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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 2019 the Simmons Center was able to fund 14 on-campus summer fellows, 17 off-campus summer fellows, and 1 year-round fellow.

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 2020 school year.

BYU Fellowships
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    CLOSED | 2020 BYU On-Campus

    Location: Brigham Young University, Provo, Ut.

    Time Frame of Internship: 2020 Spring/Summer term.

    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 $8000 for spring/summer full-time research. 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 provide a weekly update. The SCCR Program Coordinator will provide students with a spreadsheet.
    • 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 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 Friday, February 7th, 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 forms. We will review all applications in February and will notify awardees in early March of 2020.

    Due Date: Friday Feb. 7, 2020 5pm.

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    ClOSED | 2020 BYU Collaborative

    Location: Determined by mentor’s collaborative center.

    Time Frame of Internship: 2020 Spring/Summer term. Please negotiate with collaborative center on start and end dates.

    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 $8000 for spring/summer full time research. 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 provide students with a spreadsheet.
    • All fellows will submit a 10 minute video presentation during the last week of the fellowship.
    • 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 who does collaborative research with another institution.

    • 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 Friday, February 7th, 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 forms. We will review all applications in February and will notify awardees in March.

    Application Deadline: Friday Feb. 7, 2020 5pm.

External Fellowships
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    CLOSED | 2020 Tolero Pharmaceuticals

    Location: Tolero Pharmaceuticals, Lehi, UT

    Time Frame of Internship: 2020 Spring/Summer term. Please negotiate start and end dates with provider.

    Description: Tolero Pharmaceuticals is an oncology-focused drug discovery and development company combining unique and proven preclinical development efficiencies to advance novel and effective therapeutic agents. Tolero’s approach enables development of novel therapeutics on a dramatically shortened time frame and at a much lower cost than traditional drug development. There are internships available within the following departments at Tolero: Discovery Biology, Medicinal Chemistry, and Biomarker Development. The purpose of these positions is to assist with experimental design and execution, data analysis, and general laboratory responsibilities. These procedures allow for an efficiently functioning laboratory to produce quality data that will translate into publications and, most importantly, advances in the clinic.

    Interns will be expected to work effectively with colleagues, be self-motivated, and have excellent communication skills. Candidates should be aware of standard laboratory techniques, and may or may not have practical experience with these techniques. The intern will be responsible for assisting in the planning, execution, QC, data analysis, and communication of findings with other groups. The intern is expected to assist in the preparation and presentation of data in laboratory meetings. Under supervision, the intern will develop and optimize sample preparation procedures, develop good laboratory practice protocols, work collaboratively with fellow associates to ensure timely analysis and reporting of research results, and keep detailed logs of experiments and report scientific findings through write-ups, presentations, posters, and manuscripts.

    • Fellows receive a stipend of up to $8000 for spring/summer research. 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 provide students with a spreadsheet.
    • 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 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 and Executive Board. They are then presented to Tolero Pharmaceuticals for final selection.

    • 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 7th, 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 2020.

    Visit:http://www.toleropharmaceuticals.com/

    Application Deadline: Friday Feb. 7, 2020 5pm

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    CLOSED | 2020 Harvard/Stanford/Utah Pre-Med Research Program

    Location: Harvard, Stanford, or the University of Utah

    Time Frame of Internship: 2020 Spring/Summer term. Please negotiate with provider.

    Description: This program is a summer research internship at elite medical institutions for BYU premed students. Interns work as research assistants to participating medical faculty from Harvard, Stanford, and Utah. Research opportunities include basic science, clinical research, health policy, disparities, and health outcomes research, depending on the focus of the supporting faculty member. Students will help with projects at various levels, including project conception, grant writing, data collection, analysis, presentation, and writing. Mentors come from diverse medical specialties, including endocrinology, anesthesia, surgery, neurosurgery, neurology, genetics, oncology, pulmonology and more. Students participate in weekly journal club meetings with fellow interns and BYU alumni with focus on preparing for a career in medicine. Simmons Center fellow research must have a cancer emphasis.

    • Fellows receive a stipend of up to $8000 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 provide students with a spreadsheet.
    • 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 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.
    • As this is an entry-level position, no prior degree or experience is required. However, some prior lab experience is strongly preferred.

    Qualifications:Applicants will be evaluated on an individual basis based on their merits and are selected by the participating faculty members. Prior research experience is helpful, but not required, as students will receive on-site training.

    Follow this application process for Cancer Research Internship at Harvard/Stanford/Utah:

    • Resume/CV (1 page)-please be sure to include your GPA, major, & contact information.
    • Essay (1 page)
      • Why do you want to be a doctor? What makes you unique? How will this program help you? Why are you interested in cancer research?
    • 1 colored passport style photo
    • 2 letters of recommendation
    • Send all documents to byupremedresearchinternship@gmail.com
    • To be considered for Simmons Center funding, fill out THIS application after you've been interviewed and accepted to one of the schools.

    Application Deadline: December 31, 2019

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    CLOSED | 2020 Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

    Location: Upper West Side, New York, New York

    Time Frame of Internship: 2020 Summer term. Please negotiate start and end dates with provider.

    Description: Training and education are mainstays of Memorial Sloan Kettering’s mission. As early as 1927, John D. Rockefeller, Jr.— who, along with his father, founded the hospital that became Memorial Sloan Kettering — established the first fellowship programs to train doctors, scientists, and nurses. Our commitment to training the next generation of cancer scientists remains strong as ever, and we offer several exciting summer opportunities for high school and college students interested in biomedical sciences.

    College students can take advantage of the:

    The program pays students a stipend of $6000 for 10 weeks of full time research. Housing included.

    BYU students accepted into a Sloan Kettering program can apply to be a Simmons Center Fellow and receive funding for travel.

    • Fellows are required to provide a weekly update. The SCCR Program Coordinator will provide students with a spreadsheet.
    • 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 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.
    • As this is an entry-level position, no prior degree or experience is required. However, some prior lab experience is strongly preferred.

    Qualifications: Applicants will be evaluated on an individual basis based on their merits by a committee of Simmons Center faculty and Executive Board.

    • 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 2nd, 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 2020.

    Visit: http://www. https://www.mskcc.org//

    Application Deadline: Friday Feb. 2, 2020 5pm

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    CLOSED | 2020 OSU Comprehensive Cancer Center

    Location: The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center (OSUCCC)

    Time Frame of Internship: May 18, 2020 – July 24, 2020

    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 undergraduate students. Participants in this program will complete a 10-week cancer research internship at the OSUCCC during the summer of 2020. 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.

    • Fellows receive a stipend of up to $5400 for 10 weeks of 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 provide students with a spreadsheet.
    • 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.
    • Each Ohio scholar will produce a final paper, poster, and deliver an oral presentation to CCHE staff, OSU and OSUCCC staff, faculty, and invited guests. Fellows are required to record this presentation and submit to SCCR.

    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 2020, 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.

    • Fill out THIS application along with essay questions.
    • Current Resume.
    • Recommendation letter from a faculty member at your university who can comment on the qualifications for this research position.
    • To be considered for Simmons Center funding, fill out THIS application.

    Selection Timeline:

    • Application Deadline: Friday, February 21, 2020
    • Interviews: Early March
    • Students Notified of Selection: March 13, 2020