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CURE Summer Research Program in the biomedical sciences


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Academic Level:
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Undergraduates - Senior

Description:


CURE (Continuing Umbrella of Research Experience Program) is a summer research program at the Lurie Cancer Center for underserved college students interested in pursuing careers in the biomedical sciences. It is funded by the Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CRCHD) of the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Each year the Lurie Cancer Center accepts 12 college students to work alongside top cancer researchers in state-of-the-art laboratories. The scientists act as mentors and work with students on nationally funded laboratory research projects during the eight-week summer program. Students are also introduced to the basics of cancer research through focused seminars presented by faculty on various research topics. At the end of the CURE program, each trainee is required to prepare a brief written summary and an oral report of his or her project to fellow CURE students and faculty mentors.

Curriculum

Students accepted into CURE work full time for eight weeks on a research project in a biomedical discipline under the guidance of a Cancer Center faculty mentor. The majority of the time is spent participating in laboratory research, allowing participants to experience directly what it means to be a biomedical researcher. Emphasis is placed on the fundamental principles of scientific investigation. Students are also introduced to the basics of cancer research through seminars presented by faculty on topics such as cancer genes, cell cycle proteins, biology of prostate cancer, hematologic malignancies, etc. At the end of the CURE program, each trainee is required to prepare a brief written summary and to give an oral presentation of his or her project to fellow CURE students and research mentors. To receive credit for participating in CURE, each trainee must give the presentation and submit the written report .


Participating Institution(s):
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Northwestern University (Lead)

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Biomedical Engineering
Medical Sciences

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This program is funded by:
National Institute of Health (NIH)


Page last updated 10/30/2016
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