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Summer Program

2013 Poster SessionIn 2016, the Strong Children's Research Center (SCRC) will support the Summer Program for the 26th year. This summer research training program is the ideal opportunity for outstanding medical, graduate and undergraduate students who plan to pursue a career in biomedical or clinical research. (Undergraduate students must have completed their junior year by May 2016). This program is created to develop fundamental skills in various research methodologies in a defined project, leading to an end-of-summer poster and, possibly, a scientific publication. The 2016 program runs from May 31, 2016 through August 4, 2016.

The program provides trainees with extensive contact with research mentors, their staffs of investigators and supporting personnel who guide the research project and serve as role models and provide career direction. Faculty members are either from the Department of Pediatrics or partners who are engaged in research relevant to childhood diseases and developmental biology.

Student trainees participate in research seminars where emphasis is placed on scientific material appropriate to their level of understanding. Seminars are informative sessions providing participants with an overview of the types of research, career options in research and discussions involving the individual career paths of successful investigators.

The primary focus of the Summer Scholars Program is to connect outstanding students with research opportunities and research mentorship.  In addition, the program will try to accommodate students who are interested in limited clinical shadowing experiences, as time and availability allows.  However, clinical shadowing is not a specific mission of the program and shadowing is not a guaranteed element of each student’s experience.

At the completion of the program, students are required to produce an abstract and present the results of their research at the Annual Poster Session held on the final day of the program. View of list of recent research topics.

Participating students are paid a stipend of $3000 for the ten-week program.  In addition, the program provides housing, free of charge, to out-of-area program participants at a residential life facility with full bath and kitchen. Students living on campus could incur nominal expenses to cover fees such as mailbox rental and parking. Travel costs are to be paid by the student.

Haggerty-Friedman Psychosocial Fund for Developmental and Behaviroal Pediatrics

Scholarship support for medical students has been developed through the Haggerty-Friedman Psychosocial Fund for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, administered through the Strong Children's Research Center, for studies in the area of Behavioral Pediatrics directed to investigating behavioral and developmental problems among children and adolescents, and psychosocial issues affecting them and their families. In addition to the Summer Training Program programs, medical students can work under a faculty supervisor during the academic year. This program is subject to project availability.

Summer Program Application

To start the application process for the Summer Program, please visit: Application Information & Requirements

Contact Us

Erik Abell
Strong Children's Research Center
UR Medicine, Department of Pediatrics
601 Elmwood Avenue, PO Box 777
Rochester, New York 14642
Phone: 585-273-2977 Fax: 585-271-7512