Columbia College | Columbia Engineering

Preprofessional Opportunities

Summer Cancer Research Program for Undergraduates


Category: Summer
Type: Research
Deadline: Mid January


Betty Tarnowski

Division of Cancer Biology, National Cancer Institute.


Eligibility Application to the ICBP Summer Cancer Research Fellowship/Internship program is open to students currently enrolled, at the time of application, as a sophomore, junior or senior in an accredited college or university located in the continental United States. An applicant must live in the United States and be a United States citizen or hold a permanent resident visa to be eligible to apply. Priority will be given to students who have at least a 3.0 GPA computed over the last three semesters and who have successfully completed relevant course work in the areas of biological, chemical, physical, computational, mathematical or statistical sciences, or engineering. Students will be selected on the basis of their academic record, statement of interest, and faculty recommendations. Students from under-represented minority groups and women are encouraged to apply.


The Summer Cancer Research Fellowship/Internship program provides a unique opportunity for current sophomore, junior or senior undergraduate students to engage in innovative integrative biology approaches to cancer research through the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Integrative Cancer Biology Program (ICBP). The ICBP, composed of multi-disciplinary Centers across the United States, focuses on the analysis of cancer using systems biology approaches. Investigators within each ICBP Center integrate experimental biology research with mathematical and computational modeling to gain new insights into the biology and management of cancer.

Selected student participants are paired with a faculty-mentor from a participating ICBP Center based on the student’s indicated research interests. Through mentored research projects, faculty lectures, seminars, discussions and other activities, the student gains both an understanding and appreciation of major questions currently under investigation and the novel research approaches being used within the ICBP Centers.

The program begins June 3, 2013 and ends August 2, 2013. Note: some ICBP Centers have modified start/end dates based on the individual Center institution’s summer calendars.

Travel, Stipend and Housing
Participants will receive a travel allowance up to $600 for travel to the paired ICBP Center at the beginning of the program and return travel home at the end of the program. Participants will receive a stipend of $3,300 for the nine week summer program. Housing accommodations, up to $100 per night, will be arranged by each ICBP Center in conjunction with the NCI staff.