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Kimberly Querrey Summer Research Program


Applications for 2024 will open in early January of 2024.


The Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care’s Kimberly Querrey Summer Research Program offers a six- to eight-week paid, competitive research experience at Northwestern University for rising high school seniors and undergraduate college/university students interested in the biological sciences.

Our program combines intensive research training with support for students’ academic and professional development. Many of our program’s alumni pursue a BS or PhD degree in the biological sciences, while others go to medical school.

Pulmonary Summer Research Symposium poster session

 Program Details

Each selected intern is thoughtfully matched with a Northwestern faculty member and given a hypothesis-driven or hypothesis-generating basic or clinical research project. Each intern’s project will make a meaningful contribution to their laboratory’s research and help advance our understanding of the mechanisms that drive lung disease.

The research training is coupled with activities that prepare interns for the college/graduate school application process, success in college/graduate school, and development of their professional careers in science and/or medicine. The research experience culminates with a presentation at the annual Kimberly Querrey Summer Research Symposium.

The Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care is located in the Louis A. Simpson and Kimberly K. Querrey Biomedical Research Center at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in downtown Chicago.

Read more about our program here: Kimberly Querrey Summer Research Program Supports the Next Generation of Scientists.



Hosted by the Northwestern Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care since 1999, our program was established by Jacob I. Sznajder, MD, to provide research opportunities for high school and undergraduate students in demographic groups that are underrepresented in science. We actively seek out participants who are the first in their family to attend college, come from a background of low socioeconomic status, are a member of an underrepresented minority racial/ethnic group, and/or identify as women.

In 2018 the Pulmonary and Critical Care Summer Research Program was endowed by Northwestern University trustees Louis A. Simpson and Kimberly K. Querrey. In 2019 interns were welcomed to Pulmonary and Critical Care’s new, state-of-the-art laboratories in the Simpson Querrey Biomedical Research Center. During the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, we successfully pivoted to a fully remote model. In 2022 our program was officially named the Kimberly Querrey Summer Research Program in grateful recognition of Querrey for her years of generous support.

 Participating Faculty

 Benefits and Conditions

Interns will be expected to make a full-time commitment (40 hours per week, typically 8:00 AM–5:00 PM, Monday through Friday), work energetically on their projects, and develop a professional attitude toward their research, faculty mentors, administrators, and fellow interns.

Each intern selected for the Kimberly Querrey Summer Research Program will be paid a competitive stipend.

There is no cost to participate in the program. However, interns will be responsible for their own housing and transportation to/from the Northwestern campus in downtown Chicago.



  • All students must be age 16 years or older as of May 31 in the year the program takes place.

  • High school students must currently be a junior or senior at the time of application.

  • Undergraduate students must be enrolled at an accredited college/university. Planned and completed coursework must demonstrate a serious interest in the biological sciences or a future career in medicine.

We welcome applications from students all over the country. However, please note that selected interns will be responsible for their own housing and transportation to/from the Northwestern campus in downtown Chicago. For this reason, many of our interns live or stay with family who live in the Chicago area.

See the high schools and colleges where selected interns have been students here.


The exact program dates vary from year to year. Typically, the program begins in early June and continues through the end of July.

If needed, we will work with a selected intern and their mentor to create a more accommodating schedule.

The application submission period is January 1 through March 1. The deadline to receive all materials, including transcripts and letters of recommendation, is March 1 at 11:59 PM Central Time.

We will notify applicants of their status by April 5.


The following are required to apply:

  • Online application, including:
    • CV or resume (PDF format)
  • Transcript(s) of your most current completed year*
  • Two letters of recommendation from faculty/teachers*

*Transcripts and letters of recommendation are not required for students who were previously accepted into the program and are applying for a second year.

We do not accept recommendation letters or transcripts from students. Please have the school or referee email these to or mail them to:

Sean Campbell
KQSRP Program Administrative Director
Northwestern University
Feinberg School of Medicine
Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care
303 E Superior Street
Simpson Querrey 5th Floor
Chicago, IL 60611

Applications for 2024 will open in early January of 2024.

There is no cost to apply.

Non-Discrimination Statement

Northwestern University does not discriminate or permit discrimination by any member of its community against any individual on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, parental status, marital status, age, disability, citizenship status, veteran status, genetic information or any other classification protected by law in matters of admissions, employment, housing or services or in the educational programs or activities it operates. Harassment, whether verbal, physical or visual, that is based on any of these characteristics is a form of discrimination.

Northwestern University complies with federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination based on the protected categories listed above, including Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination based on sex (including sexual misconduct) in the University’s educational programs and activities. In addition, Northwestern provides reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants, students and employees with disabilities and to individuals who are pregnant.

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“The [Kimberly Querrey] Summer Research Program gave me valuable exposure to biomedical research, giving me an edge among my peers. It was a privilege to work in a collaborative lab environment alongside successful researchers. I also had amazing mentors who guided me through my research every step of the way. Participating in the program made me realize how much of a passion I had for biological experimentation and provided me with the skills to be successful in pursuing a career in science.” 

— Olufemi Ololade, 2022 and 2023 KQSRP intern (high school) 


“I met compassionate and personable mentors who inspired my passion for science. They taught me skills such as data analysis, scientific presentation, wet bench techniques, and much more. However, the best part of the program were the connections I made. I met students from diverse backgrounds and made close friends. I became closer with the people in the lab I worked in and the labs around me. Through the friends, skills, and experiences I gained, this research program has made itself one of my fondest memories as I continue my journey through academia.” 

— Sahil Soni, 2022 and 2023 KQSRP intern (high school and college)


“Despite not having previous experience that reflected my passion for medicine, I was confidently enriched and provided with skills, mentorship, and autonomy that allowed me to grow in and out of the lab. The Kimberly Querrey Summer Research Program prioritized easing me into research while showing me the multifaceted pathways in medicine. I am thankful to the program for connecting me with mentors who are genuinely passionate about fueling the ambitions of future scientists” 

— Samely Valdovinos, 2022 and 2023 KQSRP intern (high school)


“I absolutely loved my time at KQSRP! It gave me a window into the life of a scientist, teaching me about the process of scientific inquiry and how to do biological research. This program is one of the primary reasons I’ve continued doing research as an undergrad!” 

Ritvik Viniak, 2022 and 2023 KQSRP intern (high school)


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