Chicago EYES (Educators and Youth Enjoy Science) on Cancer

Formerly the Continuing Umbrella of Research Experience (CURE) program

Chicago EYES on Cancer is a cancer research training program for underrepresented high school and college students interested in careers in biomedicine. The program also welcomes secondary science educators who teach students from underrepresented backgrounds.

For two consecutive summers, participants work full-time in the laboratories of established cancer researchers at the University. Rigorous research training is complemented with a cancer-based lecture series, skill-building workshops, and a network of faculty and peer mentors dedicated to participants’ success. The program culminates in a research symposium to showcase participants’ work across basic, translational, clinical, and population-based areas of cancer research.

Chicago EYES on Cancer is funded by a grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in addition to generous donations. Programming is provided in part through a partnership with Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry.

Program Dates

June 18-August 10, 2018

**Chicago Public School students and teachers are encouraged to apply. Arrangements will be made to accommodate the program’s conflict with the school district’s calendar**

High School and College Students

Benefits
  • Hands-on experience in a cutting-edge laboratory or research group
  • Targeted career development and skill-building workshops
  • Ongoing mentorship from network of university faculty, research professionals, program personnel and peers
  • Taxable stipend of $2,600 (high school students) or $3,500 (college students)
Eligibility Criteria
  • Member of a group underrepresented in the biosciences: Racial/ethnic minority (African American, Hispanic/Latino, Native American, or Pacific Islander), socioeconomically disadvantaged, first-generation college-bound, or living with a disability
  • High school sophomore, junior or senior, OR college freshman, sophomore or junior at time of application
  • At least 16 years of age at start of program
  • 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 students are responsible for their own housing and transportation to and from the University of Chicago during their summer research experiences.

How to Apply

Admission to Chicago EYES on Cancer is highly competitive. Approximately ten new students 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: [PDF coming soon]
  • Submit the online application form [URL coming soon]
  • Identify two individuals (at least one teacher) to complete the applicant recommendation form. The program leadership 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 in February).

Secondary Science Educators

Benefits
  • Hands-on experience in a cutting-edge laboratory or research group
  • Mentored curriculum development focused on project-based scientific inquiry
  • Access to network of university faculty, research professionals, program personnel and peers for ongoing support
  • Access to state-of-the-art laboratory equipment, supplies, and scientific literature for classroom use
  • Taxable stipend of $6,400 (Year 1) or $7,200 (Year 2)
Eligibility Criteria
  • High school science teacher for groups underrepresented in the biosciences (i.e., students who qualify as racial/ethnic minorities, socioeconomically disadvantaged, or living with disabilities)
  • Strong commitment to advancing students’ capacity for inquiry-driven, project-based science learning
  • Familiarity with basic principles in cell and molecular biology
  • Ability to commit to the full two-year program, including 8-week research experiences (40 hours/week) for two consecutive summers

Please note that teacher research fellows are responsible for their own housing and transportation to and from the University of Chicago during their summer research experiences.

How to Apply

Admission to Chicago EYES on Cancer is highly competitive. Approximately three new teacher research fellows are selected each year. Selection is based on applicants’ stated interest in the program, their capacity to impact the science learning experiences of underrepresented youth, and letters of recommendation. To apply:

  • Review the applicant information packet, accessible here: [PDF coming soon]
  • Submit the online application form [URL coming soon]
  • Identify one individual (preferably a fellow teacher or principal) to submit a letter of recommendation. The program leadership team will contact this individual 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 in February).

Conflict of Interest: The selection of applicants is managed by the program leadership team. Immediate family members of the leadership team, UChicago faculty, or the Chicago EYES on Cancer Advisory Committee are ineligible for the program. All applications will be subject to the Conflict of Interest Policy.

Contact

The University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center
5841 South Maryland Ave, MC 1140, H212
Chicago, IL 60637

Megan Mekinda, PhD
773-702-4678
mmekinda@bsd.uchicago.edu

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