Moelis Access Science

Moelis Access Science (MAS) was launched at the Netter Center in 1999 with funding from the National Science Foundation under the direction of Dennis DeTurck, former Dean of The College and Professor of Mathematics.  MAS supports partnerships that improve science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education in K-12 classrooms, as well as undergraduate and graduate STEM education at Penn. MAS staff and fellows work with STEM-related faculty from across Penn’s campus.  The program’s curriculum approach focuses on supporting hands-on and inquiry-based science education in classrooms, as well as incorporating community-based, problem-solving learning. MAS Fellows work with public school teachers to make the best use of their standardized science and math materials while also helping teachers take advantage of a variety of supplemental resources to support inquiry-based learning. MAS also provides teacher professional development and has supported the redesign of the School District of Philadelphia’s core STEM curriculum.

Photo of Community Physics Initiative ABCS students teach at local high school

Penn ABCS students in Community Physics Initiative course teach at local high school


Moelis Access Science (MAS) is anchored by STEM Academically Based Community Service (ABCS) courses and also includes numerous Fellows, both undergraduate and graduate students, who serve through academic internships, federal community service work-study, and volunteer positions.


Moelis Access Science partners with several affiilated STEM outreach programs.


The Educational Pipeline Program is an educational initiative operated by the Perelman School of Medicine and facilitated by the Netter Center for Community Partnerships. Pipeline works to provide mentorship and education for high school students while exposing them to a variety of careers in medicine and healthcare. With support and training, Penn students get the unique opportunity to teach lessons in Neurology, Cardiology, and Veterinary Medicine in high schools. Learn more at