Coronavirus information for Feinberg.

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CURE program participants

CURE (Cancer Undergraduate Research and Education) is an undergraduate summer research program for underserved college students who are interested in pursuing careers in the biomedical sciences. For eight weeks, students will work full-time (35-40 hours/week) alongside top cancer researchers in state-of-the-art laboratories. Senior scientists act as mentors and work with CURE students on nationally funded laboratory research projects. Students are introduced to the basics of cancer biology and receive career guidance through weekly seminars presented by faculty members.

Due to COVID-19, CURE will not be accepting new applications for 2021.


To qualify, applicants should have standing as college freshmen, sophomore, junior or senior students in September 2020. Applicants should have demonstrated interest in the biological sciences and have a strong record of academic achievement. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States (with green card) who are members of an underserved population (African-American, Hispanic, Pacific Islander or Native American).

Stipend & Housing

Participants in the CURE program receive a taxable stipend of approximately $4,000. In addition, housing is provided on the Evanston Campus of Northwestern University for students living outside the Chicago area along with air travel to Chicago. Trainees may work on either the Chicago or Evanston campuses, which are connected by a free shuttle bus.

How to Apply

To apply, complete the CURE online application. Your application and letter of recommendation must be received by February 15, 2020. Mentors are assigned based on the personal statement portion of the application. Specific lab requests will be accommodated if possible.

Contact Us
Director, Gina Kirsammer, PhD