The Meyer Cancer Center Summer Internship Program (MCC SIP)

The Sandra and Edward Meyer Cancer Center is offering summer internship opportunities to high school and undergraduate students interested in exploring exciting cancer research questions. Students will immerse themselves in the fundamental principles of scientific investigation, get hands-on experience in laboratory techniques, or perform dry-lab research under the mentorship of our basic science and clinical research faculty. Our goal is to educate and inspire students at an early-stage to pursue future careers in cancer research.

The program will provide a mentored experience rich in activities to participating students and create a network to support their future academic endeavors. At the end of the program, we will have a retreat where each student will have the opportunity to present the results of their research.

Program Highlights

Over the summer students will:

  • Spend 6 weeks working on a cancer-focused research project
  • Receive mentorship by the designated faculty and the program’s leadership
  • Participate in weekly meetings to discuss their research progress, address challenges and receive feedback and advice
  • Participate in seminars presented by faculty and career development workshops and panels
  • Present their research with a poster at the program’s symposium at the end of the 6th week
  • Interact with students from other summer programs on campus, building connections and creating a professional network
  • Increase their awareness of STEM and cancer-related fields and become more confident about their college applications and future studies

Areas of Research

Students will partner with faculty from the Meyer Cancer Center who have research programs in diverse areas of oncology research. Research at the Meyer Cancer Center is organized around four core areas: Cancer Biology, Experimental Therapeutics, Cancer Genetics & Epigenetics, and Cancer Prevention & Control. The faculty listed below are representative of these areas, and information about their scientific interests can be found at their respective laboratory web pages. For a more comprehensive list of MCC faculty and their research please look at the individual program pages in the Member Directory.


  • Current High School Students 11-12 and college freshmen and sophomores
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Applications are encouraged from:
    • Individuals from groups traditionally underrepresented in research careers in the sciences, social sciences and humanities in the academic, public or private sectors, including students who identify as African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and other Pacific Islanders.
    • Individuals with disabilities, defined as those with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities. We understand that some disabilities affect vision, speech, hearing, attention, learning, or mobility, and other disabilities are not obvious.
    • Individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds such as those who come from a family with an annual income below established low-income thresholds.

2023 applications are now closed.

Contact Dr. Spyridon Mylonas ( if you have any questions.