Winship Cancer Institute's Summer Scholar Research Program, now in its 19th year, will be led by two new program directors this year, Cynthia Giver, PhD, associate professor in the Emory Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, and Nisha Joseph, MD, assistant professor in the Emory Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology. The two Winship faculty members hope to build on the program’s success by increasing student’s hands-on experience with clinical and lab researchers.
"Any student who is interested in pursuing clinical or laboratory cancer research should apply to the Summer Scholars Research Program," says Giver. "Few programs offer this type of immersion experience."
"We look forward to giving our students an immersive experience in the world of cancer research," says Joseph. "All students will have both clinical and lab exposure so that they truly understand the breadth of research being done at Winship Cancer Institute."
The Summer Scholars Research Program is currently accepting applications for the 2020 summer program. Applications require essays, two teacher recommendations, and a high school transcript and are due on February 3 by 11:59pm. Only students who will be 17 years old by June 1, 2020 are eligible to apply.
Students accepted to the program participate in active research at Winship with the help of a basic scientist or clinical researcher who will mentor them through a research project over the course of the summer. Weekly lectures and fieldtrips help supplement the students learning by broadening their view of the field of oncology and helping them discover Atlanta’s research community. At the end of the summer, students present their projects to an audience of Winship faculty and their peers.
The program runs for six weeks from June 3 through July 10 with a mandatory orientation on Tuesday, June 2.