Student FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

I am not currently enrolled in an accredited School/University; can I still participate in the Student Research Credentialing process?

Why does there need to be a Student Research Affiliation Agreement between my School/University and Spectrum Health?

As a Student, who is my primary contact?

As a student I have travel commitments and/or academic commitments that limit the hours which I can dedicate to research. Is it possible to have remote access to the research records/data?

My academic commitments are limiting my time available for dedication to my research internship; who should I contact?


I am not currently enrolled in an accredited School/University; can I still participate in the Student Research Credentialing process?

No, however there are also other opportunities offered through the Spectrum Health Human Resources Department.

Why does there need to be a Student Research Affiliation Agreement between my School/University and Spectrum Health?

The Student Research Affiliation Agreement outlines the expectations and commitments of both the School/University and Spectrum Health in creating a safe, enriching and rewarding student-research experience. The agreement will cover items, such as: Student Coordination and Assignment; Compliance with Policies and Procedures; Student Qualifications; Student Health; Privacy and Security of Information; HIPAA Compliance; Corporate Compliance; Intellectual Property; Indemnification; Insurance; Student Status and Mutual Benefits.

As a Student, who is my primary contact?

Your primary contact throughout your student research experience should be your School/University representative. This is the individual at your School/University that is sponsoring and/or approving your involvement in research at Spectrum Health. This is the individual who will guide you through the process, and will also serve as primary contact for the Offices of Research Administration.

As a student I have travel commitments and/or academic commitments that limit the hours which I can dedicate to research. Is it possible to have remote access to the research records/data?

As a health care provider, Spectrum Health must uphold the highest standards for data privacy and security. Therefore, remote access, other than web connection to your email, is not established for students. There are no exceptions to this standard.

My academic commitments are limiting my time available for dedication to my research internship. Who should I contact?

You may want to first speak with your mentor to see if it is possible to decrease your hours. You may also want to contact your School/University representative. He or She may have additional advice or solutions. If you need to end your internship early, it is important to notify both your mentor and your School/University representative immediately followed by an email to researchassist@spectrumhealth.org.