Department of Cellular and Structural Biology

Cancer Prevention & Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT)


Summer Undergraduate Research Scholar Program


Although great strides have been made in the fight against cancer over the past few years, we still need dedicated young investigators to continue research into understanding why cancer occurs and to develop new approaches to treat it.


The program, funded by the CPRIT, targets undergraduate students beyond their freshman year who have successfully completed basic course work in the sciences (biology and/or chemistry). Successful applicants will have the opportunity to intern in the laboratories of leading cancer researchers at the UT Health Science Center working in diverse areas including, but not limited to, molecular medicine, genetics and epigenetics of cancer, cancer genomics and anti-cancer drug discovery as well as DNA repair, cell cycle biology, growth factors & signal transduction in cancer and cancer stem cell biology.


Is biomedical science research for you?


Undergraduate students with an interest in biomedical sciences have many career options. Spend a summer in a biomedical science lab to determine if biomedical research is the right career for you! Watch out! It's EXCITING!


Learn what it is like to be a scientist and get first-hand experience of the many approaches that are being taken in basic and translational cancer research.
Summer Program

  • Research experience for rising college sophomores and juniors in science majors
  • 10 weeks at the Health Science Center in San Antonio
  • Program dates: Monday June 01, 2015 to Friday August 07, 2015
  • $3000 stipend for living expenses
  • Housing provided, if required, for duration of program
  • Participating faculty are listed below. Click on name to see ongoing research projects in the faculty's lab.
Application Information
  • Apply online - UTHSCSA Undergraduate Summer Research Program 2015
    ("Please note that the online application process is for three separate summer programs at UTHSCSA. Only applicants that clearly indicate they are applying to the CPRIT program will be considered.")
  • Deadline February 26, 2015 at 4:00pm
  • Unofficial transcript (should be emailed as PDF directly to Kerri Glaspie)
  • At least one letter of recommendation (should be emailed as pdf to Kerri Glaspie)
  • One short paragraph on research interest
  • One half page statement of career goals


CPRIT Scholar Summer Program
Babatunde O. Oyajobi, Ph.D.
Director, CPRIT Summer Undergraduate Research Scholar Program
Department of Cellular & Structural Biology
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
7703 Floyd Curl Dr., MC7762
San Antonio, TX 78229-3900
Phone: (210)567-0909
Fax: (210) 567-3803


2014 CPRIT Summer Undergraduate Research Scholar Program participants

Jinna Chu presenting her poster to Drs. LuZhe Sun and Jim Freeman

1st place winner (Jinna Chu), Capstone Poster Session - 2014 CPRIT Summer Undergraduate Program (with Drs. Robin Leach and Babatunde Oyajobi)


Faculty Participating in Program: