Summer Research Experience for Northwestern Undergraduates

Application Deadline: March 1, 2019
Program Dates: June 24 – August 16


The Chicago Region Physical Sciences-Oncology Center, one of 10 Centers in the Physical Sciences-Oncology Network (PS-ON), invites applications to its eight-week summer program for Northwestern 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. 

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.

Support for program participants includes:

*  $4,000 Stipend
*  $500 Allowance for Research Supplies
*  2-day summer conference in Washington D.C.

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

The application deadline for this program is March 1, 2019.

Application Submission
Application materials can be submitted via email or regular mail. Electronically submitted materials should be sent to Benette Phillips, PSOC Co-Director of Outreach and Education, at

Materials submitted via regular mail should be sent to Benette Phillips at the following address:

Benette Phillips, PhD
Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center
Olson #8350
Northwestern University
303 E. Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611

Additional Information
For additional information about this program, please email Benette Phillips at


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