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Undergraduates Gaining Research Opportunities

U-GROW is a partnership between Cedars-Sinai Cancer Center in Los Angeles and eight greater Los Angeles-area campuses of the California State University system. We are an undergraduate research education program whose goal is to diversify the public health workforce. Through internships, mentorship, and training we prepare promising college students from communities disproportionately affected by cancer health disparities for research careers that promote health equity.


U-GROW is a year-round commitment. We will accept a cohort of 15 scholars to begin in Summer 2023.


Summer Program Components Summer Institute (40 hrs)

● June 6-10, 2023 on Cedars-Sinai’s campus

● A week-long introduction to cancer disparities research, diverse researcher role models, and a network of supportive and motivated peers


Summer Internship (20-40 hrs/week)

● 180-360 hour paid internship with a Cedars-Sinai researcher (minimum 20 hrs/week for 9 weeks total)

● Internships will expose scholars to cancer disparities research and introduce them to research methods & ethics

● Internships are paid, so holding full-time employment over the summer is strongly discouraged.

● Successful completion of the internship depends on a satisfactory evaluation from your mentor and your participation in a end-of-summer poster presentation


Scholars-in-Training Meetings & Presentation at Summer Poster Session (30 hrs)

● 2-hour biweekly cohort meetings over the duration of the internship period.

● Led by U-GROW’s Internship Coordinator, scholars will educate each other on the projects they are working on in order to develop a broader understanding of cancer disparities research

● Scholars will prepare a poster for an end-of-summer poster session


How to Apply Check Your Program Eligibility

1. CSU Juniors, seniors, or alumni within one year of graduation from Cal Poly Pomona, Channel Islands, Dominguez Hills, Fullerton, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Northridge, San Bernardino

2. Good academic standing (minimum GPA of 3.0)

3. Strong communication and organizational skills

4. An interest in learning about cancer disparities and cancer control research is required. Research experience is not required.

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