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.


SPPARC 2023 Seminar Schedule

All sessions in 2023 will take place Thursdays from 12-1PM in Connor Auditorium. Lunch will be provided.

Trainees share their journeys

Trainee panelists share the stories of their journeys to becoming physicians with undergraduate students participating in summer research programs. 

SPPARC 2022 Seminar Schedule

All sessions: Thursdays, 12-1 p.m.Connor AuditoriumLunch will be provided Learn more about SPPARC Date Presenter(s) Topic June 9th Julie Bubeck Wardenburg, MD, PhDChief, Pediatric Critical Care Careers in Pediatric Research June 16th Lauren Yaeger, MA, MLISMedical Librarian  Conducting Efficient & Effective Literature Searches June 23rd Alison Snyder Warwick, MDEve Colson, MD, MHPE Faculty Career Talks […]