The cancer institute will award four positions to
qualified undergraduate college students who plan a career in
medicine or biomedical research with a focus on cancer.
The paid internship program, which provides hands-on experience for
college undergraduates and are awarded on a competitive basis, began
in 2009. The program is funded through Denim & Diamonds, the cancer
instituteís annual gala to benefit cancer research, patient programs
and needs of SCIís patient population.
One internship is based on SIUís Carbondale campus; the others are
located in Springfield at the School of Medicine. To date, 39
students have participated with 16 continuing on to medical school;
another six have applied and five are doing research or planning a
career in the field.
Qualified undergraduate is defined as an individual who has
completed their freshman year of college by June 2019 and will enter
their sophomore, junior or senior year in fall 2019.
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A current college transcript, a resume, and a personal statement
letter describing current studies, activities, and future career goals must be
submitted. Applicants must arrange to have two letters of reference from college
instructors submitted prior to the deadline.
Applications should be submitted as a single PDF document and
emailed to Denise Kauffman at
dkauffman98@ siumed.edu. Instructors should email their reference
letters directly to Denise Kauffman. Contact Denise with any questions or for
additional information at 217-545-2220.
At the end of the internship in August, participants in the program provide a
brief presentation to researchers, their peers, families and SCI supporters
detailing their research progress during the program.
The mission of Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU is to serve the people of central
and southern Illinois by addressing their present and future cancer needs
through education, research, patient care and community service. Its website is