CURE Program

Thanks for your interest. The application cycle for this summer's Ted R. Lilley Cancer CURE Program is now closed.

We will begin recruiting for the 2015 internship program in December. If you'd like to be among the first to know when the applications become available, please sign up for our monthly newsletter.

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If you have any questions or concerns, please contact cdi@ohsu.edu or call 503 494-5657.

What is the purpose of the CURE Project?

The Ted R. Lilley Continuing Umbrella of Research Education (CURE) Intern Program is a research mentorship training program supported by the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute and the OHSU Center for Diversity and Inclusion. It is designed to offer research experiences to Portland area students that excel 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?

We will begin the recruitment process for the 2015 program later this year.

Please compile the following items before you begin filling out the online application. 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.         

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 the time the program begins
  • All students must also have a 3.0 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 including: African-American/Black, Native American/Alaskan Native, Pacific Islander and Hispanics/Latinos.

What will I need to do during the course of the program?

  • Students work full time for 8 weeks in a cancer lab with a Knight Cancer Institute Member between the end of the school year and the beginning of the next academic year (June 16 through August 8). 
  • Each student is required to attend weekly seminars and classes, as well as adhere to the curriculum set by their college level mentor.  
  • The program culminates with a poster presentation attended by the lab employees, directors and additional staff of the Knight Cancer Institute.

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.