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How to Apply / Selection Criteria

Initial criteria

  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • UC San Diego sophomore, junior, or senior with previous laboratory experience
  • UC San Diego student majoring in Biology, Bioengineering, Bioinformatics, Chemistry/Biochemistry, Nano Engineering, or related majors
  • Interest in cancer-related research using emerging technologies
  • Interest in pursuing a PhD and considering a career as a professor and researcher

Additional criteria (may be considered; included in personal statement)

  • Demonstrated success in overcoming significant educational, social, cultural, or economic disadvantage or adversity in a way that displays persistence, determination, hard work, and resourcefulness. This might include the absence of a role model, absence of an immediate family member who received a bachelor's degree, graduation from a low-performing high school with limited offerings, or economic hardship that required the applicant to work during high school or college to support the family or save money for education.
  • A commitment to and a strong potential for success in cancer research
  • Outstanding potential for leadership in diversification of academic research, such as tutoring or mentoring younger underrepresented students to prepare for college; membership in groups that addressed diversity issues; or individual efforts

Application information

To apply for this program, you'll need to submit the following:

  • Resume and background information
  • Personal statement to explain why you may be interested in a career as a professor at a research university; why you may be interested in pursuing cancer research; describe any experience with research, nanotechnology and/or cancer research; describe how you have promoted diversity and state your commitment to research
  • Indicate your planned graduation date
  • Unofficial transcripts of all your grades (your transcript copied from TritonLink)

Questions and submission

Contact Tim Johnston for more information or to submit your application.