U of M Department of Pediatrics – Research Opportunity

11 January 2018

Undergraduate Research Opportunity – Divisions of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and Pediatric Epidemiology and Clinical Research

Application Deadline: Wednesday, January 17th; apply via the Tunnel
Skype Interviews: Friday, February 2nd 

The University of Minnesota is home to leading clinical and translational research programs focused on improving outcomes for children diagnosed with cancer and blood diseases. We support comprehensive clinical, research and education programs with a focus on five core areas: epidemiology, leukemia, brain tumors, solid tumors (sarcomas) and childhood cancer survivorship.

We are currently looking for exceptional undergraduate students to complete an 11 week, intensive research experience, designed to provide immersive research training for students interested in a career in academic medicine. Each student will conduct a small, independent research project focused on a scientific question within one of the laboratories described below. Over the course of the summer, students will be expected to informally discuss their research results in laboratory and group meetings. A student’s work may be directly supervised by a faculty member or a designated post-doctoral associate working in the laboratory.

Students will also be expected to informally discuss their research results in laboratory and group meetings.  A student’s work may be directly supervised by a faculty member or a designated post-doctoral associate working in the laboratory. Students will also be expected to attend bi-weekly discussions led by Dr. Brenda Weigel, Division Director of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and Dr. Logan Spector, Division Director of Pediatric Epidemiology and Clinical Research.  At the end of the summer, students will present their research to faculty from the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, the Division of Pediatric Epidemiology and Clinical Research, and other selected guests. A prize will be given to the student with the best presentation as determined by the faculty.

Successful candidates will have a strong undergraduate academic record, with interests in pursuing a career in academic medicine and/or completing a combined MD/PhD degree program. Students will work up to 40 hours per week; schedule and hours will be arranged with assigned faculty mentor (or delegate). This is not a clinical shadowing opportunity. It is anticipated that up to 4 students will be accepted to the program in 2018.

For more information and to see the list of the four lab opportunities, login to the Tunnel and search for the University of Minnesota.

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