American Cancer Society Diversity in Cancer Research (DICR)

Summer Research Program

The IU Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center offers a Diversity in Cancer Research (DICR) internship, supported by the American Cancer Society. This program aims to increase the number of undergraduate students from underrepresented populations pursuing clinical and research careers in cancer by providing positive and meaningful firsthand exposure to these fields.

Selected participants will be paired with a research mentor. Research projects may involve laboratory-based research, computer-based database research or clinical research. Students will learn about research methodology and will complete a project over the summer months. They will present their findings at poster as well as oral presentation sessions. Applicants are expected to actively participate in all aspects of the program, including professional development.

During the ten-week summer program (May 31 -August 5, 2022), participants work 40 hours each week. Full-time attendance of 9am – 6pm is mandatory throughout the summer program’s duration. In addition, participants will attend two networking and professional development evening sessions in each of Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 to maintain longitudinal engagement with mentors and the program.

Housing and Transportation:  If necessary, we will provide assistance in identifying campus housing options but housing and transportation will be the responsibility of each student.  

Benefits of Participating in DICR

As an DICR participant, you will:

  • Interact with one of the cancer center research programsshared facilities and more than 100 world-renowned investigators
  • Gain exposure to a wide range of basic science, translational and clinical cancer research activities
  • Continually interact with and learn from other students, clinical and post-doctoral fellows and faculty
  • Attend weekly workshops that deal with issues related to gaining admission to graduate and professional programs of study
  • Receive a stipend (payment) of $5,000.00
Who Should Apply?

The DICR program is designed to serve students from populations underrepresented in biomedical and clinical research in the summer after undergraduate years 1 or 2. To learn more about the National Institutes of Health (NIH) definitions of populations underrepresented in biomedical and clinical research, visit

Although most past participants have resided in the metropolitan Indianapolis area, the program accepts applications from students all across the United States. Eligible applicants who are not selected for this program will automatically be considered for the Summer Research Program.

The following students are eligible. Medical students and residents are not eligible.

Undergraduate students who...

  • Have completed 2 years or less, and not over 80 credit hours.
  • Have a biomedical or behavioral science major.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.2 or higher.
How Do I Apply

Applications are now open until Feb. 15, 2022.

Important Dates:

  • Application deadline: Feb. 15, 2022
  • Acceptance notifications: April 1, 2022
  • Program dates: May 31 -August 5, 2022
  • Questions?
Contact Elmer Sanders, program coordinator, at