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.

 

Undergraduate Summer Research Internship Program

The Greehey Children’s Cancer Research Institute Summer Undergraduate Research Program allows talented undergraduate students who are interested in a career in academic research to spend 10 weeks during the summer conducting hypothesis-driven research on childhood cancer. Most research-oriented academic institutions offer programs for undergraduate summer students to experience laboratory research, but access to such opportunities in a dedicated children’s cancer research environment is a unique offering. Since research being conducted at our facility utilizes a wide range of techniques and model systems, students experience not only a unique first-hand look at children’s cancer research, but are able to do so from both basic science and clinically relevant experimental paradigms. The program is intended to educate the next generation of cancer researchers, and has offered students from throughout the nation, and from around the world, opportunities to learn in a fast-paced, cutting-edge, cancer research environment.

 

Some Fast Facts -

The program begins on June 4thand ends on August 10th.

Applications significantly exceed available positions. Applications period has been extended; however, applications submitted after the May 4th, deadline will not be considered.

The program typically hosts ten to twelve undergraduate students. Once those positions are filled, interested applicants may be placed on a waiting list.

Candidates are screened by individual Principal Investigators to identify and select candidates whose research interests best fit each laboratory’s ongoing research program.

A monthly stipend is available to help defray some of the student’s expenses. Meals, housing, and transportation are not provided.

 

Program Focus and Details -

Hypothesis-driven research -

To address the hypothesis, the student measured microRNA expression in clinical specimens and associated it with retrospective clinical outcome data. Although the research at the Greehey CCRI is focused on cancer, there is significant diversity in both topics and paradigms employed. A spectrum of potential projects, ranging from purely basic science relevant to cancer, to analysis of clinically-related data, is available for prospective students to choose from. Links to detailed descriptions of the faculty research interests can be found at the Greehey CCRI website. In addition to the breadth of potential research topics, a wide array of research technologies, including genomics, proteomics, classical genetics, and various cellular and organismal imaging platforms, are also being employed, further augmenting the diversity of potential research projects.

Health and safety training -

Prior to conducting independent research, an assessment of potential workplace hazards will be conducted to insure that safe work practices and appropriate training is in place. The assessment will determine what training courses need to be scheduled prior to the commencement of research.

Symposium -

Communicating the results of academic research is an important skill. To help develop student skills in this area, the summer research experience will culminate in a research symposium, the goals of which are to:

  1. teach students to present data and defend conclusions effectively,
  2. build confidence in public speaking, and
  3. provide a forum in which students can share the results of their summer experience.

Uniqueness of Program -

Most research-oriented academic institutions offer programs for undergraduate summer students to experience laboratory research, but access to such opportunities in a dedicated children’s cancer research environment is a unique offering. Since research being conducted at our facility utilizes a wide range of techniques and model systems, students can experience not only a unique firsthand look at children’s cancer research, but will be able to do so from both basic science and clinically relevant experimental paradigms.


How to Apply -

Applications for the 2018 program will be accepted via the Greehey CCRI website until the close of business on Friday, May 4, 2018. Students will be notified of the acceptance (or other status) of their application by Friday, May 11, 2018. Information required for the application includes both a current resume and a short essay describing the student's career goals, interest in cancer research, prior research experience, why the student is interested in studying at the Greehey CCRI, and what they hope to take away from such a research experience.

GCCRI Summer Undergraduate Research Program Application Form Program Application Requirements:
Online application – Apply Here
Personal statement
Unofficial transcript
Letter of recommendation

For questions please contact Victor Aguilar or the Program Directors, Alexander Pertsemlidis and Greg Aune.