Summer Research Experiences for Underserved College Students

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


The Chicago Region Physical Sciences-Oncology Center, one of 10 Centers in the Physical Sciences-Oncology Network (PS-ON),  invites undergraduates with interests in both the physical and biomedical sciences to apply to its eight-week summer research program.  The PS-ON is funded by the National Cancer Institute and is designed to foster research that melds the physical sciences with cancer biology. This opportunity will allow students to participate in one of three research projects applying physical sciences concepts and methodologies to understand the structure and function of chromatin in malignant cells.  The intent of this summer program is to encourage the next generation of physical scientists, mathematicians, and engineers to consider focusing their careers on cancer research.

In addition to actively participating in mentored laboratory research, students will also attend weekly seminars to introduce them to basic principles of tumor biology and cancer detection, diagnosis, and treatment. New to the program this summer is the opportunity to 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 PS-ON, allowing them to meet each other and to learn about research being conducted throughout the Physical Sciences-Oncology Network.

Students majoring in integrated science, the biological sciences, chemistry, physics, biomedical engineering, applied mathematics, mathematics, statistics, neurobiology and physiology, chemical and biological engineering, and computer science will be well suited for this program.

Support for program participants includes:

  • A $4,000 Stipend
  • Free On-Campus Housing
  • Reimbursement for Travel Expenses

To be considered for this program, applicants must:

  • Be members of an underserved population. In the physical and biomedical sciences, these groups include African-Americans, Latinxs, Native Americans, Alaskan and Hawaiian natives, and students from families with an annual income below established low-income thresholds.
  • Currently be college freshmen, sophomores, or juniors pursuing a major in engineering, applied mathematics, or a physical science. Bioscience majors with a demonstrated interest in the physical sciences will also be considered.
  • Have completed at least one college course in biology by the program’s start date.
  • Funding is not available for international students

To apply, students should submit the following materials:

  • a completed application form
  • two letters of recommendation
  • college transcripts
  • a personal statement.

Email your application to:
Benette Phillips, PhD
Co-Director of Education and Outreach
Chicago Region Physical Sciences-Oncology Center


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