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January 25, 2012

Simmons Cancer Institute’s Summer Internship Program Expands

Qualified undergraduate college students who plan a career in medicine or research with a focus on cancer are invited to apply for a summer lab internship program at Simmons Cancer Institute (SCI) at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. The interns will have the opportunity to learn basic laboratory techniques while working under the supervision of SCI research faculty members.

The internships will be offered at both the Springfield and Carbondale campus for the first time since the program was created in 2009. The number of internship slots has also been increased from three to four. These expansions are attributed to the success of the program. “As the program continues to grow, it seems logical to offer it at the Carbondale campus,” said Morris Cooper, Ph.D., SCI associate director for basic science.¬†

“The internships are a valuable opportunity for a college student to gain hands-on experience and work with a cancer researcher in a laboratory,” said Dr. Cooper. “Students will participate in the daily lab work that evolves into cutting edge cancer research.” Cooper is also the chair of medical microbiology, immunology and cell biology and a professor at SIU School of Medicine. 

The paid internships are awarded on a competitive basis. Interested college undergraduates should submit a current college transcript, a resum√© and two letters of reference from instructors along with a personal statement letter describing current studies, activities and future goals. The deadline to apply for the program is March 15. The internship dates are June 1 to August15. Successful candidates will be required to write a brief paper regarding their experience at the term’s conclusion.

The preferred method of submission is by using PDF-formatted documents emailed to They can also be mailed to Cooper’s office at SIU School of Medicine, P.O. Box 19626, Springfield, IL 62794-9626.

The mission of the Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU is to serve the people of central and southern Illinois by addressing their present and future cancer care needs through education, research, patient care and community service. Its website is