Teen Research and Education in Environmental Science (TREES)
- Philadelphia, PA
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Offered through UPenn’s Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology, TREES is a rigorous academic experience.
For the first two weeks of the program, students develop skills in basic laboratory techniques. Then, for the final two weeks, they undertake independent research projects. For their projects, students choose an environmental problem and engage in academic and hands-on research & fieldwork. The program then culminates with a formal public presentation and research report.
In addition to their projects, students can expect to attend lectures on environmental health, visit local sites, engage in career exploration, build presentation skills, and participate in social activities. Most importantly, this program continues long after it finishes, as all participating students will continue to be actively mentored throughout the following year by a Perelman School of Medicine faculty member or professional scientist.
Although these environmental science summer programs for high school students are amazingly free, competition is steep: only eight students are accepted. To be a serious contender, students will need to have at least a 3.0 GPA and strong teacher recommendations. They also must submit an extracurricular resume. Moreover, housing is not part of the package; students must hail from the Philadelphia area in order to be considered.