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Fellowships

The BYU Simmons Center for Cancer Research is dedicated to training undergraduate and graduate students in experimental oncology in an effort to make a significant contribution to finding a cure for cancer. Each year the center sponsors numerous cancer research fellows. These students are given the opportunity to perform full-time cancer research under the direction of their faculty mentor during spring and summer terms at BYU or abroad, and for a few, year-round.

In 2021 the Simmons Center was able to fund 38 fellows. 15 on-campus summer fellows, 3 collaborative fellows, 17 off-campus fellows, and 3 year-round fellows.

Selection for fellowship opportunities is competitive, and those chosen receive a generous stipend in order to allow them to give full attention to their research during their fellowship. Funding varies accordingly to location and duration of fellowship.

While not all students will receive a fellowship award, SCCR faculty members are welcoming to undergraduate and graduate student researchers in their labs. Many mentors require students to begin working as a volunteer in their lab before applying for a fellowship. Please see our faculty list to read about our faculty, their research, and ways to contact them.

Below are the fellowship opportunities the center is promoting for the 2022 school year.

BYU Fellowships

  • Location:
    Brigham Young University, Provo, Ut.

    Time Frame of Internship:
    2022 Spring/Summer terms (up to 16 weeks).

    Description:
    On-campus fellows gain valuable mentored experience as they work in BYU research labs full-time over spring and summer terms. The fellowship sharpens their focus on future careers in cancer research, strengthens their applications to graduate and health professional schools, and advances their training in pursuit of careers.

    • Fellows receive up to $9600 for 16 weeks of full-time research during spring/summer terms. The Fellowship is intended to be a full-time job. Students will be hired on contracts and are expected to work 40 hours a week in line with the productivity expectations of their mentors. In addition to describing anticipated absences, applicants must list all other planned activities (e.g. classes, additional employment, physician shadowing, etc.) which may require time away from their research, and indicate how they will compensate to comply with the time commitment required for the Fellowship.
    • The SCCR staff host lab tours. During a tour, Fellows should be willing to meet with donors touring the facilities and describe the work they are doing. Fellows will receive brief training and orientation in preparation to meet in their labs with tour guests.
    • Attendance at weekly seminars during Spring/Summer is mandatory. The listing of anticipated absences should include reference to which, if any seminar(s), they will not be able to attend. If unforeseen circumstances arise which preclude attendance, the Fellow should notify the Program Coordinator prior to the seminar to inform them of those circumstances.
    • Fellows are required to provide a weekly update. The SCCR Program Coordinator will coordinate.
    • Fellows are required to give a 10 minute presentation during the last week of the fellowship. The SCCR Program Coordinator will reach out to coordinate.
    • Each fall the SCCR hosts a Donor Appreciation dinner. If invited, you will need to attend and be prepared to present a poster of your research. The SCCR will print your poster for you and cover the expense.
    • You will be required to write a second letter of appreciation to your assigned donor at the end of your fellowship.

    Qualifications:
    Applicants will be evaluated on an individual basis based on their merits by a committee of Simmons Center faculty. Fellows are then selected by the Simmons Center Executive Board. Students should already be participating in a BYU lab working with a mentor.

    Application:
    1) Fill out THIS application. Please do not begin the application until you have all of the material required–you cannot save the form and come back to it later.

    2) Have your BYU mentor fill out THIS form. Please do not begin the application until you have all of the material required–you cannot save the form and come back to it later.

    • One application is allowed per person. All applications and mentor forms will be accepted from now until Friday, February 4th, at 5:00 p.m. Submissions will not be accepted after that date and time.
    • Your application will not be considered complete and will not be reviewed without the above TWO forms. We will review all applications in February and will notify awardees in early March of 2022.

    Due Date:
    Feb. 4, 2022 5pm.

  • Location:
    Determined by mentor’s collaborative center.

    Time Frame of Internship:
    2022 Spring/Summer terms (up to 16 weeks).

    Description:
    Collaborative fellows gain valuable mentored experience as they continue work on their BYU research in collaborative labs off-campus. The fellowship sharpens their focus on future careers in cancer research, strengthens their applications to graduate and health professional schools, and advances their training in pursuit of careers.

    • Fellows receive up to $9600 for up to 16 weeks of full-time research during the spring/summer terms. The center will pay for one round trip flight, housing not included. The Fellowship is intended to be a full-time job and students are expected to work 40 hours a week in line with the productivity expectations of their mentors. In addition to describing anticipated absences, applicants must list all other planned activities (e.g. classes, additional employment, physician shadowing, etc.) which may require time away from their research, and indicate how they will compensate to comply with the time commitment required for the Fellowship.
    • Fellows are required to provide a weekly update. The SCCR Program Coordinator will coordinate.
    • Fellows are required to give a 10 minute presentation during the last week of the fellowship. The SCCR Program Coordinator will reach out to coordinate (if still working away from Provo, you may present via zoom).
    • Each fall the SCCR hosts a Donor Appreciation dinner. If invited, you will need to attend and be prepared to present a poster of your research. The SCCR will print your poster for you and cover the expense.
    • You will be required to write a second letter of appreciation to your assigned donor at the end of your fellowship.

    Qualifications:
    Applicants will be evaluated on an individual basis based on their merits by a committee of Simmons Center faculty. Fellows are then selected by the Simmons Center Executive Board. Students should already be participating in a BYU lab working with a mentor who does collaborative research with another institution.

    1) Fill out THIS application. Please do not begin the application until you have all of the material required–you cannot save the form and come back to it later.

    2) Have your mentor fill out THIS form. Please do not begin the application until you have all of the material required–you cannot save the form and come back to it later.

    • One application is allowed per person. All applications and mentor forms will be accepted from now until Friday, February 4th, at 5:00 p.m. Submissions will not be accepted after that date and time.
    • Your application will not be considered complete and will not be reviewed without the above TWO forms. We will review all applications in February and will notify awardees in March of 2022.

    Due Date:
    Feb. 4, 2022 5pm.

  • Location: Brigham Young University, Provo, Ut.

    Time Frame of Internship: Fall 2021 - end of Summer 2022

    Description: Year-round fellowships are awarded to the highest quality doctoral student(s) who demonstrate exceptional research productivity and commitment to a career in cancer research. They gain valuable mentored experience as they work in BYU research labs full-time over the course of an academic year. The fellowship covers the cost of tuition and provides a competitive stipend. The goal of the fellowship is to support these promising student researchers who one day will become principal investigators and ground-breaking contributors to the cancer research field.

    • Fellows receive up to $30,000 for full-time research during an entire academic year. The Fellowship is intended to be a full-time job. Students will be hired on contracts and are expected to work a minimum of 40 hours a week in line with the productivity expectations of their mentors. In addition to describing anticipated absences, applicants must list all other planned activities (e.g. classes, additional employment, physician shadowing, etc.) which may require time away from their research, and indicate how they will compensate to comply with the time commitment required for the Fellowship.
    • The SCCR staff host lab tours. During a tour, Fellows should be willing to meet with donors touring the facilities and describe the work they are doing. Fellows will receive brief training and orientation in preparation to meet in their labs with tour guests.
    • Attendance at weekly seminars during Spring/Summer is mandatory. The listing of anticipated absences should include reference to which, if any seminar(s), they will not be able to attend. If unforeseen circumstances arise which preclude attendance, the Fellow should notify the Program Coordinator prior to the seminar to inform them of those circumstances.
    • Fellows are required to give a 10 minute presentation during the last week of the fellowship during the Summer term. The SCCR Program Coordinator will reach out to coordinate times.
    • Each fall the SCCR hosts a Donor Appreciation dinner. If invited, you will need to attend and be prepared to present a poster of your research. The SCCR will print your poster for you and cover the expense.
    • Each spring the SCCR and Cougs Vs Cancer Club host the Cougs Vs Cancer Rex Lee Run. All proceeds from the run help fund the SCCR fellowship program. Please be prepared to volunteer at that event.

    Qualifications: Applicants will be evaluated on an individual basis based on their merits by a committee of Simmons Center faculty. Fellows are then selected by the Simmons Center Executive Board. Students should already be participating in a BYU lab working with a mentor.

    • Fill out THIS application. Please do not begin the application until you have all of the material required–you cannot save the form and come back to it later.
    • Have your mentor fill out THIS application. Please do not begin the application until you have all of the material required–you cannot save the form and come back to it later.
    • One application is allowed per person. All applications and mentor forms will be accepted from now until Sunday, July 11th, at 11:59 p.m. Submissions will not be accepted after that date and time.
    • Your application will not be considered complete and will not be reviewed without the above forms. We will review all applications and make awards in July.

    Due Date: Sunday, July 11th 11:59pm.

External Undergraduate Fellowships

  • Location:
    Huntsman Cancer Institute, Salt Lake City, UT

    Time Frame of Internship:
    2022 Spring/Summer terms (up to 16 weeks). Please negotiate start and end dates with provider.

    Description:
    The Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) is divided into four research programs that include laboratory, clinical, and population-based efforts. Participants in this program will complete up to 16 weeks of cancer research. Fellows will be expected to work effectively with colleagues, be self-motivated, and have excellent communication skills. Students participating in the program conduct research under the direction of a faculty member. Research assignments are made based upon availability of research opportunities and according to the mutual interests of the faculty mentors and student participants.

    • Fellows receive a stipend of up to $9600 for spring/summer research. The Fellowship is intended to be a full-time job and students are expected to work 40 hours a week in line with the productivity expectations of their mentors. In addition to describing anticipated absences, applicants must list all other planned activities (e.g. classes, additional employment, physician shadowing, etc.) which may require time away from their research, and indicate how they will compensate to comply with the time commitment required for the Fellowship.
    • Fellows are required to provide a weekly update. The SCCR Program Coordinator will coordinate.

    • Fellows may be invited to career development presentations, social activities, seminars, and weekly collaborative discussions with other HCI summer interns.
    • Fellows are required to participate in a HCI poster presentation/symposium at the end of the fellowship. You will need to notify the SCCR of the date so the executive team can attend.
    • Each fall the SCCR hosts a Donor Appreciation dinner. If invited, you will need to attend and be prepared to present a poster of your research. The SCCR will print your poster for you and cover the expense.
    • You will be required to write a second letter of appreciation to your assigned donor at the end of your fellowship.

    Qualifications:
    Applicants will be evaluated on an individual basis based on their merits by a committee of Simmons Center faculty and Executive Board. They are then presented to HCI faculty for final selection. Students may be contacted by HCI for an interview. Awardees will be notified in early March of 2021.

    Application:
    1) Fill out THIS application.Please do not begin the application until you have all of the material required–you cannot save the form and come back to it later.

    • One application is allowed per person. All applications and mentor forms will be accepted from now until Friday, February 4th, at 5:00 p.m. Submissions will not be accepted after that date and time.
    • Your application will not be considered complete and will not be reviewed without the above form. We will review all applications in February and will notify awardees in March 2022.
    • HCI requires all students coming for an in-person experience to have had the Covid-19 vaccination.

    Visit: https://healthcare.utah.edu/huntsmancancerinstitute/

    Due Date:
    Feb. 4, 2022 5pm.

  • Location:
    Sumitomo Dainippon Pharma Oncology, Inc. Lehi, UT

    Time Frame of Internship:
    2022 Spring/Summer terms (up to 16 weeks). Approximately May 2nd, 2022-August 19th , 2022 (start and end dates are flexible).

    Description:
    SDP Oncology is an oncology-focused drug discovery and development company combining unique and proven preclinical development efficiencies to advance novel and effective therapeutic agents. Their approach enables development of novel therapeutics on a dramatically shortened time frame and at a much lower cost than traditional drug development.

    Available internships and Qualifications:

    1) Molecular Biology
    Interns will work under the direction of a mentor to advance a program in the SDP Oncology Research pipeline. The Intern will work in SDP Oncology’s molecular biology laboratory in Lehi UT and carry out in vitro and in vivo (mouse) experiments which may include (but are not limited to) biochemical assays, cell culture, microscopy, nucleic acid and protein purification / detection, and immunostaining, as well as analysis and presentation of the resulting data. This position involves 80% in-lab bench work and 20% data analysis. The internship will culminate in a short presentation by the Intern to the Research staff of the background, data, and conclusions of the research project(s). The successful applicant will have an interest in learning about the process of oncology research in an industry setting, and will be completing their sophomore or later year of a bachelor’s program in one of the following fields of study (or related):

    • Molecular Biology
    • Molecular and Cellular Biology
    • Immunology
    • Genetics
    • Cancer Biology
    • Biochemistry

    Applicants should also have basic hands-on experience with working in a molecular biology laboratory from their course work (pipetting, molarity calculations, safe / sterile procedure, et cetera). Other techniques will be learned as part of the mentoring process. Familiarity with Microsoft Excel, Word, and Powerpoint are also preferred. Applicants will be asked to submit a list of courses which are germane to the internship along with the associated grade earned, GPA, relevant experience from coursework / other sources, and a letter of recommendation from an instructor or mentor with a relevant connection to the field of study.

    2) Computational Biology
    Interns will work under the direction of a mentor to create or find new ways to help speed up or reduce the workload of discovery biology scientists at SDP Oncology. The intern will work with SDP Oncology’s Digital Innovation team in Lehi UT and carry out data mining, visualization, and analysis. This position involves a combination of 60% data mining, 20% data engineering and 20% research. The internship will culminate in a short presentation by the intern to the Research staff of the background, data, and conclusions of the research project(s). The successful applicant will have an interest in learning about the process of oncology research in an industry setting, and will be completing their sophomore or later year of a bachelor’s program in one of the following fields of study (or related):

    • Bioinformatics
    • Computer Science
    • Computational Biology
    • Computational Chemistry

    Applicants should also have familiarity with macros and beginner lever coding experience in R, Python or querying languages such as SQL. Other techniques will be learned as part of the mentoring process. Familiarity with Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint are also preferred. Applicants will be asked to submit a list of courses which are germane to the internship along with the associated grade earned, GPA, relevant experience from coursework / other sources, and a letter of recommendation from an instructor or mentor with a relevant connection to the field of study.

    Additional requirements for the SCCR:

    • Fellows receive a stipend of up to $9600 for spring/summer research. The Fellowship is intended to be a full-time job and students are expected to work 40 hours a week in line with the productivity expectations of their mentors. In addition to describing anticipated absences, applicants must list all other planned activities (e.g. classes, additional employment, physician shadowing, etc.) which may require time away from their research, and indicate how they will compensate to comply with the time commitment required for the Fellowship.
    • Fellows are required to provide a weekly update. The SCCR Program Coordinator will coordinate.
    • Each fall the SCCR hosts a Donor Appreciation dinner. If invited, you will need to attend and be prepared to present a poster of your research. The SCCR will print your poster for you and cover the expense.
    • You will be required to write a second letter of appreciation to your assigned donor at the end of your fellowship.

    Application:
    1) Fill out THIS application.

    Visit:
    https://www.sdponcology.com/

    Application Deadline:
    Feb. 4, 2022 5pm.

  • Location:

    The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center (OSUCCC)

    Time Frame of Internship:
    2022 Summer term (10 weeks). Please negotiate start and end dates with provider.

    Description:
    The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center (OSUCCC), Center for Cancer Health Equity (CCHE) Undergraduate Summer Research Internship Program provides summer research experiences to qualified current undergraduate sophomores (rising junior), or juniors (rising senior). Participants in this program will complete a 10-week cancer research internship at the OSUCCC during the summer of 2022. Each student/intern will work directly with a Principle Investigator and CCHE staff. Students participating in the program conduct research under the direction of a faculty member. Research assignments are made based upon availability of research opportunities and according to the mutual interests of the faculty mentors and student participants.

    Please see more details HERE.

    • Fellows may receive funding of up to $6000 for 10 weeks of full time research through the Simmons Center for Cancer Research. Amount will vary based on length of fellowship. The center will also pay for one round trip flight. Housing is not included. The Fellowship is intended to be a full-time job and students are expected to work a minimum of 38 hours a week in line with the productivity expectations of their mentors. In addition to describing anticipated absences, applicants must list all other planned activities (e.g. classes, additional employment, physician shadowing, etc.) which may require time away from their research, and indicate how they will compensate to comply with the time commitment required for the Fellowship.

    • Fellows are required to provide a weekly update. The SCCR Program Coordinator will provide students with a spreadsheet.

    • Each Ohio scholar will complete an independent research project and present their findings during the end-of- the program luncheon.
    • Fellows are required to give a 10 minute presentation to the SCCR during the last week of the fellowship. The SCCR Program Coordinator will reach out to coordinate (if working away from Provo, you may present via zoom).
    • Each fall the SCCR hosts a Donor Appreciation dinner. If invited, you will need to attend and be prepared to present a poster of your research. The SCCR will print your poster for you and cover the expense. If Covid restrictions are still enforced, this may change to a virtual event.
    • You will be required to write a second letter of appreciation to your assigned donor at the end of your fellowship.

    Qualifications:
    The program is intended for undergraduate students with a background in science and an interest in social science research. We invite applications from current undergraduate sophomores (rising junior), or juniors (rising senior). There is no minimum GPA requirement. Please note if you are graduating in May 2022, you are not eligible for the program.

    A committee comprised of OSUCCC staff will review applications and determine internship recipients. The criteria for selection include the student’s undergraduate record, letter of recommendation, and applicant’s essay responses.

    Application:
    1) Fill out THIS application along with essay questions.

    2) Current Resume.

    3) Recommendation letter from a faculty member at your university who can comment on the qualifications for this research position

    4)Submit to:
    Undergraduate Summer Research Internship

    • The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center
      Toyin O. Adeyanju, MS, MPH, APRN-CNP, CPNP-PC
      Program Manager

      The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center
      1590 N. High Street, Suite 525
      Columbus, OH 43201

    5) To be considered for Simmons Center funding, fill out THIS application at the same time you apply.

    Selection Timeline:

    • Application Deadline: TBD
    • Interviews: Early March
    • Students Notified of Selection: March 2022

    NOTE: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic OSUCCC is determining if summer research housing will be available to students. If it is not safe to do so, they will plan to move forward with the program in an entirely virtual format.

  • Location:
    Harvard, Stanford, University of Utah, Vanderbilt.

    Time Frame of Internship:
    2022 Spring/Summer terms (up to 16 weeks). Please negotiate start and end dates with provider.

    Description: The BYU Summer Premedical Research Internship (SRIP) places BYU students in summer research positions at prominent medical schools across the country. Most positions are at Stanford and Harvard. In 2022, we are working to obtain additional positions at the University of Utah, Vanderbilt University, and Johns Hopkins. Students have exceptional opportunities to learn research methods and execute research studies, often from beginning to end. Students have conducted research in many areas including:

    • Oncology
    • Endocrinology
    • Anesthesia
    • Neurology
    • Global/public health
    • Pulmonology
    • Gastroenterology

    Students who submit applications will be asked to select the area of interest they would like to pursue; however, the primary investigator at each lab ultimately accepts an individual student and makes the offer; hence no position in an area of interest is guaranteed. Applicants are encouraged to be open to a wide range of opportunities.

    Given the fluid nature of COVID-19 restrictions, we do not know how many and which positions will be remote and which will be on location. You will need to be flexible. Positions are funded.

    Qualifications:
    All undergraduate students are eligible for this internship. Prior research experience is helpful but not necessary.

    Some labs do give preference to students who are earlier in their education, e.g. freshman and sophomores, as they may be able to work on a project for several years.

    Duties:
    Duties and expectations vary widely among internships. Students can be involved in any part of the research project: literature review, creation of hypotheses, study development and implementation, data collection, data analysis, and presentation and dissemination of findings.

    Timeline:
    Internship applications are due December 31st. Upon reception of applications, primary investigators will select and interview their top applicants. Offers will typically be made in January or early February. Although most internships start in May and end in August, specific dates vary widely based on the individual and the lab/primary investigator.

    Application:
    Please following THIS link to apply.

    Please contact tyler_pedersen@byu.edu if you have questions or desire further information.

    Funding:
    Internships may be funded through the BYU College of Life Science, the Simmons Center for Cancer Research, Student Life and/or the host institution. In order to receive funding through the Simmons Center, your research must have a cancer emphasis. Please submit a separate application to the SCCR AT THE SAME TIME as your application to the SRIP program.

    1) Please complete THIS Simmons Center application for funding.

    Simmons Center Fellow information:

    • Fellows receive a stipend of up to $9600 for spring/summer full time research. Amount will vary based on length of fellowship. The center will pay for one round trip flight, housing not included. The Fellowship is intended to be a full-time job and students are expected to work a minimum of 40 hours a week in line with the productivity expectations of their mentors. In addition to describing anticipated absences, applicants must list all other planned activities (e.g. classes, additional employment, physician shadowing, etc.) which may require time away from their research, and indicate how they will compensate to comply with the time commitment required for the Fellowship.
    • Fellows are required to provide a weekly update. The SCCR Program Coordinator will coordinate.
    • Fellows are required to give a 10 minute presentation during the last week of the fellowship. The SCCR Program Coordinator will reach out to coordinate (if still working away from Provo, you may present via zoom).
    • Each fall the SCCR hosts a Donor Appreciation dinner. If invited, you will need to attend and be prepared to present a poster of your research. The SCCR will print your poster for you and cover the expense.
    • You will be required to write a second letter of appreciation to your assigned donor at the end of your fellowship.

    Please contact Cristy Welsh (sccr@chem.byu.edu) if you have any questions about the Simmons Center.

    Application Deadline:
    December 31, 2021