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Summer Scholar Program


Children’s Mercy has generously funded scholarships for students to do research with orthopedic staff and faculty. The purpose of this program is to address important questions that affect the health of Children’s Mercy patients and to introduce promising undergraduates, medical students, nursing, orthotics, OT and PT students to the fields of pediatric orthopedics, and pediatric rehabilitation.


  • Provide a quality experience early in the student’s career.
  • Provide mentorship with an academic staff member.
  • Experience will allow the student to enter competitive health profession schools and residencies that may prepare them for a career that focuses on helping children with orthopedic conditions and special needs.
  • Involve students to help answer real questions that may improve the health of the patients cared for by our clinical staff.
  • Retain and develop our professional staff by providing assistance to accomplish important research projects.
  • Encourage interdisciplinary collaboration and research among our professional staff.

Eligible Students. The following are eligible: medical, nursing, PT, OT, orthotics, prosthetics, speech, and psychology, and graduate students in such fields as nutrition.

Mentors. The student will identify a mentor who is on staff at Children’s Mercy in the section of orthopedics. A project will be a collaborative effort between the student and the mentor.

Project time frame. The summer scholar positions of at least 30 hours/week is required or a comparable amount of time during the summer between May and August. Project start dates will generally be May 15, unless other arrangements are made in advance.

Funding. The division of orthopedics has established funding for 2-3 students. We provide a payment which is intended for students who devote 30 hours per week for the 6-8 weeks of the summer.

Recruitment. Announcement and information regarding the summer scholarship will be distributed through the various schools of the Health Sciences. The orthopedic Division Research website will have description of the scholarship program. We will be accepting applications until November 17 with interviews starting on December 20.

Application deadline

November 17 is the application submission deadline.

Submit a letter of interest and CV to:

Julia Leamon, RN, Clinical Research Coordinator, Division of orthopedics
Children’s Mercy
2401 Gillham Road
Kansas City, MO 64108

Summer Scholar Approval. The Orthopedic division research committee will meet to review and decide by January 3, 2020. Applicants will be notified by mail.

Evaluation and submission. A project must be completed to the extent that it is submitted as an abstract for presentation to a scientific meeting and a manuscript prepared and submitted for publication. We encourage the student to submit their project and abstract to a national meeting such as the section on orthopedics of the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition, which usually takes place in October. This particular meeting has a $1,000 award for the best student paper.