In addition to learning about healthcare and medicine, the students of the Karabots Junior Fellows Program have been learning about different perspectives on living in Philadelphia. Recently, they took part in a set of field trips to learn about urban planning and design in the city, as well as getting the opportunity to connect with Philadelphia college students. For two sessions the Fellows met with Michael Nairn, Professor of Urban Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, and his undergraduate Urban Studies class. During the first session, they traveled to Dilworth Park, the public park surrounding City Hall. There they met with Susan Weiler, who headed the team that designed the park. Susan offered her unique perspective on the development of a public space, going into detail about the decisions that motivated the creation of Dilworth Park, as well as insights into the field of architecture. Michael challenged both his students and the Fellows to think about the definition of “public space” and the social, economic, and political negotiations that term entails.
The following week, the Fellows traveled to Penn to meet with Michael and his students at their class. It gave the opportunity for them to connect with college students in a real class environment. The Fellows and students broke into groups to discuss what they had learned at Dilworth Park; however, conversations quickly turned to sharing experiences: life in college, living in Philadelphia, and other interesting topics. It was a great opportunity for the Fellows to get a sense of what to expect during their future academic pursuits.
Are you interested in applying to be part of the Karabots Junior Fellows Program, the Out4STEM Program, or the Teva Pharmaceuticals Internship Program? There is still time.
CEPI is proud to announce we are extended our application deadline to FRIDAY, MAY 12, 2017. For more information, check out the respective sites for each program. You can download the applications below:
Karabots Junior Fellows Program: APPLY NOW
Out4STEM Internship Program: APPLY NOW
Teva Pharmaceuticals Internship: APPLY NOW
As part of a semester-long project, several members of the current cohort of the Karabots Junior Fellows Program will be developing their own exhibit. To help them in their process, the Fellows recently met with Michael Keys, Exhibit Designer for the Mütter Museum. Michael took this opportunity to introduce them to the Mütter Museum’s latest exhibit: Imperfecta. Imperfecta “examines the shifting perceptions about abnormal human development, from fear and wonder to curiosity and clinical science.” Through historic texts and select human specimens the exhibit addresses a subject known historically as “teratology,” addressing how unusual or abnormal births have been examined scientifically and culturally. Michael walked them through the exhibit, explaining the rationale behind the selection of certain objects and his method for transforming the exhibit from idea to reality. He helped them gain insight into not only exhibit development but the possibility of careers in exhibit design.
You can view Imperfecta for yourself here at the Mütter Museum.
Attention, Philly 10th and 11th graders (and friends, teachers, family members) who are interested in science and social justice: the Center for Education and Public Initiatives is now accepting applications for the 2017-2018 cohort of the Teva Pharmaceuticals Internship Program. Made possible from generous contributions from Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., the Program is a year-long STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) and social-justice oriented program aimed at intellectually-curious Philadelphia high school students who have been directly affected by violence and want to make a difference in their communities. Through a variety of educational programs, these students explore the impact of violence upon themselves and their communities, while improving their understanding of science, technology, and medicine.
Interested students must complete an application form, including an essay and letter of recommendation. (Full instructions are available on the application). (Please note: students must be entering 11th or 12th grade in the 2017-2018 school year in order to be eligible). Completed applications can be submitted via email (subject heading: Teva Internship Application) or standard mail to the following address:
Attn: Quincy Greene (Teva Internship)
The College of Physicians of Philadelphia
19 South 22nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
The deadline to apply is FRIDAY, APRIL 28, 2017 (all mailed applicants must be postmarked by that date to be considered). If you have any questions, please contact Quincy Greene, Youth Support Coordinator. For more information about the Teva Pharmaceuticals Internship Program, please consult our website.
March was a month for the Karabots Junior Fellows to learn about science, culture, and careers connected to death and dying through a variety of lessons, activities, and guest speakers. They learned about hospice and palliative care from Miguel Paniagua, Medical Advisor for the National Board of Medical Examiners and recently-inducted Fellow of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. They also got a glimpse into the world of funeral direction, courtesy of Tony Moore, Director of Funeral Service Education for Northampton Community College. Along the way, they also gained a greater understanding of cultural interpretations of death and how funeral practices are tied to different cultural beliefs about what happens after one dies. They concluded their month with a trip to the Woodlands. Established as the country home of Philadelphia socialite William Hamilton, the Woodlands became an active cemetery in 1840; it is the final resting place of numerous noteworthy Philadelphians, including several famous College Fellows, such as Silas Weir Mitchell, John Ashhurst, and William Williams Keen, and the founder of the Campbells Soup Company among other notables. It is also the site of the largest grave marker in the United States, an 84-foot tall obelisk constructed for famous dentist and Penn Dental school founder Thomas Wiltberger Evans.
Jim Mundy, chair of the Woodlands Board of Directors, took the Fellows on a tour of the site, including William Hamilton’s mansion, America’s earliest example of a Federal style home. Afterwards, the Fellows broke into groups to explore the cemetery grounds and search for notable “residents.” Even for students reticent at the thought of exploring a cemetery, the trip proved interesting. We are thankful for the staff at the Woodlands for making it possible.
Are you a Philly 9th grader with an interest in health care or medicine? If so, you might be perfect for the Karabots Junior Fellows Program! CEPI is now accepting applications for the Summer 2017 installment of the Karabots Junior Fellows Program. The Program seeks to cultivate the health care professionals of the future through hands-on learning and interaction with real professionals.
The next summer program will take place for two weeks, August 7-18, 2017, and consists of an intensive series of hands-on activities, meetings with healthcare professionals, and field trips focusing around a specific healthcare field. This year’s theme is Anatomy and Armor: exploring natural and artificial forms of protection against disease and trauma and learning about careers in healthcare and medicine related to those subjects.
Based on behavior, in-class participation and student interest, members of the two-week program may be asked to stay on for our multi-year after-school program focused on healthcare, STEM, and college preparation that goes through twelfth grade.
Students interested in joining the Karabots Junior Fellows Program must fulfill the following requirements to be considered:
- Must be entering the 10th grade in Fall 2017.
- Must be a Philadelphia resident.
- Must be attending a Philadelphia public, parochial, or charter high school.
- Must have an interest in biology and the healthcare professions.
- Will be the first in their immediate family to graduate from a college or university.
- Must qualify for a FREE or REDUCED PRICE school lunch.
- Not have any disciplinary problems on their school record.
- Must have permission from a parent/guardian to take part in the program.
- If selected for this summer program, applicants must also be interested and available to participate in programming throughout the school year and summer through my senior year of high school if chosen to do so.
Interested students must complete an application form, including an essay and letter of recommendation. (Full instructions are available on the application). Completed applications can be submitted via email (subject heading: Karabots Junior Fellows Application) or standard mail to the following address:
Attn: Kevin D. Impellizeri (Karabots Junior Fellows)
The College of Physicians of Philadelphia
19 South 22nd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103
The deadline to apply is FRIDAY, APRIL 28, 2017 (all mailed applicants must be postmarked by that date to be considered). If you have any questions, please contact Kevin Impellizeri, Youth Program Coordinator (215-372-7313). For more information about the Karabots Junior Fellows Program, please consult our website.
As part of the curriculum for the Karabots Junior Fellows Program, we are dedicated to helping our students prepare for their future careers, regardless of whether they ultimately find themselves in medical/heathcare fields. To that end, we recently held a session devoted to professionalism.
The Fellows learned the importance of carrying oneself in a professional manner both in their in-person and virtual interactions. Kevin went over some tips to a high-quality résumé and the art of constructing a professionally-worded email. Guest speaker Jon Goff, Associate Director of Fellowship Relations for the College of Physicians of Philadelphia as well as a former CEPI educator, gave them tips on the interview process by conducting one-on-one mock interviews (complete with common interview questions) with several of the students. Jeanene talked about the importance of body language and how people (including potential employers) measure a person’s engagement based on their physical behavior. Observing graduate students from Drexel University were also o hand to share their experiences with the job hunt.