Summer Research Internship for Undergraduates

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The Irving Institute for Cancer Dynamics offers a 10-weeks research opportunity for talented undergraduate students from the NYC area to perform cutting-edge research at Columbia University. The program is designed to provide the participants with a unique interdisciplinary research experience, mentoring, and professional development. Students will work full-time on a research project under the mentoring of an IICD researcher. In addition to research, participants will attend weekly events, such as scientific seminars, workshops, career and professional development events, lab tours, etc. Undergraduate students from mathematics, computer science, statistics, computational biology, data science, biology, engineering, etc. are welcome to apply. Students from traditionally underrepresented groups in STEM fields are strongly encouraged to apply. 

This 2022 IICD Summer will operate from May 31st to August 5th, 2022. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, dates are subject to change and will be confirmed closer to the beginning of the program. The program may be held remotely or in person, depending on the situation.

For any questions, check the "Frequently Asked Questions" tab below or send an email to Lorenza Favrot ([email protected]) using the subject line “IICD Summer Internship 2022”.

Online applications should be submitted by the deadline (February 1st, 2022)

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Download the Flyer for the 2022 Summer Program

  • 10-weeks research experience
  • Weekly seminars, workshops, professional development events
  • A stipend of $5000 
  • $1000 materials and supplies budget for the lab
  • Reimbursement for commuting expenses

Application materials will be reviewed after the closing date and applicants will be notified of the decisions by the end of March 2022.

Eligibility:

  • Be a US citizen or permanent resident
  • Be an undergraduate in the Fall 2022
  • Open to rising sophomores, juniors and seniors
  • Only open to undergraduate students outside of Columbia University

Online applications to be submitted by the deadline (February 1st, 2022) includes:

  • Online form to complete
  • One-page CV/resume
  • Unofficial university transcripts
  • Personal statement (should include research experience(s) if any, reasons why you apply to this internship, research interests, career interest(s)/plans following graduation)
  • Two recommendation letters from faculty and/or mentors. Letters should be submitted by the same deadline as the online application. Applications without letters of recommendation will not be considered.

 

Who should apply?

Undergraduate students in the NYC area majoring in mathematics, computer science, statistics, computational biology, data science, biology, etc. are welcome to apply. Students from traditionally underrepresented groups in STEM fields are strongly encouraged to apply. 

Eligibility to apply: Be a US citizen or permanent resident; be an undergraduate in the Fall 2022 (seniors graduating in the Spring/Summer 2022 cannot apply). Open to rising sophomores, juniors and seniors.

No previous research experience is required. Students will be expected to work full-time for the duration of the program, so students cannot be enrolled in classes or work another job.  

Why should you apply?

Students will perform cutting-edge research at Columbia University. The internship will provide the participants with a unique interdisciplinary research experience, mentoring, professional development, and increased awareness of the intersection of cancer research and mathematical sciences. Participants will receive a $5000 stipend. Housing will NOT be provided.

How is the application process?

Access the application portal here: 

Complete the online form and upload all the required documents (one-page CV/resume, personal statement, unofficial university transcripts, and names of two recommenders). Applications without letters of recommendation will not be considered. 

What is the application deadline?

Applications, including two letters of recommendation, should be submitted no later than February 1st, 2022. 

When will the students receive notifications of the decision?

Applications will be reviewed after the closing date, and applicants will be notified of a decision by the end of March/early April.  

What activities are the students participating in?

The program is designed to provide the participants with a unique interdisciplinary research experience, mentoring, professional development, and increased awareness of the intersection of cancer research and mathematical sciences. Students will carry out a research project with their assigned mentors. Additionally, students will attend weekly events, including scientific seminars, workshops, lab tours, professional development programs, etc.

What are the research topics?

Cancer research interests are tumor evolution, computational ‘omics, immunology, and metabolism. IICD Researchers work on technologies for molecular annotation of tumors in three dimensions at single cell resolution. The work is underpinned by strong statistical and data science research, including stochastic computation, bioinformatics and causal inference. Find more information in the Research Area section.

How are the research projects determined?

Every effort will be made to match you with your top 3 mentors choices and your preferred type of research, although this is not guaranteed. A match between a summer intern and an IICD researcher will be made once the students have been accepted into the program. Mentors and their summer interns will decide on a research project upon further discussion.

Other Questions?

Contact Lorenza Favrot ([email protected]) using the subject line “IICD Summer Internship 2022”.