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

2020 Program Dates

Monday, June 8 to Friday, July 31

  • Placement Orientation – TBD
  • Monday, June 8, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Hospital Orientation
  • Friday, July 31, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. – End-of-Summer Poster Day

The 2020 application will open on Feb. 5 and close on March 8. Click here to apply.

  • You will need to create a user account to begin the online application.
  • You will also need to provide the email address of one of your teachers as a reference.

For more information or if you have questions, please email FuturesMatterResearch@NationwideChildrens.org.


  • 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 2018 End of Summer Poster Competition was held on August 3, 2018. Congratulations to all of our participants. The 2018 award winners are as follows: 

High School Winner: 

  •  Brooke Johnson– Center for Perinatal Research, Rogers Lab 

Abstracts of Distinction: 

  • Witty Kwok – Center for Microbial Pathogenesis, Partida-Sanchez Lab 
  • Elizabeth Ruth White – Institute for Genomic Medicine 
  • Allison Maniace – Center for Childhood Cancer, Roberts Lab 
  • Asya Saelim-Ector – Center for Gene Therapy, Meyer Lab