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Who is it for?

Sophomore and junior high school students who are able to travel to the University of Pennsylvania campus.

If you have any questions or would like to learn more, call 215-573-9076 or email us at prcceh@pennmedicine.upenn.edu

Academy for Environmental Exposure Reduction

Marketing drives the products we buy and use, and teenagers form early relationships with personal care products that can be long-lasting.  Unfortunately, many of these products contain endocrine disrupting chemicals (EDCs) – toxic chemicals that can affect growth, development and health.

In this 8-week Saturday morning program, 12 high school students will learn about EDC research and how they can select safer personal care products. Participants will collaborate with University of Pennsylvania researchers, learn how to read labels and study the impacts of EDCs on human health.  To finish this program, each participant will create materials about EDCs that can be shared with fellow students and their communities.


How do I participate?

The 2024 class has ended.  We will post application information in the Fall for the next cycle that takes place in Spring 2025.


This free program will be offered once each year for 8 weeks Saturday mornings 9 AM – 12 PM. It will rotate between fall and spring semester.

SEPTA cards will be provided.


Past Projects

The first AEER class was held in 2023 with 12 students from 11 schools across the city.  Year 2 included 13 students from 11 high schools.  After learning about EDCs, toxic chemicals, health impacts and environmental justice, the students produced videos and social media posts to educate others on these topics.

Year 2

Social Media Posts:



Year 1

Instagram Posts:

Center Researchers

Dr. Marilyn Howarth
University of Pennsylvania

Marilyn V. Howarth, MD, FACOEM

Marilyn Howarth is the Deputy Director of the Philadelphia Regional Center for Children’s Environmental Health. Within the Center,…

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Isabella Andreozzi

Isabella Andreozzi

Isabella is the Program Coordinator of the Translation Core of the Center. In her role, Isabella administers the…

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