Research Experiences in Childhood Heart, Lung, and Blood Sciences (REaCH-LABS)

The Nationwide Children’s Hospital Research Experiences in Childhood Heart, Lung, and Blood Sciences (REaCH-LABS) provides meaningful summer opportunities for undergraduate students from backgrounds underrepresented in medicine. Each annual cohort will include 10 participants who are eligible for up to two years in the program.

Our exceptional research mentorship faculty is comprised of over 20 NIH-funded principal investigators. Participants will be situated within a dynamic ecosystem of pipeline programs spanning high school research internships through T32-funded post-doctoral programs.

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Participants in This 10-Week Program Will Experience:

  • An immersive summer experience in a research team conducting NHLBI priority research.
  • Weekly research seminars and professional development workshops on active research projects and clinical care, medical school applications, MCATs, interviewing and other relevant topics.
  • Meaningful mentored projects that build skills and produce a product suitable for presentation at the close of the internship.
  • Assignment of a medical or graduate student mentor for the next year to support readiness for further studies.
  • Students who participate as juniors will have the opportunity to return for a second year.

10 Students Will Be Selected for Each Summer Program

  • Applicants will have completed their sophomore or junior year at their institution with a GPA of at least 3.0 and stated pre-health or biomedical science major.
  • Undergraduate students should be rising juniors and seniors.

Nationwide Children’s Hospital and the Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital support the discovery of new knowledge and its translation into novel therapeutics and diagnostic tests to advance pediatric care. Mentoring, training, and educating the next generation of scientists is a vital part of that mission.

Learn more about the Office of Trainee Affairs and other opportunities to develop your research career at Nationwide Children’s

Participants Will Receive a Stipend

Program participants receive $15/hour for 40 hours of work per week. This equates to a summer stipend of $6000. Additional financial support will be provided for travel to and from the program for participants living outside the central Ohio area. Accepted students could also attend the American Medical Education Conference with travel, registration, and lodging covered.

Included with participation, students can utilize residence hall housing on The Ohio State University campus. Residence halls are air conditioned and include a refrigerator, microwave, Wi-Fi access, and onsite laundry facilities. The OSU campus is approximately six miles from Nationwide Children’s Hospital and a no-cost shuttle service is available. While evening and weekend work hours will not be expected, the Central Ohio Transit Authority (COTA) public transit bus system offers low cost, easily accessible transportation outside shuttle hours for those who do not bring a car.

Applicants Must Submit:

  1. Completed Application
  2. Letter of interest describing relevant training and work experiences
  3. Resume or Curriculum vitae
  4. Two letters of recommendation

*Applications Will Be Accepted Through February 2, 2023

This Program Encourages Applications From:

  • Students from groups historically excluded in medicine and biomedical sciences: African American or Black, Hispanic or Latino, American Indian or Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander
  • Students with disabilities, defined as those with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities.
  • Students from economically and/or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds
  • First generation college students
  • Others whose backgrounds and experiences would bring diversity to the field.

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