Summer Scientist Education Series

Exploring the Scientific Method and Careers in Medical Research


Expose young people (high school and undergraduate students) to the scientific method and careers in medical research.


  1. Discuss themes in scientific inquiry and ethics
  2. Explore careers in medical research
  3. Identify career options and steps to achieve career goals
  4. Create an opportunity for collegiality and social interaction among aspiring young scientists.

How to Participate

Summer 2023 classes will be held both in-person and virtually every Thursday afternoon from 4-5 p.m. beginning June 15 and ending July 20. There is no charge to attend, but registration is required.



If you are unable to attend, all sessions will be posted to our On-Demand Library. 

Click here to view Summer Scientist Education Series on-demand videos.


The Summer 2023 program will be held both in-person and virtually.

Virtual: Webex

In Person:

Nationwide Children's Hospital Discovery Auditorium

700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205

Topics Include:

  • Basic/Discovery Science - Laboratory-based research focused on understanding fundamental mechanisms of disease and normal development. It is typically conducted in a “wet-bench” laboratory setting and is focused on understanding biologic processes that occur at the cellular level.
  • Translational/Clinical Science - Research that aims to turn discoveries in the lab or clinic into new diagnostic or therapeutic interventions. It typically involves the initial development of a candidate new treatment, and then testing how the treatment works in various animal models of a disease.
  • Population Health Research - Research on factors such as public policies or community-based interventions that influence the health status of population groups. It is typically conducted in a community including a mixture of healthy individuals, as well as those with a variety of health conditions.