Summer Undergraduate Cancer Research Program

Undergraduate student presents his poster to an audience.


The West Virginia University Cancer Institute offers undergraduate research opportunities every summer in clinical and basic cancer research. The highly competitive program provides funding and opportunities for students who want to pursue careers in cancer research. Each student receives a $4,000 stipend to cover living expenses and accommodation in Morgantown, WV. Students are responsible for securing housing. Additional $1,000 is provided for research supplies to the host lab. The student is paired with a Center scientist for a 10-week research project. Various projects are available that provide a research experience focused upon molecular, biochemical and/or cellular approaches toward understanding the mechanism of cancer, the development of anticancer drugs and applications of nanotechnology to cancer research. The participating labs focus on blood and hematological malignancies such as leukemia or lymphoma, as well as breast, lung and head and neck cancers.

The next summer program will start on May 21 and continue for 10 weeks. Fellows are required to prepare an abstract and present the results of their summer research project at a research symposium held on the last day of the experience.


  • Full-time undergraduate students enrolled in a US university or college

(International students enrolled in a US university or college are responsible to obtain their own visa and work permit, if accepted to the program)

Application Information:

Submit the following information to the address below:

  • A letter indicating interest in the program and professional goals
  • Resume (please include an email address and your complete mailing address) 
  • Recent copy of your academic transcript (an unofficial copy is acceptable)
  • Two letters of recommendation from professors familiar with your academic record  or research experience (recent science professors preferred)

The application deadline is March 1, 2018. You will be notified of your status by March 19, 2018.

Preferred Factors in Selection:

  • Established collaboration with WVU Cancer Institute labs
  • Previous research experience
  • Academic record, particularly in biomedical science related courses
  • West Virginia resident status

The application should be directed to:

RE: Undergraduate Summer Research at WVU Cancer Institute

Tina Lankford, Administrative Assistant (tlankford@hsc.wvu.edu)
1 Medical Center Dr., PO Box 9300, WVU Cancer Institute
Morgantown, WV 26506-9300 Tel: (304) 293-5175 

Electronic submission via email as a single PDF file is encouraged.

Questions about the scientific program can be directed to: 

Alexey Ivanov, Ph.D.
Coordinator Undergraduate Research Program
Tel: 304-293-4936  

A student presents his summer research findings.
Other Summer Research Programs at WVU

Summer Undergraduate Research Internship (SURI) program at WVU 

Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) program at WVU  

WV-INBRE Summer Research Program 

Financial support for the fellowship program comes from the Edwin C. Spurlock Fellowship Fund, the Edward L. Reed Cancer Research Endowment, the Dr. David B. McClung Cancer Research Endowment Fund, and the Joe Marconi Cancer Research Fellowship Endowment.