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New Summer Cancer Research Program for Undergraduate Students Launched
July 3, 2018

The George Washington University (GW) School of Medicine and Health Sciences, in partnership with the GW Cancer Center, has launched a new summer program to advance cancer research through enhancing diversity in the field. The program is open to undergraduate students and is called the GW Summer Program Advancing Research on Cancer (GW-SPARC).

“GW-SPARC will not only expose participants to cutting-edge research and contemporary cancer research techniques, but will also help foster understanding of health disparities and the impact of cancer in different communities,” said Alison Hall, PhD, associate dean for research workforce development at the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences. “Most importantly, this program will help prepare diverse students for research careers, leading to discoveries that will improve our futures.”

The program is open to U.S. undergraduate students from groups underrepresented in biomedical sciences. Preference will be given to sophomores and juniors so they might return for a second summer. Participants get the chance to live and work in the heart of Washington, D.C., just blocks from national monuments, museums, and entertainment.

Through the program, students perform hands-on, mentored research in laboratories focused on cancer immunology and immunotherapy, cancer biology including targeted therapies and epigenetics, and cancer engineering and technology. Participants attend weekly workshops and seminars and at the end of the summer, and participate in a poster session. They also participate in a book club focused on the human impact of cancer; this year the book “Everybody’s Got Something” will be discussed.

While applications are no longer being accepted for summer 2018, students can apply to the program for summer 2019 in winter 2018-19. For more information about GW-SPARC, visit smhs.gwu.edu/gwsparc.

This program was created with the advice and expertise of an external advisory board. Members include experts from Howard University, MD Anderson, and the University of Puerto Rico.


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