The Dorothy Rider Pool Health Care Trust

LVHN Research Scholar Program Opens for 2019

The application period for Lehigh Valley Health Network’s Research Scholar Program has opened! The long-running program is an esteemed experience for college students and has been a part of the launch of many successful careers in the healthcare field with many participants landing among the permanent employee team and medical staff at LVHN.

One example of developing talent and future leadership within the program goes back to 1989 when Dr. Timothy Friel secured a Research Scholar position before entering his senior year at Harvard University. He spent that summer working in the Patient Education Department, and three decades later, serves as the Chair of the Department of Medicine at LVHN.

Specifically, the Research Scholar Program provides structured educational research opportunities for undergraduate students while also providing valuable assistance to LVHN departments. The program spans eight weeks and is coordinated by the Department of Education. Research or quality improvement projects, submitted by LVHN departments, allow students to make the link between their academic preparation and the world of work.

The summer 2019 program will begin Monday, June 10, 2019, and will end with a culminating Poster Presentation event on Friday, August 2, 2019.  Included in the list of research projects that will be matched with 40 college students this year are White Coat Program and Lehigh Valley Cancer Institute Community Outreach Program; Cultural Practices Related to the Experience of Childbirth and Postpartum Depression; Improve the Patient Experience Using Lean Six Sigma; Neurocardiology Database; Advanced Spine Quality Tracking Tool; and Prevention of Pediatric Obesity.

Jointly supported by The Dorothy Rider Pool Health Care Trust and LVHN departments, Research Scholars receive a stipend of $2,000 for their scholarly work. Students who are interested can begin the online application process by clicking here to create an account. Once you have created an account, follow the step-by-step directions to view and apply for up to three projects. The application deadline is March 1, 2019. For further information, please contact Kerri Green, Director, Undergraduate Medical Education, LVHN, at