Cancer-focused Summer Undergraduate Research (CanSUR)

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Program Director
Portrait of Mark Jackson
David Schwartz Photography

Mark W. Jackson, PhD
Assistant Professor, Pathology

Program Administrator
Damian Junk

Damian Junk, PhD
Assistant Director of Cancer Training & Education


The goal of the 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 will support 32 undergraduates for a 10-week period (June through August) each summer, beginning in 2019. Undergraduates will be accepted from colleges and universities from across the country to work with one of 82 Case CCC researchers (click here for list of mentors). A stipend of $4,000 for will be provided for the 10-week program. Housing and travels allowances are available for select appointees.

Key Components

Week 1 Cancer Emersion

To ensure that all trainees start-out with a solid understanding of cancer biology and the current state of cancer research, week 1 will be 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 Comprehensive Cancer Center (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 will 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 (click here for participating faculty members).

Weekly Scientific and Career Enrichment Lunches

Scholars will 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 will enjoy dinner with PhD and MD students, postdoctoral scholars, and hematology/oncology residents and fellows while leaning 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. Brief description of the preparation and expectation of presentation at the symposium?


Applications will be accepted beginning in early 2019.