Since 1924, we have been educating and supporting scientists throughout Pennsylvania by striving to promote science, technology, education and the diverse interests of our members. We strive to be a vital and valuable resource for Pennsylvania science professionals, faculty, and students.

The Pennsylvania Academy of Science seeks to:

  • Advance the pursuit and application of science within the Commonwealth, both in academic and industrial settings.
  • Enhance the professional development of its members.
  • Create forums for professional dialogue among junior and senior scientists at all academic levels.
  • Promote scientific research, presentation and discussion among its members and the public at large.
  • Support educational initiatives devoted to the development of scientific skills and knowledge.

News and Updates

2019 Spychala Announcement

The 2019 Spychala Student Presentation Awards were presented at the closing ceremony of the 95th Annual Meeting of the Pennsylvania Academy of Science. Congratulations to the fourteen excellent students listed here!


PAS 2019 Keynote Address

A World View of the Fight Against Malaria.  Dr. Lorraine Soisson

Lorraine (Amory) Soisson graduated from Cedar Crest College with a BS in Genetic Engineering Technology, Biology and Chemistry and pursued her PhD in Biochemistry, Cellular  and Molecular Biology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.  Her dissertation focused on development of a vaccine for schistosomiasis, the second most prevalent parasitic infection worldwide.  Dr. Soisson was then selected as an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Diplomacy Fellow by the U.S. Department of State.  As an AAAS Fellow, she lead efforts to communicate U.S. Science and Health Policy to the international community, most notably to various United Nations organizations, and represented the United States on various delegations including the World Summit for Social Development.  She is now the Senior Technical Advisor to the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Malaria Vaccine Development Program (USAID MVDP), whose mission is to develop vaccines to retard morbidity and mortality in children and pregnant women, and to eventually introduce these vaccines into malaria control programs.

Saturday March 30, 2019 following the dinner beginning at 6:00PM in the Tomkins College Center


Call for Student Grant Proposals

The Grant Submission page for student research grants is now open! Student research proposals for up to $750 may be submitted for consideration. General guidelines as well as the proposal format is available here. The deadline for submission is February 15, 2019, with notification at the 2019 PAS annual meeting at Cedar Crest College.

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