• 2016 Summer for Sickle Cell Science Program

    The Summer for Sickle Cell Science Program is an outstanding science training opportunity for high school students designed to involve young people in cutting-edge scientific research conducted in an academic medical center and to cultivate a continued interest in research related to sickle cell disease.

    The program is sponsored by the Cincinnati Children's Comprehensive Sickle Cell Center Program with support from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

  • This eight-week program offers a chance to learn, explore, and gain hands-on experience in a medical center research laboratory environment for up to three students each summer. Each student will be assigned to a faculty mentor and work in his or her laboratory. Students will be assigned mini-research projects or work with laboratory staff on ongoing research. Those students who complete sufficient research in one or more summers will be encouraged to present at local or national scientific meetings and may contribute to papers published in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Participants may earn a stipend of up to $3,000 based on the number of hours they spend in the laboratory.

    Fellowships begin with an orientation on May 31st or June 6th and last for eight weeks.

    Current high school juniors and seniors may apply but must be 16 years of age by May 31st. While students from outside the greater Cincinnati area may apply, we are unable to provide or assist with housing, meals, or transportation for the program. Applicants should have a record of strong academic achievement and demonstrated interest in the sciences. This program is highly competitive: we typically receive more than 100 applications each year for three positions.

    Selection of students will be based on the following criteria:

    • Overall academic achievement, as evidenced by the transcript and GPA, and success in rigorous science coursework (successful applicants have generally completed multiple AP laboratory science classes or the equivalent, often in excess of high school graduation requirements)
    • Letters of recommendation from teachers and/or counselors
    • Standardized test scores, if available
    • Interest in, aptitude for, and commitment to the sciences, as evidenced by extracurricular involvement, the application essay, and letters of recommendation 

    Approximately 10 finalists will be invited for 30-minute interviews with program faculty in April.

    1. Complete the application and essay and return by mail, or e-mail attachment, by the March 14, 2016 deadline. For mailed applications, this is a postmark deadline. E-mailed applications must be received by March 14, 2016. We are unable to accept hand-delivered applications.

    Download the Application and Essay.

    2. Request two confidential recommendations from teachers and/or a counselor, including at least one from a science teacher. Recommendations must be submitted directly by the recommender or your high school office by the March 14th postmark deadline in a sealed envelope signed across the flap by the recommender. We prefer that transcripts and recommendations be mailed together if possible. 

    Please complete the first part of each recommendation form for your recommenders. They may complete the form or attach a separate letter. Be sure to let them know if they should return the recommendation to the school office or mail it themselves. Please provide them with an envelope (stamped and addressed if they will mail directly; otherwise, please label with your name and the program name).

    Download the recommendation documents.

    3. Arrange for an official transcript to be mailed by the March 14, 2016 postmark deadline. We prefer that the recommendations and transcript be mailed together if possible.

    4. Approximately 10 applicants will be invited for 30-minute personal interviews in April.

    5. Successful applicants will be notified by May 9, 2016.

    Send all completed application materials to:

    Summer for Sickle Cell Science Program
    Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
    Attn: Kristie Gilb
    3333 Burnet Avenue, MLC 7013
    Cincinnati, OH 45229
    Phone: 513-636-9445