Ted R. Lilley CURE Program

The 2018 Ted R. Lilley CURE Program application is now closed. Please check back in the winter.

The 2018 Ted R. Lilley Continuing Umbrella of Research Education (CURE) Program is a research internship program supported by the Knight Cancer Institute and the Center for Diversity and Inclusion. It offers hands-on research experiences to Portland-area high school students who excel academically and come from socially or economically disadvantaged backgrounds. The goal of this program is to address the issue of health equity by increasing participation of underserved and underrepresented minorities in biomedical research and other health-related fields.

What can CURE Interns expect

  • Work maximum of 40 hours a week (includes seminars) for 8 weeks in a lab with a Knight Cancer Institute faculty member
  • A stipend (approximately $10 an hour/40 hours a week) and a bus pass for the duration of the program
  • Attend weekly seminars, as well as adhere to faculty mentor expectations and curriculum.
  • Participate in a poster presentation attended by the lab employees, directors and other staff of the Knight Cancer Institute

Internship dates

The eight-week 2018 Summer CURE Research Program is scheduled for Monday, June 18 through Friday, August 10, 2018. CURE interns will be selected in February. Interns will work a maximum of 40 hours per work (including weekly seminars).

What do I need to do to apply?

Download or print the 2018 Ted R. Lilley CURE Program flyer.

All application materials must be submitted using the Red Cap portal link.  Only complete applications will be considered. Use the checklist below to prepare your application submission:  

  • List of biology and chemistry courses taken. Include 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. Include 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 your 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 and Inclusion or call 503 494-5657.

Frequently asked questions

  • Students entering their sophomore year, juniors and graduating seniors from Oregon high schools (preference for selection is given to students with 2 years of high school remaining and those who attend public schools in the Portland Metro Area)
  • Belonging to a group that is historically underrepresented or socially and economically disadvantaged (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
  • 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.

We expect to notify all applicants in February.