The Summer Program for Pediatric and Research Careers (SPPARC) lecture series is a program for undergraduate, graduate and high school students who are participating in research in the Department of Pediatrics for the summer. The goals of the SPPARC program are to:
- Facilitate interactions among students working in the Department of Pediatrics. The seminars are hosted in person in an auditorium conveniently located on the Washington University School of Medicine campus.
- Expose students to a spectrum of career paths within the biomedical sciences, with a focus on pediatrics and research.
There are 8 SPPARC sessions over the course of the summer. Speakers typically present their current research as well as their career paths. There are also special sessions on applying to medical school, MD-PhD programs and a current trainee (medical student, MD/PhD student, resident, fellow) panel discussion.