getting them excited and engaged in STEM-M related activities. ATOP coordinates the research track for the program which has allowed girls to experience the activities at the Center for Autism Research, the Center for Injury and Research Prevention, to understand the science of sound through the department of audiology, and to learn how the brain communicates through the division of neurology.