Announcement for 2018 Summer Research Program

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Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP):   Fred Hutchinson Interns for Summer 2018

In 2009 Whitman College entered into a summer research partnership with the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (FHCRC) in Seattle. Students have been supported to work on projects ranging from the molecular evolution of HIV pathogenesis, to cellular markers of Graft vs Host Disease in bone marrow and stem cell recipients, to cell cycle regulation in tumor cells, to efficacy of HPV vaccines.  Funding initially came from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.  In 2015, a generous alumni donor stepped up to continue the partnership. 

            In 2018 two more students will be funded by Whitman to work in a laboratory at the FHCRC for 9 weeks as members of the Summer Undergraduate Research  Program (SURP) in Basic Sciences, Human Biology, Public Health, Vaccine and Infectious Diseases, or Clinical Research. The stipend for the program is $ 4,700. The intern program runs from Monday June 11 through Friday August 10 and students must be able to commit to the entire program. For more information about the summer program and work of recent interns at Fred Hutchinson, see

 see  https://www.fredhutch.org/en/education-training/undergraduate-students.html

The FHCRC SURP Steering Committee at Whitman College is now soliciting applications from students who will be entering their final year at Whitman College in fall of 2018 (Dec 2018 or May 2019 grads).

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE 2018 APPLICATION

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE 2018 LETTER OF EVAL FORM

A complete application will include:

A.  From the APPLICANT, the electronic submission of
1.  The 6-page application form
2.  A 1 page statement of research interests and career goals
3.  An unofficial transcript/academic evaluation (courses/grades).
Please include an updated transcript/academic evaluation to include courses from Fall 2017.  (Note: if you have been on OCS in Fall, you do not need to include grades, but please list courses taken during OCS).  Also, please include a list of courses enrolled in for Spring 2018.

B.  From TWO EVALUATORS, the submission of An evaluation form and a letter  of support.  
Evaluators must include at least one Whitman faculty member who has served as a course instructor, adviser, or research mentor in the sciences.  A  research mentor at another institution may serve as a second evaluator. 

All application materials must be submitted to Jim Russo by 4:00 pm on Wednesday, January 10, 2018.  A selection committee of science faculty will evaluate the applications and two students will be selected and notified in late January.  The selected students will then be required to complete the FHCRC SURP Application and we will forward your application to the FHCRC Program directors for placement in a laboratory.

Questions about the program?  Contact Jim Russo (S-336; x5228; russo@whitman.edu)

DEADLINE: ALL APPLICATION MATERIALS MUST BE RECEIVED BY 4:00 PM on Wednesday JANUARY 10, 2018

NOTE:  APPLICANTS FROM WHITMAN COLLEGE SHOULD APPLY VIA THE WHITMAN PORTAL ONLY!