House Life

House Life

Biosciences Community

Residents of the Biosciences Community will be a diverse cohort of individuals passionate for making a difference in the natural sciences, who share a similar interest in either scientific research, medical education or a combination of both. The community program offers a unique space for these individuals to collaborate and work on STEM projects that are directly relevant for their professional scientific careers. The program offers residents the opportunity to participate in discussions with faculty and the medical and graduate schools, as well as the chance to participate in hands on learning experiences at Penn’s medical school (such as learning about human anatomy, ultrasound techniques, medical school interviewing strategies, etc.). The philosophy of our program is that students pursuing a career in STEM, particularly in the natural biosciences, have a unique workload and will benefit from a tight-knit group of supportive peers.

Students interested in living in the Biosciences Community must submit a short personal statement outlining their interest in this unique living environment. This community is well suited for students who are considering a career in biomedical research, scientific education, or medicine. Residents must have an interest in learning more about human health and disease, and the scientific principles that underlie modern biology. Residents will engage in a variety of exciting activities and workshops to enhance their experience throughout the academic school year.

Program Goals

  1. Students will get firsthand exposure to lessons in human anatomy and ultrasound at the medical school
  2. They will have the opportunity to participate in dinner and tea events with esteemed scientists and physicians
  3. Students will be privy to career development opportunities such as special sessions geared towards preparing for graduate school applications, medical school interviews and national science research fellowships. It is a reasonable expectation that the students in this community will be more competitive for the Harnwell and other Penn research fellowships because of our targeted programming around career development in STEM.

Program Expectations

  1. Students must be willing to reach out of their comfort zones and challenge themselves intellectually. 
  2. They must be committed to supporting their peers during academically strenuous times, and be actively involved in designing events for their fellow residents.
  3. They must have an active interest in the life sciences.

Viraj Patel, Harnwell House Director

Program Members: 32