Research Experiences for Underserved College Students



Application Deadline: April 6th, 2015
Program Dates: June 22-August 14, 2015

The Physical Sciences-Oncology Center at Northwestern University (NU PS-OC) invites applications to its eight-week summer program for underserved college students with interests in both the physical and biomedical sciences. This program will allow students concentrating in engineering, mathematics, or the physical sciences to participate in research that applies physical sciences concepts and methodology to problems in tumor biology. In addition to acquiring hands-on laboratory experience, participants will also attend weekly lunchtime seminars and a two-day workshop to gain a basic understanding of tumor biology and cancer detection, diagnosis, and treatment. The intent of this program is to encourage the next generation of physical scientists, mathematicians, and engineers—especially those who are members of historically underrepresented populations—to consider focusing their careers 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.
  • 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 Training
Chicago Region Physical Sciences-Oncology Center
schallma [at] northwestern [dot] edu

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