Student Research Program

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Thank you for your interest in the APS/SPR Student Research Program.

This unique program, which offers a very flexible structure that benefits students, labs, and research groups, has flourished thanks to the efforts of more than 200 mentors. Over the past 25 years the program has touched more than 1,050 students thanks to funding provided by the American Pediatric Society, the Society for Pediatric Research, the International Pediatric Research Foundation, the Pediatric Research Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health.

As you may have heard, the NIH has recently decided to discontinue funding programs focused on short-term student training. This decision means that NIH funding of the APS/SPR Student Research Program is discontinued.

Although this is a disappointing development, we are taking advantage of this shift at NIH to step back and reassess the Student Research Program and its impact on the societies, as well as the long-term benefits to pediatric research. We will be analyzing data in the coming months from our former student and lab/research group participants to help us determine the future path of the program.

We would very much welcome your feedback, particularly if you have been a past student participant or a mentor in the program, as your input is a valuable resource as we complete our assessment.

Please contact the Student Research Coordinator if you want to share.