OHSU accepts applications for the Ted R. Lilley Cancer CURE Program every two years. We recently concluded our application process for 2013. Watch this page for the next application round.
What is the purpose of the CURE Project?
The Ted R. Lilley Cancer Continuing Umbrella of Research Education (CURE) Program is focused on research mentorship and is supported by the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute and the OHSU Center for Diversity & Inclusion.
This program offers research mentorship and training to High School students from the Portland Metro Area who both excels academically and come from socially and economically disadvantaged background.
The goals of this program are to give hands-on research experience, science exposure and to increase participation of underserved and minority students in biomedical research and other health-related fields.
What is expected of students during the program?
- Students work full time for 8-10 weeks in a cancer lab with a Knight Cancer Institute Mentor, mentors will be assigned determined on the student's interest and availability
- Each student attends weekly seminars and classes ranging from lab basics to more in depth training
- Each student participates in a weekly curriculum, which can include: journal clubs, math, statistics, hands on training, and essay writing
- Each student presents a poster of their research findings and experience at the end of the program. Their Families, co-workers, directors and additional staff of the Knight Cancer Institute may all be in attendance.
- Current sophomores and juniors from Oregon High Schools (preference for selection given to Public Schools in the Portland Metro Area) belonging to a group that is historically underrepresented or socially and economically disadvantaged are eligible for application and consideration. (Please see below definitions)
- Must be 16 or older by June 13th, 2011
- All students must also have a 3.5 G.P.A. or higher to be eligible for this program and have taken at least one science class, preferably biology and have an interest in research
What does historically underrepresented or socially and economically disadvantaged mean?
- Economically disadvantaged is defined as individuals who come from a "low income family," using low-income levels as a specified by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
- Socially disadvantaged means students coming from an environment that may inhibit them from obtaining knowledge, skills or abilities in pursuit of education in a health field. This includes, but is not restricted to, students whose parents did not attend or complete college; and/or students being reared by a single or divorced parent.
- Underrepresented students belong to groups that are recognized as historically underrepresented in the health and science professions
What will I need to do during the course of the program?
Students selected will work full time in a research laboratory under the auspices of OHSU scientists conducting cancer research for a minimum of nine weeks. They are expected to read scientific literature in cancer research and attend special seminars highlighting various areas of biomedical research. There will be a presentation at the end of the program based on their research work.
Will I get paid?
Students accepted for research positions will be paid $10/hour and will receive bus passes for the duration of the summer project (10 weeks). The Ted R. Lilley Cancer CURE Program is co-sponsored by the Knight Cancer Institute at Oregon Health & Science University and the OHSU Center for Diversity & Inclusion. The Ted R. Lilley Cancer CURE Program is funded through a philanthropic contribution.
What do I need to do to apply?
Students submit a completed application packet to the below address, including the following materials:
- Check List (please check off all items that are included in your packet and make the checklist the first page of your application.)
- The Application pages 1, 2, and 3.
- A signed application form by the student and parent(s)/guardians.
- A 1000 word essay written by the student indicating his/her career goals, activities, intellectual interests, and future educational plans.
- One - Teacher letter of recommendation.
- One - Professional recommendation from a teacher, counselor, and/or past employer.
- One copy of an official academic transcript.
What if I have more questions?
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the CURE Coordinator at email@example.com.