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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).
Encouraging young people from diverse backgrounds to pursue careers in science is a national priority, and the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) is committed to meeting this goal in our recruitment and admissions practices.
Several enrichment programs are offered to help historically underrepresented local high school, resident and non-resident college level students jump-start their exposure and develop a broad perspective about the array of careers available within biomedical research, medicine and allied health. Our hope is that this early exposure will ultimately lead to an increase in the number of graduates having diverse perspectives in medical education.
AIM & ROADS: Open to students who attend a high school in the Milwaukee Public School (MPS) system, Milwaukee charter or surrounding suburban school district.
The Biomedical Research Apprenticeship Program (BioMedRAP) is a 10-week summer research program for exceptional students interested in pursuing biomedical research careers. This program is designed to provide a rigorous, in-depth research experience to prepare participants for top-quality Ph.D. and M.D./Ph.D. programs in the biological and biomedical sciences.
Applications for BioMedRAP are accepted November 1-February 1st. As a BioMedRAP participant, you will:
The BioMedRAP selects participants based on academic achievement, leadership, and commitment to diversity. We seek applicants who have challenged themselves and excelled academically; demonstrate experience overcoming substantial educational, cultural or economic obstacles; are first-generation college students, or can demonstrate a strong interest in bringing diverse people together.
We 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. Applications also are encouraged from international students currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in the United States.
Individuals who have earned a baccalaureate degree and students who are not currently enrolled at a U.S. institution are not eligible to apply. Priority consideration will be given to applicants with at least one year of research experience.
The Summer Undergraduate Research program is a ten week research program for undergraduates interested in a basic science. Students will be matched with a faculty mentor in any number of areas of biomedical research. Students will be part of our Summer Experience program, including a lecture series stressing basic, translational and clinical research as it relates to cancer.
If you are a student in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics or computer science, and are in good academic standing, you are eligible for this program. Students that are thinking of pursuing an advance degree (Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D.) would benefit the most from our program. Students will be engaged in research in world class cancer research laboratories.
To qualify for the program, students must have successfully completed their first two years of undergraduate training in science by May 2016, and should demonstrate an interest in scientific investigation.
We offer a post-baccalaureate graduate level Advanced Biomedical Sciences Certificate program for individuals interested in careers in the health professions. Courses are taught by Georgetown and George Mason professors.
This is a full-time 9-month, 20 credit graduate level certificate program which provides excellent advanced science preparation for health professions including medical, dental and other healthcare-related advanced studies. The program includes preparation for professional examinations (such as MCAT, DAT, or GRE), and outstanding advising and support towards your goals.
The purpose of the program is to increase the number of under-represented minority and low income students pursuing careers in the sciences, mathematics, engineering, technology, health, or the licensed professions.
Funded by a grant from the New York State Education Department, CSTEP at SUNY Potsdam provides an array of academic and career services designed to meet each student’s individual needs and assist them in achieving a career in their chosen field.
Please contact the program administrator for details on dates, eligibility and deadlines.
The Health Sciences and Technology Academy of West Virginia University (WVU) is a 9th-12th grade math and science program which through partnerships among the numerous units of the state's land grant university and many Appalachian communities, brings minority and underrepresented students and teachers to the Health Sciences campus each summer for clinic, laboratory, and classroom training and activities. The partnership then provides the infrastructure and support for community-based science projects mentored by teachers, health professions, students and volunteer community leaders during the school year.
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There are four criteria for students wanting to enter the HSTA program: African American, income, rural status, and first in family to attend college.
The mission of the Lang Youth Medical Program is to inspire, support, and motivate young people representative of the neighborhood surrounding Washington Heights to realize their college and career aspirations, especially in the health sciences. One of the program’s main objectives is to create meaningful mentoring relationships with medical students, residents, faculty, staff, and administrators. Students attend programs every Saturday during the school year and for four weeks during the summer. Students can become involved as advisors during the weekly program or as mentors during lunches, bowling trips, movie nights, etc.
Lang Youth Medical Program is a six-year science education and mentoring program for middle school students that puts the hospital’s educational resources to work for young people in Washington Heights.
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: August 24, 2016
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