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January 13, 2011

Summer Lab Internships Offered by Simmons Cancer Institute

Simmons Cancer Institute (SCI) at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield is accepting applications for its summer lab internship program.  Three qualified undergraduate college students who plan a career in medicine or research with a focus on cancer research will be selected.  They will have the opportunity to learn basic laboratory techniques while working under the supervision of SIU research faculty members.

The deadline to apply for the program is March 15.  The length of the internship this summer is June 1 to August 15.  The paid internships are awarded on a competitive basis.

“The internships offer students an incredible opportunity to work with a researcher in a lab and gain hands-on experience that will assist these young women and men with their future goals,” said Dr. K. Thomas Robbins, SCI director.  “The internships also give us as an institution the opportunity to provide a new look at the field of research for aspiring young people focused on a career in medicine.”

Interested undergraduates should submit a current college transcript, a resume and two letters of reference from instructors along with a personal statement letter describing current studies, activities and future goals.  Successful candidates will be required to write a brief paper regarding their experience at its conclusion in August.

Materials should be submitted to Morris Cooper, Ph.D., SCI associate director for basic science and SIU professor and chair of medical microbiology, immunology and cell biology.  The preferred method of submission is by using PDF formatted documents emailed to  They can be mailed to him 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 Web site is