Summer Scholars Research Program

Winship Cancer Institute invests in grooming the next generation of researchers, physicians, nurses, and health care professionals by offering the Winship Summer Scholars Research Program.

The goal of the program is for senior high school students to experience the rich, interdisciplinary nature of cancer research with a firsthand understanding of the process of research. It provides students with a unique immersion experience with a cancer research team.

Students accepted into the program are assigned to work with a research scientist or a clinical oncologist who is actively engaged in research at the Emory University School of Medicine. Students will work in a professional setting with their faculty mentors and research teams. They will learn by working next to the team the skills needed to conduct different types of cancer research. The program consists of both academic and practicum components. Qualified applicants must have completed three years of laboratory-based science classes that include advanced courses in chemistry, biology, and mathematics.

In order to be eligible, students must be age 17 or older by the start of the program. 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.

Winship Cancer Institute does not provide for housing, meals, parking or transportation.

The 2019 Summer Scholars Research Program will run for six weeks from June 5 through July 12 with a mandatory orientation set for Tuesday, June 4.

2019 applications are currently under review. Accepted applicants will be notified by the second week of March.

Please direct any questions regarding the program or the application process via email to and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Past students have had the honor of being selected to present their Summer Scholars Research Program work at the American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting.

Program mentor, Ajay Nooka, MD, guided several of these students and had this to say.

  • Sydney Nelson (2013 student): "Sydney is a mass of talent with a tremendous amount of passion. What I would expect from her in a week would be completed in 48 hours and looking for more. Her project was presented as a poster at the American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting in 2013." View Sydney's ASH abstract.
  • Edward Chen (2014 student):  "Eddy is industrious and innovative, a rare combination. These qualities made him excel in this onerous project. It was accepted as a poster presentation at the American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting in 2014." View Edward's ASH abstract.

Past students, Benjamin Oberlton and Edward Chen shared their thoughts about their experience at the ASH Annual Meeting.

"ASH is an amazing experience. Being a high school student it seemed almost as if I was taking a leap into my future. To be able to share the floor with scientists who have worked hard all their lives toward a common goal is a blessing that I would not exchange for anything." ~Benjamin Oberlton (2014 student)

"Attending the ASH meeting was a dream come true. Not only was I able to get an abstract published, but I also had the amazing opportunity to travel to San Francisco and present my study alongside thousands of doctors. I learned of the newest progress and research in hematology and met brilliant and inspiring people. The Winship Summer Scholar Program and attending ASH opened my eyes to the world of medical research - a world I wish to be part of in the future. No words can express how grateful I am for all the opportunities Winship has given me. Hopefully one day I can be part of the Winship team too!" ~Edward Chen (2014 student)

Photo of  Jonathon B. Cohen, MD, MS
Jonathon B. Cohen, MD, MS

Jonathon B. Cohen, MD, MS

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

Dr. Cohen's clinical focus is on the treatment of Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphoma, where he manages both newly diagnosed patients as well as those requiring stem cell transplantation and treatment for relapsed disease.

Photo of  Mary Jo  Lechowicz, MD
Mary Jo Lechowicz, MD

Mary Jo Lechowicz, MD

Professor and Vice Chair for Education, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology
Emory University School of Medicine

Dr. Lechowicz is the primary investigator for a number of trials at Emory University with regard to improvement of care in lymphoma, particularly related to transplantation and patients with cutaneous T-cell lymphoma.

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