Full-time research training

PSRP students are required to pursue their research training full-time — 40 hours per week — throughout the duration of the program. Students must complete no less than two months of full-time research as active members of their mentor’s research team. PSRP students work alongside experienced researchers. During this time, students engage in lab meetings, presentations, and may conduct some independent research assigned by their mentors. Students will gain insight into the process of doing research and will become part of the collaborative process of sharing techniques, new endeavors and successful investigative outcomes.

Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR)

Students must complete training in the Responsible Conduct of Research. The PSRP provides all students with access to seminars and/or coursework that must be successfully completed in order to fulfill this requirement.

Summer Program for Pediatrics and Research Career (SPPARC) seminars

All participants are required to attend a one-hour summer research seminar held every Thursday throughout the duration of the program.

Final abstracts & presentations

PSRP students will complete an abstract and give a brief, oral presentation on the research conducted during the forum at the end of the program.


Level of education

PSRP applicants must be full-time undergraduate, graduate students or high school seniors. Students must be at least 18 years of age and must have completed senior year of high school prior to starting the program.


There are no citizenship requirements. If a non-U.S. citizen, at the time of application, you need to be residing in the U.S., enrolled in a full time graduate or undergraduate program and be eligible for employment. This program will not help secure a visa.

Training effort

All students may be required to pursue their research training full-time — 40 hours per week — throughout the duration of the program.

GPA requirement

Students must hold a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or greater to apply to the PSRP.

Pre-employment screens

A criminal background check and a hair sample drug screen may be required.

TB test + COVID & flu vaccinations

All students must provide documentation of TB test results within the last year and an immunization record to prove complete COVID and influenza vaccinations before the program start date.


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