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 non-paid internship focused on exposing students to oncology research

Students will work one-on-one with a Winship oncologist or researcher, conduct research in a real 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 oncology research.

What to Expect

The 2021 Summer Scholars Research Program will be held virtually as a precaution due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please review the document below for more information on our virtual program.

The program will run for six weeks from June 2 through July 9 with a mandatory orientation day yet to be determined. The final presentation will be held on the last day of the program from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm. Students are encouraged to invite their families, teachers and recommenders to attend the virtual presentations.

  • Work one-on-one with a Winship researcher or clinician who will mentor them through a research project.
  • Attend lectures every Tuesday and Thursday given by Winship oncologists 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 1, 2021 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's Environmental Health and Safety Office and Winship Cancer Institute.

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.

As part of the program, students conduct research in a real lab or clinic setting. (Photo is pre-pandemic.)

Application Process

The 2021 application cycle is closed. The deadline for applicants was February 1, 2021.

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?
    A maximum of three recommendation letters can be submitted. The third recommendation can be from a person of your choosing. Additional letters will NOT be reviewed. (This rule will not go into effect until the 2021 Application Cycle)
  • 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 complete. You will receive an e-mail that confirms your 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 including mentoring in the Summer Scholars Research Program at Winship.

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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