LCRC Announces Undergraduate Summer Program

The Louisiana Cancer Research Center (LCRC) is seeking applications from college undergraduates to participate in a new 8-week immersive summer cancer research program for students interested in exploring a career in cancer research.

Selected students will design and implement a tailor-made cancer research project and conduct exciting and challenging experiments to test hypotheses under the guidance and mentoring of LCRC faculty researchers from member institutions Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans, Tulane School of Medicine and Xavier University of Louisiana.

“We are pleased to offer this opportunity for the first time to undergraduates who are passionate about learning more about cancer and biomedical research,” said Joe W. Ramos, PhD, CEO and director of the LCRC.  “We have robust research program and fantastic mentors in our LCRC institutions, and we are all excited to welcome our first summer students this year. This will be an annual program and is designed to give students that first tantalizing taste of discovery to start new careers in cancer research.”  

Selected applicants will have the opportunity to explore cutting-edge techniques and gain knowledge of the latest instrumentation by utilizing the equipment in our labs and the core facilities that provide support to the entire LCRC partner faculty.

Eligibility and application information is available here and the deadline for applications is March 1.  Preference is given to juniors and seniors with at least one semester of remaining undergraduate coursework,  who have completed advanced coursework relating to cancer or biomedical research, and those with a demonstrated interest in pursuing an advanced degree.  Those selected will receive a stipend and additional benefits.

“I am excited to participate in LCRC’s new summer research program,” said Charles Wood, PhD, a member of the LCRC faculty and Cancer Crusader Professor, Department of Interdisciplinary Oncology and Associate Director of Basic Science of Stanley S Scott Cancer Center, at LSU Health New Orleans.  “This program will enhance not only the number of undergraduate students interested in pursuing a career in cancer research but will enhance the diversity of future cancer researchers for Louisiana and the country.”

About the LCRC

Each year, more than 25,000 Louisianans receive a cancer diagnosis. The Louisiana Cancer Research Center (LCRC) serves as a collaborative hub that advances cancer research, improves prevention, and accelerates innovative treatments. LCRC brings together the collective talent of more than 200 researchers from four institutions – of Louisiana State University Health New Orleans, Tulane University School of Medicine, Xavier University of Louisiana, and Ochsner Health – to improve cancer outcomes for Louisianans and all those touched by the disease.

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