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How to Apply

General Application Information

If you are interested in the program and wish to apply for a summer fellowship, you should:

  • Search the list of faculty members who are willing to serve as mentors and identify those whose research interests you. Because this is a grant funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease (NIDDK) preference will be given to mentors funded by these disciplines. 
  • Understand that the program will only fund one student per mentor, per year. No exceptions.
  • Meet with the faculty members of interest and discuss possible projects that could be completed within the 9-10 week program. It is not the intent of the program to support clinical service or chart review studies. Choose your final mentor and project.
  • With the assistance of your faculty mentor, develop a hypothesis-driven research proposal and complete the application form. Please note there is information required from both student and the mentor but the proposal should be written by the student. The examples of past successful applications may be helpful for understanding the intended format and desired content.
  • Complete applications are due by 11:59 pm on Sunday, February 11, 2024.

Notification of application status will be sent on Tuesday, March 12, 2024.

In order to allow sufficient time for discussion of projects and preparation of a carefully considered application, you are strongly encouraged to contact faculty members as early in the year as possible (December or January).

If you have any difficulties selecting or contacting a mentor or if you have any questions, contact Dr. Jason Blackard, PhD at or Sandra Geideman at or 513-636-9776.

The College of Medicine and NIH sponsors (through a mentored medical student research program) a program for students after the 1st year of medical school. The program is designed to expose students to the methods and techniques utilized in biomedical research. The long term goal is to encourage medical students and young physicians to pursue careers in biomedical research.

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Medical Student Summer Research Program
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
240 Albert Sabin Way
Suite S2.200
Cincinnati, OH 45229

Mail Location: 11028
Phone: 513-636-9776
FAX: 513-803-1039