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Meet Our 2024 Summer Scholars Recipients!


Thanks to your generosity, we’ve just announced our third cohort of Summer Scholars. That’s the third wave of medical students pursuing unpaid internships that you and your colleagues have helped support by contributing to this initiative. 

One medical student from each of Ohio’s 7 medical schools has been chosen to receive this award. Since 2022, $52,500 has been awarded to 21 medical students with unpaid internships, to assist with summer expenses when financial aid is not available. 

Summer Scholars

2024 Cohort:

Summer Scholars 2024

Adam Beucler
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine 

University-based research at the Cincinnati Department of Laryngology

Summer Scholars 2024

Umida Burkhanova
Northeast Ohio Medical University 

Hospital-based research project studying the effects of COVID-19 on Central Precocious Puberty with a physician at UH Cleveland Medical Center

Summer Scholars 2024

Shannon Daley
Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine  

Research project with Mount Carmel Health System, collecting data from electronic health records on an IRB-approved retrospective study investigating post-pregnancy outcomes in pregnant trauma patients

Summer Scholars 2024

Nikita Das
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine

Internship to publish an op-ed advocating for harm reduction policy implementation in Ohio, while working to speak about the medical perspective at Cleveland City Council meetings, and distribute educational materials 

Summer Scholars 2024

Katherine Esser
University of Toledo College of Medicine

Internship at New York University's (NYU) Orthopedic Surgery Sports Medicine and pursuing research at the University of Toledo's (UT) Community Care Clinics (CCC).

Summer Scholars 2024

Saksha Krishnan
The Ohio State University College of Medicine

University-based research within The Ohio State University College of Medicine's  departments of dermatology and rheumatology, and focuses on IgA vasculitis, renal biopsy results, and patient outcome measures, while also conducting community health research within the Columbus Free Clinic

Summer Scholars 2024

Josie Lowell
Wright State University College of Medicine

University-based research on experiences of people living with substance use disorders (SUD) and/or in recovery from SUD

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