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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 2021 school year.

BYU Fellowships

  • 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.

  • Location: Brigham Young University, Provo, Ut.

    Time Frame of Internship: 2021 Spring/Summer terms (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 $9000 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 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 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.

    • 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 5th, 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 2021.

    Due Date: Monday Feb. 8, 2021 5pm.

  • Location: Determined by mentor’s collaborative center.

    Time Frame of Internship: 2021 Spring/Summer terms. Please negotiate with collaborative center on start and end dates (we will not fund for less than 10 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 $9000 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 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.

    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 5th, 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 of 2021.

    Application Deadline: Monday Feb. 8, 2021 5pm.

External Undergraduate Fellowships

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

    Time Frame of Internship: 2021 Spring/Summer terms. 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 $9000 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 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.

    • 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 5th, 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.
    • HCI requires all students coming for an in-person experience to have the Covid-19 vaccination.

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

    Application Deadline: Friday Feb. 5, 2020 5pm

  • Location: Upper West Side, New York, New York

    Time Frame of Internship: 2021 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. If you are accepted as a Simmons Center fellow, we will pay for two flights during the duration of your experience.

    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 (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. 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.
    • 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

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

    Time Frame of Internship:
    2021 Spring/Summer term. Please negotiate start and end dates with provider.

    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. There are internships available within the following departments: Discovery Biology, Computational Biology, 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 have had some 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 $9000 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 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:

    • As this is an entry-level position, no prior degree or experience is required. However, some prior lab experience is strongly preferred.
    • Thorough knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and any imaging software packages used to prepare figures for publication.
    • Fill out THIS application.

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

    Application Deadline:
    Friday, March 5th, 2021

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

    Time Frame of Internship: 10 weeks (June 1 – August 6, 2021)

    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 2021. 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 $5600 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 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 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 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.
    • Submit to:
      • Undergraduate Summer Research Internship
        Brittany Bernardo, PhD MPH
        Program Director
        The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center
        1590 N. High St. Suite 525
        Columbus, OH 43201
        brittany.bernardo@osumc.edu
    • To be considered for Simmons Center funding, fill out THIS application at the same time you apply.

    Selection Timeline:

    • Application Deadline: Friday, February 19, 2021
    • Interviews: Early March
    • Students Notified of Selection: March

    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: 2021 Spring/Summer term. Please negotiate 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 2021, we are working to obtain additional positions at the University of Utah and Vanderbilt University. 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.

    Although COVID-19 will likely affect the availability of positions, we hope to offer 20 research positions in summer 2021. 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 submit the following through Handshake:
    https://byu.joinhandshake.com/jobs/4034101

    1) Resume
    2) Cover letter describing why you want to pursue medical school or graduate school and any particular areas of research interest you may have
    3) Two letters of recommendation
    4) Transcript

    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.

    Please complete THIS Simmons Center application for funding.

    Simmons Center Fellow information:

    • Fellows receive a stipend of up to $9000 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, 2020