Cancer-focused Summer Undergraduate Research (CanSUR)

This Case Comprehensive Cancer Center Research opportunity gives students a chance to work with renowned cancer researchers. The program begins with a week of interactive cancer research lectures to provide a foundational understanding of cancer biology and the latest cancer research. Students will then begin their mentored research experience, for which they will present the results of at the symposium during the final week.

A stipend is provided for the 10-weeks of the program from June to August.

Applications are due January 13, 2023.

Summer Research at University of New Mexico

The Cancer Research – Scholarship and Training in Population Sciences (C-STEPS) program at University of New Mexico (UNM) provides a cancer-focused research experience, career mentorship, interactive seminars, and team building that culminate in a Capstone project at the end of 10 weeks.

C-STEPS scholars have the opportunity to work directly with UNM faculty and their teams to explore research and careers in Cancer Control and Population Sciences during the 10-week summer program. C-STEPS provides scholars with hands-on, skills-based research experiences across the cancer continuum, from prevention to survivorship. These activities help scholars meet graduate and medical school goals.

More information about C-STEPS can be found on the program’s webpage. The application for summer 2023 is due February 1, 2023.

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Cancer-focused Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Case Western’s Cancer-focused Undergraduate Research (CanSUR) program is now accepting applications. This is a summer, undergraduate program which will give 32 students the opportunity to work with Case Comprehensive Cancer Center (CaseCCC) researchers during a 10 week period.

This program will prepare undergraduates for careers in cancer research, providing training in subjects such as:

  • Cancer Genetics
  • Cancer Cell Signaling
  • Experimental Therapeutics
  • Cancer Prevention and Epidemiology

The program also includes:

  • Hands on research
  • Interactive cancer research lectures
  • An opportunity to present project at CanSUR Scholar Symposium
  • $4,000 stipend and potential housing/travel allowance

The deadline to apply is January 14, 2022. A flyer can be found here with more information. More details, as well as the application portal can be found on their website.

McGill Cancer Institute Graduate Recruitment

McGill’s Goodman Cancer Institute Virtual Recruitment Event

McGill University will be hosting its Annual Graduate Recruitment Event virtually on February 17 and 18, 2022. Top applicants will be picked to join the recruitment event, where they will be able to meet trainees and faculty members, such as cancer scientists, associated with the McGill Goodman Cancer Institute. Selected invitees will then be offered a scholarship for Fall 2022 or Winter 2023 admission.

This event is for students in Bachelor of Science or Master of Science programs with interest in biomedical research.

The application and registration process can be found on the event webpage. The process includes a CV, letter of intent, and recent transcripts. The deadline for registration and applications will be Sunday, January 9, 2022. Invitations will be sent on Monday, January 31, 2022.

OSUCCC Academic Year Research Opportunity

CREATES-Undergrad is a paid research experience for Ohio State undergraduate students interested in cancer research careers. Participants will conduct work in state-of-the-art research laboratories within The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center/James Cancer Hospital and College of Pharmacy at Ohio State.

The program, which runs during autumn and spring semesters of the 2021-2022 school year, includes up to a $4,000 stipend and mentorship by Ohio State faculty and staff.

No prior research experience is expected, and preference will be given to current freshmen, sophomores, and juniors.

The application deadline is April 18, 2021 at 11:59 pm. For questions, please contact Dr. Chris Coss and Dr. Nicole Kwiek.

Apply for CREATES.

OSUCCC Summer Research Opportunity

CREATES-Undergrad is a full-time (40 hours/week), paid summer research experience for Ohio State undergraduate students interested in cancer research careers. Participants will conduct work in state-of-the-art research laboratories at OSUCCC – James and health sciences colleges at Ohio State.

The program includes a $4,000 stipend and student mentoring programs.

The application deadline is March 1. For questions, please contact Drs. Chris Coss.16 and Nicole Kwiek.1

Apply for CREATES.

Want to jump start your search for the right research program? Check out this listing of programs that have recently reached out to CBC students.

UC College of Medicine Accepting Applications


The University of Cincinnati is currently looking for well-trained, motivated, and intelligent students like you! Their Graduate Program in Cancer and Cell Biology is accepting applications to their PhD program for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Conduct research on molecular mechanisms while using state-of-the-art equipment at the forefront of technology. The research you carry out will be the foundation for future therapies that impact the lives of cancer patients.

If interested, please follow UC’s instructions for applying here. 

For more information, please visit their graduate program website.

Graduate Program in Cancer and Cell Biology

Cancer & Cell Biology

The University of Cincinnati is currently accepting applications to their Graduate Program in Cancer and Cell Biology for the 2017-2018 school year. 

This opportunity allows students to train in more than 40 labs, with 50 faculty members from the University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Research Center.

Students conduct multidisciplinary research projects to better understand the molecular mechanisms that underlie cancer development and progression. This research serves as the foundation for future of advancements in cancer therapy and diagnostics.

Acceptance to the program grants full financial support including tuition, a competitive stipend, and a health insurance plan.

More information available here.

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SURI: University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center is looking for students to participate in summer research pertaining to one of five areas: biological sciences, quantitative science/basic bio-medicine, kidney-related, chemistry, and cancer-related.

Participants will pursue their own research projects under the eye of a member of the graduate school faculty. Various lectures, seminars, and/or journals will also supplement the research experience.

A stipend of $4,000 will be available to participants. Applicants must be enrolled in a science degree program and have completed their sophomore year.

The application deadline is February 9, 2016.

For more information and the application materials, click here.

Summer research is a great way to broaden your undergraduate experience. In addition to the opportunity highlighted above, summer research programs are available at institutions across the country and abroad.

Want to jump start your search for the right program? Check out this listing  of programs that have recently reached out to CBC students.