The goal of the Cancer-focused Summer Undergraduate Research program is to generate excitement for a future career in cancer research in highly motivated undergraduates and help them prepare for the next stage of their careers.
The CanSUR Program supports 32 undergraduates for a 10-week period (June through August) each summer. Undergraduates will be accepted from colleges and universities from across the country to work with one of 82 Case Comprehensive Cancer Center (Case CCC) researchers. Stipends of $4,000 are provided for the 10-week program. Housing and travel allowances are available for select appointees.
Week 1 Cancer Immersion
To ensure that all trainees start-out with a solid understanding of cancer biology and the current state of cancer research, week 1 is devoted to interactive cancer research lectures (The fundamentals of Cancer Biology, Current Cancer Therapies, Cancer Research Discovery Techniques, and tours of the state-of-the-art research facilities available at the Case CCC). Social interactions will allow the students to get to know each other, learn how to work in teams, and establish critical networking skills.
Mentored Research Experience
Scholars participate in a hands-on, cancer research experience including project development, execution, interpretation, and reporting of research results in select Case CCC member’s laboratory.
Weekly Scientific and Career Enrichment Lunches
Scholars have the opportunity to discuss new advances in cancer research and cutting-edge technology. Scholars will gain critical insight into professional development, including how to communicate and present research findings, guidance on how to prepare graduate/medical school applications, leadership training, and responsible conduct in research, among other topics.
Cancer Career Opportunities Dinner
Scholars enjoy a meal with PhD and MD students, postdoctoral scholars, and hematology/oncology residents and fellows while learning about diverse cancer careers opportunities in academia (PhD and MD/PhD paths), medicine, community outreach, and industry, among others.
CanSUR Scholars’ Symposium
Scholars will present their research at a CanSUR Program research symposium during the final week of the program.
We invited our 2021 Cancer-focused Summer Undergraduate Research (CanSUR) class to share a glimpse of their experience in the program. A winner was selected from each of four categories.
Last month our CanSUR scholars presented group research projects as reverse lectures, where the students became the teachers! It was a fun experience capped by an ice cream social with Mitchell's Homemade Ice Cream. Yum!
Photos by Dan Milner Photography