Summer Undergraduate Research Scholarship Program


Nemours Health Equity & Inclusion


Health Equity Summer Scholarship Program (HESSP)


Goal & Purpose
The Nemours Health Equity Summer Scholarship Program (HESSP) focuses on education and training of undergraduates on clinical, basic medical sciences and population-based research towards a better understanding of childhood disease outcomes that are unequal and unacceptable, as well as the mapping of intervention to address such inequity. The research projects are translational, transdisciplinary, involving team science.

Application & Internship
Applications are available in December before the calendar year of the program. All applications are screened and interviews conducted prior to acceptance, with program commencement in early June through early August. Click 'Apply' in the side menu for the online application.

Stipend & Certification
Accepted scholars receive a stipend during the ten-week program. Upon successful completion of the program, participants will receive a certificate and invitation to the HESSP Alumni Association. The number of applicants accepted every year ranges from four to six depending on the availability of funds. Racial/ethnic minorities, underserved and socioeconomically marginalized students are particularly encouraged to apply.

Program Activities

  • Lectures offered by Office of Health faculty and staff on culturally competent care, professional diversity, value healthcare, health disparities measures, epidemiology (study designs), basic and applied biostatistics and epigenetics.
  • Journal club sessions on several topics including though not limited to cancer, asthma, trauma, cerebral palsies, concussion & cognitive impairment, unequal pediatric care, culture and health, obesity, diabetes, research ethics, infant mortality and emerging CVDs.
  • Research projects on leading causes of pediatric morbidity and mortality with all projects aimed at assessing health disparities indicators and their possible explanations
  • Seminars on pediatric issues
  • Clinical shadowing
  • Biostatistics/Biometry clinic
  • Myers-Briggs Type Instrument Assessment to evaluate individual traits within group dynamics
  • Poster development and project presentation to clinical and academic research audience as well as friends and families at Nemours

Applicants must be undergraduate students at the time of the application process with an interest in health disparities research (basic medical sciences, clinical and population-based).

Contact Information
For inquiries: Please email the OHEI Program Coordinator or phone: 302-298-7741


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