Cancer Undergraduate Research Experience

OU Health Stephenson Cancer Center established the Cancer Undergraduate Research Experience (CURE) Program to enable outstanding undergraduate students to work alongside experienced cancer investigators to encourage their interests in and preparation for careers in cancer research and medicine.

Current Participants

  • Abby McIntire, Oklahoma State University
  • Connor Baroody, University of Oklahoma
  • Grace Ha, University of Oklahoma
  • James Lowe, University of Oklahoma
  • Rylee Gordon, University of North Texas
  • Syed Aslam, University of Oklahoma

The CURE Program offers students a chance to receive intensive hands-on training and experience in active research laboratories over an nine-week summer program. In addition, the scholars will also be a part of a journal club and many other exciting opportunities.

At the conclusion of the program, students participate in a poster presentation to gain experience in organizing, interpreting, and discussing their research results.

View full list of past program participants.

Program Details

2024 Program — May 20 to July 23, 2024

The CURE program is an nine-week program. The 2024 CURE program will take place from May 20 to July 23, 2024. Students must be able to commit to the entire timeframe. Scholars are selected based on aptitude and interest in science and math, academic standing, personal essay and recommendation letters.

To apply for the CURE program, you must be enrolled in an undergraduate program and have completed between 60 and 100 credit hours.

Application Instructions


To apply for the CURE Program, you MUST be:

  • An undergraduate student who has completed between 60 and 100 credit hours.
  • A United States citizen or permanent resident or have unrestricted employment authorization in accordance with applicable Immigration and Naturalization Service regulations (example: J-2 with Employment Authorization Document or F-1 with approval from your education institutes International Services Office). Applicants with an H-4 visa are NOT eligible.
  • Willing and able to commit to the program’s entire nine-week time frame
  • Scholars are selected based on aptitude and interest in science and math, academic standing, essays and recommendation letters written as part of the application process.


Applications for the 2024 CURE Program opened on Oct. 1, 2023. Deadline to submit applications is Jan. 15, 2024.
Applicants must submit all of the following:

It is preferred that the entire application packet, other than transcripts, be submitted electronically via the online application form. If you prefer to mail the packet, please use the address listed in the contact information. Do not use staples for any mailed or delivered material. Extra materials, such as additional recommendation letters or resumes, will not be accepted.


Learn more about eligibility and applying for the Summer Research Scholars Program.

Contact Information

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