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Preprofessional Opportunities

The Chester Summer Scholars Program


Category: Summer
Type: Research
Location: Cleveland Ohio
Deadline: Early February


Cassandra Smith
Edward M. Chester, M.D. Summer Scholars Program
MetroHealth Medical Center Division of Neonatology Ground Floor, C Towers C.G88
Attention: Cassandra Smith
2500 MetroHealth Drive
Cleveland, Ohio 44109-1998


The student must have completed second year of undergraduate studies in premedical or scientific studies by the start of the Program. The student must be a resident of Ohio or attend an Ohio college or university.


Directed by Dr. John Moore, the Edward M. Chester, MD, Summer Scholars Program awards 15 collegiate undergraduate students the opportunity to spend ten weeks over the summer in clinical laboratory research settings at MetroHealth Medical Center.

Established in 1981, the Chester Summer Scholars Program is an opportunity for pre-medicine and scientifically-oriented students to explore the potential for a career in medical research or academic medicine. This innovative program has become nationally recognized with students from more than 40 colleges and universities across the United States having participated.

Scholars are assigned to a MetroHealth medical staff researcher who has developed the project on which the scholar will work and who will supervise the progress of the scholar's learning experience.

Scholars spend the better part of each weekday participating directly in the research project activity. There are also opportunities for observation of surgery, hospital rounds, and other experiences at MetroHealth that are an integral part of the program. At the end of the ten-week experience, the scholars are required to prepare a project report for presentation. Many scholars have been published as a result of research done during the summer program.

The majority of scholars go on to medical school and pursue a career in medical research or academic medicine. A 1986 scholar was a recipient of a Time College Achievement Award from Time magazine. Sage R. Myers, MD (formerly DeJackome), a 1995 Chester Summer Scholar and later a Fulbright Scholar recipient, is a pediatrician at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Kate Koch, a 2013 Chester Summer Scholar, is currently pursuing an MD/PhD at Harvard on a Marshall Scholarship.

STIPEND: Each recipient will receive a stipend award of $2,500. Supplies and equipment are provided by MetroHealth Medical Center. Parking is provided for the 10 weeks. If housing is required for the summer, students can contact Case Western Reserve University at 216-368-3890 or at Housing will be at each student’s own expense and generally runs around $20 per night.