Program Overview

Cancer System Biology Consortium

The National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Cancer Systems Biology Consortium and Physical Sciences in Oncology Network are offering rising Junior and Senior undergraduates with outstanding research potential the opportunity to work closely with faculty mentors from NCI-supported institutions. The program is designed specifically for students who wish to gain experience in the interdisciplinary fields of systems biology and physical oncology. Students who are especially interested in cancer research careers are encouraged to apply. Opportunities are available at 14 research institutions across the United States.

Each student participant will be working with a faculty mentor whose lab is pursuing a multi-disciplinary approach to cancer research. Projects include experimental and computational studies of the mechanisms underlying cancer processes. Systems biology and physical oncology approaches to cancer research often bring together disparate fields, such as cancer biology, biochemistry, and genetics, with engineering, physics, mathematics, and computer science. Students will either assist the faculty member’s lab in an ongoing research project or work collaboratively with the mentor and/or lab members on a new project of mutual interest.

In addition to performing research at their selected institution, students will have the opportunity to travel to the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD for a two-day undergraduate research conference. The conference will include a scientific poster session, career mentorship keynote talks, and the opportunity to meet other students from around the country. The summer program will also feature weekly webinars centered around collaborative activities that will introduce and improve research skills.

Participating Institutions

The 14 research institutions participating in the 2020 NCI Systems Biology and Physical Sciences in Cancer Summer Research Program are members of the NCI Cancer Systems Biology Consortium (CSBC) or Physical Sciences in Oncology Network (PS-ON). The CSBC and PS-ON initiatives aim to address challenges of complexity in basic and translational research through the use of experimental biology combined with in silico modeling and multi-dimensional data analysis to build predictive models of cancer.

2020 Program Details

The NCI Systems Biology and Physical Sciences in Cancer Summer Research Program runs up to ten weeks, from June 2020 through August 2020. Specific dates can be chosen collaboratively between the host institution and the summer fellow, but suggested dates are June 1 - August 7, 2020. The summer undergraduate research conference at the NIH will be July 9-10, 2020.

The NCI Systems Biology and Physical Sciences in Cancer Summer Research Program provides housing at each institution for up to 10 weeks, travel to and from the research location and the NIH summer undergraduate research conference, as well as a stipend to cover living expenses.