High School & Undergraduate Programs

Stephenson Cancer Center (SCC) provides several opportunities for high school and undergraduate students who are interested in biomedical and behavioral research and in health profession careers. Students interested in exploring careers in science and medicine are encouraged to apply.

SCC Programs

Cancer Undergraduate Research Experience – High School Summer Program (CURE Jr.)
A one-day summer program for rising Oklahoma high school juniors and seniors to learn about careers in cancer research and medicine. CURE Jr. provides students with an overview of cancer and how researchers in the basic, translational and clinical sciences are fighting this disease.

Cancer Undergraduate Research Experience Program (CURE)
An eight-week summer research program open to college juniors and seniors. Now entering its second decade, the CURE Program provides students with an intensive summer experience working on research projects under the mentorship of cancer investigators. Students complete an independent research project and present results at the conclusion.

Diversity in Cancer Research Summer Internship
A ten-week summer research internship program open to rising college sophomores, juniors and seniors majoring in STEM-related fields. The internship provides students from underrepresented populations (Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian/Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander) gain experience working on research projects under the mentorship of cancer investigators. The program provides a $5,000 salary for selected interns.

Cancer Research Immersion Summer Program (CRISP) for Undergraduates
The C-REP has developed the Cancer Research Immersion Summer Program (CRISP) which is a nine-week summer research program for undergraduate students to gain experience in cancer health equity research. CRISP provides formal mentorship and hands-on research experiences as well as the opportunity for students to present their research at the conclusion of the program. The CRISP research topic areas are focused on American Indian cancer health equity research and may be related to basic laboratory science, clinical and translational research, or public and community health.

OUHSC Programs

The OUHSC offers several educational experiences for undergraduate students interested in exploring careers in medicine and research. Some of these programs are specifically tailored to students from populations underrepresented in these fields.

Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE)
Hosted by the OUHSC Graduate College, the SURE Program is aimed at preparing undergraduate students to pursue careers in biomedical research or health-related sciences through hands-on research experiences in the laboratories of OUHSC biomedical faculty mentors.

Native American Research Center for Health (NARCH) Summer Undergraduate Research Program
Supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the NARCH Summer Undergraduate Research Program provides a research experience for American Indian students affiliated with any Oklahoma Tribe who have completed two years of undergraduate study.

Oklahoma INBRE Summer Undergraduate Research Program
Supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Oklahoma INBRE Summer Undergraduate Research Program provides an opportunity for undergraduate students from a qualifying regional university or community college in Oklahoma to participate in an 8-week summer biomedical research experience at OUHSC or the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation (OMRF). Visit the program webpage for more information and a list of qualifying institutions.

Contact Information

Stevie Warner, MHR
Program & Initiatives Manager
Education, Training and Career Enhancement Core
Stephenson Cancer Center
stevie-warner@ouhsc.edu
405-271-2537

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