Loyola University Chicago

Department of Biology

Summer 2024 Opportunities

2024 Summer Student Oncology Research Internships sponsored by the Department of Cancer Biology and the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center

Loyola University Chicago’s Department of Cancer Biology and the Cardinal Bernardin Cancer Center are sponsoring ten-week full-time research internships this summer at the Cancer Center (Health Sciences Campus in Maywood) for LUC students.  All LUC Freshman, Sophomore, and Juniors with an interest in cancer research are eligible to apply; students who will graduate in May or December of 2024 are not eligible.  A brief recommendation from a faculty member in the student’s major department must be submitted in addition to the student’s application. 

Opportunities are available across various areas; applicants must select a research program of interest:

  • Cancer Biology and Therapeutics Program - Research groups who participate in this program study mechanisms associated with cancer cell initiation and disease progression, mechanisms that contribute to therapeutic responses, and mechanisms that account for therapeutic resistance. A wide variety of approaches and model systems are used to advance understanding in multiple different cancer types. The ultimate goal is to utilize the knowledge gained to improve therapeutic efficacy and cancer patient outcomes.  Students who participate in this program will be engaged in “wet” lab research and will learn techniques for culturing live human cells, including malignant cancer cells.
  • Radiation Oncology, Imaging, and Technology Program - This program brings together radiation oncologists, radiologists, physicists, imaging scientists, engineers, computer scientists and radiation biologists to foster research that integrates clinical, basic science and engineering approaches. The goal: to improve tumor control with radiation, while minimizing side effects, and develop novel imaging approaches for localized and disseminated disease.  Students who participate in this program will perform research that will involve computer programming and may also include image processing, machine learning, or analysis of radiation dose distributions.

Applications will undergo a competitive review process.  Student interns accepted into the program will receive supervised experiences in cancer research projects currently in progress in laboratories in the Cancer Center or the radiation oncology dept., both of which are located on the Health Sciences campus in Maywood, Illinois.  Interns are expected to commit to full time work for the entire 10-week program.  A stipend will be awarded to each student intern who is accepted for this competitive summer program. 

KEY DATES:  Internship Application and Program Timeline:

  • Application due date: Friday, March 1
  • Review period: March 4 - 22
  • Internship award letters / invitations sent: April 1
  • Commitments needed from students: April 19
  • Internship start/end date: May 20 – July 26  (ten weeks)
  • Summer intern symposium: Monday, July 29

Contact Fr. Breslin, S.J. with any questions (office QLSB 442; email: pbresli@luc.edu)

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2024 Summer Undergraduate Research In Cardiovascular Physiology (Cardio-Surph)

This program will provide students with hands-on research experience in active NIH and AHA funded cardiovascular research labs. Students will also attend career development workshops, research seminars, networking opportunities, and have the option to present their work at a national scientific meeting.

The Loyola Cardio-SURPh program is supported by the American Heart Association, the Department of Cell and Molecular Physiology, and the Loyola Cardiovascular Research Institute

Individuals from groups underrepresented in science are encouraged to apply.

Program Details

  • Program Dates: May 27th – August 2nd (some flexibility may be possible as long as the 10-week commitment is fulfilled)
  • Application: Submit to surph@luc.edu prior to March 13th deadline (see application details below)
  • Stipend: $6,000
  • Housing: Limited housing options are available, please indicate if this is needed in the cover letter
  • Other Support: Up to $3,000 is available to attend a national scientific meeting


  • Applicants must be in their junior or senior academic undergraduate year in good academic standing
  • The program is open to United States Citizens and Foreign Nationals holding student, exchange, or permanent resident visas, including F1, H1, H1B, PR, TC, or TN visas. Awardees must meet American Heart Association citizenship/visa criteria throughout the entire duration of the program.
  • This is a full-time program and fellows may not take other classes while participating

Applications Materials (Deadline: 3/13/24)

  • Statement of research experience and goals (one page or less, also indicate any preference for research mentor here, although we cannot guarantee lab placement)
  • Resume/CV
  • Unofficial Transcripts
  • Statement indicating citizenship/visa requirement (as indicated under eligibility)
  • Send materials as a single pdf to surph@luc.edu
  • Successful applicants will be notified by April 1st

Participating Research Mentors

Please email surph@luc.edu or program director Dr. Jonathan Kirk (jkirk2@luc.edu) with any questions