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 15 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.
The 15 research institutions participating in the 2019 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.
2019 Program Details
The NCI Systems Biology and Physical Sciences in Cancer Summer Research Program runs up to ten weeks, from June 2019 through August 2019.
Specific dates can be chosen collaboratively between the host institution and the summer fellow, but suggested dates are June 3 – August 9, 2019.
The summer undergraduate research conference at the NIH will be July 18-19, 2019.
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.