CSBC Centers host Summer Undergraduate Research Interns

Sixteen college students completed research this summer through the 2018 Systems Biology and Physical Sciences Summer Research Program, coordinated by the National Cancer Institute as part of the CSBC’s ongoing efforts in education and outreach.

Nine students conducted research at CSBC Centers, with the remainder completing internships at Physical Sciences in Oncology Network (PS-ON)centers.

The program is designed specifically for students interested in the interdisciplinary fields of systems biology and physical oncology. Research conducted during the internship focuses on a variety of topics within these fields, such as tumor heterogeneity, tumor-immune interactions, evolution of phenotypes in late-stage cancer, and cell migration’s role in cancer invasion and metastasis.

While the students spend most of the summer conducting research in a lab, there is also an in-person meeting at the National Institutes of Health, which gives the interns the opportunity to meet and teach one another about the diverse set of projects and disciplines that are studied by CSBC and PS-ON investigators.  The conference also included a collaborative activity based upon the Sage Bionetworks-DREAM platform, a tour of the NIH Clinical Center, and the opportunity to meet and learn from the Georgetown Breast Cancer Advocates, an incredible group of breast cancer survivors whose lives are a testament to the importance of cancer research.  The students had a chance to meet scientists associated with both the CSBC and the PSON and to present their work via a Poster Session to fellow interns, researchers, and NCI staff.

Now in its eleventh year, the CSBC/PS-ON Summer Undergraduate Research Program (formerly the ICBP Summer Undergraduate Research Program) has supported over 125 undergraduate students to explore experimental and computational research in interdisciplinary fields.  The training program serves as a nationwide resource for the benefit of the entire cancer biology research community by encouraging future cancer researchers to pursue collaborative, multi-disciplinary approaches to complex cancer problems.  More information about the Program, including updates on the 2019 Summer Program, can be found on the program website.