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CURE (Continuing Umbrella of Research Experience Program) is a summer research program at the Lurie Cancer Center of Northwestern University for underserved college students interested in pursuing careers in the biomedical sciences. It is funded by a grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Each year the Lurie Cancer Center accepts 12 college students to work alongside top cancer researchers in state-of-the-art laboratories. The scientists act as mentors and work with students on nationally funded laboratory research projects during the eight-week summer program. Students are introduced to the basics of cancer biology and receive career guidance through weekly focused seminars presented by faculty members. At the end of the CURE program, each trainee is required to prepare a brief written summary and to give an oral report of his or her project to fellow CURE students and faculty mentors.
Students accepted into CURE work full-time for eight weeks on a research project in a biomedical discipline under the guidance of a Cancer Center faculty mentor. The majority of the time is spent participating in laboratory research, allowing participants to experience directly what it means to be a biomedical researcher. Emphasis is placed on the fundamental principles of scientific investigation.
Students gain an understanding of the basics of cancer biology through seminars presented by faculty members on topics such as cancer genes, cell cycle proteins, carcinogenesis, hematologic malignancies, etc. At the end of the CURE program, each trainee is required to prepare a brief written summary and to give an oral presentation of his or her project to fellow CURE students and research mentors.
Participants in the CURE program receive a taxable stipend of approximately $3,400. In addition to the stipend, travel and housing are provided to students who do not live in the Chicago area.
Housing is provided on the Evanston Campus of Northwestern University for students who do not live in the Chicago area.
To qualify students must be classified by the following fall semester as college freshmen, sophomore, junior or senior students. Applicants should be pursuing a major in the sciences, and their transcripts should demonstrate a record of academic achievement (GPA 3.2 or higher). Students must be US citizens or permanent residents of the US (with green card) and members of underserved populations (African American, Hispanic, Pacific Islander or Native American).
The purpose of this internship is to expose the student to hospital and outpatient environments, as well as to specific areas of medicine such as surgery and clinical research. These experiences are designed to help students decide whether or not to pursue a career in medicine.Housing will be provided for all interns, as well as roundtrip travel to the hosting transplant center. A stipend will also be provided. The internship includes shadowing physicians on rounds in the hospital, observing and assisting in an outpatient/clinic facility, observing the coordination of a transplant, and scrubbing in during transplant and surgical operations. In addition, students will be able to visit the local Organ Procurement Organization (OPO) and HLA lab. Participants may also have the opportunity to do data collection for the transplant service or work on a clinical research project.
There is a strong preference for students currently in their junior year of college with a serious interest in medicine.
The Access program of Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences (WCGS) is a summer internship program that trains underserved college students in the biomedical sciences. Interns gain hands-on experience in a biomedical researchl laboratory and are encouraged to apply to PhD programs. Selected students are placed in laboratories at the Weill Cornell Medical College under the mentorship of experienced faculty members.
In addition to the laboratory experience, students attend lectures and discussions aimed at enhancing their understanding of the current status of biomedical research, the pathways available for entering research careers, and the range of available career opportunities. Students also participate in weekly journal clubs, attend workshops that teach them how to prepare for interviews and seminars, and take part in social activities.
The Access Summer Research Program is open to underserved students who have excelled in their sophomore or junior years in college. Applicants must be citizens or lawful permanent residents of the United States.
Adventures in Veterinary Medicine (AVM) is a unique career exploration program for adults, college, high school and middle school students. If you are excited by science, enjoy working with animals and would like to find out more about what it takes to be a veterinarian, then this program is right for you. At AVM you will get a clear picture of the demands of veterinary school and a knowledge of the varied career opportunities within the profession. AVM is a thorough introduction for those with an interest in pursuing a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree.
By spending time on the campus of one of the finest veterinary schools in the country students will get a realistic and comprehensive look at what attending veterinary school would be like. During the program students attend lectures by our faculty, participate in laboratories and engage in hand-on activities with animals. We offer various sessions designed to meet different educational and developmental levels. AVM will challenge and stimulate you in innovative, fun and exciting ways.
Multiple dates available, please see the website for more information.
An online application for all high school, college and adult applicants to the AVM program is now available. After logging in, please select Adventures in Veterinary Medicine from the drop down list.Application FeeA nonrefundable application fee of $40 is required and may be paid by credit card when completing the online application.Academic TranscriptsOfficial transcripts must be sent directly from your school. We require:
Each year, the U.S. Schweitzer Fellows Program® competitively selects approximately 250 exceptional students from the nation's top health and human service schools to follow in Dr. Albert Schweitzer's footsteps. These Schweitzer Fellows -- mostly university graduate students -- partner with community-based organizations to identify an unmet health need, design a yearlong service project with a demonstrable impact on that need, and bring that project from idea to implementation and impact -- all on top of their usual graduate school responsibilities. After successfully completing their service year, they become members of the Schweitzer Fellows for Lifealumni network of over 2,500 Leaders in Service who are dedicated and skilled in meeting the health needs of underserved communities. Since its launch in 1992, the U.S. Schweitzer Fellows Program has grown to include thirteen program sites (Baltimore, Bay Area, Boston, Chicago, Columbus, Greater Philadelphia, Houston-Galveston, Indiana, Los Angeles, New Hampshire/Vermont, New Orleans, North Carolina, and Pittsburgh). The U.S. Schweitzer Fellows Program has four overall goals:
Eligibility,application deadlines & start date , end date of program vary according to fellowship site. The Albert Schweitzer Fellows Program has locations in Baltimore, the Bay Area, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Greater Philadelphia, Los Angeles, NH/VT, New Orleans, North Carolina, and Pittsburgh.
See website or contact program administrator for more details.
The Amgen Scholars Program at Washington University in St. Louis is a 10-week intensive summer laboratory experience in biomedical research for undergraduate students at one of the nation’s leading research institutions. This opportunity is a part of a 10 school consortium, made possible by the generous support of the Amgen Foundation. Scholars will work with world renowned faculty to develop an intriguing research project. Mentoring will also be provided by current graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in the lab. This mentorship team will provide a great environment for Scholars to become acquainted with the culture of training for and implementation of biomedical research.
The Scholars Program will be administered by the Division of Biology and Biomedical Sciences (DBBS) which is also responsible for the administration of Ph.D. and M.D./Ph.D. programs in the biological sciences. DBBS will provide activities to integrate Amgen Scholars socially and intellectually with fellow Amgen scholars and participants in peer summer programs. Scholars will have an opportunity to explore St. Louis and participate in social activities such as tours, cook-outs and Cardinals baseball.
The Amgen Scholars Program selects participants based on academic achievement, leadership and interest in the pursuit of a career in science. We especially encourage applications from individuals who come from rural or inner-city areas and individuals from groups traditionally underrepresented in biomedical research — specifically African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Pacific Islanders, women and those with disabilities.
Individuals who have earned a baccalaureate degree, students who are not currently enrolled at a U.S. institution and previous Amgen Scholars are not eligible to apply. The Amgen Scholars Program welcomes applications from all eligible students, especially those without research experience.
The Amgen Scholars Program provides summer research opportunities at UCSF for undergraduates in science and biotechnology. In addition to the summer research experience at UCSF, participants join other Amgen Scholars from across the country at a symposium where they share their summer experiences.
Program FeaturesIn addition to daily research, students also participate in:
Participant BenefitsStudents receive a total package worth over $8,000 including:
Preference will be given to students who have:
Through the generous support of the Amgen Foundation, Columbia University and Barnard College now offer a summer research program to a select group of motivated undergraduate students who will benefit from the opportunity of hands-on biology related laboratory research. This is a chance to experience the joys of discovering something completely new while learning to overcome the challenges inherent in scientific research. Students work at Columbia University (either at the Morningside Heights campus or at the Medical Center campus) or Barnard College.
The Amgen Scholars Program is competitive, with awards based on grades, recommendations, career plans, and previous experience. Amgen Scholars are required to write a short written report and present their findings orally to their peers. Columbia and Barnard students are required to present their work in poster format at a symposium, held the winter after the program. Participants receive a stipend of $4000 and housing on the Morningside campus of Columbia University. In addition, all Amgen Scholars participate in the Amgen Scholars National Symposium in California. During the 10 week program, students work full-time (about 40 hours/week) on independent research projects under the guidance of a research scientist.
You may apply if you are a US citizen or permanent resident and currently a sophomore, junior, or non-graduating senior at a four-year college or university in the United States, Puerto Rico or other US territory. If you are a Columbia University or Barnard College undergraduate student and wish to be considered for the Amgen Scholars program, you should apply to the SURF program and you will automatically be considered for both programs.
No previous research experience is necessary and you do not need to be a biology major to apply. Students are expected to work full-time for the duration of the program, so participation is not compatible with attending summer school or working at another job.
Participating in a Health Care Careers Enrichment Program is an excellent way to learn what it’s like to work in that field. It gives you invaluable experience and personal contacts - plus it can increase your chances of being accepted into the health professions program of your dreams.
For additional enrichment programs in the field of health policy, see the National Institute of Health’s list of Student Programs and the Kaiser Family Foundation’s online directory of health policy fellowship opportunities. Also see the section on Health Policy Topics in Issues in Healthcare on this website.
Last updated: June 9, 2016
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