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.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact email@example.com or call 503 494-5657.
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 do I need to do to apply?
The online application form will be "live by Wednesday, Dec. 18.
To get a head start in preparing your application, please consider compiling the following items before you begin filling out the online application. Please note that all components of the application must be submitted at the same time:
- List of biology and chemistry courses taken, as well as grades received for each.
- High school transcript
- Resume (if available)
- Essay, in which you describe your career goals, activities, intellectual interests, future educational plans, the reason you would like to participate in this program, and explain how this internship would further enhance these goals.
- Two letters of recommendation. Students must use this Recommendation Form (follow the instructions). One of the letters must be from a high school science teacher. The second recommendation can be from a community leader, teacher, coach, counselor, etc.
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.
Who's eligible to apply?
- 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 13, 2014
- 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.