The Research Scholar Program provides structured educational research opportunities for undergraduate students, while also providing valuable assistance to Lehigh Valley Health Network’s (LVHN) departments.

This page was last updated on 8/2/2021 at 4:00 PM.

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. Please see the Frequently Asked Questions for additional information.

Muhlenberg student Olivia Toner spent her summer in Lehigh Valley Health Network's Oncology Lab, where she worked alongside health professionals to assess treatment strategies and record patient outcomes.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the time expectation?

Scholars are expected to work 30 hours a week with the specific weekly schedule set with the mentor. Additionally, all scholars attend weekly professional development sessions. The PD sessions are included in the 30 hours.

Who is eligible for the program?

The program is intended for students who have not previously participated.

Eligible applicants are students currently enrolled in a post-secondary education program. Scholars must be rising sophomores, juniors or seniors in college who have completed their first year of college but not yet started their senior year.

High school students, graduate students, medical school students, and those enrolled in other postgraduate programs are not eligible for the program.

Is there a minimum GPA or specific program of study required in order to apply?

There is no minimum GPA requirement. Applicants do not need to be pursuing a specific field of study.

Is this a paid opportunity?

Research Scholars are not employees of Lehigh Valley Health Network. However, upon successful completion of the program, Scholars receive a stipend.

Is there a concluding project?

Research Scholars will create a poster presenting and summarizing their research which will be published in Scholarly Works. Please visit Scholarly Works to investigate prior year projects.