Cancer-focused Summer Undergraduate Research (CanSUR)

2022 CanSUR undergraduates smiling and posing on the steps outside the Wolstein Research Building

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.

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. 


Applications for the 2023 cycle are now closed.

Program Administration

Mark W. Jackson, PhD
Associate Director for Cancer Training and Education
Professor, Pathology

Damian Junk, PhD 
Assistant Director of Cancer Training and Education

Gena Richmann, MEd
Education Program Manager

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Six CanSUR students sitting on the Cleveland sign
CanSUR 2022 Photo Contest

We invited our 2022 CanSUR class to share a glimpse of their experience in the program!

CanSUR students sitting in the WRB auditorium
CanSUR 2022 Symposium

This past summer, our scholars presented group research projects at our CanSUR Symposium, where the students became the teachers!