Program History

The Summer Student Research Program (SSRP) was originally launched in 1986 by the Straub Foundation as the Summer Research Internship Program. Over the years, the program has evolved, and when the Straub Foundation became a part of Hawai‘i Pacific Health in 2003, the SSRP once again expanded its scope. Today this unique program partners the experience of conducting a clinical research project with a structured medical curriculum, highlighted by "Careers in Medicine" talks and presentations on the Lifecycle of Clinical Research. 

In 1986, the program's founders-all practicing physicians at Straub Clinic & Hospital-wanted to create a program that achieved several things: provide students with an understanding of the value of clinical research in the practice of medicine, enable students to make decisions about which medical specialties they might want to pursue and help students decide if medicine was their correct career path. 

Now in its 34th year, the SSRP has provided more than 350 college undergraduates with an invaluable opportunity to witness the practice of medicine first-hand, through immersive, personalized experiences.


Program Founders

 Dr Andrews Kistner Penoff
David J. Andrew, MD
Robert L. Kistner, MD
James H. Penoff, MD


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