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Undergrads Gain Summer Research Experience through CURE Program

September 2010

2010 was the 12th summer for the Lurie Cancer Center's CURE (Continuing Umbrella of Research Experiences) Program that enables twelve undergraduate students to spend eight weeks immersed in cancer research laboratories under the guidance of a faculty mentor. In addition to their laboratory training, the students met every Friday for an educational seminar series on various topics in cancer research and career counseling.

At the end of the program, CURE students give an oral presentation of their research projects to faculty and members of the various participating laboratories. The CURE students participating this summer were preparing to continue their education at the University of Chicago, Spelman College, Case Western Reserve University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Duke University, Emory University, Morehouse College, University of Illinois and Northwestern University. The CURE Program is a funded supplement to the Lurie Cancer Center's Support Grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Robin Leikin, PhD, serves as Program Director for the CURE Program, which has enrolled 115 students and gone through three competitive renewal applications since its inception in 1999.

(Last updated on June 21, 2013 )