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High school and undergraduate students interested in cancer research can choose from several rigorous pipeline programs to deepen their knowledge of cancer science, broaden their awareness of careers in the field, and build relationships with leaders in the scientific community fighting to unravel cancer’s mysteries.

Each program offers hands-on learning in a premier research laboratory or patient care facility and dedicated mentorship from UChicago faculty. The programs differ in terms of their eligibility requirements and the exact nature of training opportunities.

We welcome you to apply to the program best aligned with your career stage and interests.

Programs

Who: High school and college students AND secondary science educators

What: Full-time immersion in a cancer research laboratory, individualized mentoring, skill-building workshops, faculty lecture series, research symposium and group social events

When:8 weeks for 2 consecutive summers, plus monthly activities during the academic year

Contact: Megan Mekinda, PhD, 773-702-4678, mmekinda@bsd.uchicago.edu

Who: High school students interested in careers in scientific research or medicine

What: Full-time immersion in a cancer research laboratory, individualized mentoring, career and skill-building workshops, faculty lecture series, student research symposium and group social events

When: 8 weeks, summer

Contact: Megan Mekinda, PhD, 773-702-4678, researcHStart@bsd.uchicago.edu

Who: High school seniors accepted into college and current college students from populations underrepresented in the sciences, interested in careers in medicine

What: Clinical shadowing, community service, faculty lectures and pre-medical advising

When: 6 weeks, summer

Contact: Nikki Oliver, 773-702-8946, noliver2@bsd.uchicago.edu

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Who: College students from populations underrepresented in the sciences, interested in medical research

What: Full-time immersion in basic science laboratory or clinical research project

When: 8 weeks, summer

Contact: Nikki Oliver, 773-702-8946, noliver2@bsd.uchicago.edu

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Who: College students interested in a MD/PhD or PhD in the biomedical sciences

What: Full-time immersion in laboratory research, individualized mentorship by a research scientist, participate in national student conferences and career and skill-building workshops and attend social and cultural events

When: 8-10 weeks, summer

Contact: Regina Dixon Reeves, PhD, 773-702-3557, rdixonre@uchicago.edu

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Who: Recent college graduates who intend to pursue a PhD in the biomedical sciences

What: Full-time work as laboratory technician, academic activities

When: Full year

Contact: PREP@lists.uchicago.edu

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