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The Leah Menshouse Springer Summer Opportunities Program

Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine invites undergraduate, graduate and medical students to participate in the Leah Menshouse Springer Summer Opportunities Program. The Summer Opportunities Program is designed to provide students with hands-on cancer research experience for 10 weeks over the summer. Opportunities range from basic science research to clinical research to prevention/control and population research.

In addition to completing a research project with a faculty mentor, participants also engage in a variety of other activities as part of the program, including tours of state-of-the-art cancer treatment and research facilities and weekly seminars on current areas of research and career building tools.

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Siteman is now accepting applications for Summer 2016. Please see below on how to apply.

Dates and Work Schedule

The 2016 program dates are May 31-August 5, 2016.

Participants will work approximately 40 hours per week in the research office or lab of their faculty mentor.

Eligibility and Requirements

Applicants must be a current undergraduate, graduate or medical student currently or intending to pursue MD and/or PhD training.

Students must be a U.S. citizen, a permanent U.S. resident, in possession of a F-1 visa through Washington University, or completing the optional practical training (OPT) on a F-1 visa through another university. The summer program does not qualify for an H-1B visa, J-1 visa or TN visa.

The Summer Opportunities Program accepts students with diverse backgrounds and experience. There is no set number of accepted participants of any specific class year or academic background. Applicants are not required to have prior laboratory experience.

Stipend & Housing

Students will be provided a $6,200 stipend.

Participants are responsible for their housing. Housing is available on campus for out-of-town participants at summer term rates as space allows.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted by Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. CST via proposalCENTRAL. Please click here for application guidelines.

Application materials include:

  • Application Form
  • Current Curriculum Vitae or Resume
  • Undergraduate Transcript(s)
  • Graduate and/or Medical School Transcript (if applicable)
  • Two reference letters

Application materials, including reference letters, submitted after the deadline will not be accepted. Incomplete applications after the deadline will not move forward to the review process. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure all materials have been received prior to the deadline.

Review Process

Applications that have been submitted by the deadline (January 31st, 2016, 5:00 pm CST) will be reviewed. Those selected will be matched to research opportunities available at Siteman Cancer Center. All applicants will be notified of decisions by early March.


Q: I am a current high school senior. Am I eligible to apply? 

A: No. Only students that are in undergraduate, graduate or medical school during the application process are eligible to apply. Students must be currently or intending to pursue MD and/or PhD training. 

Q: Are high school letters of recommendations accepted if I have only completed one semester of college and do not know my 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.

Q: My reference cannot submit their letter by the deadline. Will you accept it a few days late?

A: All application materials, including reference letters, must be submitted by the deadline. It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure their materials have been received prior to this deadline. 

Q: Can I start the program later or leave earlier than the official starting and ending date of the program?

A: We highly encourage students to avoid missing the official program dates. However, requests will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.


For questions regarding the Summer Opportunities Program, please contact

For questions regarding proposalCENTRAL, please contact customer support at (800) 875-2562 or Customer support is available Monday – Friday (8:30 – 5:00pm EST).

Washington University encourages and gives full consideration to all applicants for admission, financial aid, and employment. The University does not discriminate in access to, or treatment or employment in, its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, veteran status, disability or genetic information. Inquiries about compliance should be addressed to the University’s Vice Chancellor for Human Resources, Washington University, Campus Box 1184, One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130