Summer Research Fellowship Program

 Student Group in a laboratory setting

The West Virginia University Cancer Institute offers undergraduate research fellowships every summer in clinical and basic cancer research. The highly competitive fellowship program provides funding and opportunities for students who want to pursue careers in cancer research. Each fellow receives a stipend and additional funds for research supplies are provided to the host lab. The fellow is paired with a Center scientist for a 10-week research project. Various projects are available that provide a research experience focused upon molecular, biochemical and/or cellular approaches toward understanding the mechanism of cancer, the development of anticancer drugs and applications of nanotechnology to cancer research. The participating labs focus on blood and hematological malignancies such as leukemia or lymphoma, as well as breast, lung and head and neck cancers.

In the Summer 2016 program, the fellowship stipend is $4000. The program will start May 31, 2016 and continue until August 9, 2016. Fellows are required to prepare an abstract and present the results of their summer research project at a research symposium.

Application Information:

Submit the following information to the address below:

  • A letter indicating interest in the program and professional goals
  • Resume (please include an email address and your complete mailing address) 
  • Recent copy of your academic transcript 
  • Two letters of recommendation from professors familiar with your academic record  or research experience (recent science professors preferred)

The application deadline is March 1, 2016. You will be notified of your status by March 18.

The application should be directed to:

Tina Lankford PO Box 9300, WVU Cancer Institute

Morgantown, WV 26506-9300 Tel: (304) 293-5175 Fax: (304) 293-4667


Questions about the scientific program can be directed to: 

Alexey Ivanov, Ph.D.
Coordinator Undergraduate Research Program
Tel: 304-293-4936  

Financial support for the fellowship program comes from the Edwin C. Spurlock Fellowship Fund, the Edward L. Reed Cancer Research Endowment, the Dr. David B. McClung Cancer Research Endowment Fund, and the Joe Marconi Cancer Research Fellowship Endowment.