Cancer-focused Summer Undergraduate Research (CanSUR)

Applications are not being accepted at this time.
Program Director
Portrait of Mark Jackson

Mark W. Jackson, PhD
Associate Professor, Pathology

Program Administrator
Damian Junk

Damian Junk, PhD
Assistant Director of Cancer Training & Education


Education Program Manager
Portrait of Gena Richmann

Gena Richmann, MEd
Education Program Manager

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 supports 32 undergraduates for a 10-week period (June through August) each summer, as of summer 2019. 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.

Key Components

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. The 2019 CanSUR Scholars' Symposium will be held Wednesday, August 7 from 9 am to 12 pm in the Wolstein Research Building Auditorium. All are welcome to join us as our 32 CanSUR scholars present their research as short, 3-minute "elevator pitch" presentations.

Following the presentations, a luncheon will be held as we close out the first year of our program. Please RSVP to Gena Richmann ( if you wish to attend the luncheon.


Program applications are not being accepted at this time. Applications for the 2020 program are expected to open Fall 2019, please check back for updates.