The first set of summer research programs at the University of Illinois Cancer Center are set to begin Monday, June 3.

The Cancer Center is thrilled to welcome undergraduate students in the University of Illinois Diversity in Cancer Research (UI DCIR) program and medical students in the Robert A. Winn Diversity in Clinical Trials: Clinical Investigator Pathway Program (Winn CIPP).

Through funding from the American Cancer Society, UI DICR at the Cancer Center is a 10-week summer program that trains and mentors underrepresented minority undergraduate students interested in careers focusing on cancer research and other health professions. The program runs trhough August 9. Watch this video to learn more about UI DICR from some of the students who participated in 2023.

Winn CIPP is a six-week summer service-learning externship in community-based clinical research where medical students benefit from exposures to clinical research, community engagement experiences and leadership development. The program runs through July 12. Winn is a former director of the Cancer Center who now leads the VCU Massey Comprehensive Cancer Center in Richmond, Virginia.

Summer research programs are central to the mission of Cancer Research Training and Education Coordination (CRTEC) at the Cancer Center. The goal of these programs is to build a pipeline of researchers and trainees who will continue to address the needs of diverse patient populations. 

The other three summer programs at the Cancer Center begin June 10. Program details are below.

ResearcHStart: June 10 – August 2

The ResearcHStart program introduces high school students to cancer research by introducing them to biophysics, biochemistry, immunology and pharmacology. The program is a multi-institution program with the Cancer Center, University of Chicago, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Northwestern University and Rush University.

Cancer Health Equity Summer Scholars (CHESS): June 10 – August 2

CHESS is an eight-week summer program that trains and mentors underrepresented minority high school students interested in careers focusing on cancer research and other health professions. The CHESS Program is a collaboration between the Cancer Center and the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) Urban Health Program.

ChicagoCHEC Fellows: June 10 – August 2

The ChicagoCHEC Fellows program prepares undergraduate and postbaccalaureate students for careers in social, behavioral and biomedical research and in health care. During the eight-week program, fellows meet with leading scholars in basic, clinical, translational, prevention, control, behavioral and population research over a course of research lectures at the University of Illinois Cancer Center, the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University and Northeastern Illinois University. 

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