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The office of Outreach and Science Engagement bases the success of science programs on partnerships formed over years of working in the science and science education fields. Here is a list of common partnerships.

Departments At Penn State

Chemistry Outreach

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The chemistry department holds multiple events for Penn State students, the general public, and K-12 students and teachers.

The Chemistry Department in the Eberly College of Science has a vibrant, extensive catalog of outreach programs throughout the year. From lab visits by school children and their teachers to helping organize and manage the six-week Summer Experience in the Eberly College of Science, the Chemistry Department is highly active in many different outreach activities.

Please see the Chemistry Department Outreach page for more information.

Forensic Science Outreach

Please see the Penn State Forensic Science page for more information.

Astronomy and Astrophysics Outreach

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Multiple events and presentations at the Astronomy and Astrophysics Department.

The mission of Penn State includes teaching, research, and public service. With our outreach program, we aim to fulfill the public service mission of the department by sharing the excitement of the discoveries of astronomy with the widest possible variety of audiences to spread appreciation of science, the wonder of discovery, and the process of science education to students and interested people of all ages.

Specific programs and activities are targeted at students from Kindergarten to Grade 12, teachers, undergraduate students, and the general public.

A full list of activities can be found at the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics' web page.


Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Outreach

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Biotechnology programs for industry personnel and other interested persons.

The Penn State Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology provides workshops and summer symposia on cutting-edge biotechnology and molecular biology topics and techniques.

The Summer Symposium in Molecular Biology is an autonomous faculty program administered by the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at University Park campus of The Pennsylvania State University.  More information and registration forms can be found at the Molecular Biology Summer Symposium web site.


Other affiliates:

Penn State Center for Nanoscale Science

CSATS Saturday Science

The Penn State Center for Science and the Schools provides one-day Saturday workshops throughout the regular school year. Each workshop is based on Pennsylvania state science standards, provides continuing education credits, and uses hands-on investigations and inquiry to help teachers become proficient in a specific grade-level science topic.

Go to Penn State Center for Science and the Schools website for more information. Faculty members in the Eberly College of Science who are interested in creating one of these short-term workshops are encouraged to contact Michael Zeman ( for more information.

Upward Bound Math and Science Summer Experience in the Eberly College of Science (SEECoS)

The Summer Experience in the Eberly College of Science (SEECoS) program is a subsection of the Upward Bound Math and Science program for urban and minority high-school students. This is a specific target audience for the National Science Foundation’s broader impacts section. The Outreach Office assists in the hosting of 20 - 24 students from the lowest-performing high schools in Pennsylvania who spend 6 weeks being mentored in a research lab on Penn State’s University Park campus.

The purpose of the Upward Bound Math and Science Center (UBMS) at Penn State is to assist participating students in recognizing and developing their potential to excel in math or science and to encourage them to pursue postsecondary degrees in these fields.The students and parents go through a rigorous screening process and commit to a four-year program, beginning the students’ freshman year of high school. Students are motivated, B & C students from minority, immigrant, or non-college educated families.

This program has been highly successful. Although these students are recruited from high schools with less than a 65% graduation rate, 100% of the participants in the program graduate from high school and are accepted into postsecondary education. Of the 93% of program participants who enroll in postsecondary education, 81% graduate with a bachelor’s degree, and 76% graduate with a bachelor’s in a math or science related field. Please visit the Upward Bound Math and Science website for more information or to apply for this program. Spaces are limited to students from Reading, Philadelphia, or Harrisburg schools.

NASA-supported Science Teacher Workshops

The NASA-based Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium, in conjunction with the Eberly College of Science, provides several week-long science teacher workshops each summer. Fully subsidized by NASA and other grant monies, these workshops provide hands-on, interactive, quality science instruction to teachers of all grades each summer. Each participant earns two graduate credits in science and takes home multiple resources to use in the classroom.