The Karabots Junior Fellows Program is a 3-year program aimed at intellectually-curious Philadelphia high school students from low-income families. The program seeks to foster interest in the healthcare field through hands-on learning and interaction with real professionals. Our dedicated instructors seek to provide a safe, friendly, and engaging environment for students to obtain a unique STEM education and prepare for their futures.
For more detailed information on past events and activities related to the Karabots Junior Fellows Program, see our Archive.
The Karabots Junior Fellows Program is made possible through the generous contributions of Nicholas and Athena Karabots and the Karabots Foundation.
What does the program entail?
Who is eligible for the KJF Program?
How can a student apply?
When is enrollment?
How many students are accepted?
Are there any costs involved?
How can I find more information about the Program?
In the summer prior to their sophomore year, Fellows will take part in an intensive 2-week program involving workshops, hands-on activities, field trips and meetings with healthcare professionals. During the course of their sophomore year, students will take part in a year of programs and activities related to an overarching theme in healthcare, such as toxicology, pathology, or forensic science. They will also work together with College professionals to develop a final project. Past projects have included exhibits that have appeared in the Mutter Museum. These programs take place once a week after school and one Saturday a month.
During the second year, students will take part in internships at the College followed by an externship with a healthcare professional of their choice. Each student will also be paired with a College fellow who will serve as a mentor.
During the final year of the program, students will take part in workshops related to the College search. They will receive assistance in such areas as SAT/ACT preparation, assistance with college admissions applications, and career counseling.
With the exception of off-site field trips and individual externships, all programs will be held at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia (19 South 22nd Street). Transit tokens to and from all events will be supplied to the Fellows by the Center for Education and Public Initiatives. Students will also be paid a stipend upon successful completion of the program.
In order to be eligible to take part in the Program, a student must fulfill the following requirements:
- Be entering the 10th grade by the fall of the year of enrollment
- Be a Philadelphia resident
- Be attending a Philadelphia public or charter school or parochial high school
- Qualify for a FREE or REDUCED PRICE school lunch
- Will be the first in his/her immediate family to graduate from a college or university
- Have an interest in biology and the healthcare professions
- Not have any disciplinary problems on his/her school record
- If selected for the program, candidates should also be interested in continuing the program through the school year and summer through senior year of high school.
To apply, interested candidates must download and complete an application along with a one-page essay explaining their future career goals. They will also need a letter of recommendation from a science or math teacher at their school as well as an adult family member or adult family friend who will support their application and attend an in-person application with them.
Teachers may also recommend students whom they feel would be a good fit for the program. Recommendations can be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Notes for teachers: when recommending a student please include the student’s name as well as your name, title, and contact information. Teachers may recommend more than one student for the program.
Enrollment of new fellows takes place every two years. We are not currently accepting applications for the Karabots Junior Fellows Program. Please check back for information on the next enrollment period.
Enrollment is limited to no more than 24 students per cohort.
There are no costs to enroll or be enrolled in the program.
For more information contact the Center for Education. For updates on the program and to learn more about the activities available to the students feel free to check our blog or follow the Center for Education on Twitter and Instagram (@mutterEDU).