Futures Matter Program

Futures Matter Program


The Futures Matter Program is an eight-week paid summer research experience on the campus of The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. High school students will be placed with a researcher for a hands-on science experience while being exposed to various careers in biomedical research. During the program they will have the opportunity to engage in discussions and seminars lead by faculty and trainees. There will also be other age-appropriate activities that will enrich the summer experience.

Program Details

Due to COVID-19, the Futures Matter Summer Program has been 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. 


  • Ability to meet demands of the program - this is a full time internship, Monday - Friday, approximately 8 hours per day
  • Sophomore or Junior in high school
  • 16 years of age or older
  • Interest in a biomedical research career
  • Underrepresented minority, economically disadvantaged and/or disabled students are strongly encouraged to apply
  • Must have the ability to work independently
  • Transportation/lodging is not provided

News and Announcements

The 2019 End of Summer Poster Competition was held on August 2, 2019. Congratulations to all of our participants. The 2019 award winners are as follows: 

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