Research Experiences for Underserved College Students



Application Deadline: March 1st, 2016
Program Dates: June 20-August 1, 2016

The Chicago Region Physical Sciences-Oncology Center invites applications to its 8-week summer program for underserved* college students with interests in the physical and biomedical sciences. 

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. 

Participants also attend weekly lunch-time seminars and a two-day workshop 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 historically underrepresented populations, to consider focusing their carrers on cancer research.

Support for program participants includes:

  • A $3500 Stipend
  • Free On-Campus Housing
  • Reimbursement for Travel Expenses

To be considered for this program, applicants must:

  • 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.
  • Be members of an underserved population. In the physical and biomedical sciences, these groups include African-Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, and students from families with an annual income below established low-income thresholds.

To apply, students should submit the following materials:

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

Additional Information
Benette Phillips, PhD
Co-Director of Education and Outreach
Chicago Region Physical Sciences-Oncology Center
schallma [at] northwestern [dot] edu

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