Summer Undergraduate Cancer Research Program

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The West Virginia University Cancer Institute offers undergraduate research opportunities every summer in clinical and basic cancer research. The highly competitive program provides funding and opportunities for students who want to pursue careers in cancer research. Each student receives a stipend and additional funds for research supplies are provided to the host lab. The student 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.

The next summer program will start about May 22 and continue for 10 weeks. Fellows are required to prepare an abstract and present the results of their summer research project at a research symposium held on the last day of the experience.

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, 2017. You will be notified of your status by March 17.

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  

Other Summer Research Programs at WVU

Summer Undergraduate Research Internship (SURI) program at WVU 

Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) program at WVU  

WV-INBRE Summer Research Program 

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.