Summer Undergraduate Cancer Research Program
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 will start on Monday, May 18th, 2020 and continue for 10 weeks. Students are required to prepare a poster and present the results of their summer research project at a research symposium held on the last day of the experience, Monday, July 27th, 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 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)
Complete this application form
The application deadline is March 2, 2020. You will be notified of your status by March 16, 2020.
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
Questions about the scientific program can be directed to:
Alexey Ivanov, Ph.D.
Coordinator Undergraduate 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.