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Summer Pediatric Research Scholars

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Summer Pediatric Research Scholars

Akron Children's Rebecca D. Considine Research Institute offers college students opportunities to gain clinical research experience at northeast Ohio’s largest pediatric hospital through the Summer Pediatric Research Scholars (SPRS) program.

Summer scholars work closely with mentors - physicians or other healthcare practitioners - in one of several pediatric medical specialties. Mentors define research projects that could focus on enhancing patient safety or quality of care; evaluating effectiveness of new treatments, technologies, or methods; or improving the healthcare experience for patients and families. Professionals at the research institute offer additional training, guidance and support to the students and their research efforts.

In addition to their research endeavors, summer research scholars also have opportunities to observe bedside patient care by shadowing medical and surgical teams interacting with patients.  Lectures and classroom activities provide additional familiarity with the environment of a large pediatric hospital.  The students also receive career development opportunities with workshops focused on creating a resumes and CVs, and succeeding in post-graduate medical interviews.  At the program’s conclusion, summer research scholars present their findings to members of Akron Children’s medical staff, professional researchers, peers and guests.

  1. At the time of application, candidates must be enrolled in good standing at a college or university and be in the graduating class of 2020, 2021, or 2022 (sophomore or junior year) and be at least 19 years old by the program start date of June 1, 2020

  2. Candidates must demonstrate interest in a healthcare career. In addition to students in a pre-medical school program, those considering careers as nurses, physician assistants, physical or occupational therapists, speech pathologists, dietitians, pharmacists, healthcare administration, or allied healthcare fields are encouraged to apply.

  3. Candidates are assessed based on academic excellence demonstrated by grade point average, coursework, scholarships and reference letters, essays, as well as extracurricular activities, community service or other non-academic interests and accomplishments. 

  4. Previous formal research experience is not required. 

  5. Personal interviews are conducted with selected candidates to learn about their experience, accomplishments and motivation to complete the program.

  6. A stipend towards college tuition is awarded to participating students at the conclusion of the program upon successful completion

  • 20-24 hours per week allotted to research and mentor consultation

  • Mandatory weekly Wednesday lectures and discussions focused on research methodology

  • Optional career development workshops

  • Simulation experience

  • All students present their study findings on the final Wednesday of the program.

  • Open invitation to attend morning report, grand rounds, teaching conferences, and observe medical staff and caregivers at the bedside in shadowing experiences in addition to the required weekly research time

Nov. 8, 2019 Deadline for student application submission
Dec. 13 Interview selection notification
Dec. 18, 2019 - Jan. 31, 2020  In-person interviews
Feb. 17 Program selection notification
May 8 Mentor and student pairing notification
June 1 First day of program
Aug. 5 Final presentations/program conclusion

Note: Summer scholars are responsible for obtaining appropriate housing accommodations.

Please contact us at with questions.

Applications should be submitted to the email address above, or by mail to:

Rebecca D. Considine Research Institute
Attn: Alix Mazur / SPRS
Akron Children’s Hospital
One Perkins Square
Akron, OH 44308

Program Directors:  Lindsay Harsey, DO; Kelly L. Wiseman, PA-C
Program Administrative Assistant: Alixandra Mazur