Established in 2006, Mechanisms is a fast-paced, in-depth program designed to challenge the serious science student who is interested in medicine or medical research. Students in the Mechanisms program investigate cancer and other disease topics with lectures from research experts. At the final class, students present their research paper to family, teachers and researchers at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. This course is lecture and activity based, there is no lab component.
Introduce motivated and high-achieving high school science students to college level curriculum for medical and biomedical research careers.
At the end of the program, the students are able to:
Class is designed for incoming seniors currently enrolled in 11th grade. Other students who meet the prerequisites will be considered. The average GPA of students accepted into the program is over 4.0.
High school biology and chemistry.
We will accept up to 30 qualified candidates into the summer 2016 class.
In a survey given to participants 83% reported Mechanisms was the most challenging experience in their academic career.
Monday and Thursday evenings: June 13 – July 25, 2016 from 5:30 - 9 p.m.
Nationwide Children’s Hospital Education Center
700 Children’s Drive
Columbus, Ohio 43205
Mechanisms participants have enjoyed continued academic success enrolling in prestigious institutions such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard, and Yale. Top students have been offered an opportunity to become first author on a research project with a Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital Investigator. Five have had their papers published in a scientific journal and then used for entry into the Young Epidemiology Scholarship (YES) competition.
The following is an example of a typical class period:
Students will be notified of their acceptance into the program no sooner than May 1, 2016.
Students are selected by a panel of researchers and physicians at Nationwide Children’s Hospital based on the caliber of their program application and essays. Applications are evaluated through a blind review process.
The top student from each class is given the opportunity to participate in an internship at The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The top 5 students will receive dedicated mentorship and are invited to return the following year as a teaching assistant.
Contact Marcie Rehmar at
Brochure and Application
Here’s what some of our past participants had to say