Greehey CCRI Donald G McEwen Memorial
Summer Undergraduate Research Program


The Greehey CCRI Undergraduate Summer Internship Program is designed to allow talented undergraduate students who are interested in a career in academic research to spend approximately 10 weeks during the summer conducting hypothesis-driven research on childhood cancer in one of the laboratories at the Greehey Children's Cancer Research Institute.


Greehey Children’s Cancer Research Institute Overview

The Greehey Children’s Cancer Research Institute (Greehey CCRI) is a part of The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UT Health San Antonio), a research-intensive institution committed to improving the health of all citizens through research, teaching, and patient care. UT Health San Antonio serves a 50,000 square-mile area of South Texas, with campuses in San Antonio and in the metropolitan border communities of Laredo, Harlingen and Edinburg in the Rio Grande Valley. More than 2,700 students a year train in an environment that involves more than 100 affiliated hospitals, clinics and health care facilities in South Texas.


Established with $200 million from the State of Texas tobacco settlement, the largest single oncology endowment in this nation’s history, the Greehey Children’s Cancer Research Institute is a unique and specialized cancer research center. The mission of the Greehey CCRI is to advance scientific knowledge relevant to childhood cancer and to accelerate the translation of knowledge into novel therapies. Through discovery, development, and dissemination of scientific knowledge relevant to childhood cancer by a group of world-class principal investigators, the overarching aim of the Greehey CCRI is to impact the problem of cancer at all ages.


The Greehey CCRI is organized around five major programs and shared core facilities and is an integrated matrix organization comprising an interdisciplinary group of faculty spanning multiple Departments and Schools of UT Health San Antonio. Housed in a state-of-the-art research building on the Greehey Campus of UT Health San Antonio, the Greehey CCRI is well-positioned to have a major impact on the scientific profile of San Antonio and South Texas, and will extend the development of regional, national and international scientific linkages for basic and translational cancer research and clinical trials.


Although the Greehey CCRI is not organized as a cancer treatment facility, clinical investigations are conducted in collaboration with board-certified pediatric oncologists in the Division of Hematology-Oncology in the Department of Pediatrics. The clinical team cares for approximately 60 new childhood oncology patients each year at University Hospital, which is a 5-minute walk from the Greehey CCRI. The Division also operates an ACGME-certified fellowship program in pediatric hematology-oncology. Most importantly, these clinical efforts are linked to national cooperative programs that facilitate delivery of state-of-the-art cancer treatments to children throughout South Texas.