Cancer research opportunit​y summer 2014

We invite your best students to apply for our NIH/NCI-funded (5R25CA023944-30) Pediatric Oncology Education (POE) Program <>.   The program offers a unique opportunity for pre-doctoral students preparing for careers in the biomedical sciences,  medicine, and pharmacy to gain biomedical and oncology research experience. Students participate in basic or clinical oncology research, research and clinical conferences, and a core lecture series designed specifically for them. All participants make a PowerPoint presentation on their research project and submit a report on their research project written in the style of a journal in which their faculty mentor publishes.

A primary goal of the POE program is to encourage students to pursue a career in cancer research. Thus, we are particularly interested in highly qualified students with a serious career interest in cancer research, either as a clinical scientist or laboratory-based research scientist.  The POE 2013 class average undergraduate GPA was 3.82.  In 2013, 60 students from 51 schools in 24 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia were selected from 500 applicants.  POEs must be United States citizens, non-citizen nationals, or possess a visa permitting permanent residence in the United States (required by the funding agency).  All must have completed at least their college sophomore year by the time they participate. Prior research experience is required for all applicants. Medical students spend a minimum of 9 weeks in the program. The minimum tenure requirement for all others is 11 weeks (10 weeks for returning students).  All POE applicants must have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.40 (on a 4.0 scale) in math and science (biology,  chemistry, and physics) and at least a 3.40 overall. The remuneration is $4,000.  Fully furnished group housing adjacent to our campus is provided at no cost for non- local students.

The POE home page <> contains links to the program application, which must be submitted online. The deadline for receipt of all 2014 application materials is February 1, 2014. Early application is highly recommended.  Letters of recommendation sent as PDF attachments to email are requested.  Members of under-represented ethnic minority groups and women are particularly encouraged to apply, since one of our major long-term program goals is to increase the diversity of persons engaged in oncology research and practice. Our NIH/NCI-funded (2P30CA021765-34S1) Continuing Umbrella of Research Experiences (CURE) grant provides remuneration for additional undergraduate under-represented minority POE Program participants.

PS  I advise students to apply for several programs, since most programs get many more well-qualified applicants than they can place. Many fine internship opportunities are listed on

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