Professional Education Opportunities

Professional Education Opportunities

Undergraduate Program

Summer Undergraduate Scholarship Program

Every summer, the Nemours Biomedical Research Department provides funding for undergraduate students to work on clinical, laboratory and translational research projects. The Nemours Summer Undergraduate Research Program is a 10-week, full-time program that runs from June through early August. The available positions are located at 3 Nemours sites:

  • Nemours Children’s Hospital, Delaware From the Delaware site, there are occasionally, projects based at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Nemours Children's Specialty Care in Jacksonville, Fla.
  • Nemours Children's Hospital in Orlando

The location of each project is specified on the project abstracts, available below:

  • Program dates: June 1, 2021 to August 6, 2021
  • Application is live from December 1, 2020 to 11:59 p.m. (EST) January 15, 2021

About Our Program

During the 10-week scholarship program, Nemours research faculty will guide students through the process of formulating and testing hypotheses, interpreting data and communicating results.

Participation is required throughout the program. Projects sponsored by the program involve bench science and applied (clinical) research. Scholarship participants are matched with mentors — leading researchers and pediatric specialists at Nemours — according to student's expressed interest in the projects, the student's background and interest in the student by the mentors.

Numerous enrichment activities integral to the program include:
  • pediatric lectures
  • pediatric seminars
  • participation in student-led activities such as a journal club
  • opportunities for clinical shadowing

On the final day of the program, a mandatory symposium gives summer research students opportunities to present their research activities to the Nemours professional community, family and friends.

View Abstracts for Projects:


Applicants must be undergraduate students with a minimum GPA of 3.2 and an interest in bench and applied sciences, health care or related fields.

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Monetary Awards

For over 30 years, the Nemours Summer Undergraduate Research Program has been funding scholarships to undergraduate students for work on summer research projects. There are 10 scholarships available, and each scholarship recipient receives a $4,300 scholarship.

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Program Directors

Sonali Barwe, PhD
Senior Research Scientist
Nemours Biomedical Research
(302) 651-6542

Steven Bachrach, MD
Division of General Pediatrics, Emeritus
Nemours Children’s Hospital, Delaware

Lloyd Werk, MD, MPH
Division Chief, General Pediatrics
Nemours Children's Hospital
(407) 650-7177

Direct questions to: Program Coordinator

Graduate Fellowship

Fellowship Training for Research Professionals

Nemours Biomedical Research offers robust fellowship training through affiliations with the University of Delaware and Jefferson Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University (TJU).

The Nemours Graduate Education and Research Program is affiliated with the University of Delaware Department of Biological Sciences as part of a Human Health Initiative. Although the majority of our MS and PhD students enter through this initiative, the program is also affiliated with other departments at the University of Delaware and other institutions.

Students accepted for study in the Department of Biological Sciences have the opportunity to perform thesis/dissertation research in laboratories of research scientists at Nemours Children’s Hospital, Delaware. This will be of particular interest to students seeking to perform translational research linking basic science hypotheses to clinical problems.

Program Description

Graduate students who enter the Nemours Graduate Education and Research Program follow coursework at the educational institution and do their research work at Nemours. Video conferencing is available to facilitate interactions between Nemours and the educational institutions. A student’s thesis committee will be comprised of faculty advisors from both institutions. All graduate students are supported as either a research assistant or teaching assistant. Masters students typically graduate in two years, PhD students in five years.    

A student-run organization called SNERPS (Students of Nemours Education and Research Programs) meets regularly for academic and social purposes. 

Resources & Support

In addition to access to all facilities and support programs available at the University of Delaware, students may receive financial assistance to defray travel costs. To apply for travel assistance, complete and submit this application. Travel award applications are due the first Monday of February, May, August, and November.

Other benefits include:
  • free on-site parking
  • subsidized meals
  • links to online resources including Nemours InfoLink through the Nemours Intranet

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Robert Mason, PhD

Program Director

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Graduate Education and Research Program Directors

Tariq Rahman, PhD
(302) 651-6831

Mark Ma, PhD
(302) 298-7194

Education at Nemours

Nemours provides a wide range of residency, fellowship, and other professional education programs for professionals at the undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate levels.

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