Futures Matter - Student Program and Teacher Training

Futures Matter Teacher Training

Learn about the state of research at Nationwide Children’s Hospital as it relates to Ohio Learning Standards.

Futures Matter Teacher Training (FMTT), presented by the Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s, invites educators from across Ohio who teach science, health, math, biotechnology or agriculture courses in high schools across Ohio to learn about current biomedical science practices and how to incorporate them in the classroom setting.

Walk away with new professional networks, ready-to-implement lesson plans, comprehensive biomedical science knowledge, classroom-friendly science experiments, virtual resources for remote and in-person learning and a $1,000 grant for the purchase of classroom supplies.

The program is held annually from June to November, with meetings held on Saturday twice monthly in June and July and once per month August through November. Each session is eight hours long and held in person at the Abigail Wexner Research Institute (575 Children's Crossroad) in accordance with COVID19 policies, with light breakfast and lunch provided.

Note: The 2022 FMTT program has been cancelled. Stay tuned for details about future sessions.

Futures Matter Student Program

The 2022 program application is now closed. Stay tuned for details about future program offers.

Research Futures Matter Program

The 2022 Futures Matter program will be offered in accordance with current COVID-19 policies and practices, dependent on local pandemic conditions. This is subject to change. This page will be kept up to date with the latest information about this year’s program.

The Futures Matter Program is an eight-week, full-time, paid summer research internship experience at the Abigail Wexner Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Six high school students participate in a variety of activities to gain hands-on science experience and explore careers in biomedical research while working alongside faculty research mentors and engaging in discussions and seminars with other trainees. 


The Futures Matter Program is a full-time, paid internship program experience. Participants must be available for approximately 8 hours per day, Monday through Friday, from June 7 through Aug. 6.

  • Placement Orientation: TBA 
  • Hospital Orientation: Monday, June 10
  • Start date: Monday, June 7
  • End date: Friday, Aug. 6

Students must be available for Hospital Orientation on Monday, June 10, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., to participate in the program.


Due to COVID-19, the Futures Matter Summer Program was cancelled for summer 2020. We look forward to bringing the program back in 2021. We will make sure to keep the most up to date information on this webpage.


The 2019 End of Summer Poster Competition was held on Aug. 2, 2019. Congratulations to all our participants! 

High School Winner

  • Evan Bernard – Center for Microbial Pathogenesis, Gunn Lab

High School Awards of Distinction

  • Alexander Abreo – Center for Microbial Pathogenesis, Partida-Sanchez Lab
  • Evan Johnson – Center for Microbial Pathogenesis, Partida-Sanchez Lab
  • Adenola Atekoja – Center for Innovation in Pediatric Practice, Chisolm Lab
  • Ricky Chau – Center for Childhood Cancer, Wang Lab
  • Thomas Breuer – Center for Regenerative Medicine, Shinoka Lab

Undergrad Winner

  • Alex Cash – Center for Gene Therapy, Harper Lab

Undergrad Awards of Distinction

  • Kolapo Dairo – Center for Microbial Pathogenesis, Bakaletz Lab
  • Hannah Kim – Center for Vaccines & Immunity, Ramilo Lab
  • Anthony Moussa – Institute for Genomic Medicine, Wilson Lab
  • Alexandria Wang – Center for Gene Therapy, Meyer Lab
  • Louie Kamal-Abusalha – Center for Microbial Pathogenesis, Bakaletz Lab

Medical Students Winner

  • Danielle Scerbo – Center for Perinatal Research – Backes Lab

Medical Student Awards of Distinction

  • Alex Danielson – Center for Regenerative Medicine – Chiang Lab
  • Spencer Gardner – Adolescent Medicine – MATA Clinic