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Pediatrics Research Education



The Research Education Office is dedicated to providing the best clinical and basic science research opportunities for undergraduate students, medical students, residents, fellows, and faculty.  We strive to meet the personalized needs of each of the students in our programs, working to create a pipeline for future researchers and physicians.

Our Programs

Academic Associate Program (AcA) is an undergrad minor where students receive credit for conducting clinical research designed by University of Utah and Primary Children’s Hospital physicians and healthcare providers. Students have the opportunity to complete the Pediatric Clinical Research Minor.

BioEYES is a hands-on science education program that exposes K-12 students to science, the scientific method, and sheds a positive light on science exploration.

Career Development supports pilot research projects by offering PCHF funding, Research-in-Progress and the Grant Writing Workshop.

Genomics Summer Research for Magnificents (GSRM) Internship is a 10-week summer research opportunity for minority undergraduate students intereste in genomics research, bioinformatics and/or personalized medicine research, and minority health disparities.

Native American Summer Research Internship (NARI) is a dynamic summer research opportunity for Native American undergraduate junior and senior students who are interested in Health Science research.

University Child Abuse Recognition & Education Certificate (UCARE) is a certificate program that focuses on important topics in the filed of child abuse pediatrics.

Meet Our Office

Maija Holsti, MD, MPH

Professor, Director

Heather Cook

Program Coordinator, AcA

Jennifer Rigby

Manager, Research Education Office

Kristin Cline

Kristin Cline

Program Coordinator, AcA

Lydia Riley

Administrative Assistant, Research Education Office

Gloria Slattum, M.S. PhD

Research Manager and GSRM Director, GSRM

Wallita Ranger

Administrative Program Coordinator for the Native American Research Internship (NARI) in the Research Education Office, NARI

Courtney Todea

Administrative Assistant, Research Education Office, NARI, GSRM AcA Programs





Department of Pediatrics
Research Education Office
295 Chipeta Way
Salt Lake City, UT 84108