High School and Undergraduate Students

The Abigail Wexner Research Institute (AWRI) at Nationwide Children’s Hospital is dedicated to training the next generation of research scientists. In order to participate in a research experience at AWRI, students must either:

  • Receive school credit for a research experience. Students must provide written documentation of the school credit that will be earned for the experience or the requirement of an internship for graduation. These individuals will be considered Research Interns and will onboard through Research Education and Development at AWRI.  
  • Be paid. Students will receive financial compensation and onboard through Human Resources at Nationwide Children's. These individuals will be called Student Research Aides. Student Research Aides will be given non-exempt employee status and will be required to clock in and out in order to receive compensation. For paid opportunities, please visit the Human Resources page.

We also provide a number of summer programs for which students may apply to (please see below).

At this time, we do not accept volunteers at AWRI and we are unable to provide placement for students into specific laboratories unless they participate in one of the programs described below (Futures Matter or SURF). We encourage students outside of these programs to research our numerous Centers of Emphasis and find an area that interests them or to directly contact the principal investigator about either of the two opportunities above (Student Research Aide or Research Intern).

High School Students

Futures Matter Program

The Futures Matter Program is a 8-week, paid summer research experience for high school students on the campus of AWRI at Nationwide Children's. Program dates for 2018 are from June 11-August 3. Students must be a sophomore or junior in high school with an interest in a biomedical research career, and underrepresented minority, economically disadvantaged and/or disabled students are strongly encouraged to apply. Visit the Futures Matter Program website for more information.

Summer Scientist Education Series

This is a summer seminar series designed to expose all interested high school and early college students to the scientific method and careers in medical research. This lecture series is open to the public and pre-registration is preferred.  The current schedule with summer dates can be found here.

Rotating Graduate Students

If you are starting a 1st year graduate lab rotation at AWRI at Nationwide Children’s, please contact the Research Education and Development Specialist as soon as possible to complete requirements for access.