2017 Summer Program in Cancer Research - MD Anderson Cancer Center (Smithville, TX)

Thursday, Nov 3, 2016
by jsamarel

Application deadline: February 1

The Science Park Summer Program in Cancer Research (SPCR) provides an authentic research experience for outstanding undergraduate students considering careers in biomedical research. This highly competitive program routinely receives over 100 applications for a limited number of positions.

For ten weeks during the summer, SPCR students participate in hypothesis-driven, project-based investigations and attend a weekly lunch lecture series covering topics such as DNA structure and repair, epigenetics, stem cells, signal transduction and apoptosis, and emerging analytical techniques. Other activities include social events and tours of the MD Anderson Houston and Bastrop campuses. The program culminates in the SPCR Scientific Symposium, where interns give a 10-minute presentation describing their research results. It is not uncommon for students to make significant research contributions and to earn co-authorship on scientific abstracts and manuscripts. SPCR students receive a stipend of $5,000 for the 10 weeks. 

The professional research staff includes junior and senior faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students and research scientists.  All members of the faculty are involved in education programs, which include training at the postgraduate, graduate, undergraduate and high school levels.  

If you or an interested student have any questions or need more information, please feel free to contact Chris Contreras, Program Coordinator, at 512-237-9425 or e-mail: cmcontreras1@mdanderson.org.