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2023 Summer Program

George Schwartz, MDI am happy to acquaint you with our Strong Children’s Research Center Summer Program, a competitive 10-week training program that is open to students who have completed their junior or senior years of undergraduate college or first year of medical school. We have honed our curriculum over the past 20+ years and are confident that it has assisted students in choosing careers in research, pediatrics, and academic medicine. Selected students are paired with a mentor in a focused project for the entire ten weeks.

At the culmination of this program, the student is expected to present the research at a poster session for the whole Department of Pediatrics at the University of Rochester Medical Center. Students may become co-authors on manuscripts incorporating their research. This program also gives students an opportunity to become acquainted with the University of Rochester Medical Center, the Golisano Children’s Hospital, the Medical School, faculty, staff and other participants in the program.

I encourage you to look at our webpage and apply if you are considering a career in academic medicine, pediatrics, or clinical/basic/translational research.

George J. Schwartz, M.D.
Professor of Pediatrics and of Medicine
Director of Strong Children’s Research Center

Poster sessionAbout the Summer Program

Poster sessionIn 2023, the Strong Children's Research Center (SCRC) will support the Summer Program for the 33rd 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. This program is created to develop fundamental skills in various research methodologies in a defined project, leading to an end-of-summer poster presentation.

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.

The 2023 program is expected to run from May 30, 2023 through August 3, 2023, but may be subject to change.

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 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 a 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. 
All of this may be subject to change.

To begin the application process, please visit How to Apply.

Haggerty-Friedman Psychosocial Fund for Developmental and Behavioral 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, medical students can work under a faculty supervisor during the academic year. This program is subject to project availability.

Contact Us

Joseph LaPenna, Administrative Assistant
Strong Children's Research Center
University of Rochester Medical Center, Department of Pediatrics
601 Elmwood Avenue, PO Box 777
Rochester, New York 14642
Fax: 585-276-2591
Email: scrc@urmc.rochester.edu