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 students accepted students who complete the six week program.

What to Expect

For summer 2023, we plan to continue with our in-person program now that COVID-19 conditions have greatly improved. This will allow for a truly immersive laboratory or clinical research experience. You will be working a typical schedule (e.g. 9am – 5pm) alongside your team at Winship to advance incredible cancer research.

The program will run for six weeks from Monday, June 5, through Friday, July 14, 2023, with a mandatory orientation day on June 5. 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 researcher or clinician 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 5, 2023 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.

Summer Scholar students Catie Schwartz and Anthony McIver in the lab with mentor, Vikas Gupta, MD, PhD.

Application Process

The 2023 application cycle is now open. Applications must be completed and submitted by February 3, 2023.

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

  • How do I begin the application?
    You can access the Summer Scholars Research Program Application online. To begin an application, you will need to create an account. Make sure that you use an e-mail address that you check regularly.
  • 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 will I know that my application was submitted?
    Applications will be submitted automatically once all portions of the application have been completed. You will receive an e-mail confirmation of submission.
  • How do I resubmit if I need to update my application?
    If you make updates to your application before the deadline, make sure to save your changes at the bottom of each page. You will receive an e-mail confirming resubmission.
  • When will I hear back about the status of my application?
    You will be notified of your 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.
  • 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.

Other Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Photo of  Cynthia R. Giver, PhD
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).

Photo of  Nisha Joseph, MD
Nisha Joseph, MD

Nisha Joseph, MD

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

A board certified hematologist, Dr. Joseph specializes in plasma cell disorders and bone marrow transplantation.

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