Summer Research Experiences for Northwestern Undergraduates

Application Deadline: March 1, 2017
Program Dates: June 19th – August 11th, 2017

Overview

The Chicago Region Physical Sciences-Oncology Center, one of ten Centers in the Physical Sciences-Oncology Network (PS-ON),  invites applications to its eight-week summer program for underserved* college students with interests in the physical and biomedical sciences.  The PS-ON is funded by the National Cancer Institute and is designed to foster research that blends the physical sciences with cancer biology.

This program allows students majoring in engineering, mathematics, or the physical sciences to participate in hands-on laboratory research that applies physical sciences concepts and methodology to understanding chromatin in malignant cells.  Students who are majoring in biology but who have a strong background in the physical sciences are also eligible to apply.

In addition to laboratory work, participants will attend weekly lunch-time seminars to gain a basic understanding of tumor biology and cancer detection, diagnosis, and treatment. They will also attend a two-day, NCI-sponsored Young Investigators Workshop in Washington, DC in mid-July.  This meeting will bring together summer research program participants from all of the Centers in the Network, allowing them to meet each other and to learn about research being conducted throughout the PS-ON.

This program encourages the next generation of physical scientists, mathematicians, and engineers from populations  historically underrepresented in these fields to consider focusing their careers on cancer research.

Stipend
Support for program participants includes:

* A $3500 Stipend
* A $500 Allowance for Research Supplies

Eligibility
To be considered for this program, applicants must currently be Northwestern freshmen, sophomores, or juniors with demonstrated interests in the physical and/or biomedical sciences.

Required Application Materials
To apply, students should submit the following materials:

* a completed application form
* two letters of recommendation (letters may be supplied by non-Northwestern instructors)
* college transcripts
* a statement describing your research interests and experience

Please note: Your research statement should identify the PS-OC project in which you would prefer to participate. The application deadline for this program is March 1st, 2017.

Application Submission
Application materials can be submitted via email or the postal service. Electronically submitted materials should be sent to Benette Phillips, PS-OC Co-Director of Outreach and Education, at schallma@northwestern.edu.

Materials submitted through the postal service should be sent to Benette Phillips at the following address:
Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center
Olson 8350
Northwestern University
303 E. Chicago Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60611

Additional Information
For additional information about this program, please email Benette Phillips at schallma@northwestern.edu.

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Participating Labs

Investigator Project
Thomas V. O’Halloran, Chemistry, Northwestern University Project 1: Ionic Modulation of Chromatin in Cancer
Jack Kaplan, Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, University of Illinois-Chicago Project 1: Ionic Modulation of Chromatin in Cancer
Vadim Backman, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University Project 1: Ionic Modulation of Chromatin in Cancer; Project 3: Mechanics of Nuclei, Chromosomes and Chromatin in Cancer
Igal Szleifer, Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University Project 1: Ionic Modulation of Chromatin in Cancer; Project 3: Mechanics of Nuclei, Chromosomes and Chromatin in Cancer
Ming Zhao, Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University Project 1: Ionic Modulation of Chromatin in Cancer
John Marko, Molecular Biosciences, Northwestern University Project 1: Ionic Modulation of Chromatin in Cancer; Project 2: Molecular Modulation of Chromatin and Nuclear Structure in Cancer
Navdeep Chandel, Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University Project 1: Ionic Modulation of Chromatin in Cancer
Chuan He, Chemistry, University of Chicago Project 2: Molecular Modulation of Chromatin and Nuclear Structure in Cancer
Lucy Godley, Medicine, University of Chicago Project 2: Molecular Modulation of Chromatin and Nuclear Structure in Cancer
John Crispino, Hematology-Oncology, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University Project 3: Mechanics of Nuclei, Chromosomes and Chromatin in Cancer
Robert Goldman, Cell and Molecular Biology, Northwestern University Project 3: Mechanics of Nuclei, Chromosomes and Chromatin in Cancer
Adilson Motter, Physics and Astronomy, Northwestern University Project 3: Mechanics of Nuclei, Chromosomes and Chromatin in Cancer