The Summer Science Program at Arkansas Children's Hospital, a program co-sponsored by the UAMS Department of Pediatrics and the Arkansas Children’s Research Institute, gives outstanding sophomore-, junior-, and senior-level college students the experience of a career in academic medicine—in both the clinical and the research aspects. The students spend 8 weeks during their summer shadowing physicians, attending rounds and clinics, and touring different hospital units, as well as participating in a mentored research project involving children’s health. Faculty members from various pediatric subspecialties are organized to teach basic science and clinical research techniques and help the students gain exposure to clinical medicine. In addition, the Summer Science Program hosts a lecture series focusing on various aspects of academic medicine, graduate school, medical school, residency, research and clinical medicine for its participants. At the end of the program, students give a scientific presentation on their mentored research project. The program offers valuable experience for students interested in medicine, research, and pediatrics. A small stipend is offered to program participants.