Announcement for 2019 Summer Research Program

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2019 Summer Undergraduate Research Program (SURP) @ Fred Hutch

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 2019 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 17 through Friday August 16 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 2019 (Dec 2019 or May 2020 grads).

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE 2019 APPLICATION

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE 2019 LETTER OF EVAL FORM

A complete application will include:

A.  From the APPLICANT, the electronic submission of one document containing:
1.  The 6-page application form
2.  A 1 page statement of research interests and career goals
3.  An unofficial transcript (courses/grades).
Please include an updated UNOFFICIAL transcript (download from your mywhitman page) to include courses completed in Fall 2018.  Also, please include a list of courses enrolled in for Spring 2019. (Note: if you have been on OCS in Fall, you do not need to include grades, but please list courses taken during OCS).  

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 9, 2019.  A selection committee of science faculty will evaluate the applications and two students will be selected and notified in late January.  We will then 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 9, 2019

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