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Preprofessional Opportunities

Pediatric Oncology Education (POE) Program at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital


Category: Summer
Type: Research
Location: Memphis Tennessee
Deadline: Early February


Suzanne Gronemeyer, PhD

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

262 Danny Thomas Place, Mail Stop 0304

Memphis, TN 38105-3678

Fax: 901-595-3292


POEs must be United States citizens, non-citizen nationals, or possess a visa permitting permanent residence in the United States (required by the funding agency). All must have completed at least their college sophomore year by the time they participate. Sophomores without relevant research experience will not be competitive applicants for our program. While not required, prior research experience is a strong advantage for all applicants. All POE applicants must have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.40 (on a 4.0 scale) in math and science (biology, chemistry, and physics) and at least a 3.40 overall.


The Pediatric Oncology Education (POE) Program offers a unique opportunity for students preparing for careers in the biomedical sciences, medicine, and pharmacy to gain biomedical and oncology research experience. Students participate in basic or clinical oncology research, research and clinical conferences, and a core lecture series designed specifically for them. All participants make a PowerPoint presentation on their research project and submit a report on their research project written in the style of a journal in which their mentor publishes.

A primary goal of the POE program is to encourage students to pursue a career in cancer research. Thus, we are particularly interested in highly qualified students with a serious career interest in cancer research, either as a clinical scientist or laboratory-based research scientist.

Members of under-represented ethnic minority groups and women are particularly encouraged to apply, since one of our major long-term program goals is to increase the diversity of persons engaged in oncology research and practice. Our NIH/NCI-funded (2 P30CA021765-32S1) Continuing Umbrella of Research Experiences (CURE) grant provides stipends for additional undergraduate under-represented minority POE Program participants. Letters of recommendation sent as PDF attachments to email are appreciated, but hard copy is welcome.