CURE UChicago

Continuing Umbrella of Research Experience (CURE)

As an NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, the University of Chicago is proud to be part of the Continuing Umbrella of Research Experience (CURE) Program. It is funded by a grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), in addition to dedicated and generous private donors.

The CURE Program welcomes underrepresented high school and college students interested in careers in cancer research. For two consecutive summers, CURE students work full-time for eight weeks in the laboratories of established cancer researchers at the University. Their rigorous research training is complemented with a cancer-based lecture series, career development and skill-building workshops, and a network of faculty and peer mentors dedicated to students’ success in the field. The program culminates in a research symposium to showcase students’ work across basic, translational, clinical, and population-based areas of cancer research.

High school students receive a taxable stipend of approximately $2,000 for their participation in the CURE program. College students receive a taxable stipend of $3,500.

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The Comprehensive Cancer Center recognizes that cancer affects individuals regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, and socioeconomic status. The CURE program is open to students who represent these diverse communities of Illinois, particularly racial and ethnic minorities, first-generation college-bound students, and the economically disadvantaged. Applicants must also meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • High school sophomore or junior, or college freshman or sophomore, at time of application
  • United States citizen or permanent resident
  • Strong interest in a career in scientific research or medicine
  • Strong academic record, particularly in math and science
  • Ability to commit to the full two-year program, including 8-week research experiences (40 hours/week) for two consecutive summers and monthly enrichment activities during the intervening academic year

Please note that CURE students are responsible for their own housing and transportation to and from the University of Chicago during their summer research experience.

How to Apply

Admission to CURE is highly competitive: approximately six new participants are selected each year. Selection is based on applicants’ stated interest in the program, academic record, and letters of recommendation. To apply:

  • Review the applicant information packet, accessible here: CURE Info Packet
  • Submit the online application form ( before midnight on Friday, January 20, 2017
  • Identify two individuals (at least one teacher) to complete the applicant recommendation form. The CURE team will contact your recommenders directly with instructions after you submit your online application.
  • Applicants who advance to the second round: Complete an in-person interview with the program leadership team, scheduled for February 2017.

The University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center
c/o CURE Program
900 E. 57th Street, Box 11
Chicago, IL 60637

Megan Mekinda, PhD