summer student program

Louisiana Summer undergraduate cancer research experience

The Louisiana Cancer Research Center offers an 8-week immersive summer cancer research opportunity for undergraduates interested in exploring a career in cancer research

About the Program

The Louisiana Cancer Research Center 8-week under graduate cancer research program has faculty mentors from three different institutions in New Orleans, the Louisiana: State University Health Sciences Center - New Orleans, Tulane School of Medicine, and Xavier University of Louisiana. The cancer research projects conducted by our program faculty from different fields include projects that will lead to understanding of the biological mechanisms involved in cancer development, growth, metastasis and the infectious agents that are linked to some of the cancers. The objective of their research is to lead to better prevention, detection, screening, diagnosis, and treatment of cancers in order to saves and improves lives of patients.

We invite applications for our Undergraduate Summer Cancer Research Experience (USCRE) program for students enrolled atcolleges and universities in Louisiana as well as other states, who are motivated to explore the exciting opportunities for careers as scientists in biomedical research, while working with our experienced research faculty and alongside their current graduate students and postdoctoral research associates in their laboratory.

As a selected student, you will design and implement a tailor-made research project.  You will then conduct exciting and challenging experiments to test hypotheses under the guidance and mentoring of our expert faculty. As you are being trained in biomedical research, you 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 our entire LCRC faculty.

You will gain experience by learning how to conduct research and from many additional rewarding, enjoyable opportunities for our students including social and recreational activities, and cultural events, as well as self-help seminars that will prepare you in all aspects of graduate school life and beyond including resume writing, graduate school applications, test taking, grant writing and more.

Who should apply

This program gives preference to and encourages applications from students whose primary interest is exploring a career in cancer research.


Participation in the Louisiana Cancer Research Center cancer biology summer research program is limited to students who meet the following criteria:

Current under graduate with at least one semester of coursework remaining before obtaining a bachelor's degree

See FAQ for more information.

How to apply

Follow the application steps to submit the following materials.

• Online application

• Short answer questions

• CV/resume



• A $6,500 stipend will be provided which includes an allowance that can be used towards housing, meals, travel, supplies or other student support

Students will also be provided access to:

• Campus library system and facility

• Wireless internet access


• Department seminars and presentations

• Professional development workshops (e.g., applying to graduate school, taking the GRE)

• Researchsymposium

Faculty Mentors

Frequently Asked Questions

Important Dates and Details

• 2024 Application season opens

Open now. Apply today.

• 2024 Application deadline

March 1st, 11:59 p.m. CST

• Program duration

Thursday, June 3 — Friday, July 26, 2024

• Location

Louisiana Cancer Research Center, New Orleans

For information contact
Charles Wood, PhD
Cancer Crusader Professor, Department Interdisciplinary Oncology, LSU Health

Sponsored by the Louisiana Cancer Research Center