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Meharry Cancer Summer Undergraduate Research Program

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Undergraduates - Sophomore
Undergraduates - Junior
Undergraduates - Senior

The Meharry Cancer Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) is a 10-week intensive, hands-on research experience for undergraduate students. The overall goals of the program are to expose students to different types of cancer research (clinical, biomedical, and community-based) and increase their awareness of cancer health disparities. Program participants will work under the mentorship of a Meharry Medical College and/or Vanderbilt University Medical Center faculty on a research project that explores the causes, diagnosis, prevention and/or treatment of cancer. Program participants will also learn basic information on cancer via a cancer biology mini-course and weekly cancer research seminar series. They will learn about cancer-related job opportunities from career development seminars. In addition, participants will have an opportunity to present their research at a local cancer research conference and at one national meeting.The program is supported in part by a grant from the National Cancer Institute.

Program Eligibility:

Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents who are rising sophomore, junior or senior students in a degree granting program at a college/university in the USA. They must also have a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above, and be interested in pursuing a career in biomedical research (PhD, MD, or MD/PhD).


Program participants will receive a $4,000 stipend for the 10 week summer research program. The program also offers paid travel to/from Nashville, TN as well as housing for out-of-town students near Meharry's campus.

Application Deadline: 2/5/2018
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Program Dates: 5/21/2018 - 7/27/2018

Participating Institution(s):
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Meharry Medical College (Lead)
Tennessee State University
Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Cellular Biology
Genetics & Genomics
Medical Sciences
Molecular Biology
Pharmaceutical Sciences

Health Disparities

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This program is funded by:
National Institute of Health (NIH)

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