MD Anderson Cancer Center-University of Notre Dame Summer Undergraduate Research Program

  • Competitive 10-week summer research program (Jun 6- Aug 12, 2022)
  • Broad range of cancer biology topics, such as quantitative biology, bioinformatics, imaging and technology-oriented research
  • Work with world-class cancer biologists

Students receive a stipend of $6,000 for the 10-week program. It is expected that students will pay for housing and travel from their stipend. In case of in person research not allowed due to COVID, remote options will be available with adjusted stipend.

Students should apply to https://ndcollegeofscience.submittable.com/submit/153523/nd-mdacc-summer-fellowship

Required information includes the following:

  • Resume
  • Official transcript
  • Personal statement (expressing motivation for participating in terms of past experiences, current activities and future plans)
  • Explanation of area of research interest
  • Two references letters

All application materials must be received by December 10th, 2021. Students accepted to the 2022 Summer Research Internship Program will be notified by Dec. 17, 2021

For more information, contact Xuemin (Sheryl) Lu, Ph.D., undergraduate research director, College of Science, at xlu1@nd.edu.

Application materials need to be submitted:

  • Abstract of your research presentation
  • Signed Domestic or International Wavier 
  • Transcript
  • Recommendation letter
  • Confirmation from Conference or Meeting stating your abstract has been accepted
  • Statement of purpose
  • Budget 

The Boler-Parseghian Center for Rare and Neglected Disease (CRND) and College of Science, with support from Powers family fund, will support Notre Dame undergraduate science students to engage in summer research.

Program Activities. Full-time research should be conducted for 9-10 weeks on research mentored by CRND and College of Science (COS) faculty. Participants must provide a thank you letter to donors and summary of their research experience before the fall semester begins, and present their research at a scientific conference or symposium within one academic year.

Support. The CRND Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship award consists of a $4000 stipend and $500 for supplies. Successful applicants with demonstrated financial hardship will be given additional support.

Eligibility. Current sophomore and juniors with interest in natural histories or laboratory research in rare and neglected diseases eligible to apply should be enrolled in a Notre Dame College of Science major and have worked with their College of Science faculty mentors for at least one semester prior to the summer of research. Seniors may apply to carry out clinical research in the area of natural histories of rare and neglected diseases.

Application:  The following needs to be submitted:
A. Proposal narrative - a pdf of no more than 4 pages with the following sections: (1) Your previous research experiences; (2) Research proposal (project background, description of proposed summer research and its significance) (3) Career Plans (explanation of how a summer research experience fits into your career plans, both immediate and long-term).
B. A Letter of Support from the research mentor.
C. Official Transcript
Deadline: Application materials are due by Monday April 12th, 2020 including letter of support. 

For more information, please contact crnd@nd.edu

Full-time research should be conducted for 9-10 weeks on research mentored by College of Science (COS) faculty, or with current international collaborators of COS faculty at an institute abroad. Participants must provide a thank you letter to donors and summary of their research experience before the fall semester begins, and present their research at a scientific conference or symposium within one academic year.

Support: The domestic COS Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship award consists of a $4000 stipend and $500 for supplies. For the international COS-SURF the award for stipend, accommodation, and travel support will be $5500 total. Successful applicants with demonstrated financial hardship will be given additional support.

Eligibility: Current sophomores and juniors eligible to apply should be enrolled in a College of Science major and have worked with their College of Science faculty mentors for at least one semester prior to the summer of research. For the international COS-SURF only juniors are eligible. Successful applicants are expected to continue working with their COS faculty mentor beyond the summer of funding. Exceptional first year students who have started research with a College of Science faculty are also eligible to apply.

Application:  The following needs to be submitted:

A. Proposal narrative - a pdf of no more than 4 pages with the following sections: (1) Your previous research experiences; (2) Research proposal (project background, description of proposed summer research and its significance) (3) Career Plans (explanation of how a summer research experience fits into your career plans, both immediate and long-term).

B. A Letter of Support from the research mentor. International proposals should also be supported by a letter from the foreign collaborator, which should include an explicit statement of willingness and capacity to host the student for the duration of research.

C. Official Transcript

Deadline: Application materials are due by Monday March 15, 2021 including letter of support. 

The Glynn Family Honors Program proudly supports a variety of undergraduate research initiatives. Students are eligible to receive up to $4,500 in different grants over the course of their study. While priority is given to students working on thesis research, we encourage students to apply for grants that open up new opportunities or lead to externally-funded grants later.

Grants Available

  • Research and Travel Grant (up to $4,500)
  • Conferences and Professional Development Grants (up to $1,500)
  • Materials Grant (up to $1,500)

Application

Along with the completed application form, students must submit the following:

  • Proposal Narrative: a pdf of no more than 4 pages with the following sections: (1) Your previous research experiences, (2) Research proposal (project background, description of proposed summer research and its significance, and its relevance to future thesis plans), (3) Career Plans (explanation of how this research experience fits into your career plans, both immediate and long-term).
  • Conference Materials (for students presenting at conferences)
  • Advisor Approval Letter (available on Submittable application)
  • Budget (available on Submittable application)
  • IRB Approval (if necessary)
  • Waiver for domestic and/or international travel (available on Submittable application)

International Travel

  • At present, applications for international travel should be submitted 6-8 weeks prior to departure. If a student needs to depart sooner, please reach out to one of the Glynn directors or Dr. Snyder.
  • Students must register trips with ND International before funds will be dispersed.

Post-Grant Reporting

  • All grant recipients must complete a post-Grant Report and provide a thank you letter to the Glynn family for supporting their research.
  • Grant recipients are expected to take photos of their research experience and submit them along with the post-Grant Report. Guidelines for photos and the post-Grant Report will be sent along with the acceptance letter.

Due Dates

  • Research and Travel Grants for summer research: March 15
  • All other grants: rolling basis


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