CURE Program

The application cycle for the 2016 CURE program begins in December.


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What is the purpose of the CURE Program?

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 are the goals of the program?

  • To provide diverse high school students hands-on research experience and science exposure.
  • To provide mentoring and support to determine a path towards a career in the health and sciences
  • To increase participation of underserved and minority students in biomedical research and other health-related fields. 

What are the dates for the CURE Program?

Typically, the eight-week Summer CURE Research Program begins in mid-June. Applications are due in February; CURE interns will be selected in early April. Interns will work a maximum of 40 hours per work (including weekly seminars).

__IMG_5592_1What will we do during the course of the program?

Students work a maximum of 40 hours a week (includes seminars) for 8 weeks in a cancer lab with a Knight Cancer Institute Faculty Member. Each student is required to attend weekly seminars, as well as adhere to Faculty Mentor expectations and curriculum set by CDI College 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 receive a Stipend (approximately $10 an hour/40 hours a week) and a Bus Pass for the duration of the summer program (eight 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.

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 (Please see below definitions)
  • Must be 16 or older by the time the program begins
  • Must have a 3.0 G.P.A. or higher
  • Have taken at least one lab science class, preferably biology and have an interest in research

What is "historically" or "socially and economically disadvantaged"?  

  • 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 do I need to do to apply?

Complete the online 2015 CURE Application. The deadline to submit your application is February 2016. No late applications will be accepted.

ALL application materials must be submitted online utilizing the Red Cap portal link.  Only complete applications can be submitted and will be considered. Use the checklist below to prepare your application submission:  

  • List of biology and chemistry courses taken, as well as grades received for each.
  • High school transcript - Unofficial transcripts are accepted for the application process. You will upload a PDF of your most recent transcript. If you are selected as a CURE Intern, your admission to the program will be pending, until an official transcript, in a sealed envelope is received. 
  • Resume Include past volunteer experience, extra-curricular activities, community service, academic and career objective.
  • Essay, in which you describe your career goals, activities, intellectual interests, future educational plans, the reason you would like to participate in this program. Share any obstacles or challenges you have overcome and explain how this internship would further enhance these goals.
  • Two letters of recommendation. Students must use the CURE program recommendation form. 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.   You will upload both recommendations as part of the online application (instructions provided on application).

If you have questions or need more information, email the Center for Diversity & Inclusion (CDI) or call 503 494-5657.