The Pediatric Oncology Education program at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is funded by the National Institutes of Health / National Cancer Institute. The POE program offers a unique opportunity for students preparing for careers in the biomedical sciences, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, psychology, or public health to gain biomedical and oncology research experience. The POE program provides a short-term training experience (summer internship) in either laboratory research or clinical research.
The minimum time requirement for our program is 10 weeks at St. Jude for those currently in medical school and 11 weeks for all others. The student’s daily schedule will depend on the research area in which they are working, but the student is expected to work full-time. Applicants for our 2020 program must start on either Monday, May 11; Monday, May 18; Tuesday, May 26; or Monday, June 1, 2020. If you could not start on one of these dates (May 11, May 18, May 26, or June 1, 2020), you are not eligible for our 2020 program and should not apply.
Undergraduate participants in our program will receive a $400/week subsistence allowance, and all others will receive $480/week. Group housing close to our campus will be available at no cost for POE students coming from outside the Memphis metropolitan area to participate in the program. We do not provide paid family housing. Travel expenses are the participant’s responsibility.
Trainees MUST be a United States citizen, non-citizen national, or possess a visa permitting permanent residence in the United States. A student visa is not sufficient. Most POE students are highly qualified undergraduate or graduate students preparing for careers in medicine or biomedical sciences. A few are attending or have been accepted into graduate, medical, pharmacy, or nursing school. POE applicants MUST have an undergraduate GPA of at least a 3.40/4.00 in math and science (biology, chemistry, physics) AND at least a 3.40 overall. Medical, pharmacy, and graduate students must also meet the undergraduate GPA requirements. Applicants must have research experience and be in at least their sophomore of college year when they apply. At least one letter of recommendation must be from a research mentor. Medical student applicants must be attending a US medical school. There are NO EXCEPTIONS to these requirements.
The deadline for receipt of all 2020 application materials will be February 1, 2020. Students should submit their application without waiting for their recommenders to submit letters of recommendation. Applicants are encouraged to get all their credentials in by mid-late December, so that they can be considered for early placement. Those applying after January 1 run a high risk of not having all their credentials submitted by the deadline.
Members of under-represented ethnic minority groups and women are especially encouraged to apply, since a major long-term goal of our program is to increase the diversity of persons engaged in oncology research and practice.
For further information visit http://www.stjude.org/poe.
For the online application visit: https://www.applyweb.com/stjudepo/index.ftl
Suzanne Gronemeyer, PhD
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
262 Danny Thomas Place
Mail Stop 304
Memphis, TN 38105-3678