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Akron Children's seeks applicants for summer scholars program

09-13-2017 (Akron, Mahoning Valley, Ohio )

Akron Children’s Hospital is now accepting applications for its 2018 Summer Pediatric Research Scholars program.

The 10-week program is for college sophomores and juniors considering careers in a wide range of health care professions--including physicians, advance practice providers, pharmacy, therapy, nutrition, nursing or medical science and research, among others.

Students begin the program in early June and commit to working at least 24 hours per week at the hospital. Each student is paired with an experienced clinical investigator who  mentors the student while conducting a specific clinical research project. Projects may focus on ways to improve the healthcare experience for patients, enhance patient safety or quality of care, or evaluate the effectiveness of a clinical intervention.

Additionally, students have opportunities to shadow clinical teams in various hospital departments, ranging from the neonatal intensive care unit to sports medicine. Each Wednesday students convene as a class to learn about study design, research methods, biostatistics, and pediatric healthcare career opportunities. At the conclusion of the program research scholars present their project findings to peers, mentors, and family members.

A stipend for the program is given as a paid scholarship to each student’s college or university. Participants are responsible for their own housing and accommodations.

The applications, which must include two reference letters, are being accepted through Nov. 10. To apply, visit

A selective interview process will be conducted after the conclusion of the application period. Previous formal research experience is not required.