Summer Undergraduate Cancer Research Program

Undergraduate student presents his poster to an audience.


The West Virginia University Cancer Institute offers an undergraduate research opportunity 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 an Institute 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.

This year’s summer program was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The decision to run the 2021 summer program will be made in December 2020.


  • Full-time undergraduate students enrolled in a US university or college at the dates of the program (seniors graduating in the Spring or Summer of the program year are not eligible).
  • Students who have participated in the program in previous years are not eligible.

(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:

Complete this application form

The application deadline is March 1, 2021. 

We request an unofficial academic transcript at this stage. If accepted to the program, you’ll be asked for an official transcript in late March.

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

Questions 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 this form is recommended

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.

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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.