Pipeline Programs

High school and undergraduate students interested in cancer research can choose from several rigorous pipeline programs to deepen their knowledge of cancer science, broaden their awareness of careers in the field, and build relationships with leaders in the scientific community fighting to unravel cancer’s mysteries. Each program offers hands-on learning in a premier research laboratory or patient care facility and dedicated mentorship from University faculty. The programs differ in terms of their eligibility requirements and the exact nature of training opportunities. We welcome you to apply to the program best aligned with your career stage and interests.

Continuing Umbrella of Research Experience (CURE)

Who: High school and college students from populations underrepresented in the sciences, interested in careers in scientific research or medicine
What: Full-time immersion in a cancer research laboratory, individualized mentoring, career and skill-building workshops, faculty lecture series, student research symposium, and group social events
When: 8 weeks for 2 consecutive summers, plus monthly activities during the intervening school year
Contact: Megan Mekinda, PhD, 773-702-4678, CURE@bsd.uchicago.edu

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researcHStart

Who: High school students interested in careers in scientific research or medicine
What: Full-time immersion in a cancer research laboratory, individualized mentoring, career and skill-building workshops, faculty lecture series, student research symposium, and group social events
When: 8 weeks, summer
Contact: Megan Mekinda, PhD, 773-702-4678, researcHStart@bsd.uchicago.edu

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Chicago Academic Medicine Program (CAMP)

Who: High school seniors accepted into college and current college students from populations underrepresented in the sciences, interested in careers in medicine
What: Clinical shadowing, community service, faculty lectures, and pre-medical advising
When: 6 weeks, summer
Contact: Nikki Oliver, 773-702-8946, noliver2@bsd.uchicago.edu

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Pritzker School of Medicine Experience in Research

Who: College students from populations underrepresented in the sciences, interested in medical research
What: Full-time immersion in basic science laboratory or clinical research project.
When: 8 weeks, summer
Contact: Nikki Oliver, 773-702-8946, noliver2@bsd.uchicago.edu

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Training Early Achievers for Careers in Health (TEACH)

Who: Rising sophomores from the University of Chicago Collegiate Scholars Program, interested in health-related research
What: Hospital Research program with hands-on clinical research experience, multi-tiered mentorship, speaker series, clinical shadowing, and student poster session OR Field Research program with specialized college-level coursework in biological science and experimental techniques, laboratory exercises, speaker series, field trips, and student poster session
When: 6 weeks, summer
Contact: teachrsch@gmail.com

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The Leadership Alliance Summer Research – Early Identification Program (SR-EIP)

Who: College students interested in a MD/PhD or PhD in the biomedical sciences.
What: Full-time immersion in laboratory research, individualized mentorship by a research scientist, participate in national student conferences and career and skill-building workshops, and attend social and cultural events
When: 8-10 weeks, summer
Contact: Regina Dixon Reeves, PhD 773-702-3557, rdixonre@uchicago.edu

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Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program (PREP)

Who: Recent college graduates who intend to pursue a PhD in the biomedical sciences.
What: Full-time work as laboratory technician, academic activities.
When: Full year
Contact: PREP@lists.uchicago.edu

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