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Winship Summer Scholars interact with Emory Faculty in open discussion.

Winship Summer Scholars enjoying interactive lecture.Summer Scholar Class at symposium.

Winship Summer Scholars Program 2014

The Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia is hoping to groom the next generation of researchers, physicians, nurses, and health care professionals. Winship is currently accepting applications from high school students who are interested in an immersion into the research world of cancer for the Winship Summer Scholars Research Program (SSRP).   

The Summer Scholars Research Program begins Monday, June 2, 2014, and ends Friday, July 11, 2014.  Deadline for applications is Tuesday, February 11, 2014.  Application, official copy of high school transcript, and two (one science / one non-science) letters or completed forms of recommendation must be completed and postmarked by this date.  There are no exceptions to this deadline.

"This program has been established to provide students with a unique immersion experience in a cancer research laboratory.  Cancer research encompasses cancer questions ranging from population based issues to nanotechnology." says Mary Jo Lechowicz, MD, Associate Professor in Hematology and Medical Oncology at Emory and Director of the Winship Summer Scholars Research Program.

The Summer Scholars Research Program (SSRP) consists of both academic and practicum components.  Students must be age 17 or older by Monday, June 2, 2014, at the start of the program.  There are NO EXCEPTIONS to the set age requirement due to regulations set by Environmental Health and Safety and Winship Cancer Institute.

The goal of the program is for students to experience the rich, interdisciplinary nature of cancer research with a first hand understanding of the process of research.

Students accepted into the program will be assigned to work with a research scientist or clinical oncologist who is actively engaged in research at Emory University School of Medicine. Students will work in a professional setting with their faculty mentors, as well as laboratory technicians and graduate students, in their assigned wet or dry lab. Participants will learn about the research interests of their faculty mentor and be assigned to a specific question or problem relating to that interest.  Students will learn specific laboratory protocols enabling them to address the question or problem and yield unique experimental results.  Depending on the mentor, some projects may involve “dry” data analysis versus “wet” bench work.

The Summer Scholars Research Program received a big boost from a special group in 2011 when TJ's Friends, student volunteers who have come together to raise money for and awareness of cancer, presented a $50,000 gift to Winship. Part of the gift was designated for the Summer Scholars Research Program.  TJ's Friends is an offshoot of the T.J. Martell Foundation, started by music industry executive Tony Martell after his son T.J. was diagnosed with leukemia in 1973. 

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

Please print and mail your completed application form, recommendation form and official copy of high school transcript to:

Dr. Mary Jo Lechowicz
c/o Shirley L. Miller
Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
1365 Clifton Road, Building C, Suite C4014
Atlanta, GA 30322

Completed applications must be postmarked by Tuesday, February 11, 2014.   Incomplete applications will not be eligible for review. 

For more information, please contact: Shirley L. Miller, 404-778-1270 or