The Research Institute has a number of programs and partnerships that are focused on developing and maintaining a pipeline of diverse scholars. With age-appropriate levels of engagement, students from elementary school through college can have meaningful exposures to a research environment. Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows have numerous opportunities to be fully immersed in ongoing, cutting edge pediatric research.

Grad/Postdoc Programs

Postdoctoral Research Fellowship for Academic Diversity
CHOP and the University of Pennsylvania (Penn) are independent entities; together they create a rich intellectual and scientific community, sharing several departments, faculty and resources. CHOP and Penn partner to fund Postdoctoral Research Fellowships for Academic Diversity. This partnership allows fellows from CHOP and Penn to form a cohesive cohort and to take advantage of programming and support at both institutions. The Research Institute provides funds to cover salary, supplies, travel, and relocation for postdocs from diverse backgrounds. To learn more about the Postdoctoral Research Fellowship for Academic Diversity, please click here.

Undergraduate Programs


The CHOP Research Institute Summer Scholars Program (CRISSP) is a 10-week summer internship for undergraduate students that allows them to work with a faculty member and conduct research at CHOP. While here, they additionally mentor historically underrepresented minority high school students, sharing their journey and experiences in STEM fields and giving advice on the college application process and experience. For more information about the CRISSP program, please click here.

Injury Science Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program
The Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP) at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia offers a 10-week paid summer research internship opportunity for undergraduates. Sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the program offers students one-on-one mentorship from leading scientists, hands-on research experience, a generous stipend and contribution toward travel expenses, and free housing. Priority is given to students from colleges and universities where STEM research opportunities are limited, including two-year colleges, as well as to women, persons with disabilities, and minorities (American Indians/Alaskan Natives, Blacks, and Hispanics). For more information, click here.

Rutgers University Partnership
The Research Institute and Rutgers University School of Environmental and Biological Sciences partner annually to expose Rutgers Undergraduate historically underrepresented minority students to pediatric research as a viable career option. Students participate in a day-long event where they learn about research being conducted at CHOP and interact with scientists in a variety of positions. The day also includes visits to various laboratories to learn about current techniques being used to address research questions.

High School Partnerships


The Research Institute partners with Brimm Medical Arts High School to bring high school students into CHOP research labs for the summer. During this time, the students gain hands-on experience working in a world renowned facility while at the same time learning how to integrate what they learn in the classroom into real life. For more information about the Brimm Medical Arts High School, please click here.

Cristo Rey
The Research Institute has partnered with Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School in North Philadelphia to create a program that aims to cultivate the next generation of healthcare workers. The Research Institute provides tuition costs and mentoring to students in the work-study program at Cristo Rey and gives them an insider’s view of working in a large hospital. For more information about Cristo Rey, please click here.

Science Leadership Academy (SLA)
The Research Institute and Science Leadership Academy partner by bringing high school students into CHOP research labs during the school year. Throughout this research experience, they learn various lab techniques and incorporate what they learn in the classroom into the lab. For more information about the Science Leadership Academy, please click here.

STEMPREP is a summer program for underrepresented minority students interested in science and medicine. Starting in the 7th grade and continuing through college graduation, this program places students in classrooms, labs and hospitals across the country where they get hands on experience in the medical field. The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia proudly hosts 9th and 10th grade students on campus for weekly seminars and final presentations. In addition, 10th graders are receive mentorship from undergraduates participating in CRISSP (the CHOP Research Institute Summer Scholars Program) where they learn about the college application process and how the college students chose their paths in STEM careers. To learn more about the STEMPREP program, please click here.

K-8 Partnerships

The goal of iPraxis is to encourage students in Philadelphia public and charter schools to embrace and pursue STEM learning opportunities. Members of the CHOP research community help with project-based learning activities like science fairs, in-class presentations, workshops, field trips and career fairs to help students gain insight into how things work in the real world and discover new possibilities for their future. For more information, please click here.

Spark Philadelphia
Spark re-engages underserved seventh and eighth grade students, keeping them on track and ready for success in high school and beyond. This is accomplished through workplace-based apprenticeships that uniquely combine mentoring, project-based learning, skill building and career exploration. Individuals across CHOP, including professionals from the Research Institute, mentor students at CHOP’s main campus from John Barry Promise Academy. For more information, please click here.

Young Men and Women in Charge (YMWIC)
The mission of YMWIC is to empower and prepare economically disadvantaged and historically underrepresented youth to excel and become leaders in STEM careers. This is accomplished through academic tutoring, mentoring and financial assistance programs. The Research Institute participates in the College/Career Expo and hosts job shadowing experiences. For more information, please click here.