Student Summer Research Program for Undergrads

The 2024 application window is open November 1, 2023 – February 15, 2024.

At the onset of 2023, the CBTP Foundation was presented with an unmet need, which was to increase the number of eager scientists working not only here in our lab at Weill Cornell Medicine, but in the greater field of pediatric brain tumor research. To that end, the CBTP Foundation made a five-year commitment in support of a designated educational fund for emerging leaders in research. The Children’s Brain Tumor Project Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship in Pediatric Neurooncology will take applications Nov 1, 2023 – February 15, 2024.

Each year, this new program will provide two undergraduate students enrolled in U.S. universities with the opportunity to experience eight weeks of hands-on research experience working on projects related to basic neuroscience and pediatric neurooncology.

The award supports pediatric brain tumor research within the department of neurological surgery, conducted under the mentorship of principal investigators Drs. Jeffrey Greenfield, Nadia Dahmane, and Mark Souweidane.

The main purpose of this program is to nurture the interest of students to pursue a PhD, specifically in neuroscience and pediatric brain tumor research. Providing financial support for student employment over the summer months is an important way to enhance the progress being made in the lab, while giving young minds the opportunity to learn under the mentorship of neuroscientists at Weill Cornell Medicine.

The competitive program requires the following:

  • Student CV
  • Student transcripts
  • 2-3 letters of recommendation
  • A personal statement indicating previous research experience and long-term goals of the student
  • Interview participation for finalists

To apply, email with these required documents before February 15, 2024. Be sure to include “Summer Student Application” in the subject.

Only emailed applications will be accepted. Confirmation of receipt will be sent to all applicants. If confirmation is not received within 2 business days, please follow-up with Cindy Campbell. Applications will be reviewed by a committee of pediatric neurosurgery faculty. All applicants will be notified of the committee’s decision by mid-March, 2024.