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Membership Information

Membership in the Lurie Cancer Center is based on the investigator's cancer research focus and scholarly activity. A program assignment recommendation is made by the Executive Committee with final approval issued by the Cancer Center Director. Full members are assigned to a program in the Basic Science Research Division, the Clinical Science Research Division or the Cancer Prevention & Control Research Division. All members are welcome and encouraged to participate in any educational activities initiated by the Lurie Cancer Center.

Membership Eligibility

Membership in the Lurie Cancer Center is open to the following individuals:

  • Tenured or tenure-track faculty members of Northwestern University
  • Research faculty including Research Associates at Northwestern University
  • Other clinicians of the Northwestern Medical Group


Individuals will be accepted for membership in the following classifications:

FULL MEMBER - Clinicians and scientists holding a faculty appointment in the University; evidence of continuous, active, scholarly productivity in the form of cancer relevant publications, funded research, or leadership of investigator initiated trials is required; clear and sustained commitment to participate in the collaborative research, clinical and/or education programs of the Center, including cross-campus and inter-institutional activities is expected.

ASSOCIATE MEMBER - Clinicians and scientists holding a faculty appointment in the University or its affiliated institutions; demonstrated interest and participation in Lurie Cancer Center basic, translational, clinical, and population science research programs as well as other cancer-related programs and activities required; classification focuses predominately on faculty working in full member laboratories or other Center programs but who do not have independent research status.

AFFILIATE MEMBER - Faculty or other members of the Northwestern Medical Group - including members of Regional Oncology Practices - whose primary role is the provision of clinical cancer care, including enrollment of patients onto clinical trials; key administrative personnel and faculty of other institutions holding adjunct appointments at Northwestern University may be considered for this membership status as well.

Benefits of Full Membership

  • Access to strong infrastructure for interdisciplinary research programs and initiatives
  • Priority access and special pricing for Lurie Cancer Center supported shared resource facilities
  • Eligibility for intramural research funding opportunities
  • Access to internal training and education programs; priority consideration for external, professional education programs

Responsibilities of Full Membership

  • Provide and annually maintain an individual investigator research profile (samples provided below)
  • Willingness to accept administrative responsibilities commensurate with membership classification, including service and/or leadership roles on Center Task Forces and Committees
  • Willingness to provide copies of cancer related grant/contract applications to facilitate Center planning for research programs and other multi-disciplinary initiatives
  • Provide periodic progress reports of cancer relevant investigative work as requested

Apply for Membership


A completed application form along with a copy of the applicant's curriculum vitae should be submitted via the online application form. A Northwestern NetID is required.

Upon review and recommendation by the Executive Committee, the Director makes a formal appointment with the applicant being notified by email. The Executive Committee reviews all membership at least annually for appropriateness of continued appointment.

Questions can be addressed to:

JoAnne Kus
Office of the Associate Director
for Administration
Lurie Cancer Center
676 N. St. Clair St., Ste 1200
Chicago, IL 60611