Akron Children's announces summer 2013 scholars


Twelve students will be working at Akron Children’s Hospital this summer as part of the Rebecca D. Considine Research Institute’s Summer Pediatric Research Scholars program.

 The students – college sophomores or juniors interested in careers in medical-related fields – will conduct research projects mentored by physicians, surgeons, clinical pharmacologists and others. Students also attend weekly educational classes covering biomedical research fundamentals.

 They will be working on a variety of studies aimed at quality improvement and best practices, as well as streamlining hospital processes and enhancing the patient experience.

 The 2013 summer scholars, selected from a field of 116 applicants, are:

This year students will examine a range of research topics such as management of elevated bilirubin levels (a frequent cause of jaundice in newborns), an investigation of correlations between depression and obesity among adolescent inpatients, and a neonatal transport study, among others.

 Akron Children’s Summer Pediatric Research Scholars Program began in 2006. To date, 68 students have been involved in the program and several of these students’ investigations have culminated with an abstract poster, an oral presentation at a national conference or publication in a scientific journal.

 At the conclusion of the program, the students present their findings to medical staff members, researchers and peers. For more information, visit

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