We invite students to apply for our NIH/NCI-funded (5 R25CA023944-39) Pediatric Oncology Education (POE) Program.

The program offers a unique opportunity for pre-doctoral students preparing for careers in the biomedical sciences, medicine, and pharmacy to gain biomedical and oncology research experience. Students participate in basic or clinical oncology research, a core lecture series designed specifically for them, as well as research and clinical conferences. All participants make a PowerPoint presentation on their research project and submit a report on their research project written in the style of a journal in which their faculty mentor publishes.

All POE program applicants must already have research experience and be full time students at the time they apply. Applicants must be United States citizens, non-citizen nationals, or possess a visa permitting permanent residence in the United States (required by the funding agency). All must be in at least their college sophomore year of college at the time they apply. POE medical students spend a minimum of 10 weeks in the program. The minimum tenure requirement for all others is 11 weeks. All POE applicants must have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.40 (on a 4.0 scale) in math and science (biology, chemistry, and physics) and at least a 3.40 overall. Program participants will receive a $600/week subsistence allowance. Fully furnished group housing will be provided at no cost for non-local participants.

The POE home page contains links to the program application. Early application and submission of materials is highly recommended.

The deadline for receipt of all 2024 application materials is February 1, 2024.

Suzanne Gronemeyer, PhD, FAACE
Director, Pediatric Oncology Education (POE) Program
Associate Director, Academic Programs
St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
262 Danny Thomas Place, MS 276
Memphis, TN 38105-3678

Additional Tips

I advise students to apply for several programs, since most programs have many more well-qualified applicants than they can place.

Many fine internship opportunities are listed on https://www.aamc.org/professional-development/affinity-groups/great/summer-undergrad-research-programs.

Another option may be https://www.fredhutch.org/en/education-training.html, https://www.training.nih.gov/programs, or https://ccr.cancer.gov/training/summer-internships.

Current medical students may be interested in: