The Leah Menshouse Springer Summer Opportunities Program

Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine invites pre-medical, medical, and undergraduate students to participate in the Leah Menshouse Springer Summer Opportunities Program; a program designed to provide students with hands-on cancer research experience for 10 weeks over the summer. Application information for Summer 2015 will be posted December 15, 2014.

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Eligibility:  Current pre-medical students, medical students, or undergraduate students intending to pursue graduate (i.e., MD or PhD) training. International students please see the FAQ below.

Dates of summer program: TBA

Stipend:  $3,500

Hours: Approximately 40 hours per week (depending on project)

Location:  In the research/academic office of the project Principal Investigator

Application Deadline and Process: Summer 2015 applications will be due on Sunday, February 15, 2015 (5pm, Central Standard Time).

Review process: Applications will be reviewed and matched to research opportunities available at Siteman Cancer Center. All applicants will be notified the week of March 15, 2015.

Contact: For additional information,please contact Jaclyn McGuire at



Q:I live outside the St. Louis area. Is housing provided by the summerprogram?

A: Astipend is provided to participants for living expenses (including housing)during the summer. This program usually works with the Washington UniversitySchool of Medicine housing office to arrange for housing in a dormitory on themedical school campus, where most projects are conducted, for out-of-townparticipants. The housing office offers summer term rates as space allows.


Q: I ama college freshman and have no/limited research experience. Are students like meaccepted into the program? 

A: Thesummer program accepts students with diverse backgrounds and experience. Thereis no set number of accepted participants of any specific class year orpreparation.


Q: I aman international student. Am I eligible to apply?

A: As anon-U.S. citizen, you are eligible to apply for our program if:

  • You are on an F-1 visa (student visa) through Washington University
  • You are are doing your optional practical training (OPT) on an F-1 visa through another university
  • You are a permanent U.S. resident. 

Thesummer trainee program does not qualify for an H-1B visa, J-1 visa or TN visa.


Q: I amwondering if high school letters of recommendations are accepted if a studenthas completed one semester of college and does not know the professors well?

A: It is most important that those writing recommendations be ableto speak to your abilities, training, experience and performance. If your highschool instructors are the ones most able to make these assessments, then youmay use these recommendations. All other things being equal, collegerecommendations would be preferred, but the most important aspect is how muchthe person writing the letter can judge your past and future performance.