The Leah Menshouse Springer Summer Opportunities Program

Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine invites undergraduate, pre-medical and medical 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. Opportunities range from basic laboratory research to clinical research to prevention/control and population research.

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

Dates of summer program: TBA

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

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

Application Deadline and Process: The application process for summer 2015 is closed. Application information for the summer 2016 cycle will be posted December

Contact: For additional information, please email



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


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

Q: I am a college freshman and have no/limited research experience. Are students like me accepted into the program?


A: The summer program accepts students with diverse backgrounds and experience. There is no set number of accepted participants of any specific class year or preparation.


Q: I am an international student. Am I eligible to apply?


A: As a non-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 doing your optional practical training (OPT) on an F-1 visa through another university
  • You are a permanent U.S. resident.
  • The summer trainee program does not qualify for an H-1B visa, J-1 visa or TN visa.


Q: I am wondering if high school letters of recommendations are accepted if a student has completed one semester of college and does not know the professors well


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