Summer Scholars Research Program

Winship invests in educating the next generation of researchers, physicians, nurses, and healthcare professionals by offering a unique immersion experience that exposes high school seniors to real-world cancer research.

The Summer Scholars Research Program is a six week internship focused on exposing students to cancer research.

Ten to twelve students will work one-on-one with a Winship physician or lab-based researcher, conduct research in a working lab or clinic setting, attend field trips to places like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention David J. Sencer Museum and the Georgia Institute of Technology, and hear lectures from a variety of specialists in oncology-related careers. Through this exposure and education, we hope to encourage students to pursue cancer research.

All eligible students interested in cancer research are encouraged to apply. Thanks to a generous gift for the program from Mrs. Lou Glenn, a long-time advocate for science education and cancer research, we are able to offer stipends of $2,400 for accepted students who complete the six week program.

What to Expect

The program will run for six weeks from June 10, 2024, through July 19, 2024, with a mandatory orientation day at the start of the program. You will be working a typical schedule (e.g. 9am – 5pm) alongside your team at Winship to advance incredible cancer research. You will be expected to be on site for the duration of the program. If you have a conflict that will prevent you from fulfilling this expectation, then you are not eligible to apply for the program.

Students will present their final projects at a symposium on the last day of the program and are encouraged to invite their families and teachers to attend.

  • Work one-on-one with a Winship investigator who will mentor them through a research project.
  • Attend lectures given by Winship oncologists and research faculty to gain a better understanding of the breadth of cancer research
  • Create life-long friendships with like-minded peers
  • Present your research to Winship doctors, researchers, and graduate students

Students must be 17 years old by June 10, 2024, to be eligible for the program and should be rising or graduating high school seniors. There are NO EXCEPTIONS to the set age requirement due to regulations set by Emory Healthcare.

If you have any questions, please email us and we will get back to you as soon as possible. You can also find answers to frequently asked questions below.

Application Process

The Summer 2024 application cycle is now closed. The next application cycle will open in the Fall of 2024.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are common questions we receive from applicants to the program:

  • How many recommendation letters can I submit?
    Two letters from teachers are required, one of which must be from a STEM teacher (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) and a maximum of three recommendation letters can be submitted. Additional letters will NOT be reviewed.
  • May I submit an unofficial transcript?
    Yes, applicants may submit an unofficial transcript.
  • How will I know if my references submitted my recommendation letters?
    To view the status of your recommendation letters, log on to the Summer Scholars Application and click the "Recommendations" tab. Under the "Status" column next to your reference's name, the status of the recommendation letter will be indicated. Please note that you will not be able to submit your application until both mandatory teacher recommendations are complete.
  • How do I resubmit if I need to update my application?
    Do not submit the application until it is fully complete, including the letters of recommendation. Once the application has been submitted, you will not be able to make any updates. You may save your application as you work on completion of the required fields. However, once you click submit, the application cannot be updated. Please make sure ALL fields are in final form before clicking on the submit button.
  • When will I hear back about the status of my application?
    You will be notified of your application status via e-mail in March 2024. If this changes, applicants will be notified via email.
  • If I am waitlisted, when will I find out if I have been accepted to the program?
    Waitlisted applications will be notified of a change in their application status via e-mail. For more specific information regarding the notification date for the current year, please check the website for updates or contact us via email.
  • Are international students (outside of the U.S.A) eligible for the program? 
    Unfortunately, international students are not eligible at this time due to program logistics.
  • I am a current college student (freshman/sophomore etc.) with a strong interest in medicine/cancer research. Am I eligible to apply to the program?
    No, only rising or graduating high school seniors, who are 17 years old by the program start date, are eligible to apply for the Winship Summer Scholars Program.
  • Can I still apply if I have an obligation (school/exams/etc.) that will prevent me from attending certain days or weeks of the program?
    Students are generally expected to be at Winship full time Monday through Friday from 9:00AM – 5:00PM for the duration of the program. If you have a conflict that will prevent you from fulfilling this expectation, then you are not eligible to apply for the program.

Here you'll find answers to general questions regarding the Summer Scholars Research Program at Winship.

In addition, we address answers to commonly asked questions regarding mentoring and housing below.

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Cynthia R. Giver, PhD

Cynthia R. Giver, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology
Emory University School of Medicine

Dr. Giver has extensive research experience in the area of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT).

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Nikolaos Papadantonakis, MD, PhD

Nikolaos Papadantonakis, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology
Emory University School of Medicine

Dr. Papadantonakis specializes in the treatment of acute leukemias, myelodysplastic syndromes, myeloproliferative neoplasms and other myeloid hematological malignancies.

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