The Department of Pediatrics Summer Undergraduate Research Program

Cleveland, OH.
Type Academic Enrichment


The Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital was developed to give students interested in careers in biomedical sciences a hands-on experience in research. The program receives more applications than available positions and is thus competitive. Selection into the program is based on several criteria, including academic success, particularly in science-related course work, as well as recommendation letters and the student’s personal statement regarding career goals.

Students are eligible to apply for the summer after their freshman year through the summer after graduation and must be enrolled in, or recently graduated from, a U.S. school.

Those students selected to participate in the program will be matched, as well as possible, to mentors working in areas of interest to the student. However, it should be recognized that this is not always possible and thus no guarantee of a specific mentor or subject area can be made.

Undergraduate students selected to participate in the Summer Student Research Program are expected to spend full time in a research lab for 10 weeks during the summer. Each student, with the help of his or her lab mentor, will design and carry out a research project related to the research being done in the lab. Full time hours will generally be 30 to 40 per week, details to be arranged with the lab mentor.

Students and mentors will attend meetings once per week at noon. Each student will present a 15-minute seminar describing their project at one of these meetings, schedule to be determined once all students have arrived.

At the end of the program, a one-page summary of the student’s learning experience or work accomplished will be submitted by each student.

A stipend of $3,000, payable in two installments during the 10-week program, will be provided to participants. Payments are processed approximately at the end of June and at the end of the program, once the summary has been submitted.

For students without local accommodations, housing can be arranged through Case Western Reserve University. However, the cost of housing is not covered by the program and is the responsibility of the student. Approximate cost for a dormitory room is $16-20/day.

Again, we want to make it clear that the program is research based, and not clinical. Because we are a Pediatrics department, many students apply assuming they will receive clinical exposure. While such opportunities may exist at University Hospitals of Cleveland, our program is not involved with clinical work.

More Information

Mitchell Drumm, Ph.D.
Biomedical Research Building, Room 724
Case Western Reserve University
10900 Euclid Avenue Cleveland, Ohio 44106-4948