Students enrolled in this track gain knowledge, conduct real-world practice and research, receive career counseling, and build a network of colleagues by collaborating with public health, global health and pediatric faculty, St. Louis community professionals, and each other.

PROGRAM PERIOD: June & July 2024

Work with top investigators

Get matched with a faculty mentor and receive career counseling

Build a network

Build a social network with student peers, faculty and staff

Gain real-world experience

Work in research environments, including international sites

What to expect

  • Students participate in research in a lab or field-based setting
  • Participants are expected to pursue their research training full time—defined as 40 hours per week—and attend all program events (if based in St. Louis)
  • This eight-week program concludes with a symposium featuring student presentations on their work
  • This program includes seminars, workshops and sessions on public health, global health, pediatrics, and careers
  • Accepted students must select mentors from the program mentor list who they have not previously worked with (list to be provided upon acceptance into the program)

Program benefits

  • Participants receive a stipend
  • Non-WashU students receive a free Metrolink transit pass
  • For students working at an international site, travel to and from St. Louis to the research site will be covered
  • If needed, lodging while enrolled


  • Open to national and international students who are full-time college undergraduates, graduate students, or medical students at a U.S.-based university
  • Students with a robust interest in public health, global health or pediatric research; those who can demonstrate overcoming substantial educational, cultural or economic obstacles; first generation college students; and veterans are encouraged to apply
  • Previous research experience is not required

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This program is supported by the Institute for Public Health and its Global Health Center and the Children’s Discovery Institute of Washington University and St. Louis Children’s Hospital.

Past Summer Research Programs


Student participants in the Institute’s 2020 Summer Research Program
Student participants in the Institute’s 2019 Summer Research Program

Student participants in the Institute’s 2018 Summer Research Program
Student participants in the Institute’s 2017 Summer Research Program
Student participants in the Institute’s 2016 Summer Research Program
Student participants in the Institute’s 2015 Summer Research Program
Student participants in the Institute’s 2014 Summer Research Program