Internships in Cancer Research


2017 CURE interns

CURE interns: Kneeling: Caroline Dokken, Romerro Walker; Middle row (left to right): Ebisie Deressa, Sheng Thao, Beminet Kassaye, Danny Chen; Back row (left to right): Marcus Kelly, Mula Lay, Pov Thao

Summer undergraduate research opportunities

Cancer Research, Education and Training Experience (CREATE)

Cancer Research, Education and Training Experience (CREATE)

The CREATE program is an integrated summer experience for talented, motivated undergraduate students interested in a cancer research career. Trainees will conduct independent cancer biology research under the mentorship of a CREATE program faculty mentor and engage in a weekly research seminar with other CREATE students. The research experience will be coupled with a Cancer Education Workshop that will provide an overview of cancer biology and development of key professional development skills. Visit the Life Sciences Undergraduate Research Program's page to learn more out intern opportunitites.

The 2016 application period is now closed.

Internship on health disparities and cancer research

Internship on health disparities and cancer research

The 2016 summer internship on cancer and health disparities is an nine-week program designed to give undergraduate students from Minnesota's racial/ethnic minority or under-represented communities research experience in the health sciences.


Undergraduate research opportunities

Masonic Cancer Center directed research student or volunteer opportunity

Masonic Cancer Center directed research student or volunteer opportunity

The laboratory of Dr. Timothy Starr within the Masonic Cancer Center and the Gynecologic Oncology Division of the OB/GYN and Women's Health Department is looking for a directed research student (or volunteer) to start work after the end of the semester.

Project description

In order to develop more effective cancer treatments we need to understand the underlying genetic causes of cancer. In the Starr lab we have developed transgenic mouse models that are capable of identifying the genetic changes that turn a normal cell into a cancerous cell. Using these models we have discovered a large number of genes that likely cause cancer in humans when mutated. Currently, our researchers continue to generate these cancer mouse models in addition to studying the function of the identified candidate cancer genes in order to determine whether they could be targeted in cancer therapy. The long-term goal of our research is to develop combinatorial, targeted therapies for treating cancer patients.

We are looking for a motivated undergrad that is willing to work throughout the summer and ultimately commit at least 2 semesters of work. The main tasks expected will be to perform PCR, mouse colony maintenance, and necropsy. Therefore, anyone who is uncomfortable working with mice will not be a good fit for this laboratory. In addition, for any student interested, our lab has had 5 undergrads awarded UROPS and we have mentored 4 undergrads through their Honors Thesis. Therefore, we are very familiar with these programs and can help our new students through these processes.


Students interested in in this opportunity should contact Callie Janik ( [link sends e-mail]) with a resume and a brief personal statement (i.e. short paragraph as to why they wish to be involved in our research).

For more information

Find information about the Starr laboratory.

University of Minnesota Informatics Institute Projects

University of Minnesota Informatics Institute Projects

The University of Minnesota Informatics Institute (UMII) will provide funding for up to 25 UROP projects that include significant informatics components. Projects must either address a data challenge within a research problem in any field of application or address informatics methodologies or techniques more broadly. Applications are through the regular UROP process. Indicate on the application (Section D) whether your proposal should be considered for funding through UMII.

For questions on what is appropriate research for these awards, please contact Claudia Neuhauser, Director, UMII.

Biology Colloquium

Biology Colloquium

Biology Colloquium (BCQ) is a student-run course designed to introduce students to a wide range of fields within the biological sciences.

Visit the website for more information.

High school and undergraduate research opportunties

CURE Cancer Internship

CURE Cancer Internship

The University of Minnesota Masonic Cancer Center (MCC) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) recognize the value and necessity of diversifying the cancer research workforce.  To address this need, the NCI has provided funds to establish the MCC CURE Cancer Internship: a program designed to train and mentor bright young individuals in Minnesota from diverse backgrounds who otherwise might not have considered a career in cancer research possible.  

For the 2017 internship cycle we have selected 5 high school students and 4 undergraduate students to participate in a year-long paid training program focused on hands-on cancer research, cancer biology education, and career and professional skills development.

For more information contact Danielle Renner, Ph.D., drenner@umn.edu612-626-6437.

Summer Cancer Health Disparities Research Interns Share Experience

Summer Health Disparities Research Interns Share Experience

Summer research program and presentation opportunities

A number of agencies and groups sponsor summer research experience programs or presentation opportunities for undergraduate students. Google searches will find websites for many of these programs. Many have deadlines in January or February.