Vagelos Program in Life Sciences and Management

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The Roy and Diana Vagelos Program in Life Sciences and Management, commonly abbreviated as LSM, is a 4 year coordinated dual-degree undergraduate program between the School of Arts & Sciences and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Students of the program graduate with both a B.S. in Economics from the Wharton School as well as a B.A. from the College of Arts & Sciences.[1]

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Each year, the program enrolls approximately 25 freshmen and offers them an opportunity to combine coursework in both management and the life sciences in preparation for careers in for-profit and non-profit organizations in the life sciences sector.[2]


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The LSM program was founded in 2005 by Dr. Philip A. Rea and Dr. Mark V. Pauly,[3] with an endowment provided by Roy and Diana Vagelos. The responsibility of administering the program and advising students was carried out by the initial Administrative and Advising Director, Andrew Coopersmith.[4]

LSM enrolled its inaugural class in the fall of 2006. Before July 2008, LSM was a joint program that allowed students to pursue either the B.A. or B.S. in Economics in the life sciences track and management track, respectively. Students of the program admitted while this system was in use (the classes of 2010, 2011, and 2012) still had the option to pursue one of the track or the new dual degree option. The class of 2013 and beyond, however, are required to pursue the dual degree option.

Program Leadership[edit]

Advisory Board[edit]

The LSM Advisory Board is composed of over 25 industry leaders ranging from medical experts to corporate executives.[5] Dr. P. Roy Vagelos sits as an honorary member of the Advisory Board.

Faculty and Staff[edit]

The program is led by two faculty co-directors, Dr. Philip A. Rea[6] (Rebecka and Arie Belldegrun Distinguished Director, Professor of Biology, School of Arts and Sciences) and Dr. Lawton R. Burns[7] (James Joo-Jin Kim Professor of Health Care Management, The Wharton School) as well as by an Administrative and Advising Director, Dr. Peter Stokes.[8] Dr. Mark V. Pauly (Bendheim Professor, Professor of Health Care Systems, of Insurance and Risk Management, and of Business and Public Policy, The Wharton School) who together with Dr. Philip A. Rea founded the LSM program in 2005, is now the Emeritus Faculty Co-Director. The former Director of Administration and Advising is Andrew Coopersmith, now the Managing Director of The Wharton Public Policy Initiative at the University of Pennsylvania.[9]


The LSM curriculum is composed of business, life science, and liberal arts coursework along with two LSM specific courses.[10]

LSM students are required to undertake internships in the summers before junior and senior year. One is a business or policy-oriented internship, while the other is a scientific research-oriented internship.[11]


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