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Akron Children's Hospital announces 2016 summer scholars

05-27-2016 (Akron, Mahoning Valley, Ohio )

Twelve students were competitively selected to participate in Akron Children’s Hospital’s Summer Pediatric Research Scholars (SPRS) program this summer. This year marks the 10th anniversary of the SPRS program at Akron Children’s.

The students – college sophomores or juniors contemplating careers in healthcare – will conduct research projects mentored by physicians, surgeons, nurses, therapists and other experienced hospital investigators. Students also attend weekly educational classes on biomedical research and shadow clinicians in several pediatric medical disciplines.

The 2016 summer scholars are:





Sarah Berger

Walsh University

Wadsworth, OH

Ashley Capestrain

The University of Akron

Uniontown, OH

Kara Carpenter

Baldwin Wallace University

Marietta, OH

Meredith Fennell

Walsh University

Canal Fulton, OH

Amelia Gagnon

The Ohio State University

Twinsburg, OH

Kristi Kester

The University of Akron

Akron, OH

Thomas Krainz

Walsh University

Walton Hills, OH

Hannah Palochak

The University of Akron

Aliquippa, PA

Kayla Schlosser

The University of Akron

Erie, PA

Alexa Schmidt

Youngstown State University

Canfield, OH

Emma Schwendeman

Penn State University

Boardman, OH

Warner, Justin

College of Wooster

Lowell, OH

Students will conduct research projects throughout the Akron Children's Hospital system, including the Family Child Learning Center in Tallmadge, and the Beeghly campus in Boardman, Ohio.

Sponsored by the Rebecca D. Considine Research Institute, Akron Children’s SPRS program began in 2006. To date, more than 100 students have completed the program and several student investigations have culminated with a presentation at a national professional conference or peer-reviewed journal publication.

At the end of the ten weeks, the students present their study findings to medical staff members, hospital researchers, family members, and peers.