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Cancer Health Disparities Summer Research Program

Dates: June 22 - August 14, 2015
Application Deadline: April 27, 2015

Summer 2014 Interns

2014 Interns: Carrillo, Lozano, Otano, Aguirre


The Cancer Health Disparities Research Program is an 8-week long summer program offered at Lurie Cancer Center (LCC-NU) of Northwestern University. The program is part of the NU NEIGHBORS Partnership held between LCC-NU and Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU).

The Cancer Health Disparities Research Program will be offered to all NEIU undergraduate students interested in pursuing academic and professional careers in health care. The program will be accepting 4 NEIU undergraduate students to work on a number of research projects addressing topics of cancer health disparities. The research-intensive experience provides students with an overview of health disparities; an opportunity to work with transdisciplinary research teams, an introduction to basic research methods and writing and exposure to community engaged participatory research topics. The program provides students with weekly seminars, journal club, faculty lectures, mentorship and opportunities to become involved with local community health organizations and events. At the end of the summer, each trainee will be required to give a PowerPoint presentation of his/her project to NU and NEIU faculty members and staff, fellow trainees and mentors.


Students will be given a $3,500 stipend.


To be considered for the 2015 program, students must be currently enrolled at NEIU as a college freshmen, sophomore, junior or senior student. Applicants must be interested in pursuing an academic or professional career in healthcare. Priority is given to applications from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, individuals with disabilities, and/or individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. Nationally, underrepresented groups in biomedical research careers include but are not limited to African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians/Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders.

How to Apply

Please fill out the Cancer Health Disparities Research Program Application (MS-Word document) by April 27 (11:59PM CST) and email to:

For more information, please e-mail or call 312.503.6160