IU Simon Cancer Center seeks high school, college applicants for 2013 Summer Research Program

INDIANAPOLIS -- (December 06, 2012) -- High school and college students from underrepresented populations interested in cancer research careers can gain hands-on experiences during the 2013 Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center Summer Research Program. 

The annual Summer Research Program, held in partnership with the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Center for Research and Learning, places students with a mentor physician or researcher for nine weeks, May 30 to July 26. Students work with faculty who are conducting studies in the most progressive areas of cancer research.

The program’s primary goal is to increase the number of underrepresented populations engaged in basic, clinical, and prevention and control cancer research by providing positive and meaningful firsthand exposure to those fields.

Each student receives a stipend (payment) of $3,200. Students are responsible for their own housing arrangements.

The Summer Research Program provides students an opportunity to: 

  • Interact with any of the cancer center’s research programs, shared facilities and more than 100 world-renowned investigators.
  • Gain exposure to a wide range of basic science, translational and clinical research activities.
  • Continually interact with and learn from other students, clinical and postdoctoral fellows, and faculty.
  • Attend weekly workshops that deal with issues related to gaining admission to graduate and professional programs of study.  

Students are selected based on interest in biomedical or behavioral science, grades and personal interviews. High school students who participate must have completed at least their junior year and have maintained a grade-point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Undergraduates in the program must have completed 24 hours of college credit, be majoring in a biomedical or behavioral science, and have maintained a grade-point average of at least 3.2.

For more information, contact the IUPUI Center for Research and Learning at 317-274-8880.

The application deadline is Friday, Feb. 15. Those students selected as finalists will be invited to campus for an interview in March.