Summer Research Program

2019 EACRI Summer Research Program Interns

The Earle A. Chiles Research Institute offers a summer research program for undergraduate students who are seriously considering a career in biomedical sciences with little to no lab experience. The program offers direct hands-on research experience in one of the institute's research laboratories. The research will be focused on basic science or what is referred to as bench research, with an emphasis on cancer immunotherapy.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Summer Intern Program has been canceled for 2021. Applications for 2022 internships not being accepted at this time.

Program Description

The EACRI Summer Research Program is an intensive nine-week internship designed to provide research experience and mentorship for undergraduate students who are interested in biomedical research. Under the guidance of a faculty mentor, interns will complete an independent research project and present their findings at an Institute-wide poster session.

  1. Direct hands on research experience in one of the EACRI research laboratories.
  2. Full day Providence New Employee Orientation
  3. Institute orientation (laboratory introduction, safety training, facility tour)
  4. Faculty luncheon.
  5. Weekly bioinformatics class
  6. Journal Club (Every other week)
  7. Weekly lab seminars (Every Monday)
  8. End of program poster session


Undergraduate freshman, sophomores, or juniors who are contemplating a biomedical research career as a PhD trained scientist. Applicants should also have a minimum GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale) and should have completed at least college-level general biology and/or introductory chemistry. Little to no lab experience is required.

Participants must be able to attend the full summer session (5-days per week 8:30-5:30 p.m. approx.). Time off will be considered but not necessarily granted.

Application Requirements

The applicant must demonstrate a commitment to a serious summer learning experience and an inclination toward research as demonstrated in the application materials.

  1. A cover letter addressed to Molly Jud introducing yourself and acknowledging a commitment to work the entire 9 weeks of the program.
  2. A one-page description of your goals, scientific interests and prior research experience.
  3. A current transcript (official or unofficial is acceptable).
  4. One letter of recommendation from a research mentor or undergraduate teacher (email separately or with application).

Email letter of introduction and application requirements to Molly Jud, 503-215-7896.