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Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Summer Research Internship

Akron Children’s Hospital’s division of pediatric hematology-oncology offers a summer research internship to 2 medical students who have been accepted into or have completed the first year of medical school.  View the Showers Family Center for Childhood Cancers and Blood disorders page on our website.

Research areas include:

  • Clinical Research: The student will assist faculty within the division of hematology-oncology with ongoing clinical research projects pertaining to childhood cancer and blood disorders. Research will entail literature searches, review of clinical charts, data collection and analysis, and in some cases, preparation of a manuscript rough draft. Projects will typically focus on case reports or retrospective reviews. Candidates should have a beginning understanding of clinical research design.
  • Basic Research:  The student will participate in basic laboratory research conducted within the hospital’s division of hematology-oncology. The student will use techniques in molecular and cellular biology, potentially including mammalian cell culture; DNA, RNA, and protein purification; DNA cloning; PCR; nucleic acid and protein gel electrophoresis; and immunoblotting. Candidates should have completed undergraduate courses in inorganic and organic chemistry and laboratories. Course work in biochemistry and/or genetics is helpful. Experience with techniques in nucleic acid and/or protein biochemistry is desirable but not required.

Application dates: Applications are accepted between Dec. 1 and Jan. 31 for the following year.

Fellowship dates: mid June –  mid August

Stipend: $3,000

How to Apply:

Send CV containing email address and phone number to:
Steven Kuerbitz, MD

For more information, contact Dr. Kuerbitz:

Research positions are funded by a gift from the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars.