Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship

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Eileen Jaffe, PhD. Professor
Program Director

The annual deadline for submitting nominations is April 1.

The Fox Chase Cancer Center continues to mentor undergraduates from diverse colleges and universities by engaging them in summer research projects. Since the early 1990s, Eileen Jaffe has overseen a competitive undergraduate summer research fellowship program, which has funded between 12 and 15 Fellows per summer. Although FCCC is currently seeking sponsorship for this very effective program, there is a continuing institutional commitment. The current stipend is set at $4,000 for ten weeks of full time research.

  1. This is a nomination program.
    • FCCC faculty who will serve as research mentors for undergraduates can nominate students for the program.
    • Students who are interested in the program must first make arrangements with a faculty member to be nominated. Students who have not arranged for an FCCC faculty mentor are not eligible. See item 4 below for details
    • In any one year, any given student can be nominated by only one faculty member and any given faculty member can nominate only one student for a Fellowship.
  2. Who is eligible?
    • Eligible nominees must be UNDERGRADUATES. Entering freshman can compete. Spring graduates who will be matriculating into graduate or medical school in the fall are also eligible.
    • Eligible nominees must be available for 10 full weeks. These do not have to be consecutive weeks.
    • Previous FCCC Undergraduate Summer Fellows are not eligible to be nominated for a second year of support from this program.
  3. How is a nomination made?
    • Nominations can be made by Staff Scientists, Research Professors, Assistant Research Professors, Assistant Professors, Associate Professors and Professors.
    • There are no forms to fill out. A nomination package consists of the following items:
      • A CV or resume describing the student, usually provided by the student.
      • A brief (one page) description of the research project prepared by the mentor, clearly noting the role of the student in the project and the educational benefit this program provides.
      • Undergraduate transcripts
      • Letters of recommendations (no more than two) from teachers, professors, or previous research advisors.
  4. How do the students and the faculty find each other?
    Usually the students find the faculty. FCCC is looking for students with sufficient motivation to actively seek summer research opportunities. The student should start by looking over the research areas. The student should contact one or more faculty about summer research possibilities. Often the student is asked to interview at FCCC and it is perfectly reasonable for the student to interview in more than one lab.
  5. How are the awards decided?
    The committee that ranks the awards is made up of several faculty representing the breadth of research carried out at FCCC. All components of the nomination package are weighed in the evaluation process. Awards are usually made by mid-April.

In addition to the Fellowship program

There are alternatives for undergraduate students to be involved in summer research. The student can volunteer or the student can be hired as a summer assistant. Students are highly encouraged to review the research areas and contact faculty whose research interests them. In general students are more successful at finding positions by contacting faculty directly. Some students do however gain summer laboratory opportunities through the volunteer office or through human resources.