Supporting Diverse Scholars



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The Research Institute hosts a vibrant and cutting-edge academic environment that promotes and encourages multidisciplinary research, collegiality, professional development, and mentored research experiences focused on developing and maintaining a pipeline of diverse scholars.

Supporting Diverse Scholars: Undergraduate

CHOP Research Institute Summer Scholars Program (CRISSP)

  • CHOP Research Institute Summer Scholars Program (CRISSP)is a 10-week summer internship for undergraduates interested in research related to child health and wellness. CRISSP actively recruits diverse students nationwide and via partnerships with the Community College of Philadelphia, Howard University, and the University of Puerto Rico. Since 2011, 214 students have participated in this program and over 165 members of the Research Institute community have provided support for the program.
  • The Advancing Representation in Research Administration (ARRA) Program introduces diverse undergraduate students and recent graduates to exciting and rewarding careers in research administration. The program provides practical training within various areas of research administration at CHOP.
  • The Center for Injury Research and Prevention (CIRP) at CHOP offers a 10-week paid summer research internship opportunity for undergraduates. Sponsored by the National Science Foundation, the Research Experiences for Undergraduate (REU) 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 underrepresented minorities (African American, Hispanic, Latino, American Indian, and Alaska Natives).
  • The Research Institute has supported the Rutgers University School of Environmental and Biological Sciences Career Exploration Program annually since 2015. The goal of the program is to expose 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.
  • The Gateway to Pediatric Research Program is a two-part program that introduces research at CHOP to promising senior graduate students and junior postdoctoral fellows. Individuals from different backgrounds, races, ethnic groups, life experiences, research experiences, and employment backgrounds are encouraged to register. This includes individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds and women underrepresented in their scientific disciplines. For Part 1, participants from across the nation are invited to learn about the breadth of research and state-of-the-art facilities at CHOP and hear from current CHOP postdocs about life and research in Philadelphia. Part 2 participants have the opportunity to view keynote research talks from esteemed CHOP faculty, connect with CHOP faculty one-on-one, present their research to peers and faculty and receive constructive feedback.
  • The CHOP Summer Underrepresented in Medicine Medical student Research (SUMMR) program aims to increase diversity in the next generation of clinicians and scientists. Underrepresented in Medicine (URiM) medical students gain early exposure to CHOP by spending eight weeks of the summer in both clinical and research environments working with international experts in pediatric care and child health research.
  • The Postdoctoral Research Fellowship for Academic Diversity at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia partners with the University of Pennsylvania's Provost Fellowship Program, which are competitive programs with a common goal of increasing the diversity of the scholar community at both CHOP and Penn. Both organizations, though independent entities, partner to fund these Fellowship programs to attract promising researchers and educators from different backgrounds, races, ethnic groups, and other diverse populations whose life experience, research experience, and employment background will contribute significantly to their academic missions. This program has supported 21 fellows.
  • The Postdoc Ambassador Program supports CHOP postdoctoral fellows from an array of backgrounds to travel to recruitment fairs. In addition to participating in recruitment fairs, Postdoc Ambassadors can participate in the National Postdoctoral Association annual meeting and do targeted outreach and recruitment at their graduate institutions through leading seminars, workshops, and/or participating in formal/informal discussions with current graduate students and faculty. This allows our postdocs to represent CHOP and inform audiences about their experiences as a trainee, providing insight into programs and resources available.
  • The Bridge to Faculty Program prepares diverse trainees at CHOP from historically underrepresented groups for tenure track faculty positions by providing the infrastructure, preparation, mentorship, and tools needed to be competitive on the job market and excel in an academic setting. This program is open to PhD or MD/PhD postdoctoral and early-stage scientists (i.e., Postdocs, Research Associates, Scientists, Instructors).