IICD Summer Research Program for Undergraduates

The Irving Institute for Cancer Dynamics offers a 10-week 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 mentored by 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. The 2023 IICD Summer Research Program details will be announced in November 2022.

Online applications for the 2023 IICD Summer Research Program will open later in November 2022. Application deadline is February 1st, 2023 (11:59 PM ET).

For questions, please check first the Frequently Asked Questions section. If you have any additional questions, contact Lorenza Favrot ([email protected]) using the subject line “IICD Summer Research Program”.

Download the IICD Summer Research Program Flyer.

  • 10-week research experience
  • Weekly seminars and professional development events
  • A stipend of $6000 
  • Reimbursement commuting expenses (up to $300). Note that housing is not provided.
  • Be a US citizen or permanent resident
  • Be an undergraduate in the Fall 2023 (seniors graduating in the Spring/Summer 2023 cannot apply)
  • Open to rising sophomores, juniors and seniors
  • The program is not open to undergraduate students from Columbia University/Barnard College
  • Previous research experience is not 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.  

Online applications to be submitted by the deadline (February 1st 2023, 11:59 PM ET) includes:

  1. Online form to complete
  2. One-page resume (should include a description of scientific skills)
  3. Unofficial university transcripts
  4. Cover letter (one-page max, see FAQs for details)
  5. Top three choices for mentors (Columbia faculty and research scientists affiliated with the IICD)
  6. Name of two faculty in STEM who will provide letters of recommendation (see see FAQs for details). Letters should be submitted by the same deadline as the online application. Applications without letters of recommendation will not be considered.

 

Application materials will be reviewed after the closing date and applicants will be notified of a decision on a rolling basis in March and April (see FAQs for more details).

The application requires two letters of recommendation from faculty in STEM. One of the letters could also be from a graduate student or postdoc who directly supervises you for a research project. Letters of recommendation should come from faculty who know you well and can address your potential ability to carry out independent research (see FAQs for more details).

The cover letter should be 1-page maximum and should include the following (see FAQs for more details):

  • reasons why you are applying to this internship
  • a description of your background (major/minor, relevant coursework, skills/qualifications, etc.) and research experience(s) if any
  • a description of your research interests and a statement about your top 3 mentors you would like to work with for the summer
  • career interest(s)/plans following graduation

The IICD Summer Research Program was launched in the Fall 2021. See below for a list of the program alumni.